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Favorite Quotes from 7 Habits (Part 2)

“Our character, basically, is a composite of our habits.” -Page 46

“For our purposes, we will define a habit as the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire. Knowledge is the theoretical paradigm, the what to do and the why. Skill is the how to do. And desire is the motivation, the want to do. In order to make something a habit in our lives, we have to have all three.” -Page 48

“Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose.” -Page 70

“The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it. This literally turns a failure into a success… Our response to any mistake affects the quality of the next moment. It is important to immediately admit and correct our mistakes so that they have no power over that next moment and we are empowered again.” -Page 91

“In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances outside our Circle of Influence to shape much of our lives by default. We reactively live the scripts handed to us by family, associates, other people’s agendas, the pressure of circumstance – scripts from our earlier years, from our training, our conditioning… In developing our own self-awareness many of us discover ineffective scripts, deeply embedded habits that are totally unworthy of us, totally incongruent with the things we really value in life. Habit 2 says we don’t have to live with those scripts. We are response-able to use our imagination and creativity to write new ones that are more effective, more congruent with our deepest values and with the correct principles that give our values meaning.” -Page 100, 104

“Suppose you were to start criticizing our supervisor and I basically told you I agree with the content of some of the criticism and suggest that the two of us go directly to him and make an effective presentation on how things might be improved. Then what would you know I would do if someone were to criticize you to me behind your back?” -Page 196

“Win/Win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions… One person’s success is not achieved at the expense or exclusion of the success of others… It’s not your way or my way; it’s a better way, a higher way.” -Page 207

“Or perhaps they were in an emergency situation where people cooperated to an unusually high degree and submerged ego and pride in an effort to save someone’s life or to produce a solution to a crisis. To many, such an event may seem unusual, almost out of character with life, even miraculous. But this is not so. These things can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. But it requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.” -Page 264

*All quotes are from the amazingly wonderful book called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. If you have not read it, I recommend it!

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