Peter J. Jessen

"Goals Per Action" Success Consultant · · 9931 SW 61st Ave., Portland, OR 97219 · Tel: 503.977.3240 · Fax: 503.977.3239

Classes Based on Stephen Covey's, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Two class series — one for adults and one for teens — based on Stephen Covey and Sean Covey's books



7 Habits


Pages 276-312, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families:  Building a Beautiful Family Culture in a Turbulent World, Stephen R. Covey, Golden Books, New York, NY, 1997
Pages 205-246, THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEEN: THE ULTIMATE TEENAGE SUCCESS GUIDE, Sean Covey, A Fireside Book, Simon & Schuste, 1998
Pages 19, 86-107, The 7 Habits of Effective Teens: THE MINIATURE EDITION, Sean Covey, 2002

    •  “Renewing the Family Spirit Through Traditions”

    •  Key question for Habit 7:  “Am I engaged in continuous improvement in the physical, mental, spiritual, and social/emotional dimensions of my life?”

    •  Entropy kills synergy:  anything left to itself will eventually disintegrate:  “steady degradation of a system or society”

       i.e.:  “attending regularly and consistently to renewal in all 4 dimensions of life: 

    •  “The Power of Interdependent Renewal”   

                                           DONE INDEPENDENTLY

    •  How:      schedule it
                      make lists (check lists, to do lists)
                        chart on p. 279

The Essence of Family Renewal:  TRADITIONS

    •  Key:  Family Meetings; one-on-ones


“will help you create and nurture a beautiful family culture that encourages you to keep on track and keeps family members coming back to the flight plan time and time again”  (p. 281)

“Family meals are important--even if you have only one family meal each week and that family meal is essentially the ‘family time’ for the week.”  (p. 282)

“attending regularly and consistently to renewal in all 4 dimensions of life”: 

    •  “Worshipping, working, serving, having fun together”

    •  Extended and Intergenerational Family Activities

    •  Learning Together (research, read, discuss)

    •  “Nurturing the Spirit of Healing”

    •  “Traditions Bring Family Healing
       Family dinners, vacations, birthdays, holidays

chart on page 281