Stephen Covey

Born: October 24, 1932

Die: July 16, 2012

Occupation: Author

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We must never be too busy to take time to sharpen the saw.

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Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it / immediately.

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I'm convinced that we can write and live our own scripts more than most people will acknowledge. I also know the price that must be paid. It's a real struggle to do it. It requires visualization and affirmation....

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To achieve goals you've never achieved before, you need to start doing things you've never done before.

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Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.

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To Retain those who are present, be loyal to those who are absent.

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The key to motivation is motive.

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It's not only a matter of when to do things, but whether or not to do them at all.

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What does it matter how much we do if what we're doing isn't what matters most?

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A personal mission statement becomes the DNA for every other decision we make.

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An empowering mission statement has to become a living document, part of our very nature, so that the criteria we've put into it are also in us, in the way we live our lives day by day.

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Creating and integrating an empowering personal mission statement is one of the most important investments we can make.

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Petty things become unimportant when people are impassioned about a purpose higher than self.

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Self-awareness involves deep personal honesty. It comes from asking and answering hard questions.

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Self-awareness is our capacity to stand apart from ourselves and examine our thinking, our motives, our history, our scripts, our actions, and our habits and tendencies.

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Consult the wisdom of your heart as well as your mind.

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What difference would a clear vision of my principles, values, and ultimate objectives make in the way I spend my time?

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Whenever you experience stress of any kind, look into yourself and ask, In what way am I compromising my innermost values in this situation?

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As long as you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem

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Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her.

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Effective leadership is the only competitive advantage that will endure. That's because leadership has two sides- what a person is character and what a person does- competence.

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You can't talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into!

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Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

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If I were to summarize in one sentence the single most important principle I have learned in the field of interpersonal relations, it would be this: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This...

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If you don't have confidence in the diagnosis, you won't have confidence in the prescription.

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The essence of the best thinking in the area of time management (practice planning) can be captured in a single phrase: Organize and execute around priorities

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Make time for planning: Wars are won in the general's tent.

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As we create synergy among the roles of our lives, there's more of us to put into the time we have.

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Balance isn't either/or; it's 'and'.

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Success in one role can't justify failure in another.

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More essential than working on attitudes and behaviors is examining the paradigms out of which those attitudes and behaviors flow.

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We can never really change someone; people must change themselves.

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If we know how to listen to our own heart, we can listen to the hearts of others.

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There is so much we can do to render service, to make a difference in the world - no matter how large or small our circle of influence.

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Our lives are the results of our choices. To blame and accuse other people, the environment, or other extrinsic factors is to choose to empower those things to control us.

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It takes courage to realize that you are greater than your moods, greater than your thoughts, and that you can control your moods and thoughts.

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The best way to develop courage is to set a goal and achieve it, make a promise and keep it.

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We exhaust ourselves more from the tension and the consequences of internal disharmony than from hard, unremitting work.

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Make specific appointments with yourself to work on goals, and treat an appointment with yourself as you'd treat an appointment with anybody else.

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To set and work toward any goal is an act of courage.

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A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It's the testing point of our character and competence.

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The key to acting with integrity is to simply stop playing the game.

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The great apparent dichotomy is that the more we give, the more we get.

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The problems in life come when we're sowing one thing and expecting to reap something entirely different.

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The nature of life is to be a study of contrasts: joy/sadness, full/empty. The Main Thing is to Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing.

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I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

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When you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels your passion-that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet-therein lies your voice, your calling, your...

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I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a 'transformer' in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative,...

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Once you have a clear picture of your priorities - that is values, goals, and high leverage activities - organize around them.

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We can act instead of being acted upon.

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The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.

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Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other.

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The way we see the problem is the problem.

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Begin with the end in mind.

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Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment.

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Many people think in terms of either/or: either you're nice or you're tough. Win-win requires that you be both. It is a balancing act between courage and consideration. To go for win-win, you not only...

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People are your most valuable asset. Only people can be made to appreciate in value.

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What you do has far greater impact than what you say.

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Our greatest joy and our greatest pain comes in our relationships with others.

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You can buy a person's hands but you can't buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is.

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An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.

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If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting.

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Management works in the system; leadership works on the system.

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Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.

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The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.

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We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us.

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Unless people feel that they are accepted and that they have a right to express their feelings without fear of embarrassment or ridicule, all they will do is react and rebel and struggle for their identity.

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The key to the 99 is the one. Or, put another way, the key to the group is the one individual. Think about the one, talk to the one, regard the one, serve the one. If you are sincere and constant, you...

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You will never be able to truly step inside another person, to see the world as he sees it, until you develop the pure desire, the strength of personal character, and the positive Emotional Bank Account,...

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People behave more on the basis of how they feel than how they think; unless there are good feelings between people, it is almost impossible to reason intelligently.

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We're constantly making choices about the way we spend our time. The issue is not between the good and the bad, but between the good and the best. So often, the enemy of the best is the good.

