Difficult circumstances often create paradigm shifts, whole new frames of reference by which people see the world and themselves and others in it, and what life is asking of them. Their larger perspective reflects the attitudinal values that life and inspire us all. (p. 75).
If you want to study love, study those who sacrifice for others, even for people who offend or do not love in return. If you are a parent, look at the love you have for the children you have sacrificed for. Love is a value that is actualized through loving actions. (p. 80)
I’m convinced that too often parents are also trapped in the management paradigm, thinking of control, efficiency, and rules instead of direction, purpose, and family feeling. (p. 103).
Through imagination, we can visualize the uncreated worlds of potential that lie within us. Through conscious, we can come in contact with universal laws or principles with our own singular talents and avenues of contribution, and with the personal guidelines within which we can more effectively develop them. (p. 103)
And I can change. I can live out my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past. (p. 105)
Principles are deep, fundamental truths, classic truths, generic common denominators. That are tightly interwoven threads running with exactness, consistency, beauty, and strength through the fabric of our lives. (p. 122)
By centering our lives on timeless, unchanging principles, we create a fundamental paradigm of effective living. It is the center that puts all other centers in perspective. (p. 123)
As a principle centered person, you see things differently. And because you see things differently, you think differently, you act differently. Because you have a high degree of security, guidance, wisdom, and power that flows from a solid unchanging core, you have the foundation of a highly proactive and highly effective life. (p. 128)
Expand your mind. Visualize in rich detail. Involve as many emotions and feelings as possible. Involve as many of the senses as you can. (p. 131)
When people seriously undertake to identify what really matters most to them in their lives, what they really want to be and to do, they become very reverent. They start to think in larger terms than today and tomorrow.” (p. 132)
A good affirmation has five basic ingredients: its personal, its positive, its present tense, its visual, and its emotional. (p. 133)
Dr. Charles Garfield has done extensive research on peak performers, both in athletics and business….One of the main things his research showed was that almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it, they feel it, they experience it before they actually do it. They begin with the end in mind. (p. 134)
I believe that the central to all enduring religions in society are the same principles and practices clothed in different language–mediation, prayer, covenants, ordinances, scripture study, empathy, compassion, and difference forms of the use of both conscience and imagination. (p. 135)
But I believe in the higher use of imagination is in harmony with the use of conscience to transcend self and create a life of contribution based on unique purpose and on the principles that govern interdependent reality. (p. 135).
All nature is synergistic….Synergy works; its a correct principle. It is the crowning achievement of all the previous habits. It is effectiveness in an interdependent reality–it is teamwork, team building, the development of unity and creativity with other human beings. (p. 283)
You can sidestep negative energy; you can look for the good in others and utilize the good, as different as it may be, to improve your point of view and to enlarge your perspective. (p. 284).
Learn-Commit-Do… (p. 306)
What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us.
Oliver Wendel Holmes
Any other suggestions for Steven R Covey quotes from Seven Habits of Highly Effective People or perhaps his other books?