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7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Updated: Mar 13, 2021




This is a book that will predominantly help with self-improvement and is based on Ancient wisdom. readers may agree with it's principles but may find it slightly harder to Action. Try adding these habits in UpTicker to implement these habits and to make them a part of your daily routine


The Author Stephen R Covey was vice-chairman of Franklin Covey and Tort principle centred living and leadership he wrote several best sellers including the 7 Habits of highly effective people which has become a business classic.






  1. Be proactive

  2. Begin with the end in mind

  3. Put first thing's first (Increase the priority from the settings page for tasks which require more importance)

  4. Think win-win

  5. Seek to understand first then be understood

  6. Synergise

  7. Sharpen the saw


Developing good character is much more important than developing a good personality. Your personality forms organically when your character is routed with good principles. Displaying a personality that's inconsistent with your character is deceptive, manipulative and destructive.


Character is a habit and a habit is what you do consistently. If you act consistently in a new way you will form and become a new and improved person. By adding new behaviours in UpTicker you can implement them more easily and form positive habits quicker.


Fairness, integrity, human dignity, equity, honesty, excellence, patience, perseverance, caring, encouragement, courage, a spirit of service and a Can-Do attitude are basic principles and values that can make you more effective. A leader having mastered him or her self can can help and inspire others.


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit - Aristotle
  • Know - Understand what you want to do and why

  • Develop Skills - Become able to do it

  • Desire - You must want to do it out of your own fruition

In choosing our response to circumstances, we powerfully affect our circumstance

Focus on the many people focus on on on making a measurable difference in the world outside but neglect the source of power that makes production possible which is is mastering your your interior self


1. Be proactive


Highly effective people take initiative and are proactive. They don't impose any physical or mental limits on themselves that prevent them from acting and taking action. They realise they have the freedom to build their character and how they act. They may not be able to control their external circumstances but they can decide how they respond and learn from those circumstances.


Change your inner monologue from:

  • I can't do anything to let's think about what I can do

  • That's just me to I can change the way I am

  • He drives me cry to I can choose the way I respond/react

  • I can't to I can

Proactive people think in terms of what they can do. Take responsibility and act in the realm of what is possible and you will get stronger as time passes. You will be able to do more and more.


2. Begin with the end in mind


Many people spend their whole life pursuing goals that are unsatisfying and meaningless. Think carefully about your goals. One quick look at tabloid headlines shows that being rich and famous with power and money may not be a good goal to set.


Plan to reach the right goal. Imagine yourself sitting in the back of a room at your funeral and imagine what people could honestly say about you based on the way you are right now, do you like what you hear? And is that how you want to be remembered? If not change it, implement personal leadership.


Begin by drafting a personal mission statement that will outline the type of person you want to be and the goals you want to accomplish. See yourself as you really are, are you a workaholic, are you a money grabber, are you a mean person and are you self-centred decide what needs to change and what you want to become, write this statement, make a commitment and commit.


3. Put first things first


As humans we give lesser importance to things which require high priority and I importance to things that require less priority. Many people spend their time reacting to urgent circumstances and never invest in necessary effort to develop the ability to prevent the emergencies. they confused the urgent with the important. Set out your tasks and set your priority in advance with UpTicker.


Spend some time planning, developing relationships, cultivating opportunities, avoiding pitfalls and getting adequate recreation. Cramming more and more business related activities into your schedule is not the best route to take. Rather spend time on the important things. UpTicker identifies areas in your life that require more attention / importance.


By taking a look at the pie chart, UpTicker users can identify which parts of their lifestyles they are neglecting.


4. Think Win/Win


“Interpersonal leadership” aims to make both parties winners whether that be in marriage business or other relationships. two wins makes everyone better off and two losses makes everyone worse off how do you affected people strive for a win-win in transactions which make it profitable for everyone 12 to contribute and co-operate any other kind of transaction is destructive as it leaves someone worse off and leaves bad feeling such as animosity and hostility multiply your lies not your enemies.


5. Seek first to understand then be understood


Communication is highly important in your personal life and your professional life. It’s a two-way street.


To develop win/win scenarios understand what the other party wants and what winning means to them. Don't assume you know. Listen carefully. Always understand what the other person or party wants and needs before outlining your own objectives.


Do not argue or oppose what you hear. Listen carefully, think about it and put yourself in the other party shoes.


Good lawyers make it a practice to write the strongest possible case they can from their opponents point of view and when they understand those arguments they are then in a good position to draft an opposing case from their clients perspective. This tactic is just as valuable in personal and business relationships.


Develop the ability to understand the other parties needs and wants and why. Then outline your own objectives and put them in terms that respond directly to their goals. This is called acting upon the principles of “empathetic communication”.


6. Synergise


Creative co-operation yields a force greater than the sum of the parts. Just as one arch can support a greater weight than two pillars can hold. The buzzword to describe this kind of relationship is synergy which means bringing together a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Effective synergy depends on Communication.


Cooperation and communication are the two legs of a synergistic relationship. Listen, reflect, respond and actively communicate.


7. Sharpen The Saw

Think of a man in an old barn, sawing a log. The work is going slowly and the man is exhausted. The more he saws the less he cuts. A bystander tells the man to stop and sharpen his saw but the man says he can't stop because he's too busy sawing. A dull saw makes the work tedious and unproductive. Highly effective people take time to sharpen their tools which are their bodies, mind and heart. It's time for self renewal.


Effective people take care of their bodies by consistently exercising. A good exercise routine combines endurance, flexibility and strength. This is easy to plan and you do not need to join a gym to implement it. UpTicker breaks down heath and fitness into 5 facets (Movement, nutrition, sleep, recovery and mindset). By using UpTicker you can make sure you are not missing out on any of these fundamental pillars.


Effective people take care of their souls with prayer and meditation or perhaps they may read great literature or listen to great music. Never neglect the spiritual dimension as this provides energy that will help you get through thick and thin.


Television encourages passive absorption of attitudes and values. By reading, working on puzzles or engaging in challenging activity your mind stays alert, active and engaged.


Welcome developing your heart, your emotional connections and your engagement with other people. Communicate, listen and be undemanding. Always try to make others the better off and with everything you do and put them first. By doing so you're transforming yourself into a highly effective person.


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