Habits of Successful Leaders

  • Habits, on average, take 66 days to form. Additionally, positive habits build on one another. 
  • Quality is not an act. It is a habit. 
  • Once a new habit is well-developed, it becomes your new normal behavior. 
  • Be aware of the habits of successful role models, leaders, coaches, mentors, and the wealthy. 

I was recently invited to speak to a national sales conference with their leading sales managers. They asked that I provide some tools and tactics to accelerate their sales and personal leadership. I chose one of my favorite topics: Habits of Successful Leaders. 

I shared some fascinating "Rich Habits" created through years of researching the daily success habits of wealthy personal leaders in Tom Curley's new book Rich Habits - The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. 

Here's a snapshot of some Great Rich Habits for Personal Leaders:

  • 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day
  • 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal
  • 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list
  • 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week
  • 79% of wealthy network 5 hours or more each week
  • 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for educational or career reasons
  • 6% of wealthy watch reality TV
  • 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity

Successful Habit Formula 

1. Clearly identify unproductive habits

It's important to have a courageous conversation with yourself. Examine any of your bad habits, consider the long-term implications. Be totally honest, your life, career, and relationships may be at stake. 

2. Define your new successful habit

Usually this is just the opposite of your bad habit. Example: healthy eating habits. To motivate yourself, think about all the benefits and rewards for a adopting your new successful habit. The more vividly you describe the benefits, the more likely you are to take action

3. Create a three-part action plan

This is where you flesh-out new powerful habits. In the healthy eating example, there must be a three-part action plan to lock in your new habit. 

  1. Build your new food-list and menu ideas from a healthy eating book or website. 
  2. Build your elimination list of foods and purge un-healthy foods from your home. 
  3. Develop an accountability partner - spouse, coach, or friend. 

You must take new action. Start with one habit you really want to change. Focus on your three immediate action steps and put them into practice. DO IT NOW. 

Remember, you are one new habit away from a transformed life!

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