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Highly successful effective people live the Stephen Covey 7 habits.

They are pro-active with clarity on what they aim for and clear plans on how to get there.

A man without a plan for their career or business, get tired and take the wrong actions.

The successful and effective person with an  internal locus of control are:

  1. Pro-active with clear goals and actions
  2. Successful people’s actions are aimed at the end goal they have in mind
  3. Successful people allocate time to the things that come first

Successful and effective people’s approach to the external world include:

  1. Successful people think win/win and grow the cake for all and thus get a bigger slice
  2. Successful people question to understand others and make themselves understood in that context.
  3. Successful people synergize, collaborate and gain new opportunities and resources
  4. They sharpen the saw – keep working the plan and growing the plan.

The challenge remains to build the habits into your life. Click here for more action steps on Seven habits of highly effective people summary

A quick summary of the seven habits of highly effective people:

Habit 1: Be proactive in doing and planning

Habit 2: Begin with a very clear end in mind

Habit 3: First things first, invest your time wisely

Habit 4: Have a win/win mindset

Habit 5: Understand the other party first, then help them understand you

Habit 6: Find synergy between parties and focus on these overlaps

Habit 7: Sharpen your edge, keep growing and keep it going

For a very detailed and thorough step by step guide to the 7 habits: Habits of successful people

Successful and effective people choose the success habits they acquire.

Now we all can learn these habits.

What are the easy steps then by which you can acquire any new way of work or doing it habitually?

  1. Simply buy a book or a course in the effective habits.
  2. Read the book or print one of the summaries on this web site.
  3. Share in your work groups, family and with friends
  4. Start practicing the habits.
  5. Gain access to people doing it already and make them part of the processes.

Companies like Hewlett Packard (HP) enforced these habits in the work teams. They had a train the trainer program.

We all have habits from the past. Our habits comes from past experiences, what we believe and what we value.

We learned these habits from observation of what works in our families, friends, schools and other interactions.

The highly successful people learn the right habits from other highly succesful people at home, school and work.

We applied the habits in our families, work teams and with friends. Our companies paid for the training and then we ensured that the training is inculcated in the ways we work.

To read more and get more assistance simply click here: Covey habits

The book Seven habits from Steven Covey offers great advice.

To make the Covey habits yours, you need to practice each one over a period of 28 days or use the three step processes that take you from unconsciously unaware of the Covey habits to subconsciously competent in each habit.

We build the habits into our work teams, families and companies over the last 20 years and more.

The structure of the habits and the ongoing discussions around each one during real life situations makes the difference.

Between knowing and doing remains one of the largest gaps to success.

Thank you again to Stephen Covey for a great book on an important subject.

For a complete summary click here: Covey 7 habits

How do you find, acquire and practice the habits of highly effective people, families, work teams and businesses?

Where do find these habits?

What happens to people who practice the habits?

The old long term successful people, families and companies always had it and always practice the seven habits.

Now all people can know, practice and live the 7 habits.

The processes and steps are shared on this web site.

Please click here for more information, summaries and more:  Covey 7 habits

People with the 7 habits simply earn more with much less effort.

How do highly successful highly effective people do it?

Successful and effective people DO:

  1. Communicate their plans pro-actively to the people they choose.
  2. Choose actions to arrive at the end goal
  3. Focus on the right activities out of the plan first
  4. Ensure the others win from the interaction, while they get what they require
  5. Understand the other person, client, family first. They listen much better to what you want when they know you heard them.
  6. Ensure you drive the synergies to mutual benefit
  7. Now keep your plan and implementation going and growing.

We need processes that let us overcome our fears of (driven form the past beliefs and values), failure, rejection, getting hurt and looking stupid.

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To be or become effective means you do the right thing right at the right time.

Clear communicated goals let you focus and be energized to tackle almost any obstacle in your path.

We build teams, companies and more using the known processes. So can you.

Think back when and where you really want something. Is it not amazing how much creativeness, energy and drive you had towards this clear communicated goal?

Applying the seven habits with family, friends and work groups will have that magic effect.

Please share any results widely on Social media and in your circles of influence.

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What to do with 7 habits of highly effective successful people?

How to implement the seven habits of highly successful and effective people?

Always remember it is your choice. It all starts with YOU!

  1. The first three habits is you by yourself communicating and contributing to family, work and friend groups.
  2. The second three guides you to interact with others to their and your gain.
  3. Keep going and keep growing. You will be amazed what you can achieve.

It ends with:  “If it is to be done, it is up to me.”

We used the 7 habits to great effect in companies, work teams, family and friends.

Our past and current experiences and processes are shared on this web site.

One example is that we found joining the right groups on social sites accelerates the seven habits to effectiveness and success of anyone.

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Seven habits of highly successful people

Seven habits of highly successful people

The seven habits and short summary of each one of the 7 habits

What you will find in this article:

  • Our expert mindmap version of the seven habits
  • Your free download of the interactive seven habits mindmap
  • A list of the seven habits
  • A shot summary of each habit
  • Implementation guidelines
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Seven habits of highly successful people

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This article is with thanks to Stephen Covey and his book on seven 7 habits of highly successful or effective people.

