Business is all about progress, creativity and an eventual evolution. We seek out brighter pastures always. We want to make our products and services better all the time. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done.
One of the main hurdles business owners and executives face is….themselves. That’s right, as difficult as that is to admit, sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Even us guys and gals at Check Issuing have to “check ourselves” occasionally (I’m sorry, I had to).
Years ago, I realized that bad habits were holding me back. But I always underestimated bad habits because in the end, I never wanted to admit all my faults. Bad habits are different from person to person, but breaking them may be a similar experience for us all. For me, a bad habit was my use of social media. Sitting on Facebook all day just isn’t going to get it done! Another was not scheduling appropriately and feeling a sense of “chaos” whenever I looked at my days or weeks ahead. I allowed tasks and projects to sneak up on me. Procrastination is a big perilous bad habit for many executives.
So how do we break them?
First, we gotta recognize! Yep, figure out what they are. What behaviors consistently hold you back from achieving your goals. Own it. Once you diagnose behaviors you want to change, you can begin changing them.
Don’t beat yourself up. So you know your bad habits, the first step to curing them is to NOT get down on yourself, otherwise you will feel overwhelmed by the circumstances. You don’t want to make changing your behaviors feel like you are flying to the moon.
Write it down. Visually recognize the issue. “I spend too much time on Facebook.” Now you see the issue, you can begin solving it.
Research it. Don’t be afraid to ask Google. These days, people posts their issues alongside solutions all over the web. Believe me, many people spend too much time on social media. There are all kinds of solutions available, including software which can help.
Be attentive to the issue on a daily basis. When you wake up, recognize the issue. Be aware that avoiding the behavior for that day will help you increase productivity. If your bad habit is not going to be early enough, the morning might be too late! But you get the idea.
Don’t get discouraged when you fall back into old ways. You already admitted the issue. You diagnosed it. You wrote it down. Now all you have to do is jump back on the wagon!
We all have bad habits. And for some of us, those bad habits may dies slowly, but they do die!
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