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7 Vital Steps to Complete Accomplishment

Updated on June 16, 2019
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Robert Odell Jr has received sales training with heavy emphasis on The Seven Laws of Success & The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Great for Any Area of Life

With first hand experience in final expense sales, insurance sales, portrait sales, and car sales, I have discovered that nearly every, truly successful salesperson, that I have had the pleasure of associating with, has taken some or all of the steps mentioned here. I have also found that these seven vital steps can lead to great success in any area of life.

The success strategies in Herbert W. Armstrong's book, The Seven Laws of Success, and Steven R. Covey's book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, can be merged into seven vital steps that lead to complete and total accomplishment.
The success strategies in Herbert W. Armstrong's book, The Seven Laws of Success, and Steven R. Covey's book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, can be merged into seven vital steps that lead to complete and total accomplishment.

The Journey to True Success

Entrepreneur, businessman, religious leader, and world traveler Herbert W. Armstrong, as well as motivational writer and speaker Stephen R. Covey, have both summed up the journey to true success in seven laws and seven habits respectively. Their success strategies can be merged into seven vital steps, that may lead, to complete and total accomplishment for anyone who ventures to take them.

Entrepreneur, businessman, religious leader, and world traveler Herbert W. Armstrong (left/white hair) as well as motivational writer and speaker Stephen R. Covey (right/bald head) have both summed up the journey to true success in seven points.
Entrepreneur, businessman, religious leader, and world traveler Herbert W. Armstrong (left/white hair) as well as motivational writer and speaker Stephen R. Covey (right/bald head) have both summed up the journey to true success in seven points. | Source
Herbert W. Armstrong
Stephen R. Covey
1. The Right Goal
1. Be Proactive
2. Education and Preperation
2. Begin with the End in Mind
3. Good Health
3. Put First Things First
4. Drive
4. Think Win-win
5. Resourcefulness
5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
6. Perserverance
6. Synergize
7. Guidance from God
7. Sharpen the Saw
Nearly all who have succeeded have followed success laws and have practiced success habits.
Herbert W. Armstrong and Stephen R. Covey have both summed up the journey to true success in seven laws and seven habits respectively.
Herbert W. Armstrong and Stephen R. Covey have both summed up the journey to true success in seven laws and seven habits respectively. | Source

Seven Steps

The success laws and habits found in The Seven Laws of Success and The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People can be merged into seven vital steps that lead to success.
The success laws and habits found in The Seven Laws of Success and The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People can be merged into seven vital steps that lead to success.

The success strategies in Herbert W. Armstrong's book, The Seven Laws of Success, and Steven R. Covey's book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, can be merged into seven vital steps that lead to success.

Step One

Herbert Armstrong's first law of success called "The Right Goal" and Stephen Covey's second habit of highly successful people called "Begin with the End in Mind" can be merged together in order to create the first vital step that leads to success.

Fixing the right goal and formulating effective habits to achieve it create the first vital step that leads to success.
Fixing the right goal and formulating effective habits to achieve it create the first vital step that leads to success. | Source

The Right Goal

Herbert Armstrong states that the first law of success is "The Right Goal."

The goal you set should:

  • Interest you
  • Arouse your ambition
  • Incite a will to achieve
  • Excite vigorous effort
  • Create a burning incentive

Herbert Armstrong's first law of success called "The Right Goal" and Stephen Covey's second habit of highly successful people called "Begin with the End in Mind" can be merged together in order to create the first vital step that leads to success.

Begin with the End in Mind

  • Begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination
  • Be proactive to make things happen
  • Focus on what you want to be and do (create a Personal Mission Statement)

Step Two

Herbert Armstrong's second law of success called "Education and Preparation" and Stephen Covey's first habit of highly effective people called "Be Proactive" can be merged together in order to form the second vital step that leads to success.

Gaining proper education and training and being proactive create the second vital step that leads to success.
Gaining proper education and training and being proactive create the second vital step that leads to success. | Source

Education and Preparation

Herbert Armstrong says that the second law of success is "Education and Preparation."

