Five Habits of Success

Today’s message is short and sweet: “Success is the Reward of Good Habits.”  Here are five such habits that will transform your life…

  • Right Values with Positive Attitudes Leads to Positive Right Actions.
  • Strategic Thinking Reveals Opportunities, Priorities, Plans and Accountability.
  • Development and use of Gifts and Skills Leverages One’s Potential.
  • Personal Investments of Time, Money and Energy Feeds Professional Growth.
  • Intentional, Unselfish Devotion Toward Others Builds Winning Relationships.

“The fastest way to success is to replace bad habits with good habits.”
– Tom Ziglar

Key to Success

Rising above the mediocre majority is simple.  Just make it your habit to deliver more than you promise and more than is expected.  Going the extra mile is easy when you’re in the mood. The challenge is doing so even when you don’t feel like it.  The solution?  Practice until it becomes automatic, until you learn to love it, until it becomes who you are.

“Four short words sum up what has lifted
most successful individuals
above the crowd:
‘ a little bit more.’ They did all that was expected of them
and a little bit more.”

– Attributed to: A. Lou Vickery

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Quotes Plus 1/27/2012

“Four short words sum up
 what has lifted most successful individuals
 above the crowd: ‘ a little bit more.’
 They did all that was expected of them
 and a little bit more.”

– Attributed to: A. Lou Vickery

Rising above the mediocre middle is simple.  Just make it
your habit to deliver more than you promise and more than
is expected.  Going the extra mile is easy when you’re in
the mood. The challenge is doing so even when you don’t feel
like it.  The solution?  Practice until it becomes automatic.

How Am I Sabotaging My Future? (Part 5)

Curious George was always getting into trouble.  I guess the little monkey didn’t know or didn’t care that “curiosity killed the cat.”  Comedian Steven Wright cares.  He once said, “Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.”  These perspectives suggest that curiosity is risky business.  And maybe it’s true.  But, without a healthy measure of curiosity, where would creativity come from?  Curiosity is the seed of creativity.  Maybe a candle metaphor is more appropriate.

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” — William Arthur Ward

Where would we be, individually and collectively, without creativity? Creativity is not a special emotion reserved for the fine arts and the field of entertainment.  It is woven into life itself, at least any life worth living.  Without  creativity, human life would be a robotic sort of pre-programmed existence — mediocre, monotonous and perhaps impossible.

“People die when curiosity goes.” — Graham Swift

In thinking of the challenges we face each day at work, creativity is without a doubt, a career requirement.  Every new problem calls out for creative solutions.  Without it, people would not be able to think outside the box and struggle seeing the options inside the box.  What value do employees have who can’t bring creativity to bear on problems?

The language of our times suggests that we’ve become lazy with our curiosity.  “Been there, done that” and “whatever” have replaced the exuberance of “Wow!” and “Cool!”  I’m suspicious that fear of curiosity may be causing creativity to go into hibernation.  Are you afraid to ask “Why?” or “What if?” questions.  Whether its laziness or fear, when curiosity is absent, creativity and the ability to solve problems are right behind.  Without realizing it, you have sabotaged your future.

Stimulating creativity is not difficult.  Just break a few patterns.  Try taking a different way to work or changing radio stations.  Eat dinner at a different time or order something different from the menu.  Talk to someone on an elevator.  Read a book.  Get up 30 minutes earlier.  Learn a new word and use it in conversation.  Attend a workshop.  Call a friend you haven’t seen recently.  Do something that’s hard.  Add something to this list that your friends would think is strange.  (Then, do it!)

When people are intentional about breaking patterns, curiosity returns and creativity grows again.  When curiosity and creativity replace lazy habits and fear, people are able to see new opportunities and new solutions.

“One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.”
— William Lyon Phelps

Well, I wouldn’t say it’s a secret, just a forgotten truth.  All that’s needed is a reminder in a blog and a role model like Curious George to whip those creativity muscles back into shape.

— CC