My business coach Dan Sullivan, the founder of the Strategic Coach, says that the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people have successful habits. Well, that seems simple. It’s interesting to think about it in terms of your own life.
I recently went through an exercise where I wrote down everything that I do within the business and then compared it to the things that I am really good at. What I found was disturbing, but also inspiring. I learned that I’m only spending 20% of my time in my most successful habits. This means that I have an enormous potential to increase my performance and help my team get much, much better because for me to be increasingly successful, I need to increase my success habits.
C.S. Lewis, the famous author said, “the lazy man is busy with the wrong things.” Probably, like me, you’re far from lazy; you’re very busy. Often, we don’t take the time or make the effort to do the hard work of figuring out what things we need to do to increase our level of success. What do we need to get rid of? What do we need to focus on?
I’m excited about flip-flopping from 20% of my time to 80% of my time in my unique ability. That means I’ve got to lose old habits and gain new ones.
How about you?