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

This Habits 2 Goals episode is FREE for ALL subscribers.

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.

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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.

Impossible.

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:

RESPONSIBILITY

VISION

PRODUCTIVITY

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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.

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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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