7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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7 Ashley Armijo Psych 141 Extra Credit Option 1: Article Summary #2 7 Habits of Highly Effective People The title of Stephen Convey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, gives away the main crux of the book: the seven characteristics and behaviors that successful people have mastered and that people should continuously work on improving themselves. This is by no means a quick fix program; you must internalize it—learn it, teach it, and do it. Although a little repetitive, Convey’s book conveys a powerful message and reinforces the habits that are essential to being an effective person. The habits are nothing more than common sense guidelines, but they are put together in a way that gives it a fresh insight. It made me realize that I am far from having any of the 7 habits, in fact—I need to work on my paradigm shift. I found the story of the man on the subway with his kids going out of control to be quite moving and inspirational. I could imagine myself reacting the same way as the annoyed subway passenger did, making a crude remark about controlling his kids; oblivious to the fact that he had just lost his wife and the children had just lost their mother. The first habit is to be proactive, not reactive. It is a personal vision. It is important to take responsibility for one’s actions, and not put place blame on anyone, or circumstances. We have the response-ability to choose our response. Proactive people don’t deny their genetics, upbringing or environmental surroundings, but only view them as influences. The second habit is to begin with an end in mind. It is about personal leadership deciding on your own personal goals and values. Habit 3 is about personal management, sorting out the important versus urgent. The fourth habit is to think win-win. Be open to a third alternative, because there is always room for improvement.
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