Stephen Covey, author of the landmark self-help book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, passed away July 16.
Scott Eblin, acoach, shared his reflections on his favorites of the habits.
• Begin with the end in mind. This is especially important for long-term goals. “By their nature, longer term goals are usually less clear and the path to achieving them is less certain. I’m still learning how to articulate them and then reverse engineer back from those goals in bite-size chunks that are actionable in the short run,” Eblin writes.
• Put first things first. “With email overload and 24/7 connectivity via smartphone, the world is a lot different today than it was when The Seven Habits was first published in 1989,” Eblin writes. “Technology makes it much easier for others to impose their urgencies upon you today than 23 years ago.”
• Seek first to understand, then be understood. “A few years ago I learned that this habit was first articulated by St. Francis of Assisi. Props to Stephen Covey for bringing it back to modern day attention,” Eblin writes.
— Adapted from “What I’m Still Learning from Stephen Covey,” Scott Eblin, “The Next Level” blog.