Leverage the Power of Habits

I have long been a believer in the incredible power of habits, and firmly believe there’s nothing else in your life that will influence your success more than your habits. Whether by intentional choice or subconscious pattern, habits almost completely dictate your daily routine, and it is your daily routine that grows to become your life.

Therefore, it is absolutely critical that you pay attention to your habits. In a recent interview for America’s Healthcare Leaders, Joel Allison, retiring CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, discussed the habits he has formed that guide him through his days:

  1. Pray.
  2. Read the scripture or have a regular devotion.
  3. Exercise.
  4. Eat Breakfast – a balanced healthy breakfast!
  5. Learn to enjoy hard work.
  6. Prepare for your daily activities.
  7. Stay current in your field.
  8. Never quit learning.

While each individual has a different set of habits to most effectively get through his or her day, I believe there are a few key habits to make sure you apply for personal, professional, and organizational success:

 3 Habits to Get You Started

    1. Ground yourself. Every morning find a way to settle into the day. This can be done in a moment of reflection, devotion, a quiet time, or anything that prepares your heart and mind for the day ahead.
    2. Set a morning routine. Be sure to have a routine for your morning. This routine should physically prepare you for the day ahead. Do not deprive yourself because you are in a rush. Be mindful of what you need physically to get yourself through the day, whether that’s a quick workout, a healthy breakfast, or just a hot shower!
    3. Continually learn. Always be willing to learn. There is so much to learn, and one lifetime isn’t long enough! But we can make good use of the time we do have here. Don’t waste your mind on pointless frivolities—choose to use it wisely and effectively.

Consider these three areas as you analyze your own habits for success. Joel Allison’s habits have led him to have a remarkable career in the healthcare industry. What can you do with the same focus on habits?

Copyright © 2016 by Dan Nielsen – www.americashealthcareleaders.com

About the Author

Dan Nielsen
About Dan Nielsen Dan Nielsen is the author of the books Presidential Leadership (2013) and Be An Inspirational Leader (2016). He regularly writes and speaks on the topics of Leadership Excellence and Achieving Greater Success, and is available to deliver keynote presentations or facilitate discussions for your organization. For more info, please visit www.americashealthcareleaders.com/speaking or email Dan at dan@americashealthcareleaders.com.

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