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Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective–the Best Leadership and Productivity Quotes

The Best Quotes of Steven Covey from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Start with the end in mind. ”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habits are the backbone of our lives.

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

What does this meaning in the real world?

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

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

It goes a bit beyond respect, to love.  Covey unpacks what love is:

“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.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“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.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit 4: Think Win/Win

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“[W]isdom is the child of integrity—being integrated around principles. And integrity is the child of humility and courage. In fact, you could say that humility is the mother of all virtues because humility acknowledges that there are natural laws or principles that govern the universe. They are in charge. Pride teaches us that we are in charge. Humility teaches us to understand and live by principles, because they ultimately govern the consequences of our actions. If humility is the mother, courage is the father of wisdom. Because to truly live by these principles when they are contrary to social mores, norms and values takes enormous courage.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“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.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Power of potential:

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

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“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 soul’s code.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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