101 Inspirational Quotes by Stephen R. Covey


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Stephen R. Covey

Stephen Richards Covey (1932 - 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and public speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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Happen to things, don't let things happen to you

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Listen with your eyes for feelings.

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Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do)

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Link yourself to your potential, not to your past

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Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.

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We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.

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You should be patient with yourself, success grows slowly and is tender

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Treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.

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Being influenceable is the key to influencing others.

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The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

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A personal mission statement becomes the DNA for every other decision we make.

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Make time for planning; Wars are won in the general’s tent.

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It's become a status symbol in our society - if we're busy, we're important; if we're not busy, we're almost embarrassed to admit it

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Be a light not a judge. Be a model not a choice. be part of the solution not part of the problem.

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My experience tells me that people instinctively trust those whose personality is founded upon correct principles

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Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply

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Synergy is the very essence of the family. Every family member contributes a different flavor to the mix.

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Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.

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Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

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We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles.

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Empathy takes time, and efficiency is for things, not people

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We may be very busy, we may be very 'efficient', but we will also be truly 'effective' only when we begin with the end in mind.

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Our character is basically a composite of our habits because they are consistent. Often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.

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Put first things first.

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A disciplined person follows values stemming from their source -- the self.

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You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smiling, nonapoloegetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.

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Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile. While we do control our choice of action, we cannot control the consequences of our choices.

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If two people have the same opinion, one is unnecessary

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The only thing that endures over time is the Law of the Farm. You must prepare the ground, plant the seed, cultivate, and water it if you expect to reap the harvest.

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Strength lies in differences not in similarities.

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What you do has far greater impact than what you say.

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Highly proactive people don’t blame circumstances, conditions or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior of their own conscious choice.

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Don't get buried in the thick of thin things.

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Our ultimate freedom is the right and power anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.

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Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.

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Effective people are not problem-minded; they're opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems

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The great apparent dichotomy is that the more we give, the more we get.

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A humble person is more concerned about what is right than about being right.

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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

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To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before you need to start doing things you’ve never done before.

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We see the world, not as it is, but as we are - or, as we are conditioned to see it.

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Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.

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To think we're in control is an illusion. It puts us in the position of trying to manage consequences.

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Your commitment to achieving what matters most will become the foundation for tremendous accomplishments and contributions. You will become the change you seek to make.

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Time management is essentially a set of competencies. The idea is that if you can develop certain competencies, you'll be able to create quality-of-life results.

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I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow.

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The more involved you are, the more significant your learning will be.

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Setbacks are inevitable; misery is a choice

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Courage is not the absence of fear but the awareness that something else is more important.

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The greatest thing you can do for your children is love your spouse.

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I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

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Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.

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I think the most significant work we'll do in our whole life, in our whole world is done within the four walls of our home

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Little kindness and courtesies are so important.

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To the degree people recognize and live in harmony with such basic principles as fairness, equity, justice, integrity, honesty, and trust, they move toward either survival and stability on the one hand or disintegration and destruction on the other.

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The way we see the problem is the problem.

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Synergy is not only the answer to human conflict; it is also the principle that underlies the creation of every truly new thing in the world.

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The key to life is not accumulation. It’s contribution.

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It is possible to be busy-very busy-without being very effective

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Think win-win.

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Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it- immediately.

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Seek first to understand, and then to be understood.

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To value oneself and, at the same time, subordinate oneself to higher purposes and principles is the paradoxical essence of highest humanity and the foundation of effective leadership.

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The quality of our thoughts determine our actions and our actions develop our habit. Our habit create our character and our character forges our destiny.

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How you treat the one reveals how you regard the many, because everyone is ultimately a one

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If you put good people in bad systems you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.

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Instead of being a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions

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He who has a why can deal with any what or how.

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Live out of your imagination, not your history.

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When you make a commitment to yourself, do so with the clear understanding that you're pledging your integrity.

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If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm

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Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom. The power to choose, to respond, to change.

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Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.

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Be proactive.

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Accountability breeds response-ability.

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Most arguments are not really disagreements but are rather little ego battles and misunderstandings

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Begin with the end in mind.

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The wonderful thing is that vision is greater than baggage.

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In relationships, the little things are the big things

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The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual.

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If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

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Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.

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Start small, make a promise and keep it. Then, make larger promises and keep them.

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By behaving in ways that build trust with one, you build trust with many

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Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It's the mighty result when two or more respectful human beings determine together to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge

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The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it.

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You can change the fruit without changing the root.

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In the Industrial Age, leadership was a position. In the Knowledge Age, leadership is a choice.

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Leadership is a choice, not a position.

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Primary greatness is on the inside. It's about character

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Once you have a clear picture of your priorities that is values, goals, and high leverage activities, organize your life around them.

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We GET results based on what we DO, and what we DO depends on how we SEE the world around us.

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More than an evolution, we need a revolution. We need to move beyond time management to life leadership - to a fourth generation based on paradigms that will create quality-of-life results

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If you wish to communicate effectively and to influence others, you would need to understand them first. And understanding can only come from listening.

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There are three constants in life – change, choice and principles.

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You and I together are far greater than we are alone.

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Unless you're continually improving your skills, you're quickly becoming irrelevant.

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If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself.

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Each of us guards a gate of change that can be opened only from the inside

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You can buy a person's hands but you can't buy his heart.

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We are limited, but we can push back the borders of our limitations.

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