Habits are the building blocks of consciousness.
In my recent posts I have been sharing my learning from a year long mentoring type course I did with Dr Fred Grosse. This post is a part of that learning with my own spin on it .
I have recently completed a 6 week course with Ray Higdon. If you are not familiar with Ray he is the number one earner in his Network Marketing company and came from being in foreclosure 3 years ago to achieving amazing results.
If you have been on Ray’s blog or seen him online you probably know he talks about his Daily Method of Operation, which are the habits that have taken him from foreclosure to where he is today. In the last week of the course Ray quoted a very successful guy as saying “your why is not enough to make you successful, your daily method of operation is what makes you successful”.
I get that distinction. For those of us who are in, or ever been in, a network marketing company you will know it if normally said that you must have a strong why for doing the business. It is often said to be “your why” what will make you succeed.
I, for one, can tell you that my strong why has not resulted in success for me is some past companies. I can have a strong why and still do nothing much. That distinction really resonated with me.
So back to habits.
Most of our habits come from our early programming and are not necessarily what support us in our life as entrepreneurs.
In the Dr Fred Grosse course we went through an exercise to design habits that supported our ideal life. I thought you may find this helpful. So we listed habits in the following categories:
1. Habits that shape our daily life – Examples of this is our eating habits, exercise habits, work habits.
2. Habits that are either for us or against us –
- Examples of “for us” would be exercise and being organised in our work.
- Against us would be procrastinating and working too much on “busy work”.
3. Conflicting habits – could be eating healthily and then getting drunk every night, or doing a heap of marketing and then not following up leads.
4. Then we were asked to list the habits we needed to create to support our personal goals. Examples could include health, fitness, family and self development.
5. Next we were asked to create a list of habits to support professional goals. This list could include your content creation, syndication, marketing follow up and all the things we need to do to have success in our businesses.
6. Dr Fred is a firm believer in rewarding ourselves for achievement so we had to nominate a reward for ourselves each weekend if we stayed with the habits we nominated to do.
7. On the other side we had to nominate “consequences” for non action. This was basically to be a “non-reward” program to prevent us sabotaging ourselves.
8. We also had to list the things that we were likely to create to sabotage our success. This could be rather than sticking to our designed habits we got caught up in someone else’s agenda., spend the day chatting on Facebook, work drama and so on.
If you feel like you need to add some habits to your daily schedule give this list a go. Design the activities into a plan that works for you. For example Ray Higdon gets up early and blogs each day. Some people do not function well in the morning and are better off creating at night. You know what works for you.
So do you currently have Habits to Support Your Ideal Life? Please leave me a comment below and let me know what works for you.
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