“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.”
You, a Strange Creature of Habit
(I know I am)
Yes, you are a creature (me too) – a creature of habit.
I really am. We all are. We think and do a LOT of the same things every day, almost without thinking.
Of the 60,000 thoughts you and I have each day. “95 percent of them are the same thoughts you had yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that,” according to the book, Happy for No Reason, by Marci Shimoff.
And studies show that up to 45 percent of what we do every day is habitual. We act without thinking, often because of subtle cues. Example: You feel tired (cue), so you grab a cup of coffee (routine). You’re bored (cue), so you check Facebook (‘hello me’…routine)
That’s a lot of non-thinking routine every day, isn’t it?
It follows, then that if you want to change your thoughts and actions – and grow your business – you must change your habits.
The good news is, you don’t have to change all of your habits to change your world. You need only adopt a few critical routines, called “keystone habits,” according to New York times writer and author, Charles Duhigg.
In his book, The Power of Habit, Duhigg describes keystone habits as causing a cascade of positive effects to support the success of other habits. A keystone habit is like three or four good actions for the price of one. And they are simple to do, almost trivial. Keystone habits include: exercise, visualization, safety, meditation, and relaxation.
So. What are your keystone habits? What small actions, if you added them to your daily routine, would have the greatest impact on your business?
Thanks for allowing me to rant…
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”