Education and preparation will give you the know-how to achieve your goal.

The proper education and preparation causes you to:

  • Acquire the additional education you may need
  • Acquire training that prepares you to achieve your goal
  • Gain experience that will help you to accomplish your goal


Herbert Armstrong's second law of success called "Education and Preparation" and Stephen Covey's first habit of highly effective people called "Be Proactive" can be merged together in order to form the second vital step that leads to success.

Be Proactive

Being proactive causes you to:

  • Take responsibility for your life
  • Use proactive words such as I can, I will, or I prefer
  • Focus your time and energy on things you can control such as health, children, or problems at work

Covey says that, "Gaining an awareness of the areas in which we expend our energies...is a giant step in becoming proactive."

"Gaining an awareness of the areas in which we expend our energies...is a giant step in becoming proactive."

— Stephen R. Covey

Step Three

Herbert Armstrong's third law of success called "Good Health" and Stephen Covey's third habit of highly effective people called "Put First Things First" can be merged together in order to form the third vital step that leads to success.

Maintaining a holistic lifestyle and putting first-things-first create the third vital step that leads to success.
Maintaining a holistic lifestyle and putting first-things-first create the third vital step that leads to success. | Source

Good Health

Referring to the third law of success, Herbert W. Armstrong wrote :

"The all-important law coming next in time order is good health."

Good physical health is a vital tool that can be used to achieve success because we are physical beings.

Armstrong states that:

  • The mind and the body form the human physical mechanism.
  • Man is made of matter.
  • Man is basically 16 elements of organic, chemically functioning existence.
  • Man lives by breathing in air. (If the lungs do not keep inhaling and exhaling the oxygen-containing air, man won’t live to achieve any goal.)

Most people are in utter ignorance of the fact that it does make a difference what we eat!

— Herbert W. Armstrong
  • Man is only one heartbeat away from death. (The heart pumps blood through an intricate system of veins and arteries. Man will die If his heart stops and never starts back.)
  • Man must be supported by food and water.
  • Man is what he eats. (Many physicians and surgeons have said that 90% to 95% of all sickness and disease comes from faulty diet.)

A vast majority of health problems could be avoided by simply eating properly.

Herbert Armstrong's third law of success called "Good Health" and Stephen Covey's third habit of highly effective people called "Put First Things First" can be merged together in order to form the third vital step that leads to success.

Put First Things First

Stephen R. Covey's third habit of success called "Put First Things First" can be merged with Herbert W. Armstrong's third law of success referred to as "Good Health."

"First things are those things you, personally, find of most worth".

— Stephen R. Covey

"Put First Things First" deals with:

  • The physical creation
  • Proper use of time
  • Life management (your purpose, values, roles, and priorities)

Covey says; "First things are those things you, personally, find of most worth."

If you put first things first, you are organizing and managing time and events that take you closer to your goal. In so doing, you live life with less stress and as a result, have better health.

Step Four

Herbert Armstrong's fourth law of success called "Drive" and Stephen Covey's fourth habit of highly effective people called "Think Win-Win" can be merged together in order to form the fourth vital step that leads to success.

The law of "Drive" and the habit of "Think Win-Win" create the fourth vital step that leads to  success.
The law of "Drive" and the habit of "Think Win-Win" create the fourth vital step that leads to success. | Source

Drive

Armstrong states that drive is the fourth law to success.

Drive causes you to:

  • Be active in doing and accomplishing
  • Be wholehearted in your effort
  • Put a constant prod on yourself
  • Drive those under your authority
  • Not give in to the impulse to be slack

Armstrong's success law of "Drive" is a great forerunner to Covey's success habit of "Think Win-Win."

Herbert Armstrong's fourth law of success called "Drive" and Stephen Covey's fourth habit of highly effective people called "Think Win-Win" can be merged together in order to form the fourth vital step that leads to success.

Think Win-Win

According to Stephen R. Covey, "Think Win-Win" means that you use your drive to benefit yourself and the whole team.

