Change your Habits, Change your Life
As you know, living your best life and pursuing your goals is much more than just talking about it. The more I talk with people about their business challenges, the more I realize the issue at hand is not one of self-denial. For the most part, many people are aware of what hinders their growth. The real issue is one’s difficulty changing their habits and adapting to new situations. I get it. I, too, am learning to get comfortable with being uncomfortable on this journey of personal and business growth. I’ve given this some thought, and below are some tips on how you can change your business by changing your habits.
Tip 1: Identifying the Habits
The first step to making sure that you’re able to change your bad habits is to become aware of them in the first place. Mindfulness is the foundation of any change.
Are there specific things you do that seem to hinder your own growth? Are you prone to procrastinate on large projects, which pushes deadlines back much farther than you had anticipated? Have you identified the root of your challenges? Perhaps it is fear, a perceived lack of time, distractions, or an obsession with perfection. Whatever it is, understanding and knowing the root of a challenge is a good start to developing solutions.
Tip 2: Replacing the Habits
It can be incredibly difficult to change your habits at the drop of a hat, which is why many professionals find it easier to focus on the tasks that are easier to accomplish rather than those that are more difficult. While I do believe you should operate in your strengths, your personal and professional growth will require you to be stretched beyond comfort. With that being said, commit to taking one step to move you closer to where you want to be. For example, if you struggle with time management issues and you’re used to checking your email as soon as you hear it ping, try to check your email every hour instead.
Tip 3: Monitor your Progress
You’ve identified the habit and root of the habit. Next, you’ve taken a step to move you closer to where you want to be. Now, you need to know if your actions are making a difference in your life. Sometimes, the transformation is more emotional than tangible. Other times, you’ll see a difference in your bottom line.
Here are some questions to ask:
- What did I do this week to honor my commitment to myself?
- What has changed for me?
- What will I do next?
Living out your gifts and serving others with excellence requires your personal growth. I know you can do it. If you believe the people you are serving are meant for more, then you are definitely meant for more, too.