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Table of Contents

Welcome.................................................................... 2
How to Complete Your Contract................................ 3
7 X 7 Scoreboard........................................................ 4
Week 1....................................................................... 8
Week 2..................................................................... 15
Week 3..................................................................... 22
Week 4..................................................................... 29
Week 5..................................................................... 36
Week 6..................................................................... 43
Week 7..................................................................... 50

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WELCOME TO THE 7 HABITS 7 X 7 CONTRACT!

Over the next seven weeks, you will have the chance
to dramatically improve your life through living the
7 Habits. By the time youre done, you will have
improved a key relationship, achieved an important
goal at work, developed the habit of weekly planning,
completed and polished your Personal Mission
Statement, and much more. By committing yourself
to carry out this contract for seven weeks, you can
transform your life by dedicating only a few minutes
a day. Remember, out of small steps great things are
accomplished.
This booklet contains everything you need to
complete your contract. You can also find the contract
on the Living the 7 Habits app.

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HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR CONTRACT

To complete your 7 Habits 7 X 7 Contract, youll be


accomplishing one key activity each day.
It works like this:
DAY 1: The first day of the week, youll do your
weekly planning.
DAYS 26: Specific activities from each of the
7 Habits will help you build relationships, achieve
goals, complete your Personal Mission Statement,
and more.
DAY 7: Use this day as a make-up day. Do any
activity youve missed during the week, or just
take the day off. Note: Please use the last day
of Week 3 and Week 7 to write us a progress
letteryoull see the instructions for those days
below.

We encourage you to complete every activity during


the next seven weeks. If an activity doesnt work on a
certain day, feel free to swap it for another activity.
Keep your 7 Habits Practice Cards handy because
youll be using them. They are also available on the
Living the 7 Habits app.
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7 X 7 SCOREBOARD

Heres an overview of the daily activities for completing


your 7 X 7 Contract. Place a check mark in the circle
when you complete each days activity.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Plan Your
Week

Refine Your
Mission
Statement

Set a Goal

Plan Your
Week

Practice
Empathic
Listening

Have a
Proactive
Day

Plan Your
Week

Balance Your
Roles

Speak
Proactively

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Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Start
Achieving
Your Goal

Make a
Deposit

Rate Your
Openness to
Differences

Make-Up
Day

Take Down
the Barriers

Leverage the
Strengths of
Others

Rethink a
Relationship

Make-Up
Day

Seek to Be
Understood

Live in
Quadrant 2

Rethink Your
Work

Write a
21-Day
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Day 1

Day 2

Plan Your
Week

Use Your
Time Well

Make a
Win-Win
Agreement

Plan Your
Week

Eliminate the
Unimportant

Learn
From the
Differences

Plan Your
Week

Seek
Something
Better

Listen for
Understanding

Plan Your
Week

Open Your
Heart

Be Abundant

Week

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Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Share Your
Mission
Statement

Be a
Transition
Person

Apologize

Make-Up
Day

Delegate

Tame Your
Technology

Get Clear on
the End in
Mind

Make-Up
Day

Get to
Synergy

Model
a Good
Character

Forgive

Make-Up
Day

Finish Your
Mission
Statement

Live Your
Mission

De-stress

Write a
Victory
Letter!

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Week 1, Day 1
PLAN YOUR WEEK

Find a quiet place where you can focus and spend


2030 minutes to:
1. Connect with your mission, roles, and goals.
2. Schedule the Big Rocks. Ask the Big Rocks
Question: What are the one or two most
important things I can do in this role this
week?*
3. Organize the rest. Schedule your other tasks,
appointments, and activities around your Big
Rocks.
If you were to ask me what single practice would
do more than any other to balance your life and
increase your productivity, it would be this: Plan
your week each week before the week begins.
Stephen R. Covey
*Remember that your Daily Private Victory is a
Big Rock for each day of the week.