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You can't have the fruits without the roots.

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The person who is truly effective has the humility and reverence to recognize his own perceptual limitations and to appreciate the rich resources available through interaction with the hearts and minds...

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Humility is the mother of all virtues, courage the father, integrity the child and wisdom the grandchild.

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Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas. But can it really?... True effectiveness requires balance.

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By behaving in ways that build trust with one, you build trust with many.

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When you make a commitment to yourself, do so with the clear understanding that you're pledging your integrity.

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When we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship building. Opportunities to then speak openly and to be understood...

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Integrity is conforming reality to our words - in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.

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Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.

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I can change. I can live out of my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past

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Improve relationships with others by assuming that they can hear everything you say about them

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...to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.

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Conscience connects us with the wisdom of the ages and the wisdom of the heart.

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You can't be successful with other people if you haven't paid the price of success with yourself.

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To maintain the P/PC Balance, the balance between the golden egg (production) and the health and welfare of the goose (production capability) is often a difficult judgment call. But I suggest it is the...

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We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions.

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Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. No involvement, no commitment.

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You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes”...

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The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.

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I am convinced that if we as a society work diligently in every other area of life and neglect the family, it would be analogous to straightening deck chairs on the Titanic.

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Want to improve your relationships? See love as a verb rather than as a feeling?

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The human will is an amazing thing. Time after time, it has triumphed against unbelievable odds.

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Time management is a misnomer, the challenge is to manage ourselves.

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Fundamentally, we are a product of choice, not nature (genes) or nurture (upbringing, environment).

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How you treat the one reveals how you regard the many, because everyone is ultimately a one.

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Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded...

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Don't cheat people of their growth. Empower them to solve problems and generate ideas. Watch them grow!

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They [Nazi captors]had more liberty, more options to choose from in their environment; but he [Viktor Frankl] had more freedom, more internal power to exercise his options.

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The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are.

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Little kindness and courtesies are so important. In relationships, the little things are the big things.

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Trust is a function of two things: character and competence. Character includes your integrity, your motive and your intent with people. Competence includes your capabilities, your skills, and your track...

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People who end up with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems, not problems themselves, who seize the initiative to do whatever is necessary to get the job done.

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True independence of character empowers us to act rather than be acted upon.

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Everyone chooses one of two roads in life - the old and the young, the rich and the poor, men and women alike. One is the broad, well-traveled road to mediocrity, the other road to greatness and meaning.

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People and their managers are working so hard to be sure things are done right, that they have hardly have time to decide if they are doing the right things.

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It doesn't really matter how fast you're going if you're heading in the wrong direction.

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Keep in mind that you are always saying "no" to something. If it isn't to the apparent and urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things.

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Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.

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If you put good people in bad systems you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.

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We may be very busy, we may be very 'efficient', but we will also be truly 'effective' only when we begin with the end in mind.

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The worldly fountain does not breed spiritual depth.

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We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.

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If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.

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I believe that correct principles are natural laws, and that God, the Creator and Father of us all, is the source of them, and also the source of our conscience. I believe that to the degree people live...

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I believe that there are parts to human nature that cannot be reached by either legislation or education, but require the power of God to deal with.

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While I believe in the power of positive thought, I do not believe that you or I can simply psyche ourselves into success or peace of mind.

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The key to growth is to learn to make promises and to keep them.

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In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment - independent will - that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions...

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If you are an effective manager of your self, your discipline comes from within; it is a function of your independent will. You are a disciple, a follower, of your own deep values and their source. And...

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When we succumb to believing that we are victims of our circumstances and yield to the plight of determinism, we lose hope, we lose drive, and we settle into resignation and stagnation.

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Innocent pleasures in moderation can provide relaxation for the body and mind and can foster family and other relationships. But pleasure, per se, offers no deep, lasting satisfaction or sense of fulfillment....

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Humility is the mother of all virtues: the humble in spirit progress and are blessed because they willingly submit to higher powers and try to live in harmony with natural laws and universal principles....

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People with a scarcity mentality think there is only so much in the world to go around. It's as if they see life as a pie. When another person gets a big piece, then they get less. Such people are always...

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The amateur salesman sells products; the professional sells solutions to needs and problems.

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To receive gratitude with grace is a form of gratitude by itself, and not always an easy art to master.

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We must not let the actions or words of others determine our responses. Magnanimous people make the choice to respond to the indignities of others based upon their own principles and their own value system...

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Whether or not we belong to a church or service organization or have a job that provides meaningful service opportunities, not a day goes by that we can't at least serve one other human being by making...

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Involve people in the problem and work out the solution together.

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A good affirmation has five basic ingredients: it's personal, it's positive, it's present tense, it's visual, and it's emotional.

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As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to values.

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Humility is the mother of all virtues. Humility says we are not in control, principles are in control, therefore we submit ourselves to principles. Pride says that we are in control, and since our values...

