The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens By Sean Covey

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Cullen Tonge
July 21, 2015
Summer Reading Essay

In the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey uses his own experience and provides a somewhat simple approach to help teens build a positive self-image, positive relationships with friends and family, fight back and resist peer pressure, and take control of their lives by achieving their goals. Nearly every review of this book has been exploding with positivity leading it to be called “The Ultimate Teenage Success Guide.” The book also effectively engages the reader with interesting stories and ways to put the techniques into the reader’s life almost immediately. According to numerous readers, Sean Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens has shown them how to
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Self-image is how someone looks at themselves. Covey does not want teens to look at themselves negatively. He feels that if you look at yourself in a negative way, you can not be successful in life. Habit 1 strongly supports the idea of self-image by saying to be proactive. In order to do this, teens have to take over their own life and make their own decisions and to stop being reactive. If teens can realize that it is their life and not somebody else’s, then they will start looking at themselves differently. Covey also felt that setting and achieving your goals was a way to succeed in life because without goals, you would have no purpose in life. Habits 2 and 3 will help teens set and achieve their goals in life. Habit 2 states that you should begin with the end in mind. Sometimes, it is okay to go with the flow and live spontaneously; but in order to get somewhere, you have to think about the end result and then start on your path to get there. The third habit is to put first things first. What is the point of setting a goal if you aren’t going to make it one of your top priorities. Teens need to put their priorities first and then do the things that are not very important in their down time. There isn’t a habit that is specifically created for building up positive relationships, but there is a section of the book dedicated to it. Covey calls this section “The Relationship Bank Account.” This section gives a handful of good tips that will help you build up positive relationships with your friends and family. One of his tips was to listen rather than just hear. Covey feels that most people can hear, but few people actually listen and respond truthfully. Another tip given was to keep your promises. If you keep promises, the person will begin to trust you and will feel that they can count on
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