“To succeed you must first improve, to improve you must first practice, to practice you must first learn, and to learn you must first fail.” -Wesley Woo
Habits – Good and Bad, we all have them. Sometimes we pass them on to our children. Sometimes to our employees. What then do we as leaders want to pass on to our employees that will make a difference. What habits have caused you to fail? How have you learned from that failure?
Habits are like light or water. Light can be used to warm a room or condensed into a laser type intensity and strong enough to cut through steel. When you turn on the water in the shower and you stand there, you are enjoying the feeling of the warm water. Or perhaps you are sitting in a hot tub. Same feeling, enjoyment from the warmth of the water. If you have ever used a high pressure washer, the stream of high pressure comes out so forceful that you can strip the face of a brick. It’s the same material that you used when you took your shower, but what is the difference? It is the intensity. It’s the focus. It is the same light, just the intensity changes.
How to take some of your habits and learn how to increase the intensity. Are you going to have to increase the intensity forever? No
It takes 21 consistent days to create a habit.
1. Work Habits
a. You have to see work the right way.
b. You have to work on the way you think.
i. The way you think and see success
ii. The way you see your team
c. People have to learn how to filter things through a brain cell
You are at where you are in life because of how you think. Success is an attitude. Think on this, from the neck down, you are worth about $10 an hour. From the neck up, you are priceless. Then the question becomes, Which one do you feed more?
Hard work x Smart work = Results
Focus – Emotional intelligence begins with self-awareness—getting in touch with your inner voice. Leaders who heed their inner voices can draw on more resources to make better decisions and connect with their authentic selves. But what does that entail? A look at how people focus inward can make this abstract concept more concrete (Harvard Business Review, December 2013.)
Have you ever said to yourself, I should have, I could have. You are not living up to your full potential. But you know that there are only 24 hours in a day. You know there are only 365 days in a year. Nobody can give you more hours in a day, it just isn’t possible. Nobody can give you more days in the year except leap year at 366 days. So as you see, things around you won’t change. The only thing that you are able to change is your effort. Today, you have to stop begging, stop looking for average, stop crying. You have to stop, look in the mirror, and since nothing else is going to change, you have to change by giving more effort. If you only give 70%, you will only get 70% in return. You have heard the saying, “You reap what you sow.”
Some are looking for a funded education. I need a scholarship to go to school. Whatever the situation, you figure that part out, you have to give more, Read more, study more. I need that next stripe on my uniform. You need to focus more. What more can I do on my job? Ask how you can give more, ask how you can do more? Ask yourself, What effort am I giving? If 100% is maximum, give 120%.
You might have a vision board, a list of goals, a schedule you live by everyday, a life road map. You are not going to make it by just “looking” at your goals. Everybody has goals and dreams. What makes you different then of everyone else with the same goals and dreams? When everyone wakes up, they are not giving 100%. Some not even 70%. What is 70%? Average. You have to wake up and commit to and focus on 120%, twenty-four-seven, three sixty five! You have to give ‘Effort’. Stop being the one that gets passed by. Once you do that, once you are at 120%, your vision board will come alive, your goals will be met. Remember this, If it were easy, everyone would be doing it!
“When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” Estee Lauder