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If we want to make relatively minor changes in our lives, we can perhaps appropriately focus on our attitudes and behaviors. But if we want to make significant, quantum change, we need to work on our basic...

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If you don't know yourself, if you don't control yourself, if you don't have mastery over yourself, it's very hard to like yourself, except in some short-term, psych-up, superficial way.

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If you want to achieve your highest aspirations and overcome your greatest challenges, identify and apply the principle or natural law that governs the results you seek. How we apply a principle will vary...

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It is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.

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Just as the education of nerve and sinew is vital to the excellent athlete and education of the mind is vital to the scholar, education of the conscience is vital to the truly proactive, highly effective...

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Once we are self-aware, we must choose purposes and principles to live by; otherwise the vacuum will be filled, and we will lose our self-awareness and become like groveling animals who live primarily...

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Whether we are aware of it or not, whether we are in control of it or not, there is a first creation to every part of our lives. We are either the second creation of our own proactive design, or we are...

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Principles always have natural consequences attached to them. There are positive consequences when we live in harmony with the principles. There are negative consequences when we ignore them. But because...

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Principles are natural laws that are external to us and that ultimately control the consequences of our actions. Values are internal and subjective and represent that which we feel strongest about in guiding...

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There are principles that govern human effectiveness - natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguably there as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension.

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'Efficient' scheduling and control of time are often counterproductive. The efficiency focus creates expectations that clash with the opportunities to develop rich relationships, to meet human needs, and...

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All things are created twice, but not all first creations are by conscious design. In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower...

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Everyone has values; even criminal gangs have values. Values govern people's behavior but principles govern the consequences of those behaviors.

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Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.

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The first principle of ethical power is Purpose. By purpose, I don't mean your objective or intention-something toward which you are always striving. Purpose is something bigger. It is the picture you...

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All things are created twice; first mentally; then physically. The key to creativity is to begin with the end in mind, with a vision and a blue print of the desired result.

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We are product of neither nature nor nurture; we are a product of choice, because there is always a space between stimulus and response. As we wisely exercise our power to choose based on principles, the...

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Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

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Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.

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If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won't require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within,...

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The power of transcendent vision is greater than the power of the scripting deep inside the human personality and it subordinates it [the scripting], submerges it, until the whole personality is reorganized...

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Principles are deep fundamental truths... lightly interwoven threads running with exactness, consistency, beauty and strength through the fabric of life.

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Every person in the organization must change inside their hearts and minds, so that they themselves become principle centred.

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Valuing differences is what really drives synergy. Do you truly value the mental, emotional, and psychological differences among people? Or do you wish everyone would just agree with you so you could all...

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Once you've found your own voice, the choice to expand your influence, to increase your contribution, is the choice to inspire others to find their voice.

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The creative process is also the most terrifying part because you don't know exactly what's going to happen or where it is going to lead. You don't know what new dangers and challenges you'll find. It...

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We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations

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Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.

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Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.

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Success is when you realize obstacles you face are challenges to help you become better - and your response equals the challenge.

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we're responsible for our own lives.

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Each of us guard a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.

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As you care less about what people think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves.

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When air is charged with emotions, an attempt to teach is often perceived as a form of judgment and rejection.

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The only person I know, is the person I want to be

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Creating a warm, caring, supportive, encouraging environment is probably the most important thing you can do for your family.

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Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience.

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When our honor becomes greater than our moods, that is where transformation happens

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It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and...

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The essence of synergy is to value differences-to respect them, to build on strengths, to compensate for weaknesses

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It's easy to say ''no!'' when there's a deeper ''yes!'' burning inside.

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The greatest risk is the risk of riskless living.

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There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles.

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Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

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Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.

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The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

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The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

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Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

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Live out of your imagination, not your history.

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Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

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We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.

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When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it's like giving them emotional oxygen.

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People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them.

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A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.

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We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.

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The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things.

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Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.

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Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves - who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.

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When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute...

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Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.

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In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.

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You can retire from a job, but don't ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.

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The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.

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Public behavior is merely private character writ large.

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Instead, I have an abundance mentality: When people are genuinely happy at the successes of others, the pie gets larger.

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The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they...

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Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for.

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Historically, the family has played the primary role in educating children for life, with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family.

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It's a fact that more people watch television and get their information that way than read books. I find new technology and new ways of communication very exciting and would like to do more in this field.

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But with the steady disintegration of the family in modern society over the last century, the role of the school in bridging the gap has become vital!

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Want balance in your life? Then sure, get your own act together, but don't forget four powerful disciplines of execution in your team and organization.

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Effective communication is built on the cement of trust. And trust is based on trustworthiness, not politics.

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Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic

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Principles are the basis for developing a vision and value system for all.

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Trust is the glue in relationships and organizations

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Where there's no gardener, there's no garden.

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Proactive people carry their own weather with them.

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People simply feel better about themselves when they’re good at something.

