Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students
Habit One: 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 is looking.
Habit Two: 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 Three: 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 organized.
Habit Four: Think Win - Win
- I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want.
- I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts.
- When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
Habit Five: 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 am confident in voicing my ideas.
- I look people in the eyes when talking.
Habit Six: 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 teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us alone.
- I am humble.
Habit Seven: Sharpen the Saw
- I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep.
- I spend time with my family and friends.
- I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school.
- I take time to make meaningful ways to help others.
Source: Covey, Stephen R. (2008) The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents around the World are Inspiring Greatness, One Child At A Time. Free Press. Detroit MI.