Stephen Covey Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Stephen Covey quotes and Stephen Covey sayings, and Stephen Covey proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them."

"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."

"Be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, you build the trust of those who are present."

"Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them."

"Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs."

"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."

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey."

"If you want to have a more pleasant,cooperative teenager, be a more understanding, emphatic, consistent, loving parent."

"You have to water the flowers you want to grow."

"It’s amazing how confused and distracted and misdirected so many people are."

"Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way."

"Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people."

"Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or, as we are conditioned to see it."

"When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems."

"We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice."

"Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power."

"Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things."

"The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."

"Accountability breeds response-ability."

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

"While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions."

"Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success."

"The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too."

"Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships."

"I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self-esteem is primarily a matter of mind set, of attitude that you can psych yourself into peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way."

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