Your road to success is paved by your habits Part 1
Success and failure is paved by one word “habits.” The habits you create today will shape what you become tomorrow. If in the future you are rich, poor, healthy or unhealthy, happily married or unhappily married, experiencing victory or defeat in your career it will most likely be a result of the habits that you have developed.
Abilities, talents, skills and gifting do not separate the average and the above average near as much as habits. If you develop great habits in your life, then you are more likely to experience success. If you don’t, you are more likely to experience failure.
Successful people simply discipline themselves to do the things that other don’t. It’s not that it’s easier for them, but they are willing to pay the price now so they can reap the benefits later.
Here are a four good habits that you can begin to build into the fiber of your life:
1) The habit of hard work
I am not saying to burn yourself out by overworking, but learn to work harder and smarter with the hours you do have. Refuse to be a person who lives by the clock, putting in only the minimum, enough to keep you out of trouble. Develop a healthy work ethic that becomes part of who you are.
2) The habit of personal growth
Develop the habit of continually pouring into yourself. If you want to stay motivated, you have to be inspired and that comes through continual growth. Make it a habit to read books, attend seminars and listen to tapes. Take time and make the effort to meet with an accountability group or a life coach. The habit of personal growth is one that is worth developing.
3) The habit of being on time
T.V. personality Dr. Phil says “It is arrogant to be late. When you are late you are saying that other people’s time doesn’t matter. That your time is more important than theirs.” Being late is a horrible habit to fall into. If you are someone who is chronically late, change today. Begin developing the “good” habit of being on time for every appointment, meeting or event. Let others know that you value their time as much as you want them to value yours.
4) The habit of staying organized
You must convince yourself that it is easier and takes less time to be organized than it does to be disorganized. It may take you a few weeks to restructure your office or home, but by being organized you will save time and get more done in fewer hours. Make it a habit to stay organized. It won’t be easy at first, but it will be worth it.
Until next time,
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
“Do What Others Won’t Today, So You Can Have What Others Can’t Tomorrow.”
By Steve C Wood
Posted on July 30, 2009, in Habits, Leadership and tagged Effective Leader, Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth, Techniques of effective leaders, Time Management. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.