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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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Agha Mansoor Azeemi

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* Stephen R. Covey's Book - (1994)
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®”

Habit #1
Be Proactive!

You're Gonna Go Far!
Habit #3:
Put First Things First
Habit #4
Think Win-Win

The 7 Habits of
Highly Effective People*

You Are in Control
Habit #1:
Be proactive.
We are the force and driver of our life.
"I am responsible for my feelings and the way I deal with situations"
Habit #1 is the first step toward achieving your own private victory
Proactive vs. Reactive
There are 2 different types of people:
Proactive people and
Reactive people
Reactive people let others control their lives, while proactive people are independent and lead their own path
Take responsibility
Make wise choices
Base their choices off of values
Think before they act
Find a way to make it happen
Blame people for their own feelings
Don't take responsibility for their actions
Make choices based on impulse, without thinking it through
Wait for things to happen
In Control!
The one thing we CAN control is how we respond to situations
It is up to each person to deal with a situation in a formal manner or to lose control
In order to have an idea of what we want to act like we should have ROLE MODELS
We Have the Power to Overcome ANYTHING
We can overcome any obstacle that comes our way, God has given us the tools!
Take initiative
Think about solutions
No-Can-Do People
Wait for things to happen
Think of problems
Acted upon
Use Your Toolbox
4 Human Tools to help you decide what to do
My Role Model is Walt Disney because he followed his dreams and made the impossible possible. Who's yours?
Self Awareness
I can look at myself and observe my thoughts and actions.
I can look at these things and make judgements of how I can better myself
I can listen to the voice inside of me telling me right from wrong
I can use my thoughts to envision new opportunities
I have the power to choose my destiny
I can be proactive at home by taking responsibility for my actions and words towards others.
Habit #2:
Begin with the End in Mind
Habit #2:
Develop a clear picture of where you want your life to take you

