7 Habits of Highly Effective People


What habits do we need to be effective in our personal and professional lives? How do we manage our time and schedules to be in synch with our priorities? What is most important?

These were the questions I was asking myself many years ago, when I discovered a wonderful, life-changing book. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey, ranks as one of my top 5 books of all time.* Many of you probably have heard of it, or heard about some of the concepts taught within.

What I love about it is the philosphy, order, research and explanation of how people are successful. As a follower of Jesus Christ, this book fits very well with the Christian world view. The first 3 habits represent inner work, personal discipline and learning how to be more independent:

Be Proactive
Begin with the End in Mind
Put First Things First

The next set of 3 habits represent interdependence, how we interact with others:

Think Win/Win
Seek First to understand, then to be Understood

The last and 7th habit is Sharpen The Saw. Covey tells a metaphor about 2 people in a contest to chop down the most trees. The first person was hard at work, head down, focused and intense. The second person kept taking little breaks. At the end of the contest, the second person won, having chopped down the most trees. The first person asked the second, “How is that possible? I was working so hard, but you kept taking breaks. What were you doing on those breaks anyway?” The second person answered, “Sharpening my saw.”

The point, of course is that we are all humans, with basic needs. Though driven at times by deadlines, wanting to succeed, we all have to face our limitations. We all need food, sleep, water, air, love, community and more.

I can help you become a more effective person. Not necessarily efficient, because that is a fast-track to burn out. Effective means we are doing the things in life that match up with our stated values and beliefs. We live out our priorities and tackle our time management based on important, not urget, behaviors and events.

Please give me a call, if you’d like to learn more. I know I can teach you the 7 habits, and help you with any obstacles blocking your best life. What have you got to lose? Call today to discuss how I may serve you.

J. Faith Gallup, LCSW

PS: Would you like to learn more about that book? Click on the link below for a good summary:

*My favorite books of all time:
#1 The Bible – specifically, James
#2 The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck
#3 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
#4 Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
#5 Boundaries, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
#6 The Search for Significance, by Robertt S. McGee
#7 The Sacred Romance, by John Eldredge
#8 The Language of Letting Go, by Melodie Beattie
#9 The Narnia Chronicles, by C.S. Lewis
#10 Influencer, by Joseph Grenny, et. al.