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TO INTERDEPENDENCE To be able to better apply the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People it is first necessary to understand the how they are structured Covey himself admits that the seven habits are derived from common sense he merely organized them in order to make it easier for others to understand The Seven Habits are a set of basic generic guidelines that all flow from one another that is the application of the latter habits requires the knowledge and employment of the initial ones These initial habits habits 1-3 deal almost solely with the improvement of the individual himself helping one gain a greater control over oneself and improving and refining ones lifestyle Whereas habits 1-3 require an inward gaze on oneself the latter habits habits 4-6 on the other hand turns ones attention outwards concentrating on ones interpersonal relationships Covey brings his point across very clearly one must first gain mastery of the self before one can improve offer others help or improve on ones relationship with them As much as one may try to gloss over personal improvement and mastery and instead direct all attention to the externals sooner or later it will become apparent that such efforts of outward improvement will be futile unless one first pays attention to the development of the self As aforementioned this mastery of the self is cultivated by the first three habits Being proactive acting rather than being acted upon beginning with the end in mind setting a goal for oneself and putting first things first prioritizing and knowing the difference between the important and the urgent The first three habits help one move out of the realm of dependence and into independence It is at this point that the concepts of dependence independence and interdependence must be clarified what exactly do they mean And why is it necessary for effective living that one move from one realm into the other Covey
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