These are important and powerful lessons in personal change to implement your everyday life.
First things first, one needs to move from dependence to independence, or self-mastery.
If you want to go into detail about these 7 habits, I recommend going to Stephen Covey’s website here.
Stephen Covey also has a book relating to the 7 habits which is also called 7 Habits for Highly Effective People. I completely recommend reading because it is so inspiring and helpful for anyone trying to change their lives one habit at a time.
The first three habits are about moving from dependence to independence :
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life’s principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. According to Covey, habit two is what he considers the mental creation.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
A manager must manage his own person and should implement activities that aim to reach the second habit. According to Covey, habit three is what he considers the physical creation to habit two.
The next three habits are about interdependence, or working with others:
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Value and respect people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had got his way.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, than to be Understood
Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving.
Habit 6: Synergize
Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so that no one person could have achieved alone.
The final habit is about continuous improvement in both personal and social circles of influence:
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Balance and renew your resources, energy and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. The emphasis is exercising physical renewal, meditation, and good reading for mental renewal.