May 15 • 22M

Principles (Part I)

Timeless and universal influencers of human effectiveness

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“There are three constants in life – change, choice and principles.”
~ Stephen Covey

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Chances are good that you've read or at least know of the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Most people think it's a book about habits. It is not.

It's a brilliant book about effectiveness.

Here's the key: Effectiveness by operating within the context of “universal, governing PRINCIPLES.”

Now, you're saying what the heck does that mean?

Principles govern one's results over the long term.


Principles can be likened to the law of gravity: Throw a rock out of a window and you know it will fall toward the earth – every time!

Principles are environmental factors that control, influence, and dictate one's results.

Covey shares his, "Law of the Farm" example to convey a principle in action.

It's impossible to plant a seed today and reap the harvest tomorrow.


The principles at play demand that time and nurture are required to reap a harvest.

Thus, principles govern results.

Human effectiveness operates similarly – within a context of timeless, environmental principles.

To be effective, one must operate in alignment with principles like:





How do you know these principles govern effectiveness?

Try to imagine an effective person who is not responsible.

Try to imagine an effective person absent of direction – vision. 

Thus, each of those (above) are principles that dictate one's ability to produce the results they are looking for.


Collectively, Covey labels these the "private" victory.

Be proactive. = Responsible

Begin with the end in mind. = Vision

Put first things first. = Productivity

Each is identified as an essential habit to be developed because it aligns with the governing principles of effectiveness.

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