ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The 7 Habits for Most Effectiveness

Updated on August 27, 2015
Siddharthasb profile image

I am a blogger and writer. I've been writing for around the past 15 years and live in India.

How to be effective in your world

Being effective might appear to be child's play to some of you but in fact there’s a lot more to it than that. In fact as this book explores it is quite a task. Many of us go through life without realizing our untapped potential.
As Stephen R. Covey explores the key to becoming effective is discipline and focus but isn’t confined to that alone. There are many other requirements such as moral and spiritual regeneration. That’s because the world we see around is nothing but the projection of our inner selves. For most people being efficient means being successful and wealthy. That however is only one part of the paradim and not its entirety. Besides its not the possession of wealth that holds the key to the future but the ability to create it.
There are many other things involved such as effective delegation and not doing things that are unecessary. Wealth creation also involves expanding the ‘circle of influence’ as opposed to sticking merely within the ‘circle of concern.’ The former concept aims at increasing our area of operations while the latter concept ensures we remain stuck with the here and now of daily concerns and chores. To have maximum impact we have to expand the ‘circle of influence.’
Becoming more efficient is ultimately all about becoming a better human being. For that a change of the internal dynamic is necessary. We need to periodically renew ourselves or regenerate ourselves to be effective people. We also need to realize that we are interdependent on others and their cooperation is necessary for our success. However as the author wisely points out, interdependence is a choice only the independent have. It isn’t an option for the dependent who anyway operate within circumscribed limits. What’s key in this is the ‘inside-out’ paradigm and not vice-versa. Interestingly that’s also what Hindu thought espouses. Its based on the premise that the outside world is nothing but a projection of our inner selves.
However becoming effective goes beyond religiosity. It also involves how we react, the time gap between external stimulii and response is more crucial than the occurence of happenings according to Mr.Covey. This is because its all about perception and the need to empathize. Its as important in this context to understand as to be understood. That can only develop out of empathic thinking as per his belief. That’s why he believes its essential to think of ‘effectiveness’ with people and apply the ’ efficiency’ paradigm with regard to things.
At the same time we have to realize that efficiency is a relative concept and not absolute. Nobody or anything can be efficient hundred per cent. Such a thing is a machine and not human. Even machines we know fail sometimes. Therefore efficiency is also a question of degree or proportion. To heighten what I would call our ‘efficiency quotient ‘we have to have the power of self realization and a curiosity to explore. For as Dag Hammarskjold put it “He who wants to keep his garden tidy doesn’t preserve a plot of weeds.”

How to be effective as individuals

Are you satisfied at the level of personal efficiency?

See results

© 2015 Siddhartha S Bhadrakumar


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)