The Habit: Week-11 (Develop a Few Guiding Mantras)

Don’t follow, lead.
Don’t copy, create.
Don’t start, finish.
Don’t sit still, move.
Don’t fit in, stand out.
Don’t sit quietly, speak up.
Seth Godin

This week’s challenge is to jot down a few powerful mantras and read them each morning. When I say, “mantra,” I am referring to a statement or slogan repeated frequently to help us make better decisions.

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. Zig Ziglar

Mantras can help us to navigate our lives; like navigational beacons that help keep us on course. They help to guide our everyday actions like written goals do, so we don’t get lost in the world wind of daily distractions.

Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving. Warren Buffet

Adopting a mantra and repeating it to ourselves throughout the day can help us make better choices. An effective mantra will guide our actions when we are confronted with an unexpected situation that is tempting us to stray from the path. They remind us of our broader intent.

Effective organizations ensure that everyone knows the intent of the CEO so they can make decisions that support the overarching goal of the organization. Southwest Airlines’ intent was once to be the lowest cost airline. Therefore, any decision that would have added to their operational cost was not in line with the CEO’s intent.

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The military developed the concept of a commander’s intent to empower subordinate leaders and guide their initiative. The commander’s intent describes the desired end state of a successful mission. For example, a company commander’s intent might be to secure Hill 81 by destroying or forcing the withdrawal of all enemy forces.

Few plans survive contact with the enemy, but armed with the commander’s intent; all the soldiers can take actions in the absence of orders. Each soldier is empowered to improvise, adapt, and take actions that will result in securing Hill 81 by destroying or forcing the withdrawal of all enemy forces.

Great sources of mantras are leadership lectures, self-improvement seminars, motivational speeches, and books. Here are some examples.

Self-improvement Mantras:

  • Don’t be lazy about learning. Jim Rohn
  • Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest. Warren Buffett
  • We become what we repeatedly do. Aristotle
  • For things to get better, we must get better.
  • If you don’t have the success you desire, it is because you aren’t the person you need to be, YET.
  • Consistency is more important than intensity.
  • Today I will do, so tomorrow I will become.
  • Hard work always pays.
  • Success must be earned daily.
  • Do not think about it, be about it.
  • Success requires doing it; whether you feel like it or not.
  • You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.
  • If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. Zig Ziglar
  • You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky
  • If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. Thomas Jefferson
  • Nothing will work unless you do. Maya Angelou

Leadership Mantras:

  • Leadership is a privilege, not a right, and I must earn it in the arena of action. Mark Divine
  • The best leadership tool you have is your own example. John Wooden
  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John C. Maxwell
  • I will seek to improve myself, my team, and the world every day. Mark Divine
  • Be the leader you would follow.
  • Exude the traits and behaviors you want in your followers.

Fitness Mantras:

  • Just do it. Nike
  • Embrace the suck.
  • Set small goals and build upon them.
  • No growth without resistance.
  • Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate.
  • No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.
  • Create healthy habits, not restrictions.
  • You cannot outrun a bad diet.
  • Strive for progress, not perfection.
  • Do better today, be better tomorrow.
  • You don’t have to go fast. You just have to go.

Success Mantras:

  • Dream big. Start small. Act NOW! Robin Sharma
  • It is not over until I win. Les Brown
  • The old ways will not open new doors.
  • The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas A. Edison
  • The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese proverb
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit. Aristotle
  • Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. Oprah Winfrey
  • Don’t wish for it, work for it.

Financial Mantras:

  • Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving. Warren Buffet
  • If you want to be rich, you need to create multiple income streams. Bo Sanchez
  • If you buy things you don’t need, soon you will have to sell things you need. Warren Buffet
  • Building wealth is a marathon. Not a sprint. Discipline is the key ingredient. Dave Ramsey
  • The Stock Market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient. Warren Buffett
  • If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die. Warren Buffet

I begin each morning reviewing my journal for 10 to 15-minutes. I read my gratitude list, my goals, and a series of inspirational mantras. When our minds are left to their own devices, they focus on lack, which leads to negative feelings.

Better gratitude, better attitude.

My gratitude list helps remind me of all my blessings. A spirit of gratitude chases away negative feelings like anger, frustration, and depression. Gratitude is the light that chases away the darkness of these negative feelings. Gratitude helps us to connect with our higher self.

