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7 Vital Steps for the Venturous

Robert has received life skills training with a heavy emphasis on The Seven Laws of Success & The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Great for Any Area of Life

I have been in final expense sales, insurance sales, portrait sales, and car sales. While in sales, I discovered that nearly every truly successful salesperson, I have had the pleasure of associating with has taken some or all of the steps mentioned here. I have also found that these seven vital steps can lead to great success in any life area if you are venturous enough to try them.

Herbert W. Armstrong's, The Seven Laws of Success, and Steven R. Covey's, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, both contain seven success strategies.  Merging their ideas produces seven vital steps that lead to absolute accomplishment.

Herbert W. Armstrong's, The Seven Laws of Success, and Steven R. Covey's, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, both contain seven success strategies. Merging their ideas produces seven vital steps that lead to absolute accomplishment.

The Journey to True Success

Herbert W. Armstrong and Stephen R. Covey summed up the journey to real success in seven laws and seven habits, respectively.

Merging their success strategies produces seven vital steps that may lead to complete and total accomplishment for anyone who ventures to take them.

Entrepreneur, businessman, religious leader, and world traveler Herbert W. Armstrong (left/white hair), as well as the motivational writer and speaker Stephen R. Covey (right/bald head), summed up the journey to real success in seven points.

Entrepreneur, businessman, religious leader, and world traveler Herbert W. Armstrong (left/white hair), as well as the motivational writer and speaker Stephen R. Covey (right/bald head), summed up the journey to real success in seven points.

Herbert W. Armstrong was:

Stephen R. Covey was:

a religious leader

a motivational writer

an entrepreneur

a keynote speaker

a businessman

a businessman

a world traveler

an educator

an author

an author

Herbert W. Armstrong and Stephen R. Covey summed up the journey to complete success in seven laws and seven habits, respectively.

Herbert W. Armstrong and Stephen R. Covey summed up the journey to complete success in seven laws and seven habits, respectively.

Nearly all who have succeeded have followed success laws and have practiced success habits.

Herbert W. ArmstrongStephen R. Covey

1. The Right Goal

1. Be Proactive

2. Education and Preperation

2. Begin with the End in Mind

3. Good Health

3. Put First Things First

4. Drive

4. Think Win-win

5. Resourcefulness

5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

6. Perserverance

6. Synergize

7. Guidance from God

7. Sharpen the Saw

Seven Steps

The success laws and habits found in The Seven Laws of Success and The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People can be merged into seven vital steps that lead to success.

The success laws and habits found in The Seven Laws of Success and The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People can be merged into seven vital steps that lead to success.

Step One

Herbert Armstrong's first law of success is called "The Right Goal." Stephen Covey's second habit of highly successful people is called "Begin with the End in Mind." The strategies can be merged to create the first vital step that leads to success.

Fixing the right goal and formulating effective habits to achieve it creates the first vital step that leads to success.

Fixing the right goal and formulating effective habits to achieve it creates the first vital step that leads to success.

The Right Goal

Herbert W. Armstrong states that the first law of success is to set "The Right Goal."

The goal you set should:

  • Interest you
  • Arouse your ambition
  • Incite a will to achieve
  • Excite vigorous effort
  • Create a burning incentive

Begin with the End in Mind

Stephen Covey's second habit of highly successful people is called "Begin with the End in Mind."

To "Begin with the End in Mind" you should:

  • Begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination
  • Be proactive to make things happen
  • Focus on what you want to be and do (create a Personal Mission Statement)

Step Two

Herbert Armstrong's second law of success is called "Education and Preparation." Stephen Covey's first habit of highly effective people is called "Be Proactive." The two strategies can be merged to form the second vital step that leads to success.

Gaining proper education and training and being proactive create the second vital step that leads to success.

Gaining proper education and training and being proactive create the second vital step that leads to success.

Education and Preparation

Herbert Armstrong says that the second law of success is "Education and Preparation."

Education and preparation will give you the know-how to achieve your goal.

The proper education and preparation cause you to:

  • Acquire the additional knowledge you may need
  • Acquire training that prepares you to achieve your goal
  • Gain experience that will help you to accomplish your goal


Be Proactive

Stephen Covey's first habit of highly effective people is called "Be Proactive."

Being proactive causes you to:

  • Take responsibility for your life
  • Use action words such as I can, I will, or I prefer
  • Focus your time and energy on things you can control such as health, children, or problems at work

Covey says that "Gaining an awareness of the areas in which we expend our energies...is a giant step in becoming proactive."

Focus time & energy properly

"Gaining an awareness of the areas in which we expend our energies...is a giant step in becoming proactive."

— Stephen R. Covey

Step Three

Herbert Armstrong's third law of success is called "Good Health." Stephen Covey's third habit of highly effective people is called "Put First Things First." The two strategies can be merged to form the third vital step that leads to success.