Decide what your values are and set goals to get you there
Beginning with the end in mind is just another phrase that means to plan your future
We lived only X years, which means we have lot of years to live.... so, plan your future and make it happen.
My plan is to get straight A's and volunteer in high school so that I can one day get into one of the best University
Choices and Consequences
When we choose our paths we are accepting the consequences that comes with it
If you don't control your own destiny someone else will, and they will most likely lead you to a place you don't want to go
Personal Mission Statement
A mission statement outlines your morals and goals, who you are and who you want to be
Helps you to make wise decisions for YOURSELF and no one else
My mission statement is: Do the best possible. It reminds me that in whatever I do, I have the potential to make it the best
Things to Remember
The 3 Watch-Outs
1. Negative Labels:
Putting labels on people is a form of prejudice and allows your mind to judge someone before you know them
2. "It's All Over" Syndrome:
Giving up immediately, this is a false conception many people get, but the fact of the matter is, it is NEVER over
Keys to Reaching Your Goal
Once we have our mission statement, we can set goals that break down our mission into more chewable pieces
Key #1
Key #2
Key #3
Key #4
Key #5
Count the Cost.
We often set goals that are too big for us to handle, by counting the cost it can help us celebrate small milestones that help us on our journey to reaching our big goal
Not too long ago I wanted to make a plan to clean the house everyday. This goal was a little bit too big for me, so I counted the cost and began by just cleaning my room and my bathroom everyday.
Put It in Pen.
A written goal carries more power than the thought of one. By writing our goals it gives us a clear outline or to-do list that we can check off as we set off to achieve that goal
Some Common Momentous Moments in Life
Rope Up.
For some people, it is hard to rely on others to get things done, but in order to accomplish more it is smart to "rope up" with someone and borrow their strength to help your own
The 4 Quadrants
Quadrant #1
The Procrastinator
Most common quadrant
The procrastinator puts off doing important things and leaves them for last minute
Addicted to urgency
Common results of living in Quadrant #1 are:
- stress
- anxiety
- burnout
Quadrant #2
Quadrant #3
The Yes-Man
Quadrant #4
The Slacker
Category filled with waste and excess
Many students get caught up in this when they begin to relax from homework and put it off for watching TV or playing on the internet
Results of living in Quadrant #4:
- lack of responsibility
- procrastinate
- guilt
Plan, Plan, Plan!
Start using a planner as a way of organizing your life and putting your priorities in the right place
Step #1
Identify the big projects that need to get done and put them at the top of your to-do list
Step #2
Block out time in your planner so that you can use this time toward finishing the project
Step #3
Schedule in everything else you want to do
A Small Thought to Keep in Mind:
Whenever you are feeling down and think you can't do something or get something done, just remember that you CAN and WIll!
If you think something it will become reality if you have the courage to pursue that thought.
Peer Pressure
Peer pressure is when others pressure you to do something against your will
Some of your most difficult moments will come when facing peer pressure
There are 2 steps to help build your confidence when faced with this pressure:
-build your personal bank account(promises to yourself)
-write mission statement and stick to it
The Win-Win attitude is when you think to yourself:
"I can benefit from this, and so can you!"
Foundation for getting along well with people
The 4 Attitudes Towards Collaboration
An attitude that says that success can only be shared with one person, and that person is ME
Win-Lose is attitude full of pride and greed
With this attitude you will be a doormat to people in which they will always gain while you lose
Examples of Lose-Win: abusive relationships
Probably the worst attitude of them all
Attitude that if I am gonna lose, you are gonna lose too!
Most commonly found in revenge, when you try to hurt others you are hurting yourself as well
Belief that everyone can win and benefit from the opportunity
Competing and Comparing:
The 2 No-No's
Habit #5
Seek First to Understand,
then to be Understood
Key to Communication
Deepest need in each human being, it is human nature to want to be understood by others and to be accepted
5 Poor Listening Styles
To understand people you must listen to what they have to say, not just with your ears but with your heart
#1 Spacing Out
Spacing out is when someone is talking but we block out their voice and fail to hear what they are saying
#2 Pretend Listening
Pretend listening is when we space out or choose not to listen, but give others the impression that we are listening
#3 Selective Listening
Selective listening is when we listen only to the part of someone's story that interests OURSELVES. This is selfish.
#4 Word Listening
Word listening is when we pay attention only to the words the person is saying, without reading into the person's body language or feelings toward the subject.
#5 Self-Centered
Self-centered listening is when we only see things from our point of view, we make judgements without thinking about the whole story
Habit #6

Synergy is achieved when a group of people work together to create something greater than anyone could by doing the job alone
Celebrating Differences
Finding new and better ways
Celebrating Differences
Foundation of synergy
Diversity is everywhere and is endlessly increasing so we have to accept it
Celebrators value differences and see them as an advantage
It is better to have a variety of everything than a whole lot of the same thing
not knowing what other people believe in or what their story is
occurs in most our surroundings & workplaces, where people have a group of friends that are so exclusive that they don't allow anyone different in
when people label, discriminate, or stereotype people based on a person's physical characteristics
Action Plan
Steps to getting synergy in your life:
1. Define the problem
2. Their way, seek to understand others' ideas before your own
3. My way, share your ideas with others
4. Brainstorm, create ideas based on both opinions
5. High way, find the best solution that fits both of your ideas
Habit #7
Sharpen the Saw

Keep it Sharp!
Food and Exercise
By keeping these habits in mind you can achieve anything you want in life
All you need is hope and faith in yourself to achieve what you want

