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Stephen Covey Quotes

I hope you find these Motivational Stephen Covey Quotes useful in achieving your personal and career goals in life.

The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

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Begin with the end in mind.
- Stephen Covey

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

 

The nature of life is to be
a study of contrasts: joy/sadness, full/empty.
The Main Thing is to Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey


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Effective leadership is putting first things first.
Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
- Stephen Covey

Our character is basically a composite of our habits.
Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns,
they constantly, daily, express our character.
- Stephen Covey

We are not animals.
We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past.
We have the power of choice.
- Stephen Covey

We are the creative force of our life,
and through our own decisions rather than our conditions,
if we carefully learn to do certain things,
we can accomplish those goals.
- Stephen Covey

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers:
you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems
and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent,
interpersonal relationships.
- Stephen Covey

There are three constants in life...
change, choice and principles.
- Stephen Covey

In the last analysis, what we are communicates far
more eloquently than anything we say or do.
- Stephen Covey

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule,
but to schedule your priorities.
- Stephen Covey

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success;
leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
- Stephen Covey

Public behavior is merely private character writ large.
- Stephen Covey

It's a fact that more people watch television and get
their information that way than read books.
I find new technology and new ways of communication
very exciting and would like to do more in this field.
- Stephen Covey

You can't cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Begin your life today, and again tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Capture a shadow,
dance with the wind,
stand in a rainbow,
begin at the end.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Begin building the future through
"conversation for possibility."
- Werner Erhard

Failure is only the opportunity to
begin again more intelligently.
- Henry Ford

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Having set a direction, begin - begin today.
Take action - take action every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Formula to live your dream:
1. Be bold. 2. Begin now, 3. No exceptions.
- William James

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

Dream. Begin. Persevere.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.
- Jose Ortega Y Gasset

That sense of sacredness,
that thinking in generations,
must begin with reverence for this earth.
- Paul Tsongas

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

If you follow the trail of your own
enthusiastically repeated stories,
you will begin to rediscover the things
that invigorate and enliven you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
- Henry David Thoreau

Not until we are lost
do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is impossible to begin to learn
that which one thinks one already knows.
- Epictetus

If you don't enjoy your career,
today is the day to begin a long-term plan
for creating a career that interests and excites you.
And, in the short term, even if you hate your job,
look for small joys at work each day,
perhaps in your interactions with customers and co-workers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti

When your friends begin to flatter
you on how young you look,
it's a sure sign you're getting old.
- Mark Twain

What is it about sameness that so draws me,
and how could I begin to have
that same kind of attraction to change?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Begin to define for ourselves
what it is to make a healthy choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Does who we are begin with breath,
depend on form, or end with death?
- Kirtana

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.
- H. L. Mencken

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

Ask why this task is on your to-do list.
Consider discarding those items to which
you are not truly committed.
For the tasks which do speak
to the longings of your own heart,
begin now, today, this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
- Benjamin Franklin

When we come into the present,
we begin to feel the life around us again,
but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding.
We must have the courage to face whatever is present -
our pain, our desires, our grief,
our loss, our secret hopes our love -
everything that moves us most deeply.
- Jack Kornfield

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older,
I begin each day with coffee and obituaries.
- Bill Cosby

When the war of the giants is over,
the wars of the pygmies will begin.
- Winston Churchill

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon,
but that we wait so long to begin it.
- Anonymous

Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.
- E. Joseph Cossman

I begin with the principle that all men are bores.
Surely no one will prove himself
so great a bore as to contradict me in this.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does.
Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
- James A. Baldwin

Stop! Breathe deeply.
Begin bringing peace to the outer world
by regaining your own inner peace.
Choose love, choose gratitude,
choose forgiveness, choose peace.
Begin with your own inner peace.
Then use that inner peace
as a platform from which
to approach the outer world
with perspective, understanding, and patience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
- William James

Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
- Phillips Brooks

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again,
this time more intelligently.
- Henry Ford


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