Maintaining a holistic lifestyle and putting first-things-first create the third vital step that leads to success.

Maintaining a holistic lifestyle and putting first-things-first create the third vital step that leads to success.

Good Health

Referring to the third law of success, Herbert W. Armstrong wrote, "The all-important law coming next in time order is good health."

Good physical health is a vital tool that can be used to achieve success because we are physical beings.

Armstrong states that:

  • The mind and the body form the human physical mechanism.
  • Man consists of matter.
  • Man consists of 16 elements of organic, chemically functioning existence.
  • Man lives by breathing in air. (If the lungs do not keep inhaling and exhaling the oxygen-containing air, no man will live to achieve any goal.)

Most people are in utter ignorance of the fact that it does make a difference what we eat!

— Herbert W. Armstrong

  • Man is only one heartbeat away from death. (The heart pumps blood through an intricate system of veins and arteries. Man will die if his heart stops and never starts back.)
  • Food and water give men life.
  • Man is what he eats. (Many physicians and surgeons have said that 90% to 95% of all sickness and disease comes from an inadequate diet.)

A vast majority of health problems could be avoided by eating correctly.

Put First Things First

Stephen R. Covey's third habit, called "Put First Things First," can be merged with Herbert W. Armstrong's third law of success, referred to as "Good Health."

"First things are those things you, personally, find of most worth".

— Stephen R. Covey

"Put First Things First" deals with:

  • The physical creation
  • Proper use of time
  • Life management (your purpose, values, roles, and priorities)

Covey says; "First things are those things you, personally, find of most worth."

If you put first things first, you are organizing and managing time and events that take you closer to your goal. In so doing, you live life with less stress and as a result, have better health.

Step Four

Herbert Armstrong's fourth law of success is called "Drive." Stephen Covey's fourth habit of highly effective people is called "Think Win-Win." When merged, both strategies form the fourth vital step that leads to success.

The law of "Drive" and the habit of "Think Win-Win" create the fourth vital step that leads to  success.

The law of "Drive" and the habit of "Think Win-Win" create the fourth vital step that leads to success.

Drive

Armstrong states that drive is the fourth law to success.

Drive causes you to:

  • Be active in doing and accomplishing
  • Be wholehearted in your effort
  • Put a constant prod on yourself
  • Drive those under your authority
  • Not give in to the impulse to be slack

Armstrong's success law of "Drive" is an excellent forerunner to Covey's success habit of "Think Win-Win."

Think Win-Win

According to Stephen R. Covey, "Think Win-Win" means that you use your drive to benefit yourself and the whole team.

With win-win you:

  • See life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one
  • Have a frame of mind and heart that always seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions
  • Make sure agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying

Step Five

Herbert Armstrong's fifth law of success is called "Resourcefulness." Stephen Covey's fifth habit of highly effective people called "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood." Together, the strategies form the fifth vital step that leads to success.

The law of "Resourcefulness" and the habit of "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood" create the fifth vital step that leads to success.

The law of "Resourcefulness" and the habit of "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood" create the fifth vital step that leads to success.

Resourcefulness

According to Herbert W. Armstrong, "Resourcefulness" is the fifth law that leads to success.

With resourcefulness you solve unexpected problems and circumstances that appear to block your path.

You use resourcefulness by:

  • Not panicking
  • Leaping to action
  • Reaching the right decision
  • Acting on the correct decision

The law of "Resourcefulness" complements the success habit of "Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood."

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

"Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood" helps you to :

  • Attentively listen to others
  • Deeply understand another human being
  • Build communication skills that can be used to solve unexpected problems and circumstances

Step Six

Herbert Armstrong's sixth law of success is called "Perseverance." Stephen Covey's sixth habit of highly effective people is called "Synergize." Together, the two strategies merge to form the sixth vital step that leads to success.

The law of "Perseverance" and the habit of "Synergize" create the sixth vital step that leads to success.

The law of "Perseverance" and the habit of "Synergize" create the sixth vital step that leads to success.

Perseverance

Armstrong says the sixth law of success is "Perseverance."

"Perseverance" causes you to:

  • Stick with it even when it seems that things are not working
  • Never give up on your goals and dreams

The success law of "Perseverance" goes well with the success habit called "Synergize."

Synergize

Covey states that "Synergize" means "two heads are better than one."

"Synergizing" creates the habit of:

  • Creative cooperation
  • Teamwork
  • Open-mindedness and
  • Finding new solutions to old problems

Synergy allows people to begin to interact together genuinely, which produces fresh insight that fosters perseverance.

Step Seven

Herbert Armstrong's seventh law of success is called "Guidance from God." Stephen Covey's seventh habit of highly effective people is called "Sharpen the Saw." When merged, the strategies create the seventh vital step that leads to success.

