One of the great inspirations for Grunburg’s The Habit Factor is Dr. Stephen Covey’s classic, bestselling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In this episode, Martin reviews some of the similarities and differences between the two works. (10:20).

If, by chance you haven’t read Covey’s masterpiece (do so!) and, in the meantime, here is a quick synopsis (12:45):

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think “Win-Win”
  5. Seek First to Understand than to be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw

Martin then explains one of the reason The Habit Factor “had” to be written and how The Habit Factor “bookends” and complements The Seven Habits 11:52.

Later we discuss how the first three habits focus on the “self” and the next three habits focus on fostering inter-dependence and teamwork. Finally, the seventh habit, “Sharpen the saw” is about renewal and allows for never ending growth and the ability to continually cycle and master each habit.

Now, it’s your turn! Are you being proactive? Are you beginning with the end in mind? Are you following the seven habits? And, are you tracking the core habits that will help you to achieve your goals?

Consider getting these books, studying and understanding better how habit and the seven habits can help to improve your life!



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