Habit 3: Put First Things First


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Week 1, Day 2
REFINE YOUR MISSION STATEMENT

Your mission statement defines your highest values


and priorities. Invest 1530 minutes in yourself
today and work on refining your Personal Mission
Statement.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind


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Week 1, Day 3
SET A GOAL

Consider one of the goals you started in the


7 Habits work session or pick a new one. This
should be a personal or a work goal that really
matters to youa goal you can achieve or make
progress on in the next seven weeks. On a piece
of paper, define the outcome. What would success
look like for you?

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Week 1, Day 4
START ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL

Look back at the goal youve defined for yourself.


What Big Rock activities do you need to do over
the next seven weeks to complete or make progress toward that goal? Schedule them now.

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Week 1, Day 5
MAKE A DEPOSIT

Your closest relationships are a source of great


meaning and purpose in your life. Identify a key
relationship in your life that might be in disrepair.
Make a deposit today in that persons Emotional
Bank Account.

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Week 1, Day 6
RATE YOUR OPENNESS TO DIFFERENCES

Mark the box that best represents how you


respond to differences in each of the following
categories. Do you reject, tolerate, or value
differences?
Reject

Tolerate

Value

Race
Religion
Gender
Age
Politics

Write down what you can do to better value


differences in each category.

Habit 6: Synergize
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Week 1, Day 7
MAKE-UP DAY

Use this day as a make-up day. Do any activity


youve missed during the week, or just take the
day off.

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WEEK

Week 2, Day 1
PLAN YOUR WEEK

Find a quiet place where you can focus and spend


2030 minutes to:
1. Connect with your mission, roles, and goals.
Remember the goal you set on Day 3 last
week.
2. Schedule the Big Rocks. Ask the Big Rocks
Question: What are the one or two most
important things I can do in this role this
week?*
3. Organize the rest. Schedule your other tasks,
appointments, and activities around your Big
Rocks.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the
main thing. Stephen R. Covey
*Remember that your Daily Private Victory is a
Big Rock for each day of the week.

Habit 3: Put First Things First


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Week 2, Day 2
PRACTICE EMPATHIC LISTENING

Today practice listening for understanding. In your


interactions with people, try to reflect back the
feelings of others and the content of their message.
(You can do this on social media if youd like.)
Avoid the temptation to jump in and advise or
judge.


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand,


Then to Be Understood
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Week 2, Day 3
HAVE A PROACTIVE DAY

Proactive people are the creative force of their


own livesthey choose their own way and take
responsibility for the results. By contrast, reactive
people see themselves as victims. Whats going on
in your life today that might make you reactive?
Choose a proactive response and try it today.

Habit 1: Be Proactive
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Week 2, Day 4
TAKE DOWN THE BARRIERS

Think about the goal you identified in Week 1,


Day 3. Identify the obstacles youre encountering
to achieve that goal. Find someone today to help
you brainstorm ways to overcome the obstacles.
Use his or her strengths to compensate for your
weaknesses.

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LEVERAGE THE STRENGTHS OF OTHERS

We are surrounded by the strengths of others,


and we dont tap into them enough. On the table
below, list your closest co-workers. Next to each
name, list that persons unique strengths.

Name

Strengths

What could you do today to take greater


advantage of the strengths of others in your
own work?

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Week 2, Day 6
RETHINK A RELATIONSHIP

We sometimes overlook the people who really


matter to us. Is there an important relationship
youve neglected? Take time to write down what
your end in mind is for this relationship. Do
something today to make that end in mind more
of a reality.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind


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Week 2, Day 7
MAKE-UP DAY

Use this day as a make-up day. Do any activity


youve missed during the week, or just take the
day off.

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Week 3, Day 1
PLAN YOUR WEEK

Find a quiet place where you can focus and spend


2030 minutes to:
1. Connect with your mission, roles, and goals.
2. Schedule the Big Rocks. Ask the Big Rocks
Question: What are the one or two most
important things I can do in this role this
week?*
3. Organize the rest. Schedule your other tasks,
appointments, and activities around your Big
Rocks.
The week is the perfect unit of time. It is not
too distant to do something about, but its close
enough to be relevant. Stephen R. Covey
*Remember that your Daily Private Victory is a
Big Rock for each day of the week.