With win-win you:

  • See life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one
  • Have a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions
  • Make sure agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying

Step Five

Herbert Armstrong's fifth law of success called "Resourcefulness" and Stephen Covey's fifth habit of highly effective people called "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood" can be merged together in order to form the fifth vital step that leads to success.

The law of "Resourcefulness" and the habit of "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood" create the fifth vital step that leads to success.
The law of "Resourcefulness" and the habit of "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood" create the fifth vital step that leads to success. | Source

Resourcefulness

According to Herbert W. Armstrong, "Resourcefulness" is the fifth law that leads to success.

With resourcefulness you solve unexpected problems and circumstances that appear to block your path by:

  • Not panicking
  • Leaping to action
  • Reaching the right decision
  • Acting on the right decision

The law of "Resourcefulness" complements the success habit of "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood".

Herbert Armstrong's fifth law of success called "Resourcefulness" and Stephen Covey's fifth habit of highly effective people called "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood" can be merged together in order to form the fifth vital step that leads to success.

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

"Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood" helps you to :

  • Attentively listen to others
  • Deeply understand another human being
  • Build communication skills that can be used to solve unexpected problems and circumstances

Step Six

Herbert Armstrong's sixth law of success called "Perseverance" and Stephen Covey's sixth habit of highly effective people called "Synergize" can be merged together in order to form the sixth vital step that leads to success.

The law of "Perseverance" and the habit of "Synergize" create the sixth vital step that leads to success.
The law of "Perseverance" and the habit of "Synergize" create the sixth vital step that leads to success. | Source

Perseverance

Armstrong says the sixth law of success is "Perseverance."

"Perseverance" causes you to:

  • Stick with it even when it seems that things are not working
  • Never give up on your goals and dreams

The success law of "Perseverance" goes well with the success habit of "Synergize."

Herbert Armstrong's sixth law of success called "Perseverance" and Stephen Covey's sixth habit of highly effective people called "Synergize" can be merged together in order to form the sixth vital step that leads to success.

Synergize

Covey states that "Synergize" means "two heads are better than one." It creates the habit of:

  • Creative cooperation
  • Teamwork
  • Open-mindedness and
  • Finding new solutions to old problems

Synergy allows people to begin to interact together genuinely, which creates new insight that fosters perseverance.

Step Seven

Herbert Armstrong's seventh law of success called "Guidance from God" and Stephen Covey's seventh habit of highly effective people called "Sharpen the Saw" can be merged together in order to form the seventh vital step that leads to success.

The success law of "Seeking God's Continual Guidance" and the success habit of "Sharpen The Saw" create the life-changing, seventh vital step that leads to success.
The success law of "Seeking God's Continual Guidance" and the success habit of "Sharpen The Saw" create the life-changing, seventh vital step that leads to success. | Source

Guidance from God

In his book, Herbert W. Armstrong adamantly expresses that the seventh law of success is having contact with and the guidance and continual help of God.

"Guidance from God" causes you to have a higher, spiritual goal. According to Mr. Armstrong, your new spiritual perspective changes how you apply all of the other success laws.

Herbert Armstrong's seventh law of success called "Guidance from God" and Stephen Covey's seventh habit of highly effective people called "Sharpen the Saw" can be merged together in order to form the seventh vital step that leads to success.

Everything Changes

The Right Goal
Education/Preparation
Good Health
Drive
Resourcefulness
Perseverance
Your Goal Is Spiritual Not Material
You Will Seek Life's True Values
Knowledge of God's Health Laws
God's Word Will Be Your Motivation
You Will Have God's Wisdom
You Will Internalize The Teachings of Christ
You Will Live In A Spiritual Way
Number One Text Book Will Be The Bible
You Will Have Peace of Mind
You Will Seek God's Guidance With Diligence
You Will Have God's Guidance
You Will Have Divine Strength To Continue
You Will Live By The Word Of God
You Will Have The Mind Of Christ To Solve Provblems
Stressful Burdens Will Be Lifted
You Will Be Industrious In Problem Solving
You Will Have God's Help
 
Armstrong states that the seventh law of success is Guidance from God. With the seventh law of success, everything changes.

