Habits are hard to change because, well, they’re habits.
There’s a reason why they are hard to break. We actually need most of the habits we have. We go through most of our days engaging in good habits, routines and activities. If we didn’t, everything we did every day would be something we’d have to think about. Instead, we’re wired to learn and put in place activities that sustain us without giving it a moment’s thought. From the time you stumble into the bathroom in the morning to wash your face to your drive to work where you have a “habit” of following traffic rules, to your routines as you go through your workday to kicking off your shoes when you get back to the house, you are on autopilot a fair amount of the time. That frees your mind and your energy for new situations and new problems that require new decisions, creativity and actions.
Unfortunately, the brain really doesn’t discriminate between the bad habits and the good ones. Once a routine is sorted into the “automatic” category, it’s hard to get it back out.Bad habits interrupt your life and prevent you from accomplishing your goals. They jeopardize your health — both mentally and physically. And they waste your time and energy.
So why do we still do them? And most importantly, is there anything you can do about it?
One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships and everyone around you. The loudest and most influential voice you hear is your own inner voice, your self-critic. It can work for or against you, depending on the messages you allow. It can be optimistic or pessimistic. It can wear you down or cheer you on. You control the sender and the receiver, but only if you consciously take responsibility for and control over your inner conversation.
“I dream a lot, but I can’t seem to make it happen for real.” Can you relate? I know that I can, and for sure remember a time in my life when this was happening. You see, we all dream, but we don’t all turn dream into reality. How do you turn a dream into a goal? It is good to realize that a dream resides in dream-land, a goal in reality-land, and it takes steps to shift it from one land to the other.
We turn our dreams into reality by setting goals. Many people are able to set goals, but they may struggle with how to reach those goals. Your new goals often seem a long way off, especially when compared with where you currently are. The process of Assumptive Goal Setting will help you reach your goals.
When you do Assumptive Goal Setting with your team, it will generate creative energy and a positive commitment. If you and your teams create and share goals, you can all encourage each other and hold the team accountable. Plus, each person will become more personally committed to making it happen and the team will become more united toward your common goals.
Are you good at managing and getting things done in your day to day schedule? We all want to get things done, whether it’s the work we have to do so we can get on with what we want to do, or indeed, the projects we feel are our purpose in life. Are the tasks that are taking up your day all productive by nature? Are you prioritizing correctly?
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