Habit 3: Put First Things First


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Week 3, Day 2
BALANCE YOUR ROLES

In trying to fulfill all the key roles in our lives, we


sometimes neglect one important role and get out
of balance. Identify one of your most important
roles in lifespouse, partner, professional, parent,
volunteer, etc.that you might be neglecting. Do
something today to better fulfill that role.

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Week 3, Day 3
SPEAK PROACTIVELY

Reactive language is a sure sign that you see


yourself as a victim of circumstances instead of as a
proactive, self-reliant person. Try going one whole
day without using any reactive language like I
cant or I have to or You make me so mad.

Habit 1: Be Proactive
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Week 3, Day 4
SEEK TO BE UNDERSTOOD

Think about an upcoming presentation or a


persuasive message you need to give someone.
Make sure you understand other points of view
first. Then practice giving your presentation to
another person or post it on social media. Make
your point with both the courage of your convictions and consideration for others viewpoints.


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand,


Then to Be Understood
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Week 3, Day 5
LIVE IN QUADRANT 2

Quadrant 2 is the quadrant of effectiveness. Identify


a Quadrant 2 activity youve been neglectingone
that, if done well, would have a significant impact
in your life, either personally or professionally. Do it
today or schedule some time to do it.

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Week 3, Day 6
RETHINK YOUR WORK

On a piece of paper, list five words that describe


how you feel about your job and your career at
this point in your life. What do these words tell
you about your paradigm of your job? Now write
down five words youd like to say about your job.
Identify how your paradigm needs to change to
make that happen.

Paradigms and Principles


of Effectiveness

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Week 3, Day 7
WRITE A 21-DAY LETTER

Today is Day 21 of your 7 X 7 Contract. Wed like


to hear from you today about your progress. Please
write us a short message telling us about lessons
youve learned and experiences youve had while
living the 7 Habits. Are the 7 Habits making a
difference in your life? What have you done to
make yourself a more effective person? How have
the 7 Habits affected your most important
relationships?
Send your letter to 7X7@franklincovey.com.
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Week 4, Day 1
PLAN YOUR WEEK

Find a quiet place where you can focus and spend


2030 minutes to:
1. Connect with your mission, roles, and goals.
2. Schedule the Big Rocks. Ask the Big Rocks
Question: What are the one or two most
important things I can do in this role this
week?*
3. Organize the rest. Schedule your other tasks,
appointments, and activities around your Big
Rocks.
If you only plan daily, youll simply be managing
urgencies. Weekly planning is the only sure way to
stay in Quadrant 2. Stephen R. Covey
*Remember that your Daily Private Victory is a
Big Rock for each day of the week.

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Week 4, Day 2
USE YOUR TIME WELL

At the start of the day, use the Time Matrix below


to estimate how many hours you will spend in each
quadrant today. At the end of the day, record how
many hours you actually spent in each quadrant.
How accurate were your estimates? Are you satisfied
with the way you spent your time? What do you
need to change?

NOT IMPORTANT

IMPORTANT

URGENT

NOT URGENT

Q1

NECESSITY

Q2

Q3

DISTRACTION

Q4

EFFECTIVENESS

WASTE

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Week 4, Day 3
MAKE A WIN-WIN AGREEMENT

Choose a relationship for which you would like to


develop a Win-Win Agreement. This person could
be a work associate, family member, business
partner, or manager. Try to put yourself in that
persons place and write down on a piece of paper
what you think would be wins for that person.
Then write down your own wins.
Make a Win-Win Agreement today or schedule
time to complete it later.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win


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Week 4, Day 4
SHARE YOUR MISSION STATEMENT

Your mission statement is not just for you; those


who are close to you can benefit from knowing
your goals, your values, and your vision for your
own life. Today share your Personal Mission
Statement with someone you trusta friend, a
family member, or a close associate. Ask him or her
to help you refine it.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind


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Week 4, Day 5
BE A TRANSITION PERSON

We are all influenced by our pastour upbringing,


our genes, our environmentbut we are not determined by it. Think through the negative patterns
your parents or grandparents might have passed on
to you (a bad habit, a bad temper, a bad attitude,
etc.). How are these things affecting you? Do
something today to break that pattern.