The 7 habits and a short summary of each

Habit 1: Be proactive in doing and planning

Make it a habit to know your purpose, objectives and plans, makes it easier to take the right actions. How to overcome the traditional fears that keep us from taking action is answered in the application section below.

  • Choose your actions after careful consideration.

    The important habit is to be pro-active in the first place. Choosing the right action with knowledge and confidence helps you do what you have chosen to do.

    Time is the most valuable commodity in our lives. We were given life and thus time for free.

    The hours we have in a life time are limited and thus our most valuable commodity. Fill those hours with what give you the results you want.

  • Getting and keep things done are a most valuable habit.

    The habit to make lists and sort them into priorities is part of the habits of most successful effective people.

    Organize your lists in logical bundles to make execution easier and more effective.

    Such lists helps you plan, delegate and saying no.

    The book and courses on getting and keeping things done will help tremendously.

  • Consider alternatives in Thesis and anti-thesis

    The habit to think in structured ways includes the process of thesis and anti-thesis to stimulate discovering alternatives. Alternatives are required for planning, communicating and more.

  • You are only responsible for yourself and to others.

    The habit to take and own responsibility only for yourself helps you being responsible to others.

    You are responsible to others. Realize it is a choice.

    Choose, add and manage actions from what is important to you and not urgent

    Being pro-active means avoiding what is urgent to others and not important to you at all. Know the difference and be pro-active in saying NO!

  • Recognize and know what you can influence and not influence

    The habit of pro-activeness means you identify where you have no influence and then let it go. You focus on the useful task almost immediately when you get busy with your next clear urgent important action.

  • Take responsibility for results.

Always take total ownership for results. Where you delegate or work in a team, you assist others, ensure right resources and verify with people who knows more about the subject.

Failing forward happens when you learn from the failure.

Handling failure as a positive part of the learning curve let you take the right action.

The key difference between effective and successful people and the not yet successful is how they handle failures. A positive learning approach let you overcome the fear of failure, which leads to lack of action or procrastination.

Convert the trigger to positive action from blame or pathologies.

Failures make people run away from opportunities and growth. The negative energy from failures is turned positive by taking ownership and creates alternative solutions. Such an approach let you keep going and growing.

Recognise the negative action thieves by looking for pathology words like, they, always, again, not me, etc.

Habit 2: Begin with the clarified and verified wished for end in mind

Gain insights in what the ideal outcomes of any action or project will be.

  • Communicate the desired outcomes clearly. Now all involved people know what to work towards.
  • Explore your options using exploration, groups and admired experts
  • Every action starts in your mind. Choose proactively what you put in your mind.
  • Plan and execute the plan. Do not hesitate to change the plan with new information.
  • Communicate clear objectives, environment, and outcomes with clear measurable end goals.
  • Verify goals the S.M.A.R.T.M. way. Specific, Measurable, Rewards, Timing, Monitor
  • Think of planning a trip, house, game, etc.
  • A clear goal and actions let you say NO to stuff simply keeping you busy.

Habit 3: Put first things first – How you invest your time.

Understand and communicate what is important and urgent to you. Others will then typically buy in and contribute to your stated communicated objectives.

  • Your purpose, alternatives, goals and plans must be clear.
  • Link to the diagram in the Walk and Talk book.

Habit 3 A. Important and urgent:

  • Delegate tasks where you can.
  • Take quick effective action where you cannot say no.
  • Say no where you can.
  • Can someone else do it?

Habit 3 B. Important and not urgent:

Carefully choose the maintenance, creative, fun and new opportunity activities

Habit 3 C. Not Important and Urgent

  • Say NO easily, quickly and with no stress or fears.
  • Delegate effectively and quickly. Monitor the results and progress.
  • Where tasks are unavoidable or will come back, do the task immediately and quickly.
  • Bundle what you take on into effective slots as in Getting and keeping things done book.

Habit 3 D. Not important and not urgent. Simply say NO!

What will happen if you say no? We often have a fear of the great word NO!

Habit 4: Think win/win

The win/win approach means we optimize and maximize the benefits from a any interaction, project or joint venture.

  • Once task, project or team opportunities are maximized and optimized, we divide the benefits to serve the involved parties.
  • Always focus to maximize and optimize results for both parties involved
  • The win/win way you get more and you attract more opportunities and people.
  • Business, projects and careers need not be like a sport game where one wins and the other loses. We can BOTH WIN!
  • Grow the space by using many tools, models and process
  • Segmentation simply means breaking down any task into two levels down.
  • Alternatives means to find more than one way to reach the goals or objectives.
  • Use models like ZOPA, WATNA, BATNA, etc.

Habit 5: Seek always to understand the other parties, then to be understood by them.