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..people are working harder than ever, but because they lack clarity and vision, they aren’t getting very far. They, in essence, are pushing a rope...with all of their might.

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As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people's...

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The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness...

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Stephen Covey

The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. And if our words and our actions come from superficial human relations techniques (the Personality...

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Stephen Covey

Character grows in the soil of experience with the fertilization of example, the moisture of ambition, and the sunshine of satisfaction. Character cannot be purchased, bargained for, inherited, rented...

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Stephen Covey

Link yourself to your potential, not to your past.

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Stephen Covey

Real excellence does not come cheaply. A certain price must be paid in terms of practice, patience, and persistence - natural ability notwithstanding.

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Stephen Covey

Principles are the simplicity on the far side of complexity.

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Vital to quality of life is the ability to work together, learn from each other, and help each other grow.

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Stephen Covey

The more involved you are, the more significant your learning will be.

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Stephen Covey

Quality relationships are built on principles, especially the principle of trust.

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Stephen Covey

The exercise of true leadership is inversely proportional to the exercise of power.

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Stephen Covey

Your economic security does not lie in your job; it lies in your own power to produce - to think, to learn, to create, to adapt. That's true financial independence. It's not having wealth; it's having...

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Stephen Covey

Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide what is really important to them.

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Stephen Covey

Seek to understand before you seek to be understood.

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Stephen Covey

I believe that a life of integrity I the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self-esteem is primarily a matter of mind set, of attitude-that...

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Stephen Covey

The personal power that comes from principle-centered living is the power of a self-aware, knowledgeable, proactive individual, unrestricted by the attitudes, behaviors, and actions of others or by many...

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Stephen Covey

If we want to make a change in our lives, we should first focus on our personal attitudes and behaviors.

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Stephen Covey

My temptation is emotional, and resisting will further my needed weight loss and strengthen my character. Furthermore, nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

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Stephen Covey

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.

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Stephen Covey

People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally 'being lived.' They are acting out...

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Stephen Covey

Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it.

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Stephen Covey

The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.

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Stephen Covey

The environment you fashion out of your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideals, your philosophy is the only climate you will ever live in. The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.

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Stephen Covey

Make small commitments and keep them. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

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Stephen Covey

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are -- or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms.

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Stephen Covey

If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control - myself.

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Stephen Covey

Treat them all the same by treating them differently.

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Stephen Covey

It is one thing to make a mistake, and quite another thing not to admit it. People will forgive mistakes, because mistakes are usually of the mind, mistakes of judgment. But people will not easily forgive...

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Stephen Covey

We can't live without eating, but we don't live to eat.

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Stephen Covey

Habit 1: Be Proactive Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind Habit 3: Put First Things First Habit 4: Think Win/Win Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood Habit 6: Synergize Habit 7: Sharpen...

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Stephen Covey

The only person over whom you have direct and immediate control is yourself. The most important assets to develop, preserve and enhance, therefore, are your own capabilities. And no one can do it for you....

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Stephen Covey

Human beings are not things needing to be motivated and controlled; they are four dimensional - body, mind, heart, and spirit.

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Stephen Covey

...people have character strength but they lack communication skills, and that undoubtedly affects the quality of relationships as well.

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Stephen Covey

If you want to have a more pleasant,cooperative teenager, be a more understanding, emphatic, consistent, loving parent.

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Stephen Covey

Synergy: The combined effect of individuals in collaboration that exceeds the sum of their individual effects.

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Stephen Covey

To live; to love; to learn; and to leave a legacy.

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Stephen Covey

When you study the lives of all great achievers-those who have had the greatest influence on others, those who have made things happen-you will find a pattern. Through their persistent efforts and inner...

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Stephen Covey

Fulfilling the four needs [spiritual, mental, physical, social] in an integrated way is like combining elements in chemistry. When we reach a "critical mass" of integration, we experience spontaneous combustion-an...

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Stephen Covey

...churchgoing is not synonymous with personal spirituality. There are some people who get so busy in church worship and projects that they become insensitive to the pressing human needs that sourround...

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Stephen Covey

Live the law of love. We encourage obedience to the laws of life when we live the laws of love.

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Stephen Covey

Live your life by a compass, not a clock.

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Stephen Covey

Your power to choose your direction of your life allows you to reinvent yourself, to change your future, and to powerfully influence the rest of creation.

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Stephen Covey

Leadership is communicating people's worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it themselves.

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Stephen Covey

To know and not to do is not to know.

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Stephen Covey

It is possible to be busy-very busy-without being very effective.

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Stephen Covey

Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

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Stephen Covey

Beginners are many; finishers are few.

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Stephen Covey

Lose/Win people bury a lot of feelings. And unexpressed feelings come forth later in uglier ways. Psychosomatic illnesses often are the reincarnation of cumulative resentment, deep disappointment and disillusionment...

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Stephen Covey

Courage isn't absenct of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important

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Stephen Covey

Find your voice, and inspire others to find theirs. Don't ignore that longing to make a difference.

