31 Jan 17 Simple Daily Habits That Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else
The Happiness Institute’s “motto” for many years now has been … achieving happiness requires little more than practising a few simple disciplines, each and every day.
My most recent publication was an Audible Audiobook titled … Habits for Happiness.
You might be able to tell that I’m a big fan of developing consistent, positive behaviours; habits that will create happiness and success, health and wellbeing. Which is why I’m happy to share this article with you today…
via Inc.com by Christina DesMarais
If you want to be the best at what you do, at work or in your personal life, it will take discipline. You will need to study best practices, hone your skills, and create the kind of mental space that allows for your utmost in creativity, focus, and discipline. Here are the daily habits exceptionally successful people credit for achieving what they have in life.
1. Reframe unexpected disasters as opportunities
“When you’re launching a company, something goes wrong pretty much every day. When disaster strikes, I immediately embrace the problem and starting thinking about how I can fix it right now. Once I have a way forward, I reflect on how I could have done something different to prevent it. There is no power in just thinking about how unlucky I am or how unfair or unforgiving the universe can be. Okay, it happened, how can I fix it now and make sure it doesn’t happen again? In this way, each disaster or challenge is an opportunity to grow and make a stronger company. It puts me in control of my destiny, not just a victim at the mercy of other people or bad luck.”
–Zack Abbott, co-founder and CEO of ZBiotics, a company that produces and sells genetically engineered probiotics and has experienced nearly 40 percent month-over-month growth since its launch in 2019
2. Take 10 minutes to make the next 10 hours matter
“As a leader it is important to remain calm and grounded in any situation. Each morning I meditate for 10 minutes on the day ahead in pursuit of this. Visualizing what’s happening that day and how I would tackle problems is the antidote to frustration. I also take 10 minutes to be proactive in outlining three things that have to happen that day, no matter what. This enables me to be deliberate rather than reactionary. These short respites are key to prepare for the day’s full potential.”
–Bill Demas, CEO of Conviva, a company that provides real-time streaming media intelligence and analytics with a global footprint of more than 150 billion streams per year across three billion applications streaming on devices
3. Take time to touch base with people
“While we have plenty of planned meetings, I find that it is very helpful to have impromptu discussions across the company. When I have time free, I find opportunities to stop at peoples’ desks to chat. I might share an idea I’ve had … or a company goal, or ask them to update me on a project. Not only does this help keep me in touch with what is going on throughout the company, it also breaks down barriers, so anyone in the company feels they can raise issues or ask questions. As a startup, we need to be nimble, and I’ve found that these kinds of quick, 15-minute conversations have the effect of moving discussions forward so we’re making decisions as quickly as we need rather than waiting for a formal meeting.”
–Mike Phillips, CEO of Sense, a smart home company that has raised $30 million and partners with global energy companies including Schneider Electric and Landis + Gyr
4. Practice gray thinking so you can focus on high-level strategy
“By reminding myself to ‘think in the gray,’ I avoid forming opinions on matters until I have enough data to make well-informed decisions. This means putting less emphasis on first impressions and more emphasis on ideas presented by team members who are experts in their fields. Being able to be convinced by your employees builds trust and frees up your mind to tackle high-level strategic issues. Having enough time to focus on strategic objectives can be challenging when all communications tend to lead to your inbox and try to dictate your day. I carve out time to get to inbox zero and clear up half of my calendar for unstructured time, which allows me to delve into new ideas, analyze current issues, and navigate my team through challenges with a more proactive mindset.”
–Michael Nusimow, co-founder and CEO of DrChrono, a cloud-based EHR and practice-management platform used by thousands of physicians to treat more than 17.8 million patients, which has facilitated over $11 billion in medical billings
5. Try to see the world through someone else’s eyes
“Each of us sees the world through our own unique lens, informed by a specific set of experiences. That’s why I think it’s so important to find a moment each day to venture outside that narrow worldview and discover something new. It could be big or small, but learning one new thing — to take a moment and celebrate someone else’s ideas — keeps me going on even the longest days. I try to listen to as many points of view as possible. I read stories from authors halfway across the world or listen to podcasts from experts in areas I’m completely unfamiliar with. It gives me at least one chance each day to really stretch my thinking and grow in how I approach challenges.”
–Holger Seim, co-founder and CEO of Blinkist, a knowledge discovery tool that has distilled the key ideas from more than 3,000 bestselling nonfiction books into audio content for its community of more than 12 million people
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