The success law of "Seeking God's Continual Guidance" and the success habit of "Sharpen The Saw" create the life-changing, seventh vital step that leads to success.

The success law of "Seeking God's Continual Guidance" and the success habit of "Sharpen The Saw" create the life-changing, seventh vital step that leads to success.

Guidance from God

In his book, Herbert W. Armstrong adamantly expresses that the seventh law of success is having contact with and the guidance and continual help of God.

"Guidance from God" causes you to have a higher, spiritual goal. According to Mr. Armstrong, your new spiritual perspective changes how you apply all of the other success laws.

Guidance from God changes the other laws of success

Armstrong states that the seventh law of success is Guidance from God. With the seventh law of success, everything changes.

The Right GoalEducation/PreparationGood HealthDriveResourcefulnessPerseverance

Your Goal Is Spiritual Not Material

You Will Seek Life's True Values

Knowledge of God's Health Laws

God's Word Will Be Your Motivation

You Will Have God's Wisdom

You Will Internalize The Teachings of Christ

You Will Live In A Spiritual Way

Number One Text Book Will Be The Bible

You Will Have Peace of Mind

You Will Seek God's Guidance With Diligence

You Will Have God's Guidance

You Will Have Divine Strength To Continue

You Will Live By The Word Of God

You Will Have The Mind Of Christ To Solve Provblems

Stressful Burdens Will Be Lifted

You Will Be Industrious In Problem Solving

You Will Have God's Help

 

Sharpen the Saw

Covey's success habit of "Sharpen the Saw" complements Armstrong's seventh law of success.

Sharpen the saw means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.

"Sharpen the Saw" focuses on the:

  • Physical (Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting)
  • Social/Emotional (Making social and meaningful connections with others)
  • Mental (Learning, reading, writing, and teaching)
  • Spiritual (Spending time in nature, expanding the spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service)

All Seven of the Steps Are Needed

The video, Dr. Alexander's World, is a visual demonstration of how all the seven vital steps to success are needed to achieve real success. In the production, we see Dr. Alexander, a man who, from all outward appearances, seems to be very successful.

  1. He set the right goal of being in the medical profession that he loves.
  2. He acquired the education and training needed to be successful as a doctor.
  3. He is in excellent health.
  4. He has the drive that has caused his associates to admire him.
  5. He has used his resourcefulness to create a bodacious medical practice.
  6. He has shown perseverance by surviving his early years of lack and enjoys a lavish bank account.

However, Dr. Alexander needs to take the seventh vital step to success to have the peace of mind that he desperately craves.

Is Material Success Without Peace of Mind Really Success?

What Do You Think?

Merge and Take the Seven Vital Steps

Merging the success strategies in Herbert W. Armstrong's book, The Seven Laws of Success and Steven R. Covey's book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People produce seven vital success steps. The seven steps have proven to be invaluable assistants while traversing the road that leads to total and complete accomplishment. The laws and habits of success point the way toward business and economic prosperity. They are also the laws and practices that lead to an abundant, productive, rewarding, and interest-filled life.

The seven laws teach you to:

  1. Have the right goal
  2. Prepare with proper education and training
  3. Watch your physical health and maintain a good mental state of mind
  4. Have drive
  5. Have resourcefulness
  6. Have Perseverance
  7. Seek divine help to achieve a wholesome life and make proper decisions


Merging the seven laws and the seven habits of success, create the seven vital steps that you need to take to traverse the road that leads to total and complete accomplishment.

Merging the seven laws and the seven habits of success, create the seven vital steps that you need to take to traverse the road that leads to total and complete accomplishment.

The seven habits teach you to:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin With The End In Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen The Saw

Real and Complete Success

Merging the laws and habits, and taking the seven vital steps, can help anyone to achieve real and complete success.

Experts define real and complete success as:

  • Peace of mind
  • Freedom from fears and worries
  • Security
  • Protection
  • Happiness and
  • Abundant well-being

Notwithstanding, total and complete success is not free. There is a price to pay to achieve real, genuine, and lasting accomplishments. The price is, lawfully and habitually, taking the seven vital steps that lead to absolute and eternal success.

Sources

Armstrong, Herbert W. The Seven Laws of Success. Pasadena, CA: Worldwide Church of God, 1974. Print.

Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013. Print.

Dr. Alexander's World. Dir. Carolyn Yancy Gunn. Perf. Robert Odell, Jr. Dr. Alexander's World. CFA Productions, Inc., n.d. Web.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2015 Robert Odell Jr

Comments

Robert Odell Jr (author) from Memphis, Tennessee on December 20, 2016:

Thank you for your positive comments and for reading the article.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on December 20, 2016:

A great list of reminders what is necessary to achieve success financially, physically and emotionally.

Tony Robbins, Napolean Hill and others all say a similar thing, start now and take action.

There are so many people who continually analyze a situation and never do anything. Just start and change it along the way if it isn't right.

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