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The Price of Success, a Summary of the 7 Laws and 7 Habits
Success In Seven Points
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 points.
Success Is Summed Up In Seven Points
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. Think Win-win
5. Seek First To Understand Then To Be Understood
7. Guidance From God
7. Sharpen The Saw
The Journey to True Success
1. The Right Goal
The First Step to Success
Herbert Armstrong states that the first step to success is to set the right goal.
Set 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
Armstrong's first step to success coincides with Stephen Covey's second habit of highly successful people, which is 'begin with the end in mind'.
Begin with the right goal that gives you a clear vision of your desired direction and destination.
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)
2. Education and Preparation
The Second Step to Success
Herbert Armstrong states that the second step toward successfully accomplishing your goal is to obtain the proper 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
While gaining education and being prepared, you should utilize Stephen Covey's first habit of highly effective people, which is 'be proactive'.
Take responsibility for your life and acquire the additional training or education needed in order to achieve your goal.
Being proactive causes you to:
- Take responsibility for your life
- Use proactive words (I can, I will, I prefer, etc.)
- Focus your time and energy on things you can control (health, children, problems at work, etc.)
Covey goes on to say; "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
3. Good Health
Good Health Is the Third Step to Success
Referring to the third step to 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.
- 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 and 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.
Put First Things First
Stephen R. Covey's third habit of 'put first things first' is a great companion to the third step to success which is 'maintain good health'.
Put first things first and take measures to stay healthy and to be in the proper frame of mind as you make wise use of your time.
"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.
The Fourth Step to Success
Drive is the fourth vital step to success.
Drive causes you to:
- Be active in doing and accomplishing
- Be whole-hearted in your effort
- Put a constant prod on yourself
- Drive those under your authority
- Not give in to the impulse to be slack
The law of 'drive' is a great forerunner to the successful habit of 'think win-win'.
Thinking "win-win" can give you the drive that will help you to achieve true success.
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
- Makes sure agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying
The Fifth Step to Success
Resourcefulness is the fifth step 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 compliments the success habit of 'seek first to understand then to be understood'.
Resourcefulness helps you to solve unexpected problems and to resolve conflicts by seeking to understand and be understood by others.
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
The Sixth Step to Success
The sixth step to 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'.
Perseverance causes you to stick with it even when it seems that things are not working and to seek out creative cooperation in order to find new solutions to old problems.
Synergize means "two heads are better than one". It creates the habit of:
- Creative cooperation
- 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.
7. Seek God's Continual Guidance
The Seventh Step to Success
The seventh step to success is having contact with and the guidance and continual help of God.
Guidance from God causes you to have a higher, spiritual goal. Your new spiritual perspective changes how you apply all the other success laws.
The Seventh Step Changes Everything
The Right Goal
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
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
The success habit of "sharpen the saw" compliments the seventh step to 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 spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service)
All Seven of the Vital Steps to Success 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.
- He set the right goal of being in the medical profession that he loves.
- He acquired the education and training needed to be successful as a doctor.
- He is in excellent health.
- He has drive that has caused his associates to admire him.
- He has used his resourcefulness to create a wonderful medical practice.
- He has shown perseverance by surviving his early years of lack and enjoys a lavish bank account.
Dr. Alexander; however, needs to fully utilize the vital seventh law of success in his life 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?
Have Total Success Using The Vital Laws and Habits
The Vital Laws and Habits Of Success are the way to business and economic success. They are also, the laws and habits that lead to an abundant, rich, rewarding and interest-filled life.
The seven laws teach you to:
- Have the right goal
- Prepare with proper education and training
- Watch your physical health and maintain a good mental state of mind
- Have drive
- Have resourcefulness
- Have Perseverance
- Seek divine help to achieve a wholesome life and make proper decisions
Experts claim that real success means that you enjoy peace of mind, freedom from fears and worries, security, protection, happiness, and abundant well-being.
The seven habits teach you to:
- Be Proactive
- Begin With The End In Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First To Understand Then To Be Understood
- Sharpen The Saw
Real Success Has A Price
Experts claim that real success means that you enjoy:
- Peace of mind
- Freedom from fears and worries
- Happiness and
- Abundant well-being
There is a price to pay in order to achieve real and true success. The price is applying the vital laws and habits that lead to complete accomplishment.
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.