According to Tiffany:
Ways of Beating Your Old Habits and Maintaining New Ones:
Determine why your new habit doesn't stick:
1.) Because of your history, find and challenge the trigger. For example, if you want to wake up early, figure out why you keep waking up late; thoughts keep you up at night. Try a sleep schedule to prep for bed.
2.). Take a hot bath an hour before bedtime.
3.). Eat a light snack 30 minutes before you want to wind down.
4.). Try not to spend most of your time in the bedroom during the day.
5.). Remove technology and screen time 15 minutes before relaxing.
6.). Set your alarm when you want to wake up.
All of your habits trigger a reaction. A different schedule before sleep, just one thing from it will trigger the old habit. Avoid old habits so your new ones can be successful.
A Book in Time's Commentary:
As yesterday's commentary was extensive regarding habits, we will venture into a few other topics today, including helpful business suggestions from Ken Gosnell.
- Work to "Well Done." Strive to make worthy and innovative work. Upgrade, improve and keep current on all levels and in all areas. Show value and quality throughout your business and build this reputation consistently. Practice excellence at all times and in all situations, even during challenges…especially during challenges. Excellent work is our eternal obligation. “Whatsoever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23-24
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness. And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8
Do Things Today That Will Impact Tomorrow. Invest in yourself, your people, your business, your associates, your family, your commitment, and your passion. Invest in all those that surround you. Good investments set the path and direction of a business, ensuring its growth and development. Where attention goes, energy flows, and actions show. “Where your treasure is, there is where your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
Improve Your Team to Improve Your Organization. First of all, select the correct people to be around you. Then learn from them. Grow with them. Help them discover their gifts, talents, and passions. Passionate people always perform better. And no great leader has ever led alone. It is only "lonely at the top" if you attempt to lead alone. Steward leaders believe in others and the power of others. “You are God’s workmanship who has been created to do good works that God has prepared in advance.” Ephesians 2:10. When people you work with get better, so does your organization.
Initiative is the ability to see something that needs to be done or addressed and take steps to do it without being instructed. It is about going the extra mile…or two. This is an outstanding and desirable trait common in all successful people. According to thriveyard.com, “Having initiative demonstrates a sense of self-drive, self-awareness, insight and personal motivation.” It displays your true character and emulates the leader within you. This crucial skill will serve you well in both your professional and personal life.
Initiative can be learned, and a good start is by observing others, showing initiative, observing the situation, and asking the right questions. Find as much information as possible and use your analytical skills to decide the best action. With initiative, you can identify opportunities and strengthen decision-making and analytical skills. You will serve as a role model for others.
Showing initiative is about being proactive rather than reactive. You learn how things work and also discover more efficient ways of doing things. Observing other successful people will inspire you to show initiative even more.
“Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by a dint of hard work.”
“Your success is your responsibility. Take the initiative, do the work, and persist to the end.”
- Know the Order of Things and Work the Order. Practice the art of first fruits in all aspects of your life. This should align with your values and priorities. Be clear and know the order of your priorities. Show clarity in all aspects of your life. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
- Be Forward Thinking. Always do the right thing, and make decisions with tomorrow in mind. Your destiny unfolds based on your decisions today. Build on the right foundations and in a way to weather the storms. The time is always right to do what is always right. Act with integrity in every situation. If you build on a solid foundation, that which is built will last generations. “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your feet from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27
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