Book Review || The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen Covey

Today's review is on the book titled 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' by Stephen R. Covey. I guess a lot of people must have read it because it's one of the most famous and popular book on personal development that I have ever come across. The book has sold more than 15 million copies since it's first publication in 1989, it focuses on building and developing good habits, it is filled with practical wisdom and principles for anyone seeking to change his or her life. I recommend it for those in the business world, corporate job, and life generally.

Habit 1: Be Proactive
In his words 'Being proactive means that as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives'. You have the ability to control your moods, feelings, and thoughts. He says, our behavior is a function of our decisions not our conditions and that we should all focus more on things we can control rather than on what we cannot because we have the initiative and responsibility to make things happen. Proactive people are values driven, they don't allow their environment to affect them. Whether it rains or shines, it makes no difference to them. They know what they want and they go for it irrespective of how it seems to be, they are in control of their emotions, thoughts, actions, decisions, and they don't worry when things don't go as expected.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
To begin with the end in mind means to start with the clear understanding of where you are going I.e your destination. You can do that by creating a image or picture of what the end of your goal or task will look like. This has been like a source of motivation for me because picturing the end from the beginning helps me stay really focused and effective on what I do. For example, how about visualizing your 50th birthday celebration, involving all that you have achieved and accomplished so far? How do you want it to look like? Create a mental picture of the future you want to see.

Habit 3: Put First Things First
This is the habit of time and life management. All things you do in life are either regarded as urgent and important or not urgent and not important. Therefore you should do things on a regular basis that will make a tremendous positive impact on your life. You should not spend time doing unimportant tasks but rather set priorities to become more successful or productive in life.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Win-Win is a frame of mind and heart that seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. It's not selfish and it's not just about following principles but about a better and a higher way of doing things. It involves mutual learning, mutual influence, mutual benefits. Stephen Covey said it's a fundamental way to success in all of our interactions. He also said, other people should not be taken as competitors but as cooperatives, and that one person success should not be achieved at the expense of the success of other people.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
This habit shows us a better way to communicate with people around us. Stephen Covey says, communication is the most important skill in life and that if you so desire to influence or effectively interact with people, you need to first listen and understand what the other person is saying. It reminds us on how important it is to improve our listening skills. For example, a good lawyer needs to first gather all the facts to understand the situation.

Habit 6: Synergize
Synergy means the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and to synergize means bringing together the whole rather than some of its part. Here its all about making improvements and bringing in something productive with the cooperation of others. And to be fully effective we must value the physical differences between people to create opportunities for each other.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
This habit encourages everyone to take some time off to sharpen themselves and improve on their skills. The greatest asset you have is you and the best investment you can ever make is on you. If you don't take good proper care of yourself, your personal productivity will decrease. The author says you can sharpen your saw physically by exercising, or spiritually by meditating, or through mental development (reading books, attending seminars, lectures, workshops), and also in a social or emotional way.

Sunday Vibes || Trusting God Through The Process

Have you been down of lately? or has life really been hitting you so hard, that you feel God has forgotten about you. You ask questions like, God why are you making me go through so much pain? why do allow this and that to happen to me? or you feel like God doesn't love you anymore? 

May be something discouraging came up, may be your prayer requests haven't been answered, may be you are going through a whole lot right now? may be you feel so lonely? or may be you just feel stagnated and you want to just give up? God told me to tell you to stop quitting every time things get hard. Yes! Hard times will come but know ye through it all you are more than a conqueror.

25 Bible Verses Every Believer Should Know

For every single issue or problem we are faced with in this world, the Bible has answers for it. And the more we know God's word, the better equipped we are as believers to share, minister, teach and model Christ to other lives. 

By writing this I'm not saying one verse is less valuable than any other, the whole Word of God is highly important and essential, but I feel these are a few number of verses every believer should be committed to know, understand, and memorize off head.

My Favorite TED Talks

TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics, from science to art to business to global issues, in more than 110 languages. 

It is owned by the Sapling Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation (a 501(c)3 organization under US tax code). The foundation was established in 1996 by publishing entrepreneur Chris Anderson. The goal of the Sapling Foundation is to foster the spread of great ideas.

