Saturday, June 23, 2018

3 Ways to Undo Habits That Stand in the Way of Your Success

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In order to make it as an entrepreneur, you need to be focused, disciplined,
have the right industry knowledge to hand, and of course, having a good
collection of professional contacts to call in, not to mention a decent
helping of luck, can’t hurt.

Ultimately, however, the primary component that will affect the success or
failure of your entrepreneurial venture will be you, the entrepreneur, the
person who is in the driving seat, who makes all the shots, and who has to
deal with all the complications that may arise.

To a large degree, making yourself into the kind of person who will be a
successful entrepreneur is a matter of not only practical know-how, such
as how to buy house and land in the right part of town to establish your
business HQ, but also of mastering your own habits.

More specifically, being able to unravel your bad habits and prevent yourself
from getting in your own way, is a major benefit.

So for that reason, here are some tips for undoing your bad habits and
increasing your entrepreneurial success.

Find other ways of responding to habit triggers

In his book, “The Power of Habit”, writer Charles Duhigg notes that all
habits operate on a certain type of loop. That is, each habit begins with a
trigger — the thing that motivates the habit, then progressed to the habit
itself — the ritualised action, and then results in a reward — often a feeling
of mild pleasure for obeying the compulsion.

To rid yourself of your bad habits, it’s imperative that you find other ways to
respond to the habit triggers, normally associated with your bad habits.

Perhaps sitting down at your desk, first thing in the morning, is a trigger for
you to log into Facebook. The reward? A sense of idle entertainment.

Try substitute that habit for anything else. So, perhaps, when you sit down
at your desk, the first thing you’ll do will be to read a page of a book for
light entertainment, then start your work.

The key is breaking the associations between habit and trigger.

Distract yourself whenever possible

If you have deeply entrenched negative habits in place, you will get
cravings to indulge in the habit, sooner or later.

When this happens, distracting yourself is the best policy. You can do this
by keeping a notebook nearby and writing out the compulsion when it
arises, or by taking a few deep breaths and focusing walking around
the office for a minute.

Simply do something to keep you from engaging in the compulsive act itself.

Begin to deconstruct the “benefits” of the habit
in your mind

Part of the reason why negative habits stay active, is that we perceive
them to have some benefit for us, either on a subconscious or an explicit

A great practice is to begin arguing with yourself and deconstructing these
“benefits” in your own mind.

So, checking social media throughout the day makes you feel “connected”,
does it? Or does it really just make you feel jealous, anxious, and like you’re
missing out?

If you can destroy the sense of “benefit” attached to a habit, it’s much easier
to let the habit go altogether.

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