The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
By Stephen R. Covey (Part 1)
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We must develop habits that are aligned with our core values in order to succeed
Do you want to be successful?
If you answered, “YES!”. Then you need a routine that is aligned with your core values and principles.
Imagine that you are going on your very first trip to a foreign city. This will be your very first trip out of the country. You won’t be familiar with the streets, and the signs will be written in a different language. How exactly do you plan to get around in this area? What steps will you take so you don’t get lost?
Maybe you are thinking it won’t be so bad because you can always stop random people on the street and ask for directions. They can easily tell you to “turn right!” or suggest that you “take this bus.”
And yes, these might work in a pinch, but what if you need more directions in the future? If you keep asking random strangers, you run the risk of getting completely lost and then going into a full-blown panic.
So, what is the best way to avoid this problem?
A logical plan would be to use a map so you can avoid a lot of frustration. A map would help you to understand your surroundings by creating a clear mental picture of the world around you. You will never have trouble finding your way, even if you are in a completely foreign country.
The same holds true for figuring out how to get around in life. It is far more beneficial to learn a few guiding principles and make it a habit to follow them instead of carrying out actions that may or may not be helpful. This is because, in the long run, learned principles are easier to remember than taking specific actions.
When author Stephen Covey examined the past two centuries worth of self-help writing, he noticed a fascinating trend. He discovered that most pieces of advice fell into one of two categories.
The first is what he called the “Personality Ethic.” This theory proposes that achieving success is all about picking up a few simple strategies and becoming an expert in a particular set of skills and actions. It suggests that if you talk in an appropriate manner and do activities that are appropriate for the situation, you will be successful. Though this theory might seem appealing, sticking to it creates unpredictable results and minimal long-term impact.
The second category, known as Character Ethic, is very different and serves as the foundation. This theory is based on the idea that there are certain fundamental beliefs we must follow to be successful.
These guiding principles are helpful in a large variety of situations. They provide deep understanding and certainty about the way the world functions. We achieve results that are long-lasting and sustainable when our inner character core values align with these principles.
But how does this Character Ethic theory work? So, let’s say you want a more fulfilling marital life. The Personality Ethic recommends you alter the way in which you communicate with other people or take a specific kind of vacation that’s popular amongst other couples.
The Character Ethic, on the other hand, stresses the importance of personal development. You need to change the way that you consistently view and approach the world around you. It advises that if you want a happy and fulfilling marriage, you need to develop the kind of character based on things like fair treatment, compassion, honesty, and respect. It is necessary to develop your character from the inside out and be rooted in sound principles.
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