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Effective leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Effective leaders are willing to work hard and get the job done.

Effective leaders also have habits that they routinely act upon. They know there’s something to be said for acting on good habits.

Today, I want to share with you 5 habits of highly effective leaders.

Highly effective leaders have habits

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Highly Effective Leaders Do…

Highly effective leaders know it takes more than mental prowess to lead well. Leading well takes forming great habits that will positively impact you for a lifetime. Well, not only you but those you lead effectively as well.

So, what are these habits of highly effective leaders? I believe highly effective leaders have the following habits:

1. Highly effective leaders make it a habit to learn: Effective leaders know they must constantly take in and process new information. Most effective leaders do this through reading. Yet there are other ways to continue your education.

There have been many times in my life when I’ve wanted to implement change but lacked the secret sauce to create the change. But now, I think I’ve found the secret to making lasting change in my life.

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Image by Laszlo Ilyes

Every day we do simple things that could remind us to take the step towards change. I like to call these actions a mental trigger.

What Is A Mental Trigger?

Mental triggers are anything you use to signal your brain to take action. Anything you do on a frequent enough basis that could help you form a habit.

Personally, I have a couple of mental triggers I’ve used to create focused change in my life. Anything from walking through a doorway to going to the bathroom.

The mental trigger goes off and I know I have a task to do.

I’ve found myself wondering how I’ve picked up bad habits. From too much TV time to wasting time on Facebook to ignoring my wife. Bad habits creep into my life. And I’m sure they do yours as well.

When we recognize the bad habit, we often wonder how we let the bad habit into our life.

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The Problem

Bad habits are something we don’t want to pick up. They’ll drag us down, holding us back from our potential.

And yet we let bad habits take hold in our lives. Most of the time we don’t even realize the habits are forming.

Why? Why does this happen?

We let bad habits take root because they slowly work their way into our lives. A recent sewer problem made this clear.

We often set goals for ourselves and fail. Goals such as losing 10 pounds, writing a best selling book, or being a better spouse. We fail…

We also blame it on a lack of self discipline. Claiming we need more of it. That’s a lie.

We don’t need more self discipline. We already have it.

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Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at where we are already self disciplined.

  • We go to work on time
  • We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • We put ourselves to bed
  • We use the bathroom
  • We take care of our family
  • We pay bills

Sometimes we don’t want to do these tasks. They’re not fun. But we do them anyways.

Why?

Because YOU have self discipline. You’ve trained yourself to do the tasks that need to be done.

Fill The Void

September 26, 2012 — 19 Comments

Vacuums, the absence of matter not the household appliance, are an amazing phenomenon.

A vacuum is a space where there is no matter. On Earth, nature doesn’t like a vacuum. So outside pressure will try to push particles into the vacuum to fill the empty space inside of the vacuum.

Interesting, huh?

Our lives our like a vacuum.

We’ll clear out a couple of bad habits. We’ll feel good about ourselves. We’ll think we’re doing great.

Except we forgot to fill the empty space created by ridding ourselves of the bad habits.

There will be a void left in our lives. An empty space longing to be filled. And it will find something to fill itself with.

We must fill that void or the bad habits will come back with a vengeance.