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Good habits, good business

10 Effective Tips to Unlocking the Power of Habit to Make Dramatic Change

Good habits and working routines are possibly the most important factor for success in business. Humans are creatures of habits. If you get past your weaker self, change your habits, and develop good habits, you have the very best chance of success.

Here are the top 10 strategies for creating new habits.

Routines and habits - too few and the wrong ones

Routine. We often complain about having too much routine in our life. Routines and habits are an incredibly effective and indispensable tool for success at work and success in life.

We don't have too many routines and habits, but too few and the wrong ones. Instead of good habits (you can never have too many of them), we often have bad habits. Where we need the right routine, we leave our daily routine to chance or - even worse - let the needs and goals of others guide us.

When you don't have a plan yourself, you work for others' plans.

The simple formula for success at work

Basically, the path to success in business as well as a successful life is simple. Define goals, work out a plan of action for them, implement them, compare the result with the goal, correct the plan and implement it again…. until you have reached the goal. In theory, it's actually that simple. And practical? It often looks different there.

What do extremely successful people do differently?

An essential criterion for the success of very successful people is that they have successful habits and implement them consistently. The path to success means developing beneficial routines and internalizing them. Such good habits will not only fuel your business but also change your life.

Planning giants and implementation giants

Why do so many fail to be successful and achieve what they expect professionally or from life in general? Analyzes that are confirmed by my practical experience show that the concrete goals often fail because they are not there.

But even where these have been worked out and an implementation plan has been drawn up, the goals are often not achieved.

The biggest problem is not with the goals or the fact that there are no ideas for implementation, but rather that there is a lack of consistent implementation. Some start with it, but then do not have the stamina and perseverance that is necessary to actually achieve the set goal.

Success is spelled DO!

... as Goethe already knew.

Implementation barrier lack of motivation?

A lack of motivation is often cited as the reason why good habits are not established. And that's probably true, but that doesn't have to mean that it can't be implemented as a result. Motivation isn't the only way to get there.

But let's stick with the often cited motivation for now. Basically, we always have motivation. Whether we're picking up the phone to contact a new customer or doing something else instead. Sometimes it's just not the kind of motivation that we need right now.

We are currently very motivated for a bad habit or a destructive routine, but not for a good habit.

Establishing good habits - 3 basic ways

There are 3 basic ways in which you can build good habits and thus change your behavior.

Path No. 1 - Motivation

When I speak of motivation in this context, I mean what most people usually understand by motivation. Motivation is a strong, self-contained need to do something. This is associated with a feeling of pleasure and joy. Ideally, at this moment we would like nothing more than to do just that.

When this kind of motivation is present, implementation is easy. But what if not? Are we helpless at this kind of motivation? No! There are two other ways you can do the things you set out to do.

Path No. 2 - Discipline

The second way to get projects implemented is through discipline. For most of them, this is much more unpleasant. We often associate it with having to do something we don't want to. It often reminds us of uncomfortable situations.

In fact, it is the case that doing something with discipline is perceived as much more strenuous than being motivated to go to work. Discipline is based on willpower. When I speak of willpower, I always mean a conscious act of decision-making. Something has to be implemented and, contrary to other motivations, you do it. It costs us an effort.

And willpower actually works like a mental muscle whose strength can be exhausted. Some have less of it, some have more, but we don't have endless willpower.

Path # 3 - Routines and Habits

Over a long period of time, you will not be able to do things for which the motivation is lacking only with discipline. At some point even the mentally strongest is exhausted. But some of you will now notice that there are people, top athletes for example, who seem to train with endless willpower.

And yes, top athletes very often have an above-average level of willpower. But it is not the essential resource they are accessing. That would be too strenuous even for them in the long run.

The third and at the same time most powerful variant of the things that you have set out to implement is routine or habits. The right ones, of course.

We have loads of routines, but often not the right ones

Our day is full of routines and habits. By that I mean certain procedures and processes that are always the same, which we do hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or annually.

Habits examples

Brushing our teeth, preparing breakfast, going to work (if it is always the same), the way we start our work day are examples of habits and routines. Routines don't have to be based on the type of motivation I described above. We don't have to burn to brush our teeth. We just have to do it.

Routine replaces willpower and motivation

Once something has become a habit, a routine, we no longer need willpower. But how long will this change take? Studies speak of between 20 and 66 repetitions (which of course also depends on whether it is a daily or annual routine).

On the way there, until a process or an action becomes routine, we need either motivation or willpower / discipline. But after that we manage, power of habit, to consistently implement things with comparatively little mental effort.

Recommended books on good habits, routines, and willpower

The following books that deal intensively with the subject

  • establish good habits
  • getting rid of bad habits
  • Change in behavior or behavior patterns
  • Habits of Successful People

employ, I can recommend you at the point. (As an Amazon partner, I earn from qualified sales).

