“Your road to success is paved by your habits” Part 2
This is the second part of a two part series about habits that lead us to success. As I shared in the last blog, the habits you create today will shape the person you become tomorrow. The reason we know that is because greatness is never found in the big event it is found in the daily practices.
To accelerate yourself to a new level of leadership you must simply apply the daily habits that will take you to the top. Successful people and Unsuccessful people do not vary much in skills or abilities. Successful people are simply willing to practice the daily habits that unsuccessful people are unwilling to do. Their not better, they are just more willing.
Here’s a quick look at last weeks habits:
1) The habit of hard work
2) The habit of personal growth
3) The habit of being on time
4) The habit of staying organized
Now let’s take a moment to look at the remaining habits that will help lead you to success.
5) The habit of productivity
We waste so much time during the day and we probably don’t even know it. We waste time on projects someone else could do more efficiently. We waste time because we are unorganized. We waste hours “shooting the breeze” with co-workers. We waste time because of our inability to stay focused. The fact is we waste a lot of time in our average work week. My challenge to you is to discover the area where you waste time and begin changing your process. When you work, work hard, stay focused and get the job done. My former professor use to say “It’s not that your just too busy, it’s that your unproductive.” Learn to be productive
6) The habit of integrity
At the foundation of your success is this attribute called integrity. Without it, you are simply a person who has skills and abilities but is sure to fail. I recently shared the stage with author and speaker Tim Elmore who explained that character is like an iceberg. When you look at an iceberg you are only seeing 10%, the remaining is under water. The 10% you do see represents your skills and abilities, the 90% you don’t see represents your character. What matters most is not the ability it’s the character. Without it failure is sure to follow.
7) The habit of persistency
A former general once said of his men “We are not stronger then any platoon we have faced, we simply hang in there a few minutes longer.” A success habit is persistency. The drive to hang in there just a little longer then the next guy. When you think of people like Walt Disney, who approached over 400 lending institutions before he found one that would give him a loan. Or Dr. Seuss who was rejected by over 100 publishers before his first book went to print. You begin to realize that a success habit is the ability to never quit. To hang in there just a little bit longer. The road to success cannot be found without the quality of persistency.
Take a moment to review these seven habits. Decide which one is your greatest weakness, then begin to work them out in your life, if you do, you will begin your personal journey that will lead you to success.
Until next time,
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
“Successful people just discipline themselves to do what they don’t like to do
so they can get what they want.”
Posted on August 6, 2009, in Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged Effective Leader, Habits, integrity, Personal Growth, Strengths, Techniques of effective leaders. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.