Private Victories


In order to achieve effectiveness we go through a path full of principles and habits. Covey defines three levels of personal development and as we go through this path, we move on to the next level of effectiveness. These levels are: Dependence, Independence and Interdependence.

These last few days, we made quick journey through the 3 habits that allowed us to move from Dependence (“you” attitude) towards the Independence (the “me” attitude). Let’s remember these habits:

Habit 1: Be proactive.
Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind.
Habit 3: Put first things first.

These habits are the base of the pyramid and they have helped us increase what Covey calls “Private Victories”.

The increase in our "Private Victories" will be the fuel that will allow us to reach "Independence" so that later on we achieve "Interdependence".

Private Victories.

1. Definition.

Private victories are those personal challenges that we set and achieve. A simple example is "to wake up an hour earlier". When we are able to wake up earlier, we feel satisfied with ourselves. When we don't, we feel we have failed and a series of actions that make our day more difficult are set loose.

2. Characteristics.

The private victories are identified as the following:
Personal challenges.
They increase our self-confidence.
They produce personal improvement.

3. Living private victories.

Private victories are achieved by following step by step these habits:
Step 1 - Be proactive: You are the one that can make things happen. You are not the victim. You must make things happen.
Step 2 - Begin with the end in mind: Visualize. You know what you want to achieve and you have created it in your head.
Step 3 – Put first things first: You know what's important and you will focus all your actions on this.

4. References.

Covey, Steven; 7 habits of highly effective people.