How to Eliminate Habits That Are Holding You Back
Humans are creatures of habit. As such, we are all about routine; and this is especially true in a work environment. Routine habits can be both good and bad, and are especially difficult to break if you have been working with the same team for a long time. It is important, for both the success of your business and worker’s satisfaction, to take a step back and take conscious note of what habits may be holding you back. Easier said than done, I know. Below are some tips on where to start and how to effectively evaluate bad habits and make effective changes.
As the manager of a business, the change starts with you. Take a step back and ask yourself the following:
1. What habits have gotten you where you are today?
2. What habits may be holding you back from reaching your next big accomplishments?
3. Is it time to ask for feedback?
For example, do you start meetings on time? Do you listen to comments with your full and undivided attention? Do you acknowledge a job well done, and give credit where it is due? There are many things, big and small, that can come between you and your goals. An entrepreneur who routinely spent the first hour of his days catching up on e-mails and updating social media spent a single week using that same time to reach out to new vendors. As a result of that week alone, he was able to move his launch date up a full three weeks. Talk about positive change!
Once you have done all that you can on your own, ask for feedback! Now, do not just brush this suggestion off as though it would be detrimental and make you look like a weak leader; the opposite is true. Asking for feedback is not acknowledging weakness, or even that anything is wrong; rather, it indicates that you are open to collaborating in a team effort in order to find new ideas and ways to approach and obtain your goals successfully. The feedback and collaborative effort will help focus your attention and energy into productivity, and put you on the fast track to positive changes.
In order to make it easier to identify what is working and what is not, it is helpful to clearly define your goals and desired results. Often times this means writing them out, posting them on your bulletin board, or otherwise translating your thoughts into something physical that you can interact with. Only once you gain a deep understanding of what you what to achieve can you effectively reflect on your actions of the past few hours, days, and weeks and make a conscious effort that will bring you closer to your goals.
In short, do not be scared of, or shy away from, change. The best, most successful business leaders are the ones that can take a step back and acknowledge and be open to positive change, no matter how deeply ingrained their routine habits are. Be open to suggestions, make positive changes, and put yourself on the fast track to achieving and surpassing your goals!
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