Stephen R. Covey Quotes


66 Stephen R. Covey quotes:



"You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage--pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically--to say 'no' to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside. The enemy of the 'best' is often the 'good.'"
"Until a person can say deeply and honestly, I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday, that person cannot say, I choose otherwise."
"You can't talk your way out of what you've behaved yourself into."
"How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most."
"Only after we can learn to forgive ourselves can we accept others as they are because we don't feel threatened by anything about them which is better than us."
"If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster."
"Win win agreements are tremendously liberating. But as the product of isolatedtechniques, they won't hold up. Even if you set them up in the beginning, there isno way to maintain them without personal integrity and a relationship of trust."
"Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us."
Author: Covey Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"Between stimulus and response is our greatest power - the freedom to choose"
Author: Covey Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally ''being lived.'' They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates and society."
Author: Covey Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"The ''Inside-Out'' approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness means to start first with self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self -- with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves precedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves."
"The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. And if our words and our actions come from superficial human relations techniques (the Personality Ethic) rather than from our own inner core (the Character Ethic), others will sense that duplicity. We simply won't be able to create and sustain the foundation necessary for effective interdependence."
"Private victories precede public victories. You can't invert that process any more than you can harvest a crop before you plant it."
Author: Covey Quotes Category: Victory Quotes
"It's easy to say ''no!'' when there's a deeper ''yes!'' burning inside."
Author: Covey Quotes Category: Vision Quotes
"Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness."
Author: Covey Quotes Category: Wisdom Quotes
"Seek first to understand and then to be understood."
"Until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project our intentions on their behavior and call ourselves objective."
"Between stimulus and response, one has the freedom to choose."
"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."
Author: Covey Quotes Category: Mistakes Quotes
"We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions."



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