“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
Are your habits (the things you repeatedly do) holding you back or pushing you forward? In order to reach our goals in business, and in life, we must become the person it takes to do the things we need to do in order to reach our goals. This means creating good habits.
To create a habit of excellence you must first ask yourself these questions:
1. What things are you doing, that you should do LESS of?
2. What things are you doing, that you should STOP?
3. What things are you doing, that you should do MORE of?
4. What things are you NOT doing, that you need to start?
If you can look at all four of these questions, and answer them honestly, it’s easy to create good habits. You don’t need more time, you just need to stop, or do less of, the things that are creating bad habits. I am sure all of us have a few and this will create time to start some new habits. Those that will define us in the way we want to be seen.
What are the habits of the type of person you would like to be? Ask a few highly productive people and you will find some consistency in their answers. These are the types of habits you need to develop. Things like planning their time, focusing on the positive, seizing opportunities and not wasting time are habits of the highly effective.
You need to rid yourself of the bad habits that have inadvertently made their way into to your routine over time. Wasting time watching television, surfing online and other distractions are not leading to on a path of excellence. Many of these habits need to be replaced with more effective habits.
The best way I have found to instill a new habit is to commit to doing something every day for 30 days. Want to get in better shape? Go to the gym every day for 30 days. Want to expand your mind? Read a book every day for 30 days. Want to start a journal? Write down your thoughts every day for 30 days. Once you have done something for 30 straight days, it will become a habit. You will have found the time to fit it into your routine and will find it easy to keep going.