As I have grown and evolved as a leader, I have had to look at myself in the mirror and ask myself, what can I do to be a better version of myself than I was yesterday? Through the help of various mentors, podcasts and personal development books, I have developed 5 habits that I try to put into practice on a daily basis to help me succeed.
- 1. Do the right thing. Character and integrity are key to building trust and credibility. Every action that you take has consequences. One of the keys to helping you make good decisions and continually doing the right thing is to know what you stand for and what your non negotiables are. If you have a solid foundation of beliefs, the decisions are easy to make. It takes a long time to build up your credibility but only one bad choice to ruin it immediately.
- 2. Do your best. Doing your best doesn’t simply mean trying hard. Doing your best means being 100% focused and engaged in the task at hand. If you are at work, be present and engaged to contribute. If you are at home be focused on your family. Another aspect about doing your best is to focus on your strengths. So many of us spend way to much time and energy on trying to improve our weaknesses. We can accomplish a lot more during the week if we are able to focus on our strengths. A third component to doing your best is to give 100% effort to what you are doing. I don’t ever want to look back on an opportunity and say “if only I had tried a little harder.”
- 3. Show people that you care. The best way for you to succeed is to help others succeed. The more I grow as a leader, the more I want to see others succeed. To date my biggest accomplishment is being able to help one of our general managers become a owner / partner in our next Culver’s that will open later this year. I am only able to open this store because of the amazing job he has done operating our current location. It is an awesome feeling to be able to achieve my goals and dreams while helping someone else achieve theirs as well.
- 4. Surround yourself with great people. There comes a point when you will realize that you can’t do it on your own. As I posted last week about our Top 5, surrounding yourself with good people makes you better. They both challenge you and help you achieve more than if you were on your own. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of the great people in my life.
- 5. Create a positive mindset. Sometimes this can be the most difficult of the 5 ideas for me to accomplish. There are times that I am so intense that I let my emotions take control. When I feel myself going there I try to walk away and reset. One thing I have been working on is being “grateful” vs. “hateful”. Every morning I write down one item I am grateful for. This is a great way to start the day off in a positive mindset. Another big thing I have been working on is to say “get to” vs. “have to.” It changes how I approach a task just by saying “get to.”
- Every morning when I get up, I pray and ask God to help me be a better person today than I was yesterday. The best person to compare yourself to is you. If you truly do try to live today better than you lived yesterday, you can accomplish almost anything.