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The 7 and 8th habits of highly effective people are a dynamic process based on the content of the best-selling books with the same title (The 7 habits of highly effective people and The 8th habit of highly effective people), written by Stephen R. Covey, and summarized for educational purposes only by Chris Abbey.

The 7 and 8th habits will help you initiate a long-term process of increased productivity and improved effectiveness. This process will help you:

• Plan and execute priorities
• Reduce stress, external pressure and burnout
• Improve communication skills
• Develop leadership abilities and people skills
• Improve personal and professional productivity
• Apply the value of success and the psychology of winning


1. Be Proactive

Proactive people carry their own weather with them — whether it rains or shines makes NO difference to them. Their honor, values, principles, commitment and dedication are much greater than their moods:

Principles of Personal Vision
Clear yourself from dependency
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man/woman to elevate his/her life by conscious endeavor

2. Begin With The End In Mind

We are more in need of a vision, a mission statement, a credo or a destination and a compass and less in need of a map or direction. Leaders and field generals create their own destiny by following their internal compass and their internal “gut feeling” or intuition. They make life (personal and professional) a mission, NOT just a passing or career. Do things by design, NOT by accident. Execute every spoken word with an “end result” in mind:
Principles of Personal Leadership
Clear yourself of dependency
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us

3. Put First Things First

The key is NOT to JUST prioritize your schedule, but to rather schedule your priorities and execute against them. Do the important things first –because where you are headed as well as the CLEAR direction that you are taking is far MORE important than how fast you are going and when will you get there:

Principles of Personal Management
Clear yourself of dependency
Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least



Habit four through seven:
There can be no relationship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity

4. Think Win/Win

Win-Win is a belief in the “Third Alternative”. It is a paradigm shift (a new and fresh way of thinking) and a whole new way in dealing with people. It is NOT your way or my way; it is a BETTER way! It is a much higher way. We need NOT only do the right thing, but rather what’s right for business, locally and globally:

Principles of Interpersonal Leadership
The road to Interdependence
Courage and Consideration
We have committed the Golden Rule to memory. Let us now commit it to life and practice it daily!

5. Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood

This is, by far, the most challenging habit to master as we tend to be mostly self-centered. The key to clear understanding is listening well, listening with our eyes, our mind, our soul and our heart. When you speak, speak long and well as you “serve, support and coach” others to the road of success and the vision of higher learning:

Principles of Empathic Communication
The road to Interdependence
Diagnose before you prescribe
Understanding and perception
The heart has its reason which reason knows not of

6. Synergize

There is synergy in the aspen grove! The trees are connected by a system of roots; each tree draws strength and balance from the others. The grove is MORE than the sum of its individual parts –one plus one equals three or MORE. Synergize your life and business so you can have your own aspen grove:

Principles of Creative Cooperation
The road to Interdependence
Public Victory
Cooperation is born out of trust
I take as my guide the hope of a Saint:
In crucial times, Unity —-
In important things, Diversity —-
In all things, Generosity!


7. Sharpen The Saw

Renew, develop, evaluate, assess, energize, polish, refine and enhance the GREATEST asset you have –YOU:
Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal
Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things!
The Renewal comes in four dimensions:

a. Physical: Exercise, Nutrition, Hobbies, Stress Management

b. Mental: Reading, Writing, Visualizing, Preparing, Planning

c. Social and Emotional: Service, Empathy, Synergy, Intrinsic Security

d. Spiritual: Value Verification, Value Clarification, Value Validation, Ethics, Morals, Commitment, Study, Meditation




8. Inner Self Growth & Development

• Find your voice [your mission, your calling and your purpose in life], and inspire others around you to find theirs. Don’t ignore that longing to make a positive difference and that natural high to touch people’s lives and make them better at the end of the day!

Renew, develop, evaluate, assess, energize, polish, refine and enhance the GREATEST asset you have –YOU:

Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal
Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things!


God works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in.
The world would take people out of the slums. God takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums.
The world would mold people by changing their environment. God changes people, who then change their environment.
The world would shape human behavior. God changes human nature.