Have you read the book, ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen R. Covey. If not do so. It is a great read.
Everyone wants to succeed. One path to success is identifying the habits that can help us on our journey.
Covey believes the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves. In order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions.
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Character Ethic is the Foundation of Success
Convey studied over 200 years’ worth of literature on the concept of “success.” In conclusion, he identified a very important change in the way that humans have defined success over time.
The foundation of success of earlier times rested upon Character Ethic. Things like integrity, humility, fidelity, temperance, courage, justice, patience, industry, simplicity, modesty, and the Golden Rule).
But starting around the 1920s, the way people viewed success shifted to what Covey calls Personality Ethic. Where success is a function of personality, public image, attitudes and behaviors).
Now people look for quick fixes. They see a successful person, team, or organization and ask the following questins. “How do you do it? Teach me your techniques!”
Rather the “shortcuts” that we look for, hoping to save time and effort and still achieve the desired result, are simply band-aids that will yield short-term solutions; they don’t address the underlying condition.
“The way we see the problem is the problem,” Covey writes. If we allow ourselves to undergo paradigm shifts. We enable change ourselves fundamentally. Altering our attitudes and behaviors on the surface level, therefore achieves true change.
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Habits -focus on self-mastery and moving from dependence to independence.
- 4th, 5th, and 6th Habits – focus on developing teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills.
- The 7th Habit- focuses on continuous growth, improvement, and embodies all the other habits.
By focusing on renewing yourself along the four dimensions (mentioned in the book) you create great change. We must look to inspire others to a higher path by showing them we believe in them.
The most noteworthy aspect is that improvement of one habit synergistically increases our ability to improve the rest the Habits.
We honestly think you need to read the book.
Nicky and Dave