Successful people are where they are today as a result of their habits. Everything that you are or that you will ever accomplish will be determined by the quality of the habits that you form. By creating good habits and becoming goal oriented you can become successful and live a prosperous life.
Dr Stephen R Covey wrote the classic book “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” in 1989. Until now his seven habits are still popular and are propelling people to success and appear to be a foundation for developing a character ethic that prepares one for success in today’s competitive business environment.
First habit: Be Proactive
Be honest: sitting on your butt being a couch potato and doing nothing will get you no where. To be successful in anything you want to do, you have to be proactive. Proactive means you need to figure out what you want to achieve, plan ahead on how you’re going to get there – before others do it before you.
Second Habit: Begin with the End in Mind
If you want to eventually become a Chief Operations Officer for arguments sake, firstly you need to find out what knowledge, skills, and experience are needed for that role. Secondly compare that list to your current knowledge, skills, and experience and determine the gaps. Thirdly, once having identified the gaps, you can figure out how to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience you still need in order to be qualified for the role. Beginning with the end in mind lets you determine the steps you then need to take to get there much easier.
Third Habit: Put First Things First
Babies do not run before they have learned to crawl. That’s how nature has designed us. Our recommendation is, by having your end goal in mind, make a quick list of the most important things you need to accomplish for the day, then others for the week, and so on. Update this list every day, which then will force you to focus on completing the most important actions first each day. At a certain stage you will most likely realise that some things are so trivial, they can be put aside or maybe even forgotten for good.
Fourth Habit: Think Win/Win
Taking the approach of thinking in terms of win/win, a better or more creative solution is usually found. As Stephen Covey states in his book, “Win/Win is a belief in the Third Alternative. It’s not your way or my way; it’s a better way, a higher way.”
Fifth Habit: Seek First to Understand, then be Understood
In my experience this habit is especially important for managers. Before a manager responds to a situation in their department, or their team, they must first seek to understand all angles of the situation. Once that has occurred, they can determine the best possible solution. This can only take place after they’ve taken sufficient time to understand the situation.
Sixth Habit: Synergise
An old saying states “the sum is greater than the parts”. When thinking of Mr. Covey’s “synergy” habit that saying is always the first thing that comes to my mind. At the workplace, or better, in business, it’s important to choose teams that are diverse and who will work well together. People from different backgrounds and experiences more often come up with different and very creative ideas. This will most likely give businesses a competitive advantage.
Seventh Habit: Sharpen the Saw
The example Mr. Covey uses in his book is about the person who’s been trying to saw down a tree for five hours and getting no where. Another person asks why he doesn’t stop sawing and sharpen his saw and then go back to sawing. The response is that he doesn’t have time to stop and sharpen his saw because he’s too busy sawing. In our experience we have seen many examples where the same thing applied to their careers. To become more successful, one needs to take the time to sharpen their skills and knowledge aligned to the role their aspiring to get to.
Our Career Reboot Consultants are happy to assist you in becoming successful in your career. We can help you finding out which saw you will need to sharpen, where to synergise, as we seek to understand you and your aspirations first, before we can explain where you may head to. We are creating a win/win situation for you having your end goal in mind and putting first things first. All we ask you now is to be proactive. Contact us for a consultation and for your Career Reboot CheckUp!