The 7 habits of highly effective people is based on teaching yourself to change and improve your habits to become more effective. The 7 habits can basically be put into 3 different categories. Habits 1-3 are all about moving from being dependent to independent. After you have become independent you can move on to interdependence which habits 4-6 address. The 7th habit is about reviewing, improving and starting the cycle over.
The 7 habits are,
• 1. Being proactive. You have to start with yourself and improve your life by focusing on things you can influence and not wasting your time reacting to external forces you cant control.
• 2.Beginning with an end in mind. Make a personal mission statement and base it on principles. Setting goals will help you track yourself and stay true to your mission.
• 3. Putting first things first. Basically prioritize things in your life and try to focus on your mission statement and do things that support it. Be aware of your different roles and try to find a working balance between them.
• 4. Thinking win-win. Try to think of mutually beneficial solutions and agreements, at work and in your personal life. Try to accept that sometimes making no deal at all is better than a compromise that doesnt really satisfy all parties or any for that matter.
• 5. Seeking first to understand, then to be understood. Try to listen for feeling and meaning when someone speaks to you. This will give you the ability to actually understand someone, by being considerate and empathetic towards others. This is key for effective listening.
• 6. Synergizing. This is all about creative cooperation, bringing many individuals personal experience and expertise to life through mutual trust and understanding.
• 7. Sharpening the saw. Keeping your physical, mental and spiritual dimensions at full battery to be more effective. Reviewing and improving not only your business but yourself.
The most important things that I found from this book is, calling ourselves out on things that we may know, but maybe still don’t give enough value to or dont ever really act on them. We may also not know them well enough or then we just neglect to do them, because we think it will take more effort, though in the long run they will definitely make our lives easier.
I found that it’s worth understanding, planning, thinking things through and visualizing the results to make yourself more effective.
Something I thought was really interesting is that I think of these these habits as really obvious and that they really make sense, but in reality i may not have ever thought of some of these ideas before, but because they obviously make sense i trick myself into thinking i already knew the answers. This is something to think about in a number of situation and it also explains the importance of the habit of seeking to understand before being understood. The fact is, in my opinion, that we make too many assumptions and we have our own preconceptions of things that may very well differ from other people.
These 7 habits, i think, are a great basis for anyones personal and or professional life. Having a personal set of rules as a guideline can make life simpler, easier and help push you in the direction you really want to go. The first rule of being proactive is a great place to start. Taking full responsibility for your life can be very hard, but it will put you in the drivers seat and leave all irrelevant excuses behind. No matter what, you have a decision to either do something or do nothing and when taking responsibility you can get things done and save time by not blaming others for your life. These habits will keep you conscious of your life and decisions and will keep your focus on growing instead of mindless hoping.