Stephen Covey won a global following and his Self-help book on ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ sold 20 million copies besides being in the best-seller list for consecutive 5 years – He passed away at the age of 79 years on Monday, July 16th, 2012.
Thoughts lead to Action, Actions lead to Behavior, Behavior leads to forming Habits and eventually Habits form the character and the destiny of the Person ! This truth was written by Sage Vyasa in the Hindu Epic ‘Mahabharata’ under the section ‘Srimad Bhagavad Gita’ a song divine or discourse rendered by Lord Krishna to the dis-illusioned warrior Arjuna on the battle field Kurukshetra. ‘Training the mind’ to achieve Success in fields of interest is a well-known practice since time immemorial in India. Indian Rishis were part of the King’s cabinet with most rulers of individual Kingdoms in India and their task was to guide and mentor the Kings to take the right decisions which would benefit the ruled. So, when Stephen Covey stresses upon ‘Habits of Life’ as a critical factor to build character Ethic, it is nothing new to the ancient Indian Society. We have not practised well, those lessons learned from our treasures of Vedic literature (Vedas & Upanishads) written many thousands of years ago, to help lead a successful, healthy and righteous life which is governed by common interest.
Stephen Covey championed himself by reading these Vedic thoughts and others – to write ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’. Stephen (also called as Steve) Covey listed down these habits as mentioned below –
1. Be Pro-active – Human beings, unlike other animals, can think ahead before acting – To be pro-active is to indulge in planning your action that is directed by your set objective in your mind. A successful person can anticipate the fall-out from his action well-ahead of time. This is what Lord Krishna advises Warrior Arjuna – ‘Think and Be pro-active before the Evil prevails over your life, kingdom and your divinity. Act Now !’
2. Begin with the end in mind – Anticipation leads to focusing on the end-result of your efforts – With the goal in your mind, your efforts are well timed and rightly directed.
3. Put first things First – Prioritizing your actions can save time, effort and money. Also, it leads to more efficacy and helps in avoiding duplication of your efforts.
4. Think ‘Win-Win’ – Collaborative Efforts are based on ‘Win-Win’ principle and most tasks in our business life are collaborative. No Man is an Island !
5. Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood – Empathy enables anticipation of result. While dealing with others we have to appreciate others’ interests First, so that we can expect them to appreciate our interests.
6. Synergise – Two & Two make Five – if synergy is applied in our actions. Most efforts are done collaboratively and we have to make efforts at optimizing the available resources.
7. Sharpen the Saw; that is, undergo frequent self-renewal – A butcher spends 90 % of his work-time in sharpening his knife to deliver better results each and every time. So it applies with any other profession ! We have to improvise our skill-sets to arrive at our best output.
We are not necessarily born with all we need to lead a successful life. But, if we can train ourselves to succeed, it is possible to be perfect in what we do ! Rambuna Consultants conducts corporate training programmes to meet this objective to reach perfection and deliver success each and every time ! Call us today !