8 Habits Synopsis
The 8 Habits of Highly Effective People
Habit 1: Be Proactive
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not
blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an
important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision, and look for
ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I
should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make
deposits in others’ Emotion Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to
others without interrupting. I listen with my ears, my eyes, and my heart. I am confident in
voicing my ideas.
Habit 6: Synergize
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people
who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve
problems because I know that by learning with others we can create better solutions than any
one of us alone. I look for a third alternative.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I learn in lots of ways and
lots of places, not just at school. I spend time with family and friends. I take time to find
meaningful ways to help others. I have balance in my life.
Habit 8: Find Your Voice
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