Why are some leaders effective and are able to achieve more than others? Have we ever thought of that question before?
What made these high achieving leaders successful? As my mentor and I are working on our new book, I have the opportunity to do some research on this topic.
Here are what I have discovered and of course there are a lot of other habits, let me focus on the critical few – top 7 – for your reading pleasure…
1. POSITIVE THINKING
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
What do you gain by thinking negative? In my humble opinion, please save your mind energy and think positive – do it every day and one day, positive thinking becomes your habit.
A great day starts with positive thinking. Also shared by Zig Ziglar, positive thinking is like taking a bath… you need it every day NOT once in a while.
2. HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
“The greatest wealth is health.” – Virgil
As humans, we have been given the power to choose what we do with our mind, body and spirit. How do you take care of your health?
To exercise or NOT? Sleep? Diet? Choices… Choices… the choice that we make, we have to learn how to pay the price.
We do not have to start with a lot, just focus on starting… bit by bit, step by step… as long as you keep doing, you will see the results. Results will give you the motivation and change in attitude.
“So rather than trying to do too many things at once, switch over to a mindset of focusing on just one thing while you are working.” – Timo Kiander
My mentor once shared with me, “if you chase two monkeys at the same time, you ended up with no monkey!”
I trust that if we really want to excel and get results, we need to focus. Like what Robert Kiyosaki mentioned in one of his books, FOCUS means “Follow One Course Until Succeed…”
What are you focus on today? How are you prioritizing your activities?
All of us have 24 hours a day, what would happen when you start to focus?
“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
How do you plan to learn for the rest of your life? It is my belief that from our cradle to the grave, we have a choice to learn and I will make the choice to learn as much as I can. There is a Chinese saying… “We learn as we grow with age…”
Learning is one of the ways to make ourselves smarter. What do want to learn today?
5. START YOUR DAY RIGHT
“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden
How would you start you day right? Let’s do a 30-day challenge to start your day with the right, “Intention, Gratitude and Appreciation…”
Intention – what are the 3 things you would like to achieve today?
Gratitude – what are you thankful for today?
Appreciation – who are you going to appreciate today and how?
I once read in a magazine article, if you start your day right, the whole day will be fantastic and fruitful.
6. REST and RELAX
“If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax.” – Christian Louboutin
What will happen if we keep working non-stop without rest and relaxation? We will definitely experience burn-out and time will be wasted for us to get back in shape to be productive.
Dale Carnegie said it right, “So, to prevent fatigue and worry, the first rule is: Rest often. Rest before you get tired.”
Find time to do activities that you love and enjoy. Imagine when you find the career and business that you truly love and enjoy doing (to learn and earn)… it would be a bliss.
How are you enjoying your down-time to rest and relax?
7. CONNECT with OTHERS
“If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.” – Chinese Proverb
I have an author friend who encourages me to talk to strangers. In fact, I can learn a lot of things from strangers. The insight you can get from people is incredible when you listen closely to their stories.
It will also be good to constantly be in touch with our clients / customers / partners / colleagues… get feedback and for them to feed-forward their expectations and requirements to us. By constant communication, it will help bond all of us.
How do you plan to connect with others? What questions will you ask? What information will you share?
I trust that, there are more habits that high achievers have and I am sharing this Top 7 Habits of High Achievers, so that we can benefit by perfect practicing them.
Have fun and the journey is the reward!
“Change Your Habits, Change Your World!”
“Your Habits, Your Future!”