Simple Things Every Lady Wants From A Man But May Never Ask For

Are you in love? Are you married or you probably still single, waiting for Mr. Right? I hope your union and relationship wax stronger and for those still waiting for the right one, I pray love will find you soon. Here are a few but random things many ladies would secretly want in a man (thank me later).
  • Good night/Good morning text messages
  • Tell her how much you love her everyday and show it in your actions
  • Respect her opinions, beliefs and contributions
  • Make surprises even if it's a little one
  • Be honest in your dealings with her
  • Pictures taken together so she can show her friends how cute or nice you are
  • Visiting and not coming empty handed, you can bring over her favorites
  • A jacket or shirt with your scent all over it
  • Sincere and lovely compliments when she looks good or dresses well
  • Alone time spent together involving real, deep and honest conversations
  • A good sense of humor
  • Being a perfect gentle man at times
  • God fearing in attitude and behavior
  • A huge sense of responsibility towards her, her dreams, her family and what she loves to do
  • Commitment to demonstrate how serious you are
  • Dress well and neatly
  • Comfort and stand by her side when she is in tears
  • Patience even when she is not getting it right
  • Sing her favorite songs or worship God together with her
  • Don't be selfish, attend events, programs, seminars, concerts or travel with her
Pretty easy and simple right? You see? It doesn't take a lot to please ladies.

Book Review || The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success By Deepak Chopra

I stumbled across Deepak Chopra's eBook 'The seven spiritual laws of success' through the help of a friend (Hello friend...thank you) during the week and I deeply love and appreciate the powerful words of wisdom in it, if you haven't read it please do so. Been thinking of doing book reviews on the blog for a long time now but I have been a bit skeptical about it because it's a lot of hard work and if not carefully done, one could get into trouble.

But I think it's a great idea all the same, because I may have a library of great books that someone doesn't have and may want to pick up lessons from. And people can get the opportunity to have insights on what a particular book is about. You guys also get to contribute, share your thoughts and ideas on what book I could review next, give the book either a thumb up or a thumb down, recommend it for someone or get useful information from it. So yes, I will be doing book reviews once every month on this blog.

This book is basically about the spiritual approaches to achieve success and affluence in life, his teachings are so powerful and like he said, this is a book you will truly cherish for a life time.

1. The law of pure potentiality: If you have the desire, you have the ability to manifest that desire. The source of all creation is pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest. And when we realize that our true self is one of potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in the universe. Everything is possible!

2. The law of giving: If you want joy, give joy to others, if you want love, learn to give love, give what you want to see. Givers truly never lack!

3. The law of "KARMA" or cause and effect : Whatever you sow, you will reap. Your choices of today can affect your tomorrow, so plant good seeds now.

4. The law of least effort: Grass doesn't try to grow, it just grows. Fishes doesn't try to swim, they just swim. Practice acceptance, responsibility, and defenselessness. Be everything you want to be.

5. The law of intention and desire: That one pointed intention, that quality of attention that is unbending in its fixity of purpose.

6. The law of detachment: In order to acquire anything, you have to relinquish your attachment to it.

7. The law of "DHARMA" or purpose in life: Everyone has a purpose in life, a unique gift or special talent to give to others. You are here for a reason!

Who else has read the book and would love to make contributions? please feel free to share your comments with me below. And don't forget to drop ideas on what next book I should review on the blog, thank you.

Have a blessed day:)

The Things Money Can't Buy

Happy Monday friends...SALTS (smiled a little then stopped)! Lol...okay...Happy New Week NDB readers (puts on my nerdy glasses) did your weekend go? Awe...some I guess? was a tough one for me...but what matters right now is that I am here doing one of the things I love to do:)

How To Stay Motivated When You Don't Feel Like Acheiving Your Goals

Do you ever feel overwhelmed and don't know how to proceed? or you just feel like not going on anymore? Yes I have been there. In fact, I loose zeal, determination, and inspiration almost all of the time especially when fear or feelings of doubt creeps in. Probably you got rejected from something or you received a bad news from home. May be you can't find enough time to work on your own projects because of how hectic your job is. Perhaps, things didn't work out the way you expected them to be.
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