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What are your habits that really and truly make you better?
→ Help you achieve more?
→ Encourage happiness more?
→ Challenge you more?
Big transformations are made in the details of daily routines that push the boundary of uncertainty and uncomfortability.
The Art of a Habit
Working on oneself is an art. I love that we all have the ability to choose growth and act upon it.
We don’t have to sit back and accept things as they are. We all have the power to change.
The funny thing about change is we often think about it in big impacts. Moving, getting married, having kids, being promoted, and buying a house – these are all big changes that leave an impact on our life but do not necessarily change our core principles.
If you were unhappy with your job before being promoted, who’s to say you’re going to be any happier or more effective in your new role? You’ll likely have a honeymoon period and then things will dwindle back to the status quo.
A Little Goes a Long Way
Now instead of focusing towards those ‘life changing events’, what if you simply challenge yourself to make small improvements by practicing new habits?
The power of a habit can transform your life, a business, or relationships. It’s in the little practices and exercises that we do each day that build the base for a more effective, happier, and successful life.
Habits can cause huge shifts in our mindset that open the doors to greater potential. And once you’ve got a few habits down, you can almost forget about them because the practices become so ingrained in your behavior. Then you can pursue more skills to build upon to reach your goals – a pursuit of excellence.
Today, I’ve got 8 powerful habits that will inspire you to create more success in your life, relationships, family, business, and career. Let’s dive in!
1. Be Grateful
When you put down what you are grateful for you are opening the doors to a more fulfilled life. You are naturally lifting mental blocks that prevent you from welcoming abundance into your life.
One of the ways I put this habit into practice is saying ‘thankfuls’ with my Son before his bedtime. It’s a great way for us to connect and practice daily gratitude.
2. Listen to a Podcast
The ease and availability of podcasts make learning so accessible! I love having the ability to learn while accomplishing a walk or some cleaning.
Continuing a pursuit of knowledge is a habit that feeds your mind, keeps it sharp and has the power to influence your earning potential.
Audible books work great, too! I’m looking forward to checking out The Originals by Adam Grant.
3. Jordan Harbinger’s Doorway Drill
I learned about this the other day on, what else, but a podcast. This habit is awesome for all those introverts out there.
Jordan explains how we are judged well before we ever formally meet someone. We are typically judged upon entering a room. This one instance can set your perception negatively or positively so you can imagine how powerful getting this right could be for you and your [potential] relationships.
The exercise Jordan explains is done anytime you walk through a doorway, at home, at the office, at a restaurant, wherever. From the minute you pass through, make sure your shoulders are back, chin is up and you’re smiling. This simple shift will boost your confidence and ability to build a better rapport with others.
4. Provide a Compliment a Day
Offering praise, a compliment, or a job well done to another co-worker can significantly improve your happiness levels.
As my 3-year-old would understand, if you fill someone else’s bucket, yours becomes filled too. Easy enough, right?
5. Stand-up on a Call
Similar to the Doorway Drill, if you stand up instead of sitting down on a phone call, your presence and confidence rise.
You bring more energy to the discussion when you are standing and this could significantly change the dynamic and influence of your calls. Think negotiation? Phone interviews? Sales Clients?
6. Keep a Win Book
This can be a google doc or a fancy, little black book, but whatever medium you choose, make it a habit!
Write down any and all wins and failures, both qualitative and quantitative, you have throughout the year.
The key to an effective win book is writing down why and how you made those decisions. Track diligently because success has a pattern, study what it is you do right when you win big. Review what you should have done when you have a failure.
7. Exchange ‘Problem’ for ‘Opportunity’
Never say the word problem again, ever.
Make this one change in your vocabulary and watch what appears as a problem becomes an opportunity.
Visualizing a challenge or opportunity encourages a growth mindset that prepares solutions. Whereas the word problem mentally tricks you into a fixed mindset that sees just that, problems where you have little to no control over the outcome.
8. Simon Sinek’s Be the Last to Speak
Sometimes we pat ourselves on the back for speaking and then listening to others, but what does this really do?
It gives you the chance to voice your opinion first and influence others. You communicate that you’ve already made up your mind and people respond from a defensive place.
Make a habit that aligns with GREAT leadership, be the last to speak. Practice it at home, at work, with your spouse, and with your kids.
Be The Last to Speak speech: Simon Sinek talks about the importance of first listening to the opinion of others before making your own, arguing that the best leaders are the ones who master the skill of being the last to speak.
I would love if you took the time to answer 2 questions!
1. What are your power-changing habits for more happiness and success?
2. Do you plan on adopting one of these habits; what resonated with you the most?
Share your answers in the comments ♥