10 BEST IDEAS | The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey Book Summary

10 BEST IDEAS | The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey Book Summary

Today’s book summary and book review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the best books in self-development. Stephen Covery’s classic book has been influenced leaders for decades. You might also consider getting the full book or audiobook for this – it’s killer!

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NOTE: These are only my skeleton outline notes. For the full content, please watch the video or listen to the podcast :)

(1:20) HABIT 1: Be Proactive

Close the stimulus response gap
Focus on what do you WANT (not what you don’t want)
Remember, where focus goes energy flows.
Being proactive is placing your focus on your goal, not the problem.

(3:00) HABIT 2: Begin With The End In Mind

See the video to see if you pass the “Funeral Test”
Neil Gamen’s Ted Talk on “Make Good Art” + climb the mountain

Envision your end goal, then focus on climbing the mountain.

(6:20) HABIT 3: Put First Things First

“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least” -Gothe
Think about making a “Not to do list”
Each day, focus on your M.I.T (M.ost I.mportant T.ask)
When in doubt, ask yourself: “Am I being busy or being productive?”

(7:30) HABIT 4: Think Win-Win

There is 5 Potential outcomes: w/w w/l l/l l/w or W.
The best outcome: 6th WIN WIN OR NO DEAL
Negotiating salary? Selling car on craigslist? Compromises in Relationships?
Think Win / win or no deal.

(9:15) HABIT 5: Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood

When speaking with someone, they may be too busy in their own head to listen to you!
Seek first to understand the other person’s point of view, before trying to communicate your own.

When you understand their point of view first, you can communicate with them even better!
This is also called “empathetic listing”

(11:30) HABIT 6: Synergize

The sum total is far greater than its parts
EXAMPLE: You want to pick Apples on tree. They are too high for you to grab. If you sit on shoulders of someone else, both of you get the apples.
This is where it is better to corporate than compete (most of the time).

(12:30) HABIT 7: Sharpen The Saw

Abraham Linclion said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”

Whatever our metaphorical tree is in life, we need to make sure our axe is sharp!

Most people are too busy chopping to sharpen saw! This is the equivelent of saying we are too busy driving to stop and fill up for gas.
How do you sharpen the axe? My number one favorite way is to ask questions. These are the best 11 questions to sharpen your saw!

(14:20) THE 8th HABIT

The secret to living is giving.
Depression / anxiety / stress is a “ME” focus.
Need a “WE” focus to feel better – the 8th habit is helping others find their inner voice.









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How to Meditate – The Ultimate Meditation Guide for Beginners

How to Meditate – The Ultimate Meditation Guide for Beginners

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How To Meditate – The Ultimate Meditation Guide for Beginners. These are effective meditation techniques, plus a guided 5 min how to meditation video. This is a video on how to meditate for beginners (even if you’ve never meditated before)

1. WHY meditate?

2. WHAT is meditation?

3. HOW do you meditate?


TIME: (0:30) Slow down and see things. Lessons from a Buddhist monk: 3 kinds of wisdom (learn from others, practice, thought out). We often lack the thought out wisdom. Meditation develops the third kind. (TIP: Journaling does this as well!).


TIME: (3:04)  Meditation is a time to fill  yourself up. Meditation is a time to focus on your breathing. Meditation is a time to focus your mind (not silence it). IMAGE: Training your mind is like training a dog. Think of a newborn puppy – walking the puppy is near impossible at the start. What should be a 10 min walk around the block turns into a 45min “stop and sniff everything” session. To train the puppy, we have to constantly redirect it back on track. Overtime, the dog learns how to stay focused. If we are consistent enough training our dog, eventually it can walk itself off leash.


TIME: (0:30) TOOLS: My top 3 meditation anchors (Focus Breathing, Mnantra, Color Breathing). Use these to make the most out of your meditations.

BONUS: (13:45) GUIDED 5 min Meditation Practice

BONUS: (19:45) Exclusive behind the scenes footage from my stay at the monastery in Thailand

– V I D E O S    M E N T I O N E D –





Stop settling, start living.

3 Steps to Breakthrough Limiting Beliefs & Self Doubt

3 Steps to Breakthrough Limiting Beliefs & Self Doubt

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When we’re able to shift our identity – that’s where the real change happens.

A limiting belief is anything that you believe to to be true that is holding you back. Limiting beliefs hijack over our identity. More often than not, we are unaware of the limiting beliefs we identify with. Here are some thoughts (and three steps) to overcome them.


(TIME 7:00) For example: the first step towards losing weight is to stop identifying as a fat person. Shift your identity from being a fat person to being a healthy person. We have a need to be consistent with our identity. If we have labeled ourselves a “fat person” we will act unhealthy to remain consistent with our identity. In order to make lasting change, we must shift our identity. Start identifying yourself as a healthy person, start identifying yourself as a rich person, start identifying yourself as someone who is good in relationships, etc.


(TIME 10:00) In his must watch Ted Talk “Why We Make Bad Decisions” psychologist Dan Gilbert speaks about why humans are extremely near sighted when it comes to thinking about the future. It is hard for us to think about how the future will effect us, so we don’t often do it. However, projecting outward is one of the best tools we can use to inspire ourselves to take action. Ask yourself “How will my life look 20 years from now if I keep believing (BLANK)?


(TIME 11:35) There are two ways to: put ideas in, or pull ideas out. Asking the right questions is one of the quickest ways to pull limiting beliefs out. Here are 11 that will help you on that process.

3 Styles to Learn Anything (which one are you?)

3 Styles to Learn Anything (which one are you?)

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When we get information generally falls into one of three responses:



Ideas are most powerful when we’ve never heard them before. This is our golden window of opportunity to take action without overthinking. EX: “HOW TO JOURNAL VIDEO” got lots of positive feedback – because people have never seen a journal like that before. Motivated others to take action. Then what happens? Over time we know more and more about the topic. Eventually start to adapt and move into response #2:


Ideas start to hold less power if we’ve heard them before. They become less revolutionary to us and we are more likely to write them off. We adapt to the information regardless of if we’re applying it. This isn’t good, because a life where we stop settling and start living has nothing to do with ideas everything with execution. Taking action is more important than the ideas themselves. Just because you have Arnold Schwarzenegger’s diet doesn’t mean you’ll look like Arnold. Rewards in life go to those who execute.

3. “SCREW YOU!” 

This is the approach we may fall into when we hear an idea so many times it become obvious. As soon as we hear the idea, we write it off completely without honestly assessing if we’re taking action on it. I have seen this response first hand with my three years hosting the “PaleoHacks Podcast”. People who write me emails are constantly looking for the latest and greatest “hack” (i.e. intermittent fasting, cold thermogenesis, pre-biotic fiber, etc) have written off the fundamentals of health as “obvious” or “too basic”. However, it is often these same people who are trying to replace fundamentals with the cutting edge hacks. We must get honest with ourselves when we hear information if we are actually applying it.