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Stephen Covey

In the absence of wake-up calls, many of us never really confront the critical issues of life.

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Stephen Covey

When trust is high, the dividend you receive is like a performance multiplier, elevating and improving every dimension of your organization and your life.... In a company, high trust materially improves...

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Stephen Covey

Private victories precede public victories.

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Stephen Covey

One of the best ways to educate our hearts is to look at our interaction with other people, because our relationships with others are fundamentally a reflection of our relationship with ourselves.

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Stephen Covey

Most of us think we don't have enough time to exercise. What a distorted paradigm! We don't have time not to. We're talking about three to six hours a week - or a minimum of thirty minutes a day, every...

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Stephen Covey

Private victories precede public victories. You can't invert that process any more than you can harvest a crop before you plant it.

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Stephen Covey

Interdependence is a higher value than independence

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Stephen Covey

When life does not go our way or we inadvertently make a mistake, it is so easy to make excuses, place blame on others, or argue that circumstances were against us. But we only progress in life to the...

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Stephen Covey

There's no better way to inform and expand you mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature.

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Stephen Covey

You basically get what you reward. If you want to achieve the goals and reflect the values in your mission statement, then you need to align the reward system with these goals and values.

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Stephen Covey

The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it. This literally turns a failure into a success.

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Stephen Covey

When parents see their children's problems as opportunities to build the relationship instead of as negative, burdensome irritations, it totally changes the nature of parent-child interaction. Parents...

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Stephen Covey

Effective people are not problem-minded; they're opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.

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Stephen Covey

Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.

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Stephen Covey

Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life's scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children's lives.

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Stephen Covey

Effective people stay out of Quadrants III and IV because, urgent or not, they aren't important. They also shrink Quadrant I down to size by spending more time in Quadrant II...Quadrant II is the heart...

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Stephen Covey

While you can think in terms of efficiency in dealing with time, a principle-centered person thinks in terms of effectiveness in dealing with people.

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Stephen Covey

Attending church does not necessarily mean living the principles taught in those meeting. You can be active in a church but inactive in its gospel.

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Stephen Covey

I define discipline as the ability to make + keep promises and to honor commitments.

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Response-ability is the ABILITY to choose our response to any circumstance or condition.

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Stephen Covey

It takes humility to seek feedback. It takes wisdom to understand it, analyze it and appropriately act on it.

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Stephen Covey

The only thing that endures over time is the 'Law of the Farm.' You must prepare the ground, plant the seed, cultivate, and water if you expect to reap the harvest.

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Stephen Covey

Leaders are not born or made - they are self made

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Stephen Covey

Highly proactive people don't blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice.

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Stephen Covey

Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost...

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Stephen Covey

To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don't pay the price day in and day out, you'll never achieve true mastery...

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Stephen Covey

The ability to manage well doesn't make much difference if you're not even in the right jungle.

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Stephen Covey

Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what's urgent, learn to focus on what is really important.

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Stephen Covey

Love is a verb. Love is something you do: the sacrifices you make, the giving of self. If you want to study love, study those who sacrifice for others. Love - the feeling - is a fruit of love the verb....

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Stephen Covey

If we do not teach our children, societ will. And they-and we-will live with the results.

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Stephen Covey

How many on their deathbeds wished they'd spent more time at the office - or watching TV? The answer is, No one.

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Stephen Covey

The key to creating passion in your life is to find your unique talents, and your special role and purpose in the world.

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Stephen Covey

Live simply and appreciate what you have. Give more. Expect less.

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Stephen Covey

All broken relationships can be traced back to broken agreements

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Stephen Covey

All things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things

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Stephen Covey

Begin each day with the blueprint of my deepest values FIRMLY in mind then when challenges come, make decisions BASED on those values.

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Stephen Covey

My behavior is a product of my own conscious choices based on principles, rather than a product of my conditions, based on feelings.

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Stephen Covey

If you want to be trusted, be trustworthy.

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Stephen Covey

Internal victories precede external victories.

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Stephen Covey

There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase 'to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy.' The need to leave a legacy is our...

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Stephen Covey

Leadership is a choice, not a position

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Stephen Covey

Don't prioritize your schedule, schedule those priorities.

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Stephen Covey

Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.

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Stephen Covey

If our feelings control our actions, it is because we have abdicated our responsibility and empowered them to do so.

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Stephen Covey

If we live out of our memory, we're tied to the past and to that which is finite. When we live out of our imagination, we're tied to that which is infinite.

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Stephen Covey

The heart and soul of loving yourself is integrity and the peace of conscience it inspires.

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Stephen Covey

We hear a lot about identity theft when someone takes your wallet and pretends to be you and uses your credit cards. But the more serious identity theft is to get swallowed up in other people's definition...

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Stephen Covey

Common sense is not always common practice.

