What kind of habits do you have? Do your habits inhibit you from leading well or do they enable your leadership success? We all have habits. Some great, some good and others we’d like to lose.
Thus the expression, “drop it like a bad habit”.
Habits are unique. They don’t play favorites. It’s like practicing the wrong thing over and over again. All you do is get better at doing the wrong thing. However, practicing great things over and over again does the opposite. You get better at the right things.
So, the leadership habits you develop early on can dictate your leadership success in the future. You can do the right things great or the wrong things great. The key lies in doing the right things over and over and over and over. Make them a habit.
Habits are powerful factors in our lives. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily express our character and produce our effectiveness… or ineffectiveness – Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
3 Reasons To Develop Positive Habits
#1 - Positive habits set you up for success. They enable you to sustain excellence and provide a foundation for future growth.
A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit – Latin Proverb
#2 - Once you develop a positive habit, it becomes automatic. It takes the thinking part out of the equation. It becomes part of who you are.
I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time – Charles Dickens
#3 - Positive habits help you achieve (develop) what you want while negative habits hold you back. Negative habits inhibit your growth and development.
Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of – Proverb
Your habits are the most basic parts of your life. How you start your day. How you plan. Organize. Lead. The actions you practice consistently are your habits. The question is, are you practicing the right or wrong things?
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit – Aristotle
Get In The Habit OF
- OF exercising and eating right.
- OF reading more and watching TV less.
- OF telling one person a day how much you appreciate them and their work (maybe they don’t know)?
- OF telling your family how much they mean to you.
- OF serving others without a monetary goal.
- OF learning one new skill a year (it doesn’t have to be related to your profession), it just needs to make you better than you were last year.
- OF focusing on the process rather than the results (scoreboard watching).
- OF leading rather than managing.
Have a great week, there’s power in the habit OF!