My list of goals and mantras help to guide my daily decisions and actions. They allow me to reconnect with my values and priorities. The goals provide direction, and the mantras provide guidance. Both help us to establish priorities based on the life we want to create for ourselves, instead of being a slave to the demands of others. Most people are either pursuing their dreams or helping someone else pursue theirs.

blank desk blotter.jpgBesides writing my mantras in my journal, I use a blank desk blotter at work. It is great for capturing notes and brainstorming. I often write a few of my most important mantras in the upper corners of the blotter as a constant reminder of my values.

Until next week, good luck!

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WHY WE CANNOT RELY ON DISCIPLINE OR MOTIVATION ALONE

We all need motivation and discipline in our lives because we are creatures of both emotion and logic. The more disciplined we behave, the more rationally we behave. If we were all completely logic driven creatures, everyone would be disciplined in all areas of life. We know that isn’t the case. Even the most successful people have areas of their life where they lack discipline. They are successful in the areas where they cultivated discipline, and failures in the areas they became slaves to their emotions.

We are both logical and emotional, but our actions are fueled more by our emotions. That is why we need to keep our emotional tanks full of daily doses of motivation. If our emotional tank is empty, it doesn’t matter how logical our goal is. If you have big dreams, but you aren’t obsessed with their achievement. If your necessity level isn’t sufficient, you’ll fail to do what is required.l

It is important we follow a consistent, disciplined approach to achieving our goal, but if our reasons aren’t strong enough, our excuses will be. Motivation is fleeting, and discipline is hard to sustain, but habits aren’t. People don’t act in a disciplined manner because they are disciplined; they act in a disciplined manner to become disciplined.

We don’t do because we are, we are because we do. We become, what we habitually do. Discipline is a habit, not a personality trait. Anyone can become disciplined because we can all change our behavior. That is mankind’s greatest gift; the gift to become what we wish to become. It is never too late to become the person you always wanted to be. Old habits are more difficult to break, but they can be broken, replaced with new ones.

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A useful analogy for a person with a goal is a guided missile. The target in this analogy is our goal. The guidance system locates the target in its environment and locks on. It stays focused on the target until it strikes the target. The target can move, but the missile will make course corrections because it is fixed on the target; not a specific path. To propel the rocket, it needs sufficient fuel. The further the target is, the more fuel it will need, the longer the missile will have to stay focused on the target, and the more course corrections it will have to make.

In this analogy, the guidance computer is the logic driven part of our brain. The course corrections are the strategies we use to keep us heading toward our goal. When pursuing a goal, it is important to maintain flexibility in our approach as conditions change or we learn new information, but our goal must be fixed. We want to be persistent in our pursuit, not dogmatic in our approach.

Having a goal and staying focused on that goal is critical. The bigger the goal, the longer we must stay focused on it; the more fuel we will need to sustain the long journey. The fuel is our emotional necessity. The bigger our goal, the stronger the emotional commitment needs to be. A simple recipe for success is to set a goal, identify what it requires of us, develop a plan, and generate enough emotional commitment to do what is required.

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Work Harder on Yourself than You do Your Job

“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job, you can make a living. If you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune… Income seldom exceeds personal development.” – Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn said the first rule of economics is that we get paid for the value we bring to the market and not our time. He suggested you develop yourself so that you can become more valuable. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says “Ultimately, there’s one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself.” Warren typically reads for four to six hours a day and began this habit long before he made his billions.

A job can be taken away from you despite working hard on it, but the skills you develop while you are working on a job are transferable to the next job. Jim suggested that we spend one hour of each workday developing ourselves so that in 5-years we could become an expert in our field.

If you don’t make a commitment to self-development by scheduling some professional reading or another form of learning on your schedule each day, you will be swept up in the momentum of your daily commitments, and it will never happen. If you don’t make self-development your number one priority, it will not be a priority.

I have seen people who were very good at their job looked over for promotion because they were indispensable. When we evaluate a career move, we shouldn’t just ask how much I will make. A better question is what new skills will I learn? How will this help my career progress? Each position should be a stepping stone to the next. We don’t want to make the mistake of accepting a dead end position.

“The most important question to ask yourself on the job is not, what am I getting; but what am I becoming?”  -Harold W. Dodds.

I wish I had taken Jim Rohn’s advice years ago.  I now schedule at least 30 minutes of professional reading into each workday. Most people make the mistake of leaving their development up to their manager or company. I hope you will do better than most people. I hope you will take ownership of your development and make getting better a priority.

“Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.”

— Jim Rohn

 Make self-improvement a daily habit. Change your habits, change your life! 

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Achievement without Fulfillment is Failure

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William James described success as a combination of two things.

1) An inner ideal which is followed persistently with courage and

2) an Outer achievement related to that ideal.

