Stephen Covey has provided us with the perfect goal setting blueprint!

"I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a ‘transformer’ in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader."  Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey was the master at providing goal setting plans.  His classic book, "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People" is a gem.  I think there are two big things that set him apart regarding this very important subject.

He establishes very early on that people can see the same thing and still have a different view point.  This paradigm shift helps us to prepare for a mindset change.  He shows that goal setting basic steps can be the same, but the desired result is unique for each person.

Then he breaks down his seven habits into subsections.  The first three deal with taking charge of your own life and moving away from dependence on other people.  The next three involve working with others.  The last law focuses on rejuvenating your self in several ways.

There are many good goal setting books available.  But to rate one so far above the rest means that something is very different about this one.  I think "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" sets that very high watermark with the constant theme that stays with anyone who truly understands the powerful message conveyed within the pages.

That message is one that could have not only life changing power, but would certainly fuel the grass roots momentum we write about so often at books-empower.com.  The message of course is to live everyday with a major definite purpose in mind.  And to craft your goal setting within the principles and values that always strive in the end, to make things better than we found them.

I won't go through the entire book but will give you a glimpse at the seven habits.  Dr. Covey does a great job explaining the steps and what you will accomplish.

The 7 Habits

So here they are:

 "As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people’s opinions or by comparisons to others. ‘Wrong’ and ‘right’ will have little to do with being found out."  Stephen Covey

1.) Be Proactive:  This one is most important.  Stephen Covey details how your goals have to be in line with the principles in which you live your life.  I think this is the single most important habit.  You may feel stronger about another one.  After all, two people can see the same thing and have a different perspective.

2.) Begin with the end in mind:  A mission statement for your life.

3.) Put first things first:  Make sure what you do aligns with the first two habits.

4.) Think win-win:  This is a good one.  Genuinely try for mutual benefits in all solutions and agreements.  Both sides win?  What a concept for long term success.

5.) Seek first to understand.  Then be understood:  Becoming a good listener is critical to all success.  Another essential habit to acquire.

6.)  Synergize:  Become a team builder.  This is what we're trying to do with this website.  Help as many other people succeed as we possibly can.

7.)  Sharpen the saw:  Balance and renew your health, energy and resources.  We need you to be a powerful person who can inspire many people.

"Wisdom is the child of integrity-being integrated around principles. And integrity is the child of humility and courage. In fact, you could say that humility is the mother of all virtues because humility acknowledges that there are natural laws or principles that govern the universe. They are in charge. Pride teaches us that we are in charge. Humility teaches us to understand and live by principles, because they ultimately govern the consequences of our actions. If humility is the mother, courage is the father of wisdom. Because to truly live by these principles when they are contrary to social mores, norms and values takes enormous courage."    Another message from the author

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" is one of those absolute must read books.  It should be in every school library.  Goal setting is a skill that requires attention and determination.  And knowledge.  This book will provide all three.

That last habit involves Dr. Covey's concept of upward spiral.  He writes that we must continue to educate the conscience to propel ourselves to personal freedom, security and wisdom.

This goal setting masterpiece by Stephen Covey will change your life in a very positive way.  It will help you soak in the knowledge you will get from books suggested on this website.  Knowledge is the new money.  Use this book to put your growth into overdrive.

About The Author

Stephen Covey's life embodied the personal traits he wrote about in his long list of outstanding books.  His focus was always about being driven by principles.  He taught millions of people around the world that genuine success was to be found by living a life directed by the premise that, " there are three constants in life: change, choice and principles."   It is certain that Dr. Covey lived that way in his life.

It would take pages to list all of his accomplishments.  The book we're highlighting in this page is certainly his most well-known work and has had a tremendous effect on countless people around the world.  But I think the testament to his legacy is the way "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" has impacted people from so many very different cultures and ideologies.  Isn't that the characteristic of an empowering book?

Dr. Covey's list of awards is very long and ranges from best selling author to winner of International Entrepreneur of the Year, to recipient of the International Man of Peace Award.

I always remember reading this about his ability to influence so many varied cultures.  He said, "You recognize these principles because they are common to every society that prospers and endures."  How true is that short, but powerful statement?

Stephen Covey died on July 16th, 2012 at the age of 79.  He legacy and teaching lives on through his literacy genius and his ability to teach the importance of living a life of purpose and principles.

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Just below is a quote from "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson.  The chapter title is "Open Your Heart To Compassion." 

"Every day we are given hundreds of opportunities to practice compassion in action.  We can learn to be less reactive and live with more patience.

We can smile when others are serious.  We can drive our cars more carefully, pick up litter on the streets, recycle, and reduce our consumption.

We can resolve conflicts rather than create them, and we can become less judgemental and more inclusive.  When someone is aggressive, we can teach them to be more peaceful.  Instead of waiting for an example, we can be the example.

The more compassion that enters your heart, the happier and more peaceful you will become.  By knowing that you are doing your part to create a better world-whatever form that takes-you will fill any void that exists in your life, and you will begin to find the peace you are looking for."

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