A Dozen Habits that Make You Successful

“Warren Buffett chuckled and said to me ‘I hope it’s not my bad habits.’ Good habits once established are just as hard to break as bad habits and bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow. So what are you going to do about it?”
― Lucas Remmerswaal, 13 Habits.com the Tale of Tortoise Buffett and Trader Hare

It takes a long time to form a new habit and the good ones are difficult to build because of all the distractions along the way. Research shows us that there are two aspects to help discipline ourselves. Essentially you need to balance the desire to dream big with your day-to-day activities. The big picture goal vs. the tiny steps to achieve the goal.

Once you have established who you are and what you want in your life, follow these 12 steps to become successful.

  1. Never lose sight of the goal. It is important that you know what you want and need to focus on for personal and professional success. Once you establish your position, focus on it all the time and don’t deviate from the achievement of that goal. Post it visibly, tell others and take tiny steps to achieve it.
  2. Concentrate on your strengths. Do what you do best and leave the rest for others. Follow your passion and what you love and constantly focus on the ability to improve your personal power.
  3. Be flexible. The world changes fast and sometimes decisions need to be made without all the facts. Learn to let go and take a chance. Be open to changes as you learn more about yourself.
  4. Work with winners, not losers.  You need to surround yourself with people who agree with your philosophy, and are positive and hard working. One of the hardest things to do is to eliminate the losers, especially when you are an entrepreneur. Separate your business from your emotions in order to move ahead.
  5. Plan your day. Always take time to prioritize the tasks that will bring you the greatest return. Have a foundation, your calendar and a task list to complete your projects.
  6. Learn to delegate properly, early and efficiently. Micro managers prevent the flow of good ideas, eliminate quick decision-making and don’t leave room for growth. Build a team by offering opportunities to learn and grow.
  7. Take care of the bothersome things. If something is bugging you, deal with it. If you have a project that is difficult to do, start your day completing at least part of it. Get rid of all negative energy quickly. Deal with emails and information effectively so your inbox is empty.
  8. Go with your gut. It is always best to trust your own instincts for they are based on all the knowledge you have accumulated over the years. Along with information that you have accumulated, your decisions should be also based on gut instinct.
  9. Be positive. Even when things are not going your way, find a sliver of a silver lining and concentrate on that aspect of the situation. Be grateful for obstacles and disappointments for they make you more resourceful.
  10. Analyze and evaluate. After each small step you take towards success, take time to pause and see what has been learned. Tweak and then move on. Build on your learning.
  11. Get up early. When you arrive at the office, your plans will be compromised by interruptions, phone calls, meetings etc. To get priorities that require elaborate thinking or time commitments completed, you need to get up early when you are fresh and can think clearly.
  12. Accept constructive criticism. Remember that you aren’t always right and others may have a clearer picture of what would be best. Don’t waste time by being stubborn. Accept, adjust and move on.

Take one habit at a time from the above list. Examine it to determine if it works for you.  If not, find out where it breaks down and deal with it in smaller chunks of time. Eventually you will master this habit, reward yourself, discipline and maintain it and move on to the next.

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