Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” Man, that is so true. See, the difference between successful people and the average Joe usually isn’t something big. However, there is a difference that consistently separates the top percentage of people from the middle of the pack. The difference lies in the habits of top performers. Successful people have great habits. They understand the importance of getting the hundreds of automatic decisions they make daily to take them in the direction they want to go. Instead of drifting through life, they deliberately set up their auto pilot to take them toward their goals.
When is the last time you thought about the steps it takes to tie your shoe? What about the last time that you had to think through the process of eating, or showering, or brushing your teeth? Did you have to look at a map as you drove to work today? I’m guessing these things were all automatic, right? At some point you had to actually learn these things, but by now they are habits…they are your autopilot.
It’s vital to get your autopilot set up to work for you. You do that by making the effort to develop your habits.
In today’s Mindset Monday, I’m diving heavy into habits. When it comes to habits, there are a few things that will help you to begin to incorporate positive habits and say good bye to those not so great ones.
It all starts with paying attention. Do you even know what’s driving your decisions? If not, it’s time to start diving in and figuring out what habits are influencing your choices. If you don’t think anything is impacting the thousands of choices you make each day, think again. Something is driving those decisions…and that something is your habits.
As you begin this process of changing your habits, take note of the tips in today’s audio.
First, look to add instead of take away. Adding is more exciting than taking away, so find a positive habit you want to add, and start incorporating it.
As you add, make sure you go small. You don’t need to change everything right away. Find 1-2 small changes that you can make right now….then, do it consistently.
Get rid of anything that supports your bad habits. Simple, right? We are wired to take the easy way. So, stop making the things you want to stop doing easy for you. Want to eat healthy, but you know you can’t resist the cookies in the pantry or the ice cream in the freezer…get them out.
Be patient. Change doesn’t happen overnight. It happens when you go small and you stay consistent. Each change adds momentum, and as time goes, your consistency and patience will turn into long term success.
Right now is the time. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next month. Find something that you can do today that will put you on the path toward your goals. As you start setting goals, check out my goal setting strategy.
If you’re not part of an environment that encourages you to challenge yourself daily and stay on track with your positive habits, it’s time to check out the FOF Training Center. At FOF, you’ll find a group that will hold you accountable, encourage you, and help you get your habits and autopilot set up to work for you.
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