6 Classic Lessons: From the writer of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

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From: Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits has a way of seeping you in, with several life lessons touching on almost every aspect of life from marriage to parenting to leadership.

1. Putting First Things First

“Easy leadership is putting first things first”.

In order to be a great leader, one has to prioritize the most important things before others, and has to distinguish the most critical from the insignificant and place the critical first.

First in order, then first in priority and first in rank. If the critical is placed first, and given the critical focus and attention, there is certainly effectiveness in leadership with soar.

2. Begin With The End In Mind

It is important in everything that we do, we ask ourselves what we are trying to accomplish. It is more adept at answering this question for the short and medium term goals. You will realize, you can get better at beginning with the end in mind for longer term goals but you my still have to put in more effort to get there.

3. Think Of Win-Win Situations

“This is a frame of the heart and mind that always seeks mutual benefit in all interactions of humans”

According to Covey, Win-Win means agreements are mutually satisfying and beneficial. He says that the way people think in terms of dichotomies; win or lose, hardball or softball, strong or weak is fundamentally flawed.

4. Stick To Your Main End Goal

“The main goal is to keep the main goal the main goal”

It is important that you never lose sight of the big picture and always be determined by keeping the main thing the main thing.

Failure is hugely contributed to by losing focus. Even though you have a good start, it is essential that you avoid all sorts of distractions and attractions you may experience in life that may sidetrack you. Be focused on the main thing, and keep it the main thing!

5. Your Character Is Critical

Stephen Covey teaches us that our character is a composite of our habits, and therefore, we should know that character is very critical. Watch your habits because they determine your character and it is your character that defines your life. It is difficult to rise higher than your character’s fortitude. Your character forms the foundation for your life and for you to change your life, you have to change your character.

6. Be Good At Listening

Lastly, we first need to understand, to be understood. Listen to what other people have to say and try to understand them. Equally, they will grant you the same courtesy and respect your opinions just as you have shown them. Stephen writes,

“We have a tendency to rush things, and fix them up with good advice”

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10 Things: The Life Taught Me…

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From: My Life (Abin c Pascal)

Play the moments, pause the memories, stop the pain, and rewind the happiness

 …Mary Ann

 1.       Education: It is for sharing and using not to keep as a safe thing in your pocket

Education: the base of a quality life. Education is not only getting the knowledge but it is all about sharing and using that in practical life. A man with a bundle of unused and unshared knowledge is like a man with a big jar of wine but not tasting and sharing it. It is worth nothing but wasting the space. Always share what you have and use it. The people will say that you are a leader and a consultant.

2.       Career: If you go for experience and knowledge, career will be lucrative and full of excitements

It a common illusion we turn our career into a cash plowing field in the beginning itself, it is a great mistake!!! Always follow you passion to choose your career and in the starting we will be facing liters and liters of difficulties but if you give your focus only on your experience and knowledge, soon you will be plowing tons and tons of benefits from your career. You will get the moneyfame and strength automatically. So focus on your passionknowledge and experience.

3.       Being positive is always gives you pleasure

Positive the word itself gives some positive energy. When I was starting my career as a management consultant, the challenges were high but now I am enjoying the job like anything and I am passionate about this job. See everything as a symbol of positive energy you will find no challenges but opportunities.

4.       Creating impact on others will make you remembered forever

“IMPACT”: When we say the word, we can feel the pressure and strength of it. Anybody can live in the world but at the end of the day people will remember only those who created some impact over their lives and such people are remembered foreverAlways ensure that your job, your character, your presence and your love has made some kind of impact on others. This is the only reason people feel void when they miss somebody. Think about it, think about the people who are in contact with you and think about the changes that they made only because of your presence, if there is it means you live in their minds

5.       Attitude matters- It’s a choice

Attitude is the only thing that matters in the new world. Attitude means the way you see the challenges as opportunities, the way you learn failure as the lesson of success, the way you behave when you are in the top position, the way you mind people when you have everything in your hand. From my consulting experience, I interviewed more than 1500 candidates and the major factor that I measured was the attitude of them. A good attitude will take you to the top level even if you are on the ground.

6.       Rectifying mistakes at right time will be valued more than a success

Mistakes!!! It is not at all a mistake if you rectify it at the right time. Always accept the mistakes that you have done and rectify it at the right time, then people will respect and your mistakes will not be counted. Learn from each mistake and teach others and improve yourself and never repeat the same again.

7.       Priority is the only thing that makes you win the game

Life is all about priorities, everything that you do is unknowingly prioritized by your mind and brain. If you don’t prioritize the life will no longer go like you dream, so always prioritize things that you like and follow that. In other words prioritizing is a common sense that helps you to understand what is more important to you.

8.       Love can change everything

Love the only thing that nobody can define properly, but it’s a feelLove and impact are highly co-related. When you love somebody, only the positive impact can make him/her love you back. It can change anything, it can break any rules and boundaries that mankind defined. If the impact of your love is high and deep then you will feel the changes around you, people will start feeling void in your absence.

9.       Solitude will help you to find yourself if you take it positively

Everybody feels that solitude or being alone is dark but for me it is the situation that helps me to discover the things in me. When I am alone I don’t have any boundaries in expressing what I feel then and there, I could go anywhere I wish to go, I could dream without any disturbances and I could talk to myself  and many more. All these things would shape the character of mine. So believe solitude can brings you better thoughts and realizations. Try at least once and you will explore who you are and what you want in your life.

10.   Creating great memories give you mesmerizing moments…always

Creating great memories is the place where everything come together, love, impact, passion and life. I have learned that great memories are always come from great love and passion because the impact of those two things will be remembered and live forever. Think anybody who is contact with you, a name will come like a swift, it only because they have made an impact and that you remember every time when you think about them. These moments are called mesmerizing moments that make you feel special every time.  Yes, I feel the great memories….