Are Your Habits Holding You Back Or Moving You Closer To Success?

Are Your Habits Holding You Back Or Moving You Closer To Success? It is a good idea to take a good look at your habits. Your personal habits, your work habits and your business habits. What is a habit?
From online dictionary –
hab·it –noun
1. an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary: the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street.
2. customary practice or use: Daily bathing is an American habit.
3. a particular practice, custom, or usage: the habit of shaking hands.
4. a dominant or regular disposition or tendency; prevailing character or quality: She has a habit of looking at the bright side of things.
5. addiction, esp. to narcotics (often prec. by the ).
6. mental character or disposition: a habit of mind.
7. characteristic bodily or physical condition.
The reason for placing this list of descriptions is for us to conduct an exercise. Write down two personal habits you have which clearly fall into two of these categories from 1 to 7. Do you have a personal habit you know annoys others? Write that habit down. What category above is that habit in? Okay, now think about your business and how you work. Write down three specific habits you have about how you work? What category are each of these habits in? Are these three habits high quality habits which you would teach others to learn? Let’s stay on your business and how you work. Write down three habits you have about how you work which you know are non-productive and these habits hold you back. Look at each one of these habits for a few minutes. Why do you have this habit? What do you need to do to change this habit? Is there another habit or behavior you know you should replace this habit with. Write down the new habit underneath the one you must replace. Now follow this same conversation with each of the other two non-productive habits. This will permit you to manage your habits. It is a way to hold yourself accountable.
A more effective method of conducting this exercise is to work with a mentor, a coach who will laser focus into you, your habits and your personal definition of your path to success. Take your personal inventory on a regular basis of your habits if you work with a mentor or coach or not. Your habit structure will propel you forward with great speed or hold you back indefinitely. The choice is yours.

Where is The Value in the Value Meal?

You see the ads in the fast food industry for the value meal.  The $1 burgers.

The $5 foot long.   I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for.  So would you bring a client you are trying to get to know – to a place to eat where you each order a Value Meal?  Probably Not!

Here is my question: why do you make price the main concern when you seek advice, a coach or a mentor?   My most successful clients know the end game either before we meet or they get it after our initial call.  If you are not willing to make the investment in yourself of time, effort and money how will you achieve your goals?   Let me know.

Golf is A Workout or Not?

This last weekend I went over to the driving range to hit a bucket of balls with my son. He is just learning to swing a golf club. Just as in life and in business you need to work on certain things enough in order for you  to do them well. When you work on these things with a coach or a mentor who is there only for your best interests great things happen.
Golf is enjoyable for the people you meet and the ability to get outside and enjoy yourself. Of course hitting the white ball where you want to hit it and in the right hole in the fewest strokes is a reward if you are able to achieve it. Next to us on the driving range was a couple who were clearly ‘real’ golfers. The woman had a 100 ball bucket. She was hitting two spots away from us. Her partner, he had two 100 ball buckets and he was right next to us. Since my son and I had our backs to them and I was watching my son’s swing in front of me – we really did not notice them other then to say hello – at first. When the guy next to us started to warm up with his driver we felt we needed to duck. He was taking these seemingly wide and wild swings to warm up. I started to wish I had my hard hat from my refinery days. Here is the part I want to ask you about. You see after he warmed up – we noticed that – he used his driver club head and his foot to place the golf ball on the rubber practice tee. He repeated this effortlessly
numerous times. So I am trying to understand, golf is a sport and you are out here taking practice swings, and you cannot bend down each time to place the little ball on the rubber practice tee each time? Somebody help me out here?