7 habits of highly effective people for business

7 habits of highly effective people can be a great business or marketing plan!

7 habits of highly effective people means understanding perspectives in business

For the last 5 or so years I have lived with the philosophy of the 7 habits of highly effective people through the kids that I live with who are attending elementary school.

Many of the schools in Alberta, other parts of Canada and the United States have been teaching this way of problem solving, teamwork and finding the leader within for a few years with a many school districts reporting a high success in the way children are problem solving, higher academic achievements and developing a higher degree of confidence.

For those of you who are not aware of the The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, it was/is a best-selling book created by Stephen Covey back in 1989 that was touted as one of the greatest self-help books at that time because quite simply the premise of Mr. Covey book was that changes in character had start from the inside-out ( meaning the changes need to start from the inside of a person).

While many kids are learning how to be the leader within, I wonder how many of you who are in business could use these habits to become more confident and thus successful in what you are doing?

Looking at the 7 habits of highly effective people from a business point of view

1) Be Proactive

Whether you are a business owner or marketer, you have the ability to make decisions and choose what you are going to do. Being proactive and asking questions , learning a new skill or exploring a new concept shows that you are making choices about which path you are going to choose to follow! Sitting back and letting others tell you to join a program (as an example) just because everyone else it doing it is a reactive way to being in any kind of business and in many cases will have you jumping over a cliff with the other sheeple.

2) Begin with the End in Mind

We all have the ability to visualize the goal we are wanting to achieve. In business and marketing that means having a plan of action and breaking that plan into tasks to reach that goal. When you understand what you want to do then creating that plan will be much easier

3. Put first things First

The best way I can describe this is in one word – Prioritize! How many times have you logged into any social network and ended up losing time? I know I have! Knowing when to play and when to work is important. Create a daily and monthly list of things to do to help meet your goal. Getting into the habit of managing your time wisely, dealing with pressing issues and deadlines will become easier once you have gotten yourself into the habit of “Prioritizing”!

4. Think Win/Win

In business just as in life, for every problem there is a solution! I guess to me its all about balance and valuing what others are saying. Having an excellent customer service in place, reacting to any negativity with a positive attitude and understanding that there is room for more than one idea is important to make a business work and work successfully.

5. Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood
Just as there are many kids who need to learn how to listen, so do many adults who are in business! When you are in business and marketing learning to understand what your clients or readers are wanting, means standing back and turning your ears on. I have observed people arguing about different points and yet they are saying the same thing, just in different words. Before you say anything, stop for a moment and really listen and understand that everything is a matter of perspective and who knows you might even learn something new.

6. Synergize

In business and in life, working together to solve problems is the ideal goal. For this to happen in business, means everyone developing and executing the main business plan, building the right structure and learning how to communicate. None of these things can happen unless there is trust and connection. Everyone has their part to play in building the success of any business, learn to engage the best way to make your business work for you.

7. Sharpen the Saw.

When I first read this years ago, I had different visions of what this meant and yet when you think about it the wording is perfect. In life to sharpen your saw means taking the time to take care of yourself in terms of diet, exercise and rest. In business everything is changing all the time, so taking the time to furthering your education, staying in the loop of whats happening and trends is absolutely important if you want to succeed in business. In life and business always take that time to invest in YOU!
As you can see the 7 habits of Highly successful people is a way to change how you live and think from the inside out and it works – if you are willing to put the time to make these habits a daily way to live.

Here are some of my favorite quotes by Stephen Covey and I hope they will inspire you.

Oh before I share this, if you found this article useful, don’t forget to share with your friends and let me know how these 7 habits would work for you.

“We are free to choose our actions, . . . but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.”
~ Stephen R. Covey

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”
~ Stephen R. Covey

“Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It’s not logical; it’s psychological.”
~ Stephen R. Covey from his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.”
~ Stephen R. Covey from his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

“You can’t talk your way out of a problem you behaved your way into!”
~ Stephen R. Covey

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
~ Stephen R. Covey from his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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