"A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time."
--- Mark Twain
Experts tell us that one of the keys to losing weight is to always leave the table with the feeling that you could probably eat another serving of something. That is a good system to stick to if you have the discipline.
But, if you are in the habit of eating until stuffed, and you don't know how to change your habits, you may develop the all-to-common Furniture Disease: That is when your chest falls into your drawers!
"Habits change into character."
--- Publius Ovidius Naso Ovid
Just as habits can affect your health and your waistline, bad habits can also negatively impact your business. One of the greatest challenges in business today is staying motivated and creative.
To accomplish the ultimate goals in your business plan, a strategy for driving your business forward must be followed. Following the plan can be exhausting and the temptation to rest on old laurels and keep the status quo can be overwhelming.
"Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."
--- Vince Lombardi
Jerry Rice, a National Football League star, is an example of someone who stays hungry. Jerry has played professional football for over 20 years. He has played in three Super Bowls, set numerous NFL records and is respected for his professionalism, humbleness and his resilient abilities while still playing at age 40.
Despite all of his accomplishments and skills, he trains in the off-season as if there is a chance that he may not make the team. After all of his endeavors, he still stays hungry for improvement.
"Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones."
--- Benjamin Franklin
Take inventory of some of your work habits this week. Ask a close confidant that will tell you the hard stuff to point out what he or she observes in you as poor habits. Write down the ones that you want to eliminate. Focus on why the habits exist and determine which good habit you want to use as a replacement.
"A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit."
--- Desiderius Erasmus
To eliminate old habits, something has to go in its place. Old habits don't just go away. They leave a void that is eventually filled with another bad habit unless you resolve to replace it with a good habit. The more energy you place into the good habit, the more the bad habit diminishes.
"No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself."
--- William Penn
Your business depends on you being creative and innovative with the ability to improvise when the needs arise. You must be open to new technology, new business ideas and new markets. You cannot be imprisoned by stifling habits that suffocate the vitality that is expected in a leader.
Some of these choking habits include various time-wasters such as performing mundane tasks that can be delegated; attempting to control too much instead of trusting those you've hired; focusing on competition; and losing sight of the business plan.
"If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self."
--- Napoleon Hill
Begin healthy habits this week. Get back to the basics of your business. Get back the drive you had when you started the business. Get back to staying hungry again!
"Develop the winning edge; small differences in your performance can lead to large differences in your results."
--- Brian Tracy
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