We are by nature, creatures of habit.
When you look back on your life, and closely examine the things you do it’s a sure bet you will notice quite a few habits there that you might not have even realized you had, and maybe some others you may have been painfully aware of but seemly unable to help yourself from doing.
Oftentimes people can be plagued by not so healthy habits.
Things like smoking, or overeating, or not exercising regularly can all be bad habits that don’t do you any favors.
However, when you develop GOOD habits, habits that help you succeed you’ll be constantly amazed at all the many ways they pay off over time.
But like all good things in life, developing HEALTHY habits can be hard regardless of the type.
Whether they are to improve your health, your mental state or your business… they often take discipline and focus to be born and commitment to help them grow and flourish.
That said, here are the first 3 of 5 habits that really are great habits to develop, for both your life and your business.
Feed Your Addiction
For passion that is!
Passion is vital to happiness.
It’s what gives people their drive to succeed, even when times are hard. It’s what makes people push through their comfort zones and test their boundaries.
It’s what makes them wake up in the morning with a smile on their face and an eagerness to start their day because life just looks almost painfully bright.
It’s something you feel deep down inside, that echoes throughout your body and chases away self-defeating emotions like fear, anger, and hopelessness.
It’s also something you need to be intentional about finding and feeding… contrary to what some may say, it doesn’t just walk up and bonk you on the head, shouting ‘I’m here’!
Some folks actually need to take a step back, re-evaluate their lives, and be proactive about finding it and holding on to it. And the more you become intentional about finding and keeping it on a daily basis, the more it becomes… wait for it… a habit!
Pay It Forward
Generosity and giving are Godly traits. Shouldn’t that be something to aspire to? At the very least they are admirable traits to aspire to.
When you switch your focus from ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme’ and instead focus on ‘Giveit, giveit, giveit’ you will be amazed at the changes that happen in your life and your business.
That’s one of the things you will hear about regarding relationship marketing.
GIVE value. Give great service. GIVE useable information.
See the trend there? When you give generously, it comes back to reward you tenfold, often in new business and referrals.
Likewise when you give generously outside of your business, you attract amazing people into your life who are equally generous and giving.
It’s like a self-perpetuating circle of generosity.
And the more you do it… the more it becomes a habit. And we all know that once a habit is formed it’s pretty hard to break… so make a conscious effort to form GOOD habits.
Don’t Be a Fake
Take authenticity to new heights in everything you do.
Both in your personal and professional life, developing a habit of honest and straightforward interactions with people marks you as a person of integrity and someone worth knowing.
In fact, Chris Garrett has a great post about it that I think really covers authenticity well if you want to check it out. In the mean time:
The first step though is getting to know yourself thoroughly.
It’s a journey and a learning process, and yes it’s likely you will be a work in progress for the majority of your life. But the point is to get on that road and start making that journey to self-awareness and knowing who you are.
Because when you know who you are, deep down inside… you are better able to share that with the rest of the world.
And people appreciate authenticity and honesty.
Moral of the story?
Make honesty your favorite new habit… it breeds more honesty and authenticity from those around you.
Here is Part 2 of 5 Habits to Improve Your Business and Your Life if you’d like to read more.
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