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Stephen Covey

What is important to another person must be as important to you as the other person is to you

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Stephen Covey

Nothing is more exciting and bonding in relationships than creating together.

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Stephen Covey

Anything less then a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.

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Stephen Covey

To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.

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Stephen Covey

Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.

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Stephen Covey

It comes from within.

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Stephen Covey

Only after we can learn to forgive ourselves can we accept others as they are because we don't feel threatened by anything about them which is better than us.

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Stephen Covey

Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are - or as we are conditioned to see it.

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Stephen Covey

Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality.

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Stephen Covey

Independent will is our capacity to act. It gives us the power to transcend our paradigms, to swim upstream, to rewrite our scripts, to act based on principle rather than reacting based on emotion or circumstance.

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Stephen Covey

Be governed by your internal compass, not by some clock on the wall.

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Stephen Covey

Only as we keep an open communication with our deep inner life will we have the wisdom to make effective choices.

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Stephen Covey

To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.

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Stephen Covey

We must look at the lens through we see the world, as well as the world we see, and that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world.

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Stephen Covey

Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It's not logical; it's psychological.

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Stephen Covey

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.

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Stephen Covey

Being is seeing in the human dimension.

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Stephen Covey

But borrowing strength builds weakness.

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Stephen Covey

Perhaps a sense of possessing needs to come to come before a sense of genuine sharing.

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Stephen Covey

Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).

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Stephen Covey

Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.

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Stephen Covey

Our character is basically a composite of our habits.

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Stephen Covey

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They're either speaking or preparing to speak. They're filtering everything through their own paradigms, reading...

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Stephen Covey

Seek to understand rather than be understood.

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Stephen Covey

Empathy takes time, and efficiency is for things, not people.

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Stephen Covey

When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air.

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Stephen Covey

The more deeply you understand other people, the more you will appreciate them, the more reverent you will feel about them. To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.

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Stephen Covey

The more authentic you become, the more genuine in your expression, particularly regarding personal experiences and even self-doubts, the more people can relate to your expression and the safer it makes...

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Stephen Covey

Empathic listening takes time, but it doesn't take anywhere near as much time as it takes to back up and correct misunderstandings when you're already miles down the road; to redo; to live with unexpressed...

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Stephen Covey

When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems.

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Stephen Covey

We not not our feelings. We are not our moods. We not even our thoughts.

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Stephen Covey

Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.

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Stephen Covey

Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.

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Stephen Covey

The core of any family is what is changeless, what is going to be there──shared vision and values.

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Stephen Covey

When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.

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Stephen Covey

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

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Stephen Covey

Through imagination, we can visualize the uncredited worlds of potential that lie within us.

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Stephen Covey

All the well-meaning advice in the world won't amount to a hill of beans if we're not even addressing the real problem.

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Stephen Covey

Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential.

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Stephen Covey

At some time in your life, you probably had someone believe in you when you didn't believe in yourself.

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Stephen Covey

To be successful we must live from our imaginations, not from our memories.

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Stephen Covey

'In empathic listening you listen with your ears, but you also, and more importantly, listen with you eyes and with your heart. You listen for feeling, for meaning. You listen for behaviour. You use your...

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Stephen Covey

Empathic listening is so powerful because it gives you accurate data to work with. Instead of projecting your own autobiography and assuming thoughts, feelings, motives and interpretation, you're dealing...

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Stephen Covey

People don't listen to understand. They listen to reply. The collective monologue is everyone talking and no one listening.

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Stephen Covey

He who has a why can deal with any what or how.

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Stephen Covey

How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.

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Stephen Covey

In the long run, you can never accomplish a worthy end with an unworthy means.

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Stephen Covey

Accountability breeds response-ability.

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Stephen Covey

The need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution.

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Stephen Covey

Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world.

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Stephen Covey

Those who get the most out of life and those who give the most are those who make the choice to act.

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Stephen Covey

When you have a challenge and the response is equal to the challenge, that's called 'success'. But once you have a new challenge, the old, once-successful response no longer works. That's why it is called...

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Stephen Covey

Be sure that, as you scramble up the ladder of success, it is leaning against the right building.

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Stephen Covey

In the space between stimulus (what happens) and how we respond, lies our freedom to choose. Ultimately, this power to choose is what defines us as human beings. We may have limited choices but we can...

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Stephen Covey

True effectiveness is a function of two things: what is produced (the golden eggs) and the producing asset (the goose).

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Stephen Covey

While we cannot always choose what happens to us, we can choose our responses.

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Stephen Covey

Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.

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Stephen Covey

Too many vacations that last too long, too many movies, too much TV, too much video game playing - too much undisciplined leisure time in which a person continually takes the course of least resistance...

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Stephen Covey

The reflection of the current social paradigm tells us we are largely determined by conditioning and conditions.

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Stephen Covey

As we make and keep commitments, even small commitments, we begin to establish an inner integrity that gives us the awareness of self-control and the courage and strength to accept more of the responsibility...