Habit 1: Be Proactive
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Week 4, Day 6
APOLOGIZE

Saying youre sorry when youve made a mistake


or hurt someone else can quickly restore an
overdrawn Emotional Bank Account. It takes
courage. Who needs an apology from you? Take a
chance and apologize to that person today.

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Week 4, Day 7
MAKE-UP DAY

Use this day as a make-up day. Do any activity


youve missed during the week, or just take the
day off.

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Week 5, Day 1
PLAN YOUR WEEK

Find a quiet place where you can focus and spend


2030 minutes to:
1. Connect with your mission, roles, and goals.
2. Schedule the Big Rocks. Ask the Big Rocks
Question: What are the one or two most
important things I can do in this role this
week?*
3. Organize the rest. Schedule your other tasks,
appointments, and activities around your Big
Rocks.
Theres no better way to balance your life than to
view your life in terms of roles.
Stephen R. Covey
*Remember that your Daily Private Victory is a
Big Rock for each day of the week.

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Week 5, Day 2
ELIMINATE THE UNIMPORTANT

Quadrants 3 and 4 are real time robbers. These are


activities that steal time from you without giving
back. Make a list of themthe less important tasks
that take up too much of your time. Circle the one
task that is the greatest culprit. Do something today
to eliminate it or cut back on it.

NOT IMPORTANT

URGENT

Q3

DISTRACTION

Needless interruptions
Unnecessary reports
Irrelevant meetings
Other peoples minor issues
Unimportant email,
tasks, phone calls, status
posts, etc.

NOT URGENT

Q4

WASTE

Trivial work
Avoidance activities
Excessive relaxation,
television, gaming,
Internet
Time-wasters
Gossip

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Week 5, Day 3
LEARN FROM THE DIFFERENCES

Choose a political or social issue you care about.


Put your personal views aside for the day. Find
a few peoplein person, on social media, or by
searching onlineand find out their views. Listen
for understanding. Write down at least three new
perspectives or ideas you got from this exercise.


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand,


Then to Be Understood
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Week 5, Day 4
DELEGATE

You dont have to do everything yourself, and you


dont have to be the boss to delegate. Effective delegation is important to your personal productivity.
List on the table below the responsibilities youve
taken on that others could do just as well. Then
list people you could delegate them to. Take steps
today to delegate those responsibilities.

Task

Delegate to

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Week 5, Day 5
TAME YOUR TECHNOLOGY

Review how you are using technologyyour


smartphone, your tablet, your TVwhatever you
use. Do these tools serve you well, or do they
make it hard for you to get things done and
personally connect with other people?
Do one thing today to reduce the distractions from
your technology. Here are some ideas:
Turn off your alerts.
Check your social media only once a day.
Dont let your device interrupt a
conversation with another person.
Turn off your device during a Big Rock
activity.
Dont text while you drive.

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Week 5, Day 6
GET CLEAR ON THE END IN MIND

Do you have a clear end in mind for each task,


meeting, or interaction with family and friends?
From todays schedule, pick one work item and
one personal item and write your end in mind for
each one.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind


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Week 5, Day 7
MAKE-UP DAY

Use this day as a make-up day. Do any activity


youve missed during the week, or just take the
day off.

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WEEK

Week 6, Day 1
PLAN YOUR WEEK

Find a quiet place where you can focus and spend


2030 minutes to:
1. Connect with your mission, roles, and goals.
2. Schedule the Big Rocks. Ask the Big Rocks
Question: What are the one or two most
important things I can do in this role this
week?*
3. Organize the rest. Schedule your other tasks,
appointments, and activities around your Big
Rocks.
Organizing on a weekly basis provides much
greater balance and context than daily planning.
There seems to be implicit cultural recognition of
the week as a single, complete unit of time.
Stephen R. Covey
*Remember that your Daily Private Victory is a
Big Rock for each day of the week.

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Week 6, Day 2
SEEK SOMETHING BETTER

Think about your work. You spend so much of your


life and energy at it; how often do you take stock
of your own productivity? Ask a trusted co-worker
or your manager how you could become a more
productive person. Pick one item and start doing it
today.

