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Character building habits: 7 skills to success

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Steven Covey, author of the successful book, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" has developed the book "The Leader in Me" which contains a deliberate message to our children: young people can learn to be leaders, make the right choices, and be the best they can be by establishing “good” habits. 

With practice, these habits become the character-building tools they need to develop self-confidence in their own decision-making capabilities. And making good choices is, after all, crucial to overall success in life, no matter how old you are. 

Moorooka State School has adopted the strategies that Covey lays out in the book. Our belief is that these strategies can be extremely effective in helping students become more successful in the classroom. Students can learn to be leaders and make good choices.

The 7 skills to success at Moorooka: 

Skill 1: Be Proactive - I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods.  I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking. 

Skill 2: Begin with the End in Mind - I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision, and look for ways to be a good citizen.

Skill 3: Put First Things First - I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Skill 4: Think Win-Win - I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Account. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

Skill 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood - I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Skill 6: Synergize - I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me.  I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than any one of us alone. I am humble.

Skill 7: Sharpen the Saw - I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.