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Stephen Covey

Most people think of leadership as a position and therefore don't see themselves as leaders.

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Stephen Covey

The real beginning of influence comes as others sense you are being influenced by them - when they feel understood by you - that you have listened deeply and sincerely, and that you are open.

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Stephen Covey

We accomplish all that we do through delegation - either to time or to other people.

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Stephen Covey

Anytime we think the problem is 'out there,' that thought is the problem. We empower what's out there to control us. The change paradigm is 'outside-in' - what's out there has to change before we can change....

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Stephen Covey

Satisfied needs do not motivate. It's only the unsatisfied need that motivates. Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival - to be understood, to be affirmed,...

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Stephen Covey

The 'Inside-Out' approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness means to start first with self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self, with your paradigms, your character,...

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Stephen Covey

Until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project our intentions...

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Stephen Covey

Our behavior is governed by principles. Living in harmony with them brings positive consequences; violating them brings negative consequences.

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Stephen Covey

Our problems and pain are universal and increasing, and the solutions to the problems are and always will be based upon universal, timeless, self-evident principles common to every enduring, prospering...

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See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy.

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When we pick up one end of the stick, we pick up the other.

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Stephen Covey

Will we act upon life, or will we merely be acted upon?

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Stephen Covey

It's incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busy-ness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it's leaning against the wrong wall. It...

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Stephen Covey

Priority is a function of context.

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Stephen Covey

Frustration is a function of our expectations, and our expectations are often a reflection of the social mirror rather than our own values and priorities.

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Stephen Covey

Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.

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Stephen Covey

The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person. Reactive people are driven by feelings, by circumstances, by conditions, by their environment. Proactive people...

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Stephen Covey

While values drive behaviors, principles govern consequences.

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Stephen Covey

To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you're going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you...

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Stephen Covey

One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.

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Stephen Covey

In a very real sense, there are only two roles in organisations: customers and suppliers. Everybody functions simultaneously in both roles, whether inside or outside the organisation the essence of good...

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Stephen Covey

Inspire (from the Latin inspirare) means to breathe life into another.

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Trust is the highest form of human motivation.

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At the core, there is one simple, overarching reason why so many people remain unsatisfied in their work and why most organisations fail to draw out the greatest talent, ingenuity, and creativity of their...

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Stephen Covey

If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success.

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Stephen Covey

Life is a mission, not a career.

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Stephen Covey

Retire from your job but never from meaningful projects. If you want to live a long life, you need eustress, that is, a deep sense of meaning and of contribution to worthy projects and causes, particularly,...

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Stephen Covey

Most leaders would agree that they’d be better off having an average strategy with superb execution than a superb strategy with poor execution. Those who execute always have the upper hand.

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Stephen Covey

When we say that leadership is a choice, it basically means you can choose the level of initiative you want to exercise in response to the question, ‘What is the best I can do under the given circumstances?’

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This is the single most powerful investment we can ever make in life—investment in ourselves, in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute.

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Free your heart from hatred - forgive. Free your mind from worries - most never happen. Live simply and appreciate what you have. Give more. Expect less.

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Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others.

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The key to success is dedication to life-long learning.

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You always reap what you sow; there is no shortcut.

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You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.

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Habit 7 is taking the time to sharpen the saw. By renewing the four dimensions of your nature - physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional, you can work more quickly and effortlessly. To do this,...

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Stephen Covey

Whatever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of the effectiveness, happiness and trust-based...

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Stephen Covey

What you see often depends on what you are looking for.

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Our struggle to put first things first can be characterized by the contrast between two powerful tools that direct us: the clock and the compass. The clock represents our commitments, appointments, schedules,...

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Stephen Covey

As you begin to think more in terms of importance, you begin to see time differently.

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Stephen Covey

Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.

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If we overcome the pull and "get up and get at it," we will have won a victory. We have kept our own resolve. We can then move to other things, for by small means great things are accomplished. Thus, even...

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Stephen Covey

During the first few minutes in lift-off, the astronauts were strictly controlled and were powerfully buffeted by the forces of nature struggling to keep them on earth. This is somewhat comparable to the...

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Stephen Covey

I won't take time to repeat all the obvious benefits of physical exercise but will only underscore the well-attested fact that a program of regular exercise increases one's efficiency in every facet of...

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The only way we can handle change around us is to know what is changeless about ourselves

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If you organize your family life to spend even ten or fifteen minutes a morning reading something that connects you with these timeless principles, its almost guaranteed that you will make better choices...

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Stephen Covey

Interdependency follows independence.

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I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow.

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But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise.

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Stephen Covey

Highly effective people tend to be proactive. They decide to find a better job or to have better health, rather than of responding to whatever curves life throws at them.

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Stephen Covey

Love - the feeling - is a fruit of love, the verb.

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Stephen Covey

People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become,...

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Stephen Covey

Private Victory precedes Public Victory. Algebra comes before calculus.

