Motivational Stephen Covey Quotes And Sayings

Stephen Covey Quotes:- Stephen Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.


Inspirational Stephen Covey Quotes


“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.”-Stephen Covey

Inspirational Stephen Covey Quotes

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


“I believe in Coach Louis Wong. He is so much more than just a football coach.”-Stephen Covey


“Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.”-Stephen Covey


“Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It’s the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.”-Stephen Covey


“Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.”-Stephen Covey


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


“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”-Stephen Covey

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


Famous Stephen Covey Quotes And Sayings


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


“In the last analysis, what we communicate far more eloquently than anything we say or do.”-Stephen Covey


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


“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.”-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


“Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.”-Stephen Covey


“The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things.”-Stephen Covey


“When you really listen to another person from their point of view and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen.”-Stephen Covey


“Instead, I have an abundance mentality: When people are genuinely happy at the successes of others, the pie gets larger.”-Stephen Covey


“You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.”-Stephen Covey


Stephen Covey Quotes About Life


“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”-Stephen Covey


“The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.”-Stephen Covey

“Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation, and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for.”-Stephen Covey


“Want balance in your life? Then sure, get your own act together, but don’t forget four powerful disciplines of execution in your team and organization.”-Stephen Covey


“The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.”-Stephen Covey


“Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves – who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.”-Stephen Covey


“Historically, the family has played the primary role in educating children for life, with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family.”-Stephen Covey


“When it comes to developing character strength, inner security, and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home’s potential for positive influence.”-Stephen Covey


“But with the steady disintegration of the family in modern society over the last century, the role of the school in bridging the gap has become vital!”-Stephen Covey


Motivational Quotes by Stephen Covey


“Between stimulus and response, there is a space where we choose our response.”-Stephen Covey

“The solutions to our problems are and always will be based upon universal, timeless, self-evident principles common to every enduring, prospering society throughout history.”-Stephen Covey


“Everyone must be proactive and do all they can to help themselves to stay employed.”-Stephen Covey


“The world has entered an era of the most profound and challenging change in human history.”-Stephen Covey


“Studies have identified a significant ‘skills gap’ between what students are currently being taught and the skills employers are seeking in today’s global economy. Our children must be better prepared than they are now to meet the future challenges of our ever-changing world.”-Stephen Covey


“The family home evening is more for the purpose of teaching values and gospel principles, displaying talents and enjoying different kinds of family fun and activities.”-Stephen Covey


“Leadership is a choice, not a position.”-Stephen Covey


“Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.”-Stephen Covey


“Begin with the end in mind.”-Stephen Covey


“In this knowledge-worker age, it’s now increasingly tied to doing well in school so you can get into better grad schools so you can get better jobs – so the pressure to do well is really high.”-Stephen Covey


Best Stephen Covey Quotes About Education


“There’s strong data that, within companies, the No. 1 reason for ethical violations is the pressure to meet expectations, sometimes unrealistic expectations.”-Stephen Covey


“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.”-Stephen Covey


“Trust is central to an economy that works.”-Stephen Covey


“If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.”-Stephen Covey


“If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.”-Stephen Covey


“There is a heavy emphasis in Mormonism on the initiative, on responsibility, on a work ethic, and on education. If you take those elements together with a free-enterprise system, you’ve got the chemistry for a lot of industry.”-Stephen Covey


“You can’t talk your way out of problems you behave yourself into.”-Stephen Covey


“I affirm to you the tremendous potential you have, not beyond anything you could ever imagine.”-Stephen Covey


“Some habits of ineffectiveness are rooted in our social conditioning toward quick-fix, short-term thinking.”-Stephen Covey


“In school, many of us procrastinate and then successfully cram for tests. We get the grades and degrees we need to get the jobs we want, even if we fail to get a good general education.”-Stephen Covey


Stephen Covey Quotes Management and Leadership


“An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.”-Stephen Covey


“People and organizations don’t grow much without delegation and completed staff work because they are confined to the capacities of the boss and reflect both personal strengths and weaknesses.”-Stephen Covey


“Remember, we are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”-Stephen Covey


“I believe in this concept that you learn by teaching.”-Stephen Covey


“What is common sense isn’t common practice.”-Stephen Covey


“We see the world not as it is, but as we are.”-Stephen Covey


“Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.”-Stephen Covey


“It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one’s heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.”-Stephen Covey


“A mission statement is not something you write overnight… But fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life.”-Stephen Covey


Stephen Covey Quotes On Trust and Change


“Reactive people… are often affected by their physical environment. They find external sources to blame for their behavior.”-Stephen Covey


“Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value.”-Stephen Covey


“When we value correct principles, we have truth – knowledge of things as they are.”-Stephen Covey


“Every time you think the problem is ‘out there,’ that very thought is the problem.”-Stephen Covey


“To learn something but not to do is really not to learn. To know something but not to do is really not to know.”-Stephen Covey


“The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual.”-Stephen Covey


“Mind over a mattress.”-Stephen Covey


“We need to have business leaders who live by deep, strong principles.”-Stephen Covey


“We become what we repeatedly do.”-Stephen Covey


“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”-Stephen Covey


“It’s amazing how confused and distracted and misdirected so many people are.”-Stephen Covey


“Light is the greatest disinfectant in nature and also in organizations.”-Stephen Covey


“Outsourcing is inevitable, and I don’t think it’s necessarily treating people like things.”-Stephen Covey


Top Stephen Covey Quotes of All-Time


“Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.”-Stephen Covey


“When the external factors over which one has no control in a way start to become negative, it starts to affect our creative juices.”-Stephen Covey


“One of the things that I have admired about India is the spiritualism of the people.”-Stephen Covey


“The average family spends 30 hours in front of a television, and they say they don’t have the time to have a balanced, integrated life.”-Stephen Covey


“If you have a family mission statement that clarifies what your purpose is, then you use that as the criterion by which you make the decisions.”-Stephen Covey


“Most negotiators are trying to get their way.”-Stephen Covey


“When one side benefits more than the other, that’s a win-lose situation. To the winner, it might look like success for a while, but in the long run, it breeds resentment and distrust.”-Stephen Covey


“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.”-Stephen Covey


“You’re not a product of your nature. That is your genetic makeup or your nurture, the things that have happened to you. Of course, those things affect you powerfully, but they do not determine you.”-Stephen Covey