Someone once said that a vacation is anything you do that is outside your normal range of work. I guess that means I’m on vacation. At least that’s where I planned to be this week.
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Who do you admire most? This is a question I frequently ask candidates in interviews. I urge you to consider this question in your interviewing process if you aren’t already using it.
Let’s review the key steps to developing rituals and establishing change and introduce key number five – enlisting support. Here are the five keys:
Have you ever had a hard time establishing a new habit or routine? As noted in my last blog, Discipline Rituals – What We Resist Persists, we derive a certain amount of comfort or safety doing what we’ve always done. That’s why it’s so difficult to change. Even the most powerful commitment to change is often counter balanced by an unconscious or subliminal commitment not to change. Exposing our fears to not changing is key number four in building effective rituals.
In my last blog Discipline Scheduling - Three Keys to Building Effective Rituals we looked at three keys to building effective rituals. The three keys are:
How important is it to specify the time you are going to do something to predict accomplishment? Precision and Specificity is one of the three key to establishing effective rituals. Researchers have found that even chronic procrastinators are eight times more likely to follow through if they set a specific time to complete it. Here’s an example from Be Excellent at Anything that illustrates the importance of precision and specificity.
How well do you get things done? Do you get your daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly priorities completed on time? How well do your people do at this?
One of my clients got me involved in Sports World, a non-profit organization that speaks to students about making positive choices. In preparing for our second effort in my area I’ve recognized how powerful their message is even to business.
“I’d get up at 4:30 AM, exercise, read something inspirational, and then have a healthy breakfast. That was my routine.” My client was explaining why he decided to re-gage our coaching work. When we were working together this had been his faithful morning regiment, every day. For the past year or better he explained he’d not been following this routine and he found his business and personal focus suffering.