Book Review – Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change”

This is a book which has been on my reading list for a long, long time but I have never taken the initiative to tackle in depth.  I should have because the book provides valuable information on some key areas in my life.  Covey names the habits and explains the application as a new paradigm for personal effectiveness.  I have glean the following from the each of the  7 Habits.  First, I need to “be proactive.”  As a leader, I need to take charge and not be passive about my role as a pastor.  Second, I need to “begin with the end in mind.”  I must keep my focus and have a clear vision of the expected outcome and goals.  Third, I need to “put first things first.”  There should be a priority list made concerning task and I should approach the list with the most important or most pressing need being handled first.  Fourth, my attitude with others should reflect a “win-win” scenario.  I want to help others and discovering common ground can assist me in having the preferred outcome.  A less preferred outcome would include a loss and the loss would come at an expense to either me or the person I am coaching/ministering.  Fifth, “seeking first to understand, then to be understood” will help improve my listening skills and gain the platform to help others.  Sixth, “synergy” is vital in ministry as it makes room for teamwork.  Having the resources of others is vital for productivity and time efficiency.  Seventh, “sharpening the saw” is something which seems like I am always engaged.  I must be a student of God’s Word and a student of the people to whom I am called to serve.  I must seek ways to continue and improve myself.  The book was helpful and practical.

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