10 effective tips for establishing new habits

But establishing a routine as a habit doesn't always work. Often the discipline is not enough. The weakest link in the chain is ourselves. But there are a few tried and tested ways that you can dramatically increase the likelihood of establishing a new habit.

With it you can not only anchor new habits or establish a routine, but also get rid of old habits that represent an obstacle on your way to the goal.

Strategy # 1 - Sandwich Technique

Embed the new routine between two other habits that are already established. For example, if you usually come to the company, get a coffee first and then work through your e-mails, insert calling new customers as a new good habit between the coffee and the e-mails. Or, even better, do it first and define the coffee as a reward for implementing the new habit.

Strategy # 2 - Good habits take preparation

Good preparation increases the chances of success in creating new habits enormously. And preparation in this context means two things. First, the process itself has to be thought through and the new habit defined. Do this in writing, even if smaller, brief habits and routines seem excessive to you. It helps a lot.

Second, you need to prepare for the implementation yourself. In our example above, if you only start looking for addresses to call when you arrive at the office, it will cost you too much time and the chances of the new habit dropping drastically.

Strategy # 3 - Reward

Make sure you have a reward after you practice the good habit. Obviously, that shouldn't be the piece of cake after running. Rather, a reward for changing a habit can often be just a minor thing. The good, clean, fresh feeling, for example, with which the routine of brushing your teeth ends.

Strategy # 4 - timing is right for good habits

Especially if the new, good habit is not yet an established routine and you still need a lot of discipline to implement it, you should plan to implement it at times when your willpower muscle is still strong.

Best in the morning or after a long break. An empty stomach and depleted glycogen stores weaken your metabolism muscles enormously for good habits.

The Miracle Morning

An excellent book on creating good habits as a morning routine is "Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod - definitely worth reading.

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Strategy # 4 - A fait accompli

Imagine a fait accompli by starting your routine well in advance. What does that mean? For example, I make the next dentist appointment (6 months later) before I leave the practice. This ensures that this also takes place.

Strategy # 6 - Informing Others

Make your plans and planned new habits public. Tell your supervisor, your colleagues or your business partner that, for example, you will be calling 5 additional potential customers every day from now on.

This also supports your discipline a lot, as long as you do not do it automatically. If you do not commit the new, good habit, you are not only accountable to yourself but also to others, or you are potentially embarrassing yourself.

Strategy # 7 - Engage Others in Good Habits

Creating good habits and involving others and developing common routines is the step up from the previous point. If your running partner waits at 7 a.m. at the agreed meeting point, it will be very difficult for you to let him down. As a couple or in a group, certain new routines and good habits can often be anchored more easily because several people pull together.

The most-read articles on goals, resolutions, and good habits

The great power of the little things

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Strategy # 8 - Delegating Good Habits

One of the best ways to establish good habits is not to do these routines yourself, but to delegate them. That doesn't work in every case, not for all activities, but in many cases it works very well.

For example, when it comes to distributing your blog posts daily in different forums, this is a new habit or routine that can be easily delegated. You just have to come up with a concept and find a person to do it for you.

This person (assuming the right one) will do this much more consistently than you, because they are being paid to do this.

Strategy # 9 - Technical support for routines

Wherever the opportunity arises, probably the very best and most reliable way to create good habits is to use technical aids. Automate the routine by outsourcing it to a technical tool, app or software.

The range of helpful solutions that make it easier for us to consistently implement beneficial habits is constantly increasing. For example, no one will send e-mails as reliably as an e-mail program with an autoresponder function. You can delegate your social media postings to software solutions such as www.hootsuite.com or www.edgar.com in many areas.

Strategy # 10 - The Right Peer Group

And the final and possibly most important strategy to anchor new habits as routines and to get rid of bad habits that prevent you from being successful is: Separate yourself from people around you (your peer group) who will help you develop and change your Habits stand in the way.

As hard as that may sound. Instead, find a peer group that already has good habits and routines that you want to learn. They are already where you want to develop. There is hardly a better accelerator for success.

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Creating good habits - your experience

Which of these strategies are your favorites? Which method are you perhaps already using successfully? Which others do you know?

I welcome comments on your experience here on my blog and wish you every success and many good habits.


Roman Kmenta

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Mag. Roman Kmenta works internationally as a keynote speaker and speaker. He advises companies and entrepreneurs on the topics of sales and marketing strategies for higher prices, fees and contribution margins.
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Author, consultant and keynote speaker

Mag. Roman Kmenta works internationally as a keynote speaker and speaker. He advises companies and entrepreneurs on the topics of sales and marketing strategies for higher prices, fees and contribution margins.