7 habits of highly effective people by stephen covey

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This is the ability to control one's environment, rather than control other.It is more than taking initiative.

Be Proactive

What happens to a bottle of soda when you shake it up?


What happens to a bottle of water when you shake it up?

It stay calm!

When you are PROACTIVE, you make a choice about how you react to the things that happen in your life. You act like a water bottle. You might get shaken up or mad, but you stay calm and dont explode.

circleofinfluencecircle ofconcern

Focus on things you can change or influenceThings you cant controlThings you can control or change

How could you be more proactive?

Things you CANT control or change:Other peopleThe weatherThings you did wrong in the pastHow other people treat meHomework

Things you CAN control or change:Your attitudeYour moodYour reaction to good and bad things that happenHow I treat other people

We are responsible to make things happenWe are responsible for our actionWe choose our behaviorWhen things dont go your way, you arent happy, BUT you stay calm.Concept of circle of concern and circle of influenceConvincing Part of Habit

As emotion is the part of human nature because of which an expert person can be derailed from proactiveness.

Doubtful Part of Habit

It helps in handle situationIt helps in making good choices about how you respond to something happening You are always ready with a calm attitudeIt make sure that the right things will happen at right time.It focus on those things that you can change(circle of influence)Appreciations

Time taking activityLots and lots of practice required.


This habit is based on the principle that all things are created twice.There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creationIt state that we decide the direction of our life.It also advocate the different roles we play in life and the need to maintain a balance between these rolesIf you dont know where you are going, how will you know when you get there.

Begin with the End in Mind

Imagine Having to Fix This

How useful is that to have the end in mind

Before you figure out the end, you have to take a look at what YOU want!

By doing one exercise a person can identify what he want in end?

After ten years a newspaper decides to do a story about YOU! They interview four people about you. These could be friends or family. What would you want them to say about you?


We write our own scriptAll things are created twice and The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint.One of the best ways to incorporate Habit 2 into your life is to develop a Mission Statement.

Convincing Part of Habit

Difference between ideas and priorities can be threat.

Doubtful Part of Habit

Helpful in making mission statementRe-write our own mission statementCovey emphasizes that our self-awareness empowers us to shape our own lives, instead of living our lives by default.Appreciations

This habit is where habit 1 and habit 2 comes together.Habit 3 is the second creation, the physical creationThis is the habit of discipline and management of your life as per the direction you have chosen. This habit differentiate between urgent & important. Put First Things First

We must have the discipline to prioritize our day-to-day actions based on what is most important, not what is most urgent.We should plan according to the nature of thing.We should make weekly schedule

Convincing Part of Habit

Doubtful Part of Habit

It will better controlGrantees successful completion of tasksAvoid panic situations