Having a higher, spiritual, goal causes you to focus on having a balanced program for self-renewal physically, socially, emotionally and mentally.

Sharpen the Saw

Covey's success habit of "Sharpen the Saw" complements Armstrong's seventh law of success.

Sharpen the saw means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Four areas of life that should be preserved and enhanced by sharpen the saw are:

  • Physical (Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting)
  • Social/Emotional (Making social and meaningful connections with others)
  • Mental (Learning, reading, writing, and teaching)
  • Spiritual (Spending time in nature, expanding the spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service)

All Seven of the Steps Are Needed

The video, Dr. Alexander's World, is a visual demonstration of how all the seven vital steps to success are needed in order to achieve true success. In the video we see Dr. Alexander, a man who from all outward appearance seems to be very successful.

  1. He set the right goal of being in the medical profession that he loves.
  2. He acquired the education and training needed to be successful as a doctor.
  3. He is in excellent health.
  4. He has drive that has caused his associates to admire him.
  5. He has used his resourcefulness to create a wonderful medical practice.
  6. He has shown perseverance by surviving his early years of lack and enjoys a lavish bank account.

Dr. Alexander; however, needs to take the seventh vital step to success in order to have the peace of mind that he so desperately craves.

Is Material Success Without Peace of Mind Really Success?

What Do You Think?

Would you consider a person with wealth and fame, but no peace of mind, to be successful?

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Merge and Take the Seven Vital Steps

Merging the success strategies in Herbert W. Armstrong's book, The Seven Laws of Success and Steven R. Covey's book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, create the seven vital steps, that have proven to be invaluable assistants, while traversing the road that leads to total and complete accomplishment. The laws and habits of success point the way toward business and economic prosperity. They are also the laws and habits that lead to an abundant, rich, rewarding, and interest-filled life.

The seven laws teach you to:

  1. Have the right goal
  2. Prepare with proper education and training
  3. Watch your physical health and maintain a good mental state of mind
  4. Have drive
  5. Have resourcefulness
  6. Have Perseverance
  7. Seek divine help to achieve a wholesome life and make proper decisions

Merging the seven laws and the seven habits of success, create the seven vital steps that you need to take in order to traverse the road that leads to total and complete accomplishment.
Merging the seven laws and the seven habits of success, create the seven vital steps that you need to take in order to traverse the road that leads to total and complete accomplishment. | Source

Merging the success strategies in Herbert W. Armstrong's book, The Seven Laws of Success and Steven R. Covey's book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, create the seven vital steps, that have proven to be invaluable assistants, while traversing the road that leads to total and complete accomplishment.

The seven habits teach you to:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin With The End In Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen The Saw

Real and Complete Success

Merging the aforementioned laws and habits, and taking the seven vital steps, can help anyone to achieve the real and complete success that experts define as:

  • Peace of mind
  • Freedom from fears and worries
  • Security
  • Protection
  • Happiness and
  • Abundant well-being

Notwithstanding, total and complete success is not free. There is a price to pay in order to achieve real, true, and lasting accomplishment. The price is to, lawfully and habitually, take the seven vital steps that lead to complete and true success.

Bibliography

Armstrong, Herbert W. The Seven Laws of Success. Pasadena, CA: Worldwide Church of God, 1974. Print.

Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013. Print.

Dr. Alexander's World. Dir. Carolyn Yancy Gunn. Perf. Robert Odell, Jr. Dr. Alexander's World. CFA Productions, Inc., n.d. Web.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2015 Robert Odell Jr

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      Robert Odell Jr 

      2 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee

      Thank you for your positive comments and for reading the article.

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      A great list of reminders what is necessary to achieve success financially, physically and emotionally.

      Tony Robbins, Napolean Hill and others all say a similar thing, start now and take action.

      There are so many people who continually analyze a situation and never do anything. Just start and change it along the way if it isn't right.

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