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Stephen Covey

Look at the word responsibility-"response-ability"-the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning...

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Stephen Covey

What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life? Quadrant II activities have that kind of...

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Stephen Covey

Writing is another powerful way to sharpen the mental saw. Keeping a journal of our thoughts, experiences, insights, and learnings promotes mental clarity, exactness, and context.

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Stephen Covey

The commitments we make to ourselves and to others, and our integrity to those commitments, is the essence and clearest manifestation of our proactivity.

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Stephen Covey

Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before hey actually do it. They begin with the end in mind.

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Stephen Covey

Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree. "What are you doing?" you ask. "Can't you see?" comes the impatient reply. "I'm sawing down this tree." "You...

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Stephen Covey

If you were to fault yourself in one of three areas, which would it be: (1) the inability to prioritize; (2) the inability or desire to organize around those priorities; or (3) the lack of discipline to...

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Stephen Covey

The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focused on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and...

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Stephen Covey

We may find it convenient to live with the illusion that circumstances or other people are responsible for the quality of our lives, but the reality is that we are responsible-response-able-for our choices.

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Stephen Covey

A moment of choice is a moment of truth.

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It's sometimes a painful process. It's a change that has to be motivated by a higher purpose, by the willingness to subordinate what you think you want now for what you want later.

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Stephen Covey

If you don't let a teacher know what level you are -- by asking a question, or revealing your ignorance -- you will not learn or grow

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Stephen Covey

The way we see things is the source of the way we think or the way we act

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Stephen Covey

Actually I did not invent the seven habits, they are universal principles and most of what I wrote about is just common sense. I am embarrassed when people talk about the Covey Habits, and dislike the...

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Stephen Covey

You have to water the flowers you want to grow.

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Stephen Covey

To ignore the unexpected (even if it were possible) would be to live without opportunity, spontaneity, and the rich moments of which "life" is made.

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Stephen Covey

Synergy is everywhere in nature. If you plant two plants close together, the roots commingle and improve the quality of the soil so that both plants will grow better than if they were separated. If you...

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Stephen Covey

Someone once inquired of a Far Eastern Zen master, who had a great serenity and peace about him no matter what pressures he faced, "How do you maintain that serenity and peace?" He replied, "I never leave...

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Stephen Covey

A long, healthy, and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others.

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Stephen Covey

In effective personal leadership, visualization and affirmation techniques emerge naturally out of a foundation of well thought through purposes and principles that become the center of a person's life.

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Stephen Covey

Interdependence is a choice only independent people can make

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Stephen Covey

As a principle-centered person you try to stand apart from the emotion of the situation and from other factors that would act on you, and evaluate the options. Looking at the balanced whole-the work needs,...

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Stephen Covey

Moving along the upward spiral requires us to learn, commit, and do on increasingly higher planes. We deceive ourselves if we think that any one of these is sufficient. To keep progressing, we must learn,...

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Stephen Covey

The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat,...

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Stephen Covey

"If I make deposits into an Emotional Bank Account with you through courtesy, kindness, honesty, and keeping my commitments to you, I build up a reserve. Your trust toward me becomes higher, and I can...

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Stephen Covey

A mission statement is not something you write overnight... But fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion...

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Stephen Covey

If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.

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Stephen Covey

Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.

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Stephen Covey

Synergy is better than my way or your way. It's our way.

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Stephen Covey

The deepest desire of the human spirit is to be acknowledged.

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Stephen Covey

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.

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Stephen Covey

Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It's the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to...

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Stephen Covey

Inevitably, anytime we are too vulnerable we feel the need to protect ourselves from further wounds. So we resort to sarcasm, cutting humor, criticism - anything that will keep from exposing the tenderness...

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Stephen Covey

The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions

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Stephen Covey

We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles.

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Stephen Covey

You can't live principals you can't understand.

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Stephen Covey

All things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint. If you don't make a...

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Stephen Covey

We are free to choose our actions, . . . but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.

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Stephen Covey

Most people define greatness through wealth and popularity and position in the corner office. But what I call everyday greatness comes from character and contribution.

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Stephen Covey

The leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, 'Wrong jungle!' ... Busy, efficient producers and managers often respond ... 'Shut up! We're making progress!'

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Stephen Covey

I think the most significant work we'll do in our whole life, in our whole world is done within the four walls of our home.

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Stephen Covey

Look at the weaknesses of others with compassion, not accusation. It's not what they're not doing or should be doing that's the issue. The issue is your own chosen response to the situation and what you...

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Stephen Covey

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities

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Stephen Covey

The struggle comes when we sense a gap between the clock and the compass - when what we do doesn't contribute to what is most important in our lives.

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Stephen Covey

Most people say their main fault is a lack of discipline. On deeper thought, I believe this is not the case. The basic problem is that their priorities have not become deeply planted in their hearts and...

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Stephen Covey

You can't change the fruit without changing the root.

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