The seven habits of highly effective teens by Sean Covey is an inspirational book which encourages the teenagers to be committed, self-reliant and be successful what they want in their life. The book published in 1998, is a New York Times bestselling and self-help book. There are seven habitual steps that include, be proactive; Begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win, seek first to understand then to be understood, synergize and sharpen the saw.
The book is really a true gift for teenage soul. Because most of the people do fail due to lack of set principles and determination. It motivates you to handle the all situations of life with a hope, vision, have strength to overcome the challenges of life.
The seven habits of highly effective teens gives a new hope to start struggling for the accomplishment of dreams, it teaches the importance of setting principles which are compulsory to be known by every individual for a better future.
“Be a creator of circumstances rather than just a creature of circumstances. Be proactive rather than reactive.”
Proactiveness plays a critical role for achieving a successful life. Because being proactive simply means being responsible and accountable. They always take actions, try their best to bring huge change in family, society and nation. But the reactive people blame others, complain about the things or make excuses to avoid responsibilities of their life. On the other hand, it is important to be proactive because it shines one’s sweet dreams and determination. It welcomes responsibilities which are the basic units of building a strong life.
“If you are proactive, you don’t have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.”
More importantly, successful people have dreams and determination. They always think and dream what they want in their future. Begin with the end in mind helps you to deal with different circumstances and problems of life. Life is a journey which is full of difficulties, challenges, hopes, vision and sorrows but those people who can achieve their destination have the ability to fight with challenges. “Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.”
“Putting first things first means organizing and executing around your most important priorities. It is living and being driven by the principles you value most, not by the agendas and forces surrounding you.”
Time management plays variety of significant roles for a successful life. Because time decides one’s career and tells the real purpose of life. Management of time is management of one’s life. It is the self awareness to avoid those activities which are wastage of time. It is must to know the importance of time and do the works accordingly.
Think win-win is one of the greatest attitudes of successful people. It helps one to explore positive thinking and remove all negative thoughts in your mind. An individual with a positive mind can do a lot of positive things. According to successful people, having a positive attitude is not just a result of being successful but it is one of the root causes of success. It is the mind that controls what one does and how one reacts to people and circumstances. “In the long run, if it isn’t a win for both of us, we both lose. That’s why win-win is the only real alternative in interdependent realities.” Therefore, it is essential to adopt a positive thinking and format all negative activities which stop one to achieve one’s dreams.
Seeking first to understand then to be understood is one of the motivational habits for building a strong life. Listening others carefully and sincerely is the ability to understand the mental and mature status of somebody. “Before you act, listen, before you react, think, before you spend, earn, before you criticize, wait, before you pray, forgive, before you quit, try.” Understanding other’s psyche teaches one to avoid bad company and relations. Interestingly, understanding one’s feelings and pains can build a strong relation between individuals and societies.
Team work and working together for a single mission helps one to be successful in life. It gives courage and determination to handle over all hardships, difficulties and challenges. A united team can defeat anyone and make themselves proud. “The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” James Cash Penney.
“The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” Stephen Covey.
Health is wealth and a healthy person can achieve his/her destination easily because for the accomplishment of dreams, it is important to have a fresh mind. If someone is not mentally and physically fresh and active, then it can create several issues for being creative and active in your life. Therefore, the last habit of highly effective teens tells you to be healthy and fresh all the time.
The seven habits of highly effective teens is an inspirational book, one can find the real principles of life. It helps the readers and teenagers to understand the real purpose of life and avoid those activities which make one unable to accomplish his/her dreams of life. I highly recommend this book to every reader especially teenagers to read it and apply the principles of life.