"Whatever you do, do it well."
-Walt Disney

Habit #7
is about keeping our personal self sharp so that we can better deal with our life
Regularly renewing ourselves so we can perform to the best of our ability
exercising, eating, sleeping, relaxing
Read, educate, write, learning
Build relationships, service, laugh, let yourself be happy
Meditate, keep a journal, pray, listen to music
We are passing with the time, which means that because of change in the age we need to be most cautious of how we treat our bodies
Be moderate and avoid any extremes
Most important thing: feel good physically
There are ways to take wonderful care of your body as well as ways to mess it up.
Addiction destroys lives as well as relationships, but it can be avoided
Ask Questions
Ask questions about the substance and deeply inquire on what it is you might be getting yourself into
Name the Trouble
State the Consequences
Suggest something else
Leave the situation!
Mental Barriers
Develop brain power through reading and other extracurricular hobbies
Get as much learning as possible, because it really does pay off
Sharpen your mind by reading and doing other mind enriching games
Grades are important, but if they aren't your thing there are always other options. Find what clicks with YOU!
Screentime: Any time spent on any media device
Nerd Syndrome: The misconception that to be "cool" you can't be smart
Pressure: When we are scared to do things because of the pressure it seems to bring
Build Relationships
Keep promises
Act kindly towards others
Act with loyalty
Listen to others
Laughter promotes good health and makes you feel happy!
Let loose and don't take yourself so seriously sometimes
Your soul is your private area which is only shared with yourself, some things I do that make my soul happy are:
- Meditating
- Praying
- Listening to music
- Write in my journal
- Go on my blog
- Spend time with my family
3. Wrong Wall:
Quest to be most popular or "cool". This hinders our ability to make our own decisions but allows society to control our mind
Just Do It
Now that we have developed our goal and sized it up, we now can bring up the power within us to go after that goal wholeheartedly.
Use Momentous Moments. Harness momentous/powerful moments for goal setting. Once something begins or ends it is a momentous moment to start something new.
New Job / Promotion
New Relationship
New Year

Loss of friendship
Break up with ???
I roped up with my friend for my physics project and together we divided the work and got it done in only a day!
Habit #3:
learn to prioritize and manage your time so you can do what needs to get done first and then make time for everything else
Differentiate between: Important and Urgent, and plan to make the things that fall into both of these categories you priority
your first things that contribute to your personal mission statement
activities that NEED immediate attention
I find it hard NOT to procrastinate with my school work when all I want to do is sleep! But I know that eventually I am going to have to get my work done and face up to my responsibilities
The best quadrant
Made up of things that are important
Dedicated to doing things on time and planning out room to do everything, even relaxing!
Puts most important things first
Results of living in Quadrant #2:
- in control of our life
- balance
-perform to best of our ability
Things that are urgent but unimportant
The yes-man tries to please others without caring of their own needs
Results of living in Quadrant #3:
- known for being a "pleaser"
- doormat to others
- person everyone will rely on for their own needs and worries
- carry baggage from other people
I have thought ahead and made my own personal bank account.
By having this in check I already know my answers to common questions I receive when being pressured. I don't have to worry!
I often get caught up in this type of attitude when it comes to helping my friends. I often leave out their calls for help and simply go along and help myself, only thinking of my benefit.
Competition can be healthy, but when taken to an extreme it can be dangerous and can lead to loss of relationships
Use competition as a benchmark to push ourselves against, not as a means of putting others down to make ourselves look good
Comparing can be used in the same way, comparing can become an addiction so break the habit!
It is hard to have our voice heard from others because they are also human being and look at things from their own perspective.
To improve your communication with people around us and others we can try:
- listening to them
- take time to truly understand what they are saying
This habit helped me to find a way to better understand my parents when they talk to me and ask me to do chores. I understand where they are coming from now.
I keep this habit in mind when I am assigned a project with someone I normally don't talk to. I have to keep an open mind
Balance is best!
There is a time to work and there is a time to relax and let loose
Some ways we can keep our personal self sharp:
- Eat healthy food
- Get enough sleep
- Play sports
- Read
Sometimes it is super hard to resist my favorite fatty foods, but I have to keep in mind that my body will suffer from my poor food choices.
Sometimes I don't get any of my work done because all I do is text my friends! I constantly have to remind myself to turn off my phone and turn off the distractions!
7 Habits
Habit #1- Be Proactive
Habit #2- Begin with the End in Mind
Habit #3- Put First Things First
Habit #4- Think Win-Win
Habit #5- Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit #6-Synergize
Habit #7- Sharpen the Saw

Presentation by
Azeemi Agha Mansoor

for take off ?
Habit is 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.
Desire is the motivation, the want to do.
A typical example or pattern of something; a model.

Paradigm shift
Complete change in our view point or perspective towards a particular thing, in a flash of time
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