7 Habits you need to become Successful

1. Start your Day right

How you start your day will most certainly influence how the rest of your day goes. It doesn’t matter how you like to start your mornings, whether it is by exercising, meditation or reading but it is important to start the day on a positive note. Avoid things first thing in the morning that can put a negative spin on your thoughts like your email Inbox! After you’ve entered into your day with some positive thoughts the next important thing is to Eat the frog! We all have different frogs, these are those necessary items on your to-do list that are unpleasant to do but have great results like making a couple of sales calls or writing that blog for your business.

2. Think Big, start small

Reach for the stars and you might hit the moon. This might be a cliché but contains a lot of truth. Although if your aiming for the stars preferably that is where you want to land! Don’t underestimate yourself and what you can achieve. Dream big and then put an action plan together with small steps. You don’t have to start at the top in order to get to the top. In fact that hardly ever happens. We mostly underestimate what we can achieve and then don’t allow ourselves enough time to get there.

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3. Nurture your connections

“Succeeding in business is all about making connections.” Sir Richard Branson

No successful man (or woman) is an island. Especially when you’re entering a field in business where you don’t have specialist expertise, it’s often the only way to get a job done right. One way of making sure you are building on your relationships with others is to check whether you are delivering value that makes people better off for the time spent with you, if not then you’re missing the mark.

4. Keep it Simple

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius

It is so easy for us to get into a rut of just doing things the way we’ve always done them. Maybe it is time to stop, step back and reflect. Simplify your life and get rid of clutter. This applies to your daily schedule, workspace, technology and priorities.

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5. Have Fun

Seth Godin illustrates this so beautifully with the story of two girls selling lemonade. The first girl is selling store bought lemonade at $1 a pop. The other girl …

The other stand is different. The lemonade is free, but there’s a big tip jar. When you pull up, the owner of the stand beams as only a proud eleven year old girl can beam. She takes her time and reaches into a pail filled with ice and lemons. She pulls out a lemon. Slices it. Then she squeezes it with a clever little hand juicer.

The whole time that’s she’s squeezing, she’s also talking to you, sharing her insights (and yes, her joy) about the power of lemonade to change your day. It’s a beautiful day and she’s in no real hurry. Lemonade doesn’t hurry, she says. It gets made the right way or not at all. Then she urges you to take a bit less sugar, because it tastes better that way.

While you’re talking, a dozen people who might have become customers drive on by because it appears to take too long. You don’t mind, though, because you’re engaged, almost entranced. A few people pull over and wait in line behind you.

Finally, once she’s done, you put $5 in the jar, because your free lemonade was worth at least twice that. Well, maybe the lemonade itself was worth $3, but you’d happily pay again for the transaction. It touched you. In fact, it changed you.

Which girl do you think has a brighter future?

6. Never stop Learning

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

Successful people know that they never arrive. They are willing to be humble enough to learn from others and also to learn from their own mistakes. Once you open yourself up to learning you will be amazed at all the opportunities to acquire more skills and knowledge and even more surprised at the people you can learn from.

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7. Own your Life

One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make is to blame others for their failures and shortcomings. The only way you can become successful is if you are willing to own your life. Take responsibility for your actions, your past and how you treat every day. Be responsible for your own success and by doing so you will avoid the traps that can keep you from reaching your dreams.

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It’s not you it’s your Bad Habits and Blind Spots that are holding you back

In a working environment too many bad habits and blind spots can seriously hinder your success. You don’t need a whole list of these as it only takes a few left unchecked and allowed to accumulate to really annoy your colleagues. To succeed you need to recognise your faults and practice corrective behaviour. With focus and dedication the corrective behaviour will become second nature and ultimately replace the instinctive bad habit or blind spot.

There is a difference between a bad habit and blind spot. A bad habit is a conscious decision to handle a given situation in a certain way.  The application of this course of action is predictable, consistent and driven by a predetermined attitude that has a negative component. A blind spot is an automatic reaction to a given situation that is also predictable and consistent. The main difference is that the bad habit is recognised and acknowledged whereas the blind spot remains hidden.

We are aware of other people’s responses to situations and from our 3rd party perspective the error of their actions are blatantly obvious, but the person appears to be oblivious of the negative results.  Likewise your peers will observe your similar faulty behaviour and wonder how you don’t see that what you are doing is creating problems and potentially fatal to your career.

Blind spots are like the invisible cracks in your armour that weaken the structural integrity.

Avoidance behaviour  – Avoiding tackling the important tasks by finding distractions that waste your time. These distractions can be inventive, elaborate and even seem essential to work performance. The reality is that all jobs have their drawbacks and require tough or unpleasant actions. While it is natural to want to avoid uncomfortable situations the problem will generally escalate through neglecting to take action.

Team exclusion – A tendency to exclude others from your decision making processes and task handling can make you feel like you are in control and dynamic. For others in your team however, you will appear weak, untrusting and isolated. The lack of interaction and peer to peer communication in your team will undermine their enthusiasm, performance and support.

Venting or bottling – External stressors such as family issues, debt, legal problems and internal work related conflicts can create unnatural reactions in a pressured situation. In the case of venting the unrelated stress issues will cause an acute reaction that the present situation did not require. Bottling will create avoidance behaviour until the pressure cannot be contained and then the response will be an extreme over reaction.

Inward focussed – Some leadership styles and personality types are insensitive to the effect that their behaviour has on others. Persistent insensitivity will drain trust, cause people to feel unappreciated and reduce the team potential and contributions.

Bad habits are like the unsightly spot on your nose that constantly draws your attention.

Bad habits are not necessarily caused by an attitude problem they can also be a result of poor role models, tuition or leadership.  The key to discerning the cause of the bad habit is the body language and willingness to relearn the faulty behaviour.

Bad work habits are tardiness, inefficiency, surliness, time wasting, negativity, calling in sick when you are not, poor response to customers or superiors, bad communication skills, resistance to change, foot in mouth syndrome, lack of proper attention, etc.

No one likes to have their bad habits pointed out to them but to survive and improve we need to adapt. In the case of blind spots recognising that we actually have them is the first step of a long process of correction.

Team Building exercises are excellent way to help individuals discover their blind spots and bad habits. With the support of the team and a facilitator to introduce corrective actions the bad habits and blind spots can be overcome.

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