Thank you for listening to The Champion Forum Podcast with Jeff Hancher! High-performing entrepreneurs and employees have great habits, but how do you develop and keep them? Not having habits and routine is not good and having bad ones is even worse. Good habits create a positive mindset. When you focus on behaviors that you can control, you can develop plans and take action. Developing and keeping good habits is about the process over the result. In this week’s episode, you’ll learn how to identify and create the habits you need to achieve the results you want.
Excellence is not an act, it is a habit.
4 Principles of Developing Good Habits
1. Determine what you want
Get clear on who you are and who you want to become by writing it down. Knowing why you are creating a routine or habit will help you remember that whatever action or sacrifice you have to make is worth it. Review your purpose weekly, and review your actions daily.
2. Focus on the little things
Sometimes big goals can seem unrealistic and cause us to give up. Every big habit is supported by many smaller habits. Find the small habit and develop that first. It's easier to do many little things over and over again.
3. Create a structured, yet realistic routine.
Ask yourself what is most important to you so that you know what you need to say “no” to. Set time blocks in your calendar for those most important tasks and follow them with discipline. Make your desired habit part of your daily routine.
4. Track your progress
Tracking and observing your routines will help you understand whether or not you are getting a good return on your time. Doing a lot of the wrong things will make you busy and frustrated. Remember, having the right routines and habits will set you apart.
Do what Jeff recommends in point number three! Look at your schedule with a mentor or person that you trust to find areas where you may be wasting time. Remember that you need to make time for the most important things first. Consider the meetings and weekly tasks you must do and then block time for the activities that bring you the greatest return on your investment. If you do not make time for these, they may not feel urgent, and as a result, they will not get done consistently.
Is there a habit you want to start that you find hard to stick to? Sometimes you need to identify your obstacles to progress. An obstacle is anything that causes you to give up on doing the habit before you start. For example, if you have a hard time eating healthy, try setting a clear time to meal-prep, use a meal plan, and avoid buying foods that are not on the meal plan. Consider when, where, and how you will perform the habit and make it feel easy!
Start a power hour! A power hour is usually the first hour of the day, and it includes all the non-work-related things you need to do to feel prepared for the day. Many people incorporate exercise and a spiritual practice into the first hour of their day. Others focus on reviewing their goals, planning their day, making a healthy breakfast, reading, or listening to podcasts. If there is something you need to do every day, consider making it a part of that power hour. Commit to your power hour for one week and then evaluate the results, make modifications, and try again the next week.