Ask the clarification questions that let you ensure you really understand the communication from other parties. Grow your questioning skills with web knowledge, group exercises and experts. Understand and use models and processes for structured questioning.

  • Ask questions. Use the skill of asking good questions as in Interviews, journalists, Lawyers, etc.
  • Seeking for alternative ways to reach a goal or solve problems expands your world.
  • Various strategies will deliver the results. An example is Parent effectiveness and Strategic Selling. or project management
  • Thinking skills diagrams contribute much to win/win solutions.
  • Process mapping and Swim lanes are such tools.

Habit 6: Find synergistic overlaps between parties

Looking for synergies grows the potential results. Trust is grown when we all agree and enforce the rules.

  • Use VENN diagrams to find overlaps and a place for value and requirements of all parties
  • Grow the space for productivity as in the book GO GIVER. Say thank you easily and give freely.
  • Build TRUST in the four elements of trust
  • The future belongs to the synergizes and collaborators. Acquire the skills for the future

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Keep growing and keep it going.

Keep on growing skills as required by specific situations. Situational leaning creates the urgency and compelling event to learn, practice and master new tools, models and processes.

  • Keep your life in balance. The balance wheel spokes: Physical, mental, finances, relationships, ethics, aesthetics, etc.
  • Keep the habit forming processes going and hone the habits

Now let us implement the 7 habits of successful people.

  • Successful and effective people’s habits and competencies came out of the studies in Project zero and Vaillant at HBS
  • Acquire the skills, habits and more of successful effective people. They mostly got it at home in families.
  • Use flow diagrams in your daily work and thinking – Swim lanes examples
  • Use VENN diagrams as a habit in thinking and mapping details to grow insights
  • Use the tools we use and please add the tools you use.
  • We are publishing videos to assist you in the implementation processes
  • We share real life stories happening right now to assist you. You can follow the people on their blogs
  • Three simple steps to get almost anything done we call it ABC GO to get you there!

Living the 7 habits in your life, family, career and or businesses

  • Forming habits or master knowledge you repeat the exercise at least five times says Tony Buzan
  • The brain forms neural paths after five repeats
  • Expand what you know and your contribution increases to let you earn more and more.
  • Create check lists for success
  • Start with a purpose, explore, choose your goals, then plan and execute the plan. You are implementing your choices in an effective successful life.
  • New knowledge goes from unconsciously unaware to subconsciously aware three steps get you there – always! Explore, organize, plan and execute = ABC GO
  • Know yourself and your environment

Careers and 7 habits

  • We apply the 7 habits in career growth in our companies.
  • See the 7 habit application section for the Blueprint
  • Maintain the habits by forming interest groups and drive access to people you admire.
  • Simply discuss the habits one at a time in groups
  • Focus on issues and opportunities in your work place right now
  • Use the same tools to get the job of your heart. See the Blueprint under Applications.
  • 7 habits of Stephen Covey in practical Application areas
  • Plans for business and 7 habits
  • Inculcate 7 habits for teenagers in studies to acquire knowledge and legal requirements for the job you want
  • Careers builders know when, where and how to use the available tools in situations.

How to apply the seven habits in your everyday life

  • Stephen Covey 7 habits in Friends
  • Seven habits for building your Web presence
  • Risk management
  • Personal development
  • Thinking skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • The right actions create necessary expansion of what we belief and value.


  • Grow and expand what you belief and value to ensure success and effectiveness.
  • Values and beliefs often keep us from taking action.
  • Our current values and beliefs drive our decisions.

Here are some more resources

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How to find the career for you is a six step process

1. Identify and work to get exposure to as many different opportunities as possible

We live in a time where opportunities abound, those that are willing to do the work and spend time connecting will find many doors are already open. Spend time learning about the opportunities you have identified.

2. Which industry attracts you?

Just go with your gut feel. What did you like when you were in school? Which subjects did you excel at? Which books to you enjoy reading?

3. Once you have identified your industry of choice, its time to identify a specific career in that industry

Just start writing a story of your perfect career. How does your perfect work day look like? What do you spend most of your time doing? Who are the people you spend the most time with? Then use the words you wrote down and select a few key descriptive phrases and start doing a Google search.

4. Get more detail on what you enjoy doing

Use free online assessment tools to help you get words to describe your perfect career.

5. Once you have identified your perfect career, research what qualifications you might require

The best way to learn is to join a company that does what you want to do. Even if you do not have the correct qualifications, you can always offer to work for free or in a menial job and learn from people in the company.

This will give you a very good idea that the job and career is about and if you really want to do this job.

6. Build and begin to implement your plan

It is important to learn at your own pace while implementing your plan, getting more experience in your chosen career or business and growing your skills and competencies. Make this recipe a natural part of your day-to-day life. If you take your time and put effort into this process, you will forever enjoy the work you do and your work-life-income will increase exponentially!

It helps to start writing about your career. Why not develop your own website or blog and start writing about a specific niche in the career you chose? Read this post to learn how to identify your online niche quickly: “How do I find my niche?