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2 habits that can help you become a better leader

Willpower

Leadership is about getting results. The one thing all good leaders have in common is that they deliver positive, sustainable results. Your attitudes, habits and behaviors are what drive results. Here are 2 habits you can develop that will help you become a better leader and deliver better results.

Big picture thinking

Good leaders are vision oriented and habitually think about the big picture. The big picture includes what’s needed for the short-term and the long-term, including finances, structure, systems, people (clients and customers, and also staff). How many critical decisions have you made in the past 6 months and what contributes to your decision making process? Good leaders make important decisions after carefully weighing and considering the big picture. Having a vision alone is not enough. To achieve your vision, you need to routinely refer back to it.

Willpower

Good leaders seem to have a knack for doing the right things at the right times, more often than not. They get good results.  But to get good results, you need to be self-disciplined; you need willpower. This is easier said than done. Sometimes we demonstrate our willpower, but other times we lose a little self-discipline. Sound familiar?

Willpower is like a muscle and like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger and more developed it becomes.  The good news, the willpower and discipline you exercise in one area of your life will strengthen your willpower in general. In other words, if you decide to start exercising, set a schedule and stick to it.  That self-discipline can and should translate to other areas of your life and your business.

What you can do

In order to become a big picture thinker, you need to build this thought process into a habit. Start each week by thinking about your vision. Reflect about what you want to achieve in your business and in your personal life. This practice will eventually become automatic. Also, pick one area of your life you want to improve and where you could benefit from greater self-discipline. Maybe it’s eating, exercising, or even how you spend money. Only focus on one topic, but make sure it is something that is important to you. Make it a goal and really commit yourself to practicing discipline. Not only will you succeed in demonstrating greater willpower in this area, you’ll also notice yourself gaining more discipline in other areas of your life as well.

Of course, there are many other habits that can contribute to your success but these two habits are especially important for two reasons. When you know what you want to achieve in life, and you routinely think about this, you’ve given yourself a map for all future decisions, small and large. Two, when you’ve mastered the art of willpower and self-discipline, anything is possible – in your business, and in life.

On a final note, ask yourself these two questions. From top to bottom, are the employees in your company thinking about the big picture? Do your employees exhibit self-discipline and willpower?

Excuses, excuses, excuses… What’s holding you back from achieving your goals?

Excuses

Successful people embody and live by their goals. They understand what they want to achieve and why it’s important to them.

It all starts by having a big picture vision of what you want to achieve and what success means and looks like to you. This allows you to set meaningful goals and understand why these goals are important to you.

However, more than we’d like, some of our important goals are left unachieved. Why is that? All too often it’s because we let excuses get in the way. How many times have you said to yourself?

  • There’s too much other stuff going on…
  • There’s no time…
  • I’m too busy…

If these excuses often pop up, here are some things to consider:

Is this goal really that important to you?

Sometimes we set goals which we think are really important, but our actions or lack thereof tell us otherwise. If something is truly important to you, you’ll make time for it, no excuses. If you find you are not making much progress on a goal, ask yourself, “is this goal really that important to me?” Only you are able to answer that question.

Are you committed to the challenge?

Big ticket goals are challenging and often require you to adjust your habits, behaviors, and attitudes. For example, achieving your fitness goals may require going to the gym in the wee hours of the morning. Are you committed to going to bed earlier so that you can to do this?

Take stock of your current attitudes, behaviors and habits. Then think about what adjustments and changes are required to achieve your goals, and decide if you are committed and willing to enact them.

Are you committed to investing your time?

With weekly responsibilities, new projects arising, and life happening, of course, there are always many things vying for your attention. However, not having enough time is no excuse for not achieving a goal. Again, if the goal is truly important to you, you’ll find a way to invest the necessary time.

Maybe it’s 30 minutes a day, or maybe it’s an hour once a week. The key is to set aside a certain amount of time to work on your goal. Block a specific time in your calendar to prevent letting your normal routine fill up your day. Most goals are not achieved over night. The key is to have continuous action and progress towards the final outcome.

 Being too busy and not having enough time are not excuses for not achieving your goals.

 Contact us if you want to eliminate excuses and establish plans and processes to achieve your biggest goals, dreams and aspirations.