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Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

March 16, 2011

It’s amazing that as influential as this book has been that it’s taken several weeks for someone to mention Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey, and finally someone has.  Scott Williams, one of LifeChurch.tv’s campus pastors, outlines Covey’s thoughts on scarcity vs. abundance:

Scarcity:

People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me.  Again, this is not about being malicious; it’s simply a way of thinking.  You hold on to things, people, staff, and relationships with clinched fists.

Abundance:

People with abundance mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-win.  The more you live with an abundance mentality, the more you are genuinely happy for the successes, well being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people.  You go out of your way to speak well of others, to help others, to elevate others, because you truly believe their success adds to — rather than detracts from.

  • Scarcity – Not enough blessing to go around.
  • Abundance – More than enough blessing to go around.
  • Scarcity – I have to succeed and make sure that I look good.
  • Abundance – If I succeed and you succeed, then we all succeed.
  • Scarcity – I have all of the answers and I will determine how much you know or learn
  • Abundance – I don’t have all of the answers, I will learn from you, you will learn from me, we will learn from others and we will share our learning’s with each other.
  • Scarcity – Clinched fists.
  • Abundance – Open hands.
  • Scarcity – Dictate and Micromanage.
  • Abundance – Openness and Trust.
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