Habit 6: Synergize
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Week 6, Day 3
LISTEN FOR UNDERSTANDING

Today work to develop a full understanding of a


viewpoint you dont agree with. Identify a
person who typically sees things differently from
you on one issue or another. Go to that person
and say, You see things differently. I need to listen
to you. Then do it. Just listen. Repeat back the
other persons viewpoint until he or she feels you
fully understand.


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand,


Then to be Understood
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Week 6, Day 4
GET TO SYNERGY

Synergy has real benefits when youre trying to


solve a problem. Find someone (or better yet, a
group of people) today to talk to about a problem
or an opportunity youre facing. Explain the
problem and your ideas for solving it. Then ask this
question: Would you help me come up with ideas
I havent thought of yet? Take a few minutes to
brainstorm.

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Week 6, Day 5
MODEL A GOOD CHARACTER

Think of a person who, in your opinion, has


excellent character. Define some of the principles
of effectiveness that person lives by. Which of those
principles would you like to practice more often
in your own life? Do something today to act on
those principles.

Paradigms and Principles of


Effectiveness

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Week 6, Day 6
FORGIVE

Weve all been hurt at some time or another by


someone elses thoughtless words or acts. If youve
been hurt and it still bothers you, realize that person has weaknesses just as you do. You dont need
to carry around the burden of someone elses flaws.
Forgive that person today.

Private Victory
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WEEK

Week 6, Day 7
MAKE-UP DAY

Use this day as a make-up day. Do any activity


youve missed during the week, or just take the
day off.

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Week 7, Day 1
PLAN YOUR WEEK

Find a quiet place where you can focus and spend


2030 minutes to:
1. Connect with your mission, roles, and goals.
2. Schedule the Big Rocks. Ask the Big Rocks
Question: What are the one or two most
important things I can do in this role this
week?*
3. Organize the rest. Schedule your other tasks,
appointments, and activities around your Big
Rocks.
[You can] deeply enjoy spontaneous experiences,
knowing that you have proactively organized your
week to accomplish key goals in every area of your
life. Stephen R. Covey
*Remember that your Daily Private Victory is a
Big Rock for each day of the week.

Habit 3: Put First Things First


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Week 7, Day 2
OPEN YOUR HEART

Identify someone you dont normally listen to


and ask, Hows it going? Open your heart and
practice Empathic Listening. Youll be surprised at
what you learn.


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand,


Then to Be Understood
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Week 7, Day 3
BE ABUNDANT

Look around and identify someone who deserves


credit for something he or she has done or helped
you accomplish. Be sure to privately or publicly
acknowledge that persons contribution and give
credit where credit is due.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win


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Week 7, Day 4
FINISH YOUR MISSION STATEMENT

Your mission statement is your personal


constitution. Youve had time to refine it and get
feedback from others. Now its time to complete
your Personal Mission Statement. Take time today
to finish it.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind


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Week 7, Day 5
LIVE YOUR MISSION

Now that youve completed your Personal Mission


Statement, pick one phrase or idea from it and live
it today. Let your mission statement be a living
testament to your vision, values, and goals.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind


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WEEK

Week 7, Day 6
DE-STRESS

Life can be busy and stressful. In addition to your


Daily Private Victory, give yourself permission
to take 30 minutes just for yourself today. Find a
stressbusterwhatever helps you relax mostand
do it.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw


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Week 7, Day 7
WRITE A VICTORY LETTER!

Today you finish your 7 X 7 Contract! Wed like


to hear from you about your experience. Please
write us a short 7 Habits Victory Letter (or make a
video, if youd like!). Tell us about your seven-week
experiment with the 7 Habits. Think about these
questions:
Which activity made the biggest difference
for you and why?
How is your Personal Mission Statement
impacting your life?
How have you improved a key relationship?
How are you doing with your goals?
How has the Daily Private Victory helped
you to become more effective?
How has weekly planning made a difference
for you?
Have the 7 Habits become habits for you?
Send your letter or video to 7X7@franklincovey.com.
Thank you!
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