The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Deck - Stephen Covey
Motivational and inspirational cards based on books can be a great (not to mention quick!) way to glean the essential points of an author's work. Besides brevity, it's an added bonus to be able to pick a card or two every day and ponder what it says. This information can be used for increased awareness or as a way incoporate the truths found on the card.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People deck is filled with sage advice and practical wisdom, especially for those who want to maximize their potential and live a more balanced life.

Covey devotes 7 cards to each of the 7 habits that are featured in his best-selling book. If you do the math, that equals 49 cards, but there is also a card with a message from Covey. A brief concept is printed on front, and several sentences that expound on the concept is found on back. Each of the 7 habits has it's own color scheme and design, although the overall appearance is uniform. At the top of each card is the particular habit with its number.

Here is a sampling of the fronts of my favorite cards from the deck:

Habit 1: Be Proactive - Be a model, not a critic.
Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind - Expand your perspectives.
Habit 3: Put First Things First - Learn to say no.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win - Adopt an abundance mentality.
Habit 5: Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood - Influence others by example.
Habit 6: Synergize - Value differences.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw - Expand your mind.

Below is the front and back of two cards from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People deck:
The back of the Learn to say no card says Decide what your highest priorities are, and have the courage and independent willpower to say no--pleasantly, smilingly, and unapologetically--to the things that are less important to you.

The back of the Expand your perspective card says You don't have to wait for external circumstances to create perspective-expanding experiences. you can do so yourself by: visualizing your own funeral (how will people eulogize you?), visualizing your retirement, visualizing how you'd feel if a family member died, and so on.

I recommend this inspirational deck for those seeking to get unstuck from repeating patterns and stagnation, as well as those wanting to grow personally and professionally. . As it says on the back of the box:" with integrity and honesty gives you the power to overcome the deeply imbedded habitual tendencies that can work against you. Remember: you are not your habits--and you can replace old patterns with new ones!"

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