According to the book by Stephen R. Covey in 1989, "The seven habits of highly effective people", there are seven habits that allow us to achieve excellence in what we do every day.
Our character is based on a number of consistent factors, many of them unconscious, which determine the effectiveness in all major aspects of our lives.
"Watch your thoughts, for acts again. Watch your actions because habits will become. Watch your habits because they form your character. Watch your character that will form your destiny, and your destiny is your life." Gandhi.
"We are what we do every day. So excellence is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle.Based on this, the habits are fundamental to personal and interpersonal effectiveness, and the author defines the next seven to achieve transform our lives:
Independence: Personal victory
4 Be proactive: take the initiative and responsibility to make things happen. Make a conscious effort to dignify our lives. You are the creator, you're in charge of everything.
5 Begin with the end in mind: Start each day with the image or paradigm of life as a reference in everything we do, that is, knowing where we are going at all times and take the right steps to get there.
6 Put first things first: Practice effective time management. Make decisions and choose, then act accordingly, ie, organize and execute actions according to priorities.
Interdependence: Public victory
4. Think win / win: The agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial in all human interactions. It is based on the belief that success can be for everyone, not that the success of a person is achieved at the expense of the other.
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood: Most people don't listen to understand but to answer. We should listen to other people trying to see the world according to their perspective, understanding what he feels, and then try to be understood, clearly exposing our ideas within the context of others.
6. Synergize: The whole is more than the sum of the parts. One plus one equals three or more. The essence of synergy is to respect differences, compensate for weaknesses and build on strengths. Synergy can occur in all settings: in oneself, in the family, in the classroom, in the company.
7. Sharpen the Saw: Consists of self-renewal in a balanced way in all areas: physical, mental, spiritual and social / emotional. To this we must be productive and invest in yourself.