“You can’t be successful with other people if you haven’t paid the price of success with yourself.” Stephen R. Covey, the Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit 1: Be proactive

– take responsibility of your life.
Change your perception from “Things happen to me” to “I’m responsible of my success, no matter what”

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

– to start with a clear understanding of your destination.
Set clear goals, and work towards them every single day, step by step.

Habit 3: Put first things first

– learn to prioritize based on what is important and not urgent.
Too many times we focus all of our energy to the things that have approaching deadline, when in fact we should focus most of our attention to the things that are the most important, and have the biggest positive results.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

– a frame of mind that constantly seeks mutual benefit, in everything.
See that there doesn’t always have to be a loser in an argument, business or arrangement, seek ways to make all participants get something out of the deal.

Habit 5: Seek first to understand and then to be understood

– In any argument first listen, then listen some more…and only then say what you think.

Habit 6: Synergize

– the realization that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Learn to see and control the bigger picture rather than going with your immediate response.
Try to find the root of the problem before trying to solve the current symptom..this applies to both relationships and in business.

Habit 7: Sharpen the saw

– never stop improving, organizations and people that sharpen the saw are always looking for ways to improve, especially when things are going great.