Habits and routines are critical.

A habit requires little to no effort, but it needs a cue. By way of example, when you get to the office and sit down at your desk, you might switch on your computer without a second thought. However, when you sit at your desk, it’s a cue for the habit of opening it and starting work.

Whether you are a family business, men’s shed, other non-profit organisation or even a corporation, your habits and routines make the difference.

On the other hand, a routine requires a more conscious effort but does not need a cue. You choose to do it even in the absence of the signal that usually prompts a behaviour. An example might be, if you’re new to working from home, your physical cue (sitting at your office desk) is gone since you’re now working from your lounge room coffee table.

You might still choose to open your laptop and start work at 9 a.m. Making it part of your daily routine. A routine is a sequence of habits. Perhaps you have noticed that you seem to always focus on what’s wrong in your life instead of what’s right? On your losses instead of your wins? Look to the valuable mass between our ears.

It was once a good thing, just not anymore. For our ancestors, ‘bad’ could get you eaten while ‘good’ is just a real bonus. Evolution looks for use, and focusing on the ‘good’ just wasn’t that useful for survival.

It’s not much good listening or taking notes if you are not prepared to take action.

Have you ever decided to switch your schedule and then felt ‘off’ for the rest of the day? Even the slightest change in routine, such as skipping a second cup of coffee, could derail an entire day because your practices automate essential elements of daily life.

During times of crisis, your mind is already in overdrive assessing risks, solving problems, and forecasting situations. Routines protect you from wasting energy on unnecessary decisions. For example, when faced with a crisis, can you imagine airline pilots with poor routines, checklists, just bad habits? Would you want to be on their plane? You decide.

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different? Think about it; that’s the power of daily habits and routines. Remind yourself about the little things you do every day because these little things define you, and the outcomes in your life come from these little things.

Regardless of your unique life circumstances or how you define success, you don’t suddenly become successful. Instead, you become successful over time based on your habits and routines.

Quotable Quotes.

“Release the hidden value and get on top of your struggles by making a conscious effort to change your habits and routines”. Peter Sergeant

“Step away from the crowd and the comfort zone of ordinary people, and change your outcomes by changing your habits and routines”. Peter Sergeant

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