Society tends to fixate on the accomplishment of the outer achievement related to that ideal, and not the inner ideal that was followed with courage and determination. William James thought that of the two components that the first was much more important than the second. The pursuit of an inner ideal leads to personal growth and development which is its own form of happiness.

 According to William James focusing on the outer achievement related to the ideal is a mistake. Long-term happiness flows from our daily habits and routine. Personal growth provides the most lasting happiness in our lives. When we feel like we are getting better at anything, we feel good about ourselves.

Progress equals happiness.” Tony Robbins

The greatest reward of success is who we are forced to become. Becoming world class at anything requires tremendous effort and dedication. It is the pursuit of this ideal that molds a person into one deserving of recognition.  

Most people think that wealth is a sign of success. It is a common belief that wealth and the material things that it will allow us to purchase will make them happy. Material objects only provide short-lived happiness. Studies have demonstrated that wealthy people are not happier than people of average economic means.

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Happiness isn’t something we should defer. We should avoid the mistake of attaching our happiness to the accomplishment of an outer ideal. We must have goals. We must be inspired. Goals are hugely important because they affect how we live. They affect our attitude, our handshake, our smile, and our energy.

We all need to have goals, but when you attach all of your happiness to achieving those goals, you will miss out on all the happiness you could enjoy along the way. The happiness you’ll experience when you achieve the goal will not long last. Then what?

Enjoy the journey toward achieving your goal. Most of your life will be spent in pursuit of your outer ideal, not basking in its accomplishment. Life is a journey. Enjoy every day. It is our responsibility to focus on the simple pleasures of living. This usually begins with gratitude. It is easy to focus on our problems and setbacks and forget all our blessings. Connect with the simple pleasure of everyday living.

Our happiness flows from our daily routines and habitual ways of thinking. If you cannot find happiness while you pursue your inner ideal, you’ll never achieve lasting fulfillment and happiness. You’ll never be successful.

Travis Bradberry, co-author of the New York Times Best Seller, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 wrote a great article for Forbes magazine Ten Habits of Incredibly Happy People. He lists these ten habits:

  1. They slow down to appreciate life’s little pleasures.
  2. They exercise, which improves their mood and helps them control their impulses.
  3. They spend money on other people.
  4. They surround themselves with the right people. They distance themselves from negative people.
  5. They stay positive. Even when bad things happened to them.
  6. They get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep helps mood, focus, energy, and self-control.
  7. They have deep conversations and build emotional connections.
  8. They help others, which releases chemicals into their body that make them feel good.
  9. They make an effort to be happy. They make a conscious decision to be happy and appreciative.
  10. They have a growth mindset. They believe change is possible and tomorrow will be better than today.

 Happiness flows from what we habitually focus on each day. Change your habits, change your life! 

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DISCIPLINE IS THE FOUNDATION OF SUCCESS

We can’t achieve anything of significance without discipline. Success and great achievements are only accomplished through years of disciplined effort. We need discipline to adopt the habits that will lead to our desired results. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle. We must be the architect of our daily rituals to take control of our life. Anything we want to accomplish has to be part of our daily habits.

You’ll discover that doing something every day is much easier than doing it some days. We are creatures of habit. Our minds prefer routines. Routines allow our minds to operate on autopilot; actions flow almost unconsciously. We have each discovered that if we don’t do something every day, we will not do it any day. One missed day become two, and pretty soon we forget about what it is we wanted to do regularly to get better each day.

Every day is our life in miniature. If self-improvement isn’t a daily priority, it won’t be a priority. We form habits, then our habits form us. We become what we repeatedly do. We become an expert in our field by dedicating ourselves to daily study. Jim Rohn suggested that if we spent an hour a day reading and studying our chosen field, in a year, we’d become an expert in our field. As he put it, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” — John C. Maxwell

The world rewards excellence, but the rewards are not immediate. It takes years of disciplined effort. Anyone can take actions that produce immediate rewards. It is the disciplined person, focused on their long-term goal that repeatedly puts in the work, day after day, with the belief they will achieve it, that persevere. The future is purchased in the present. If we can stay focused on our goals, it will help us make better use of each day. Today is the game. Today is your life in miniature.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

Discipline allows us to persevere. When we doggedly pursue a goal day after day, we can overcome almost any obstacle. “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”- Calvin Coolidge. I completely agree. Knowledge is rarely the problem. Most of us know what we should do. What is missing is discipline and commitment.

Discipline is a keystone habit that makes other good habits possible. Change your habits, change your life!

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