Some of our best intentions fail because we don’t have a system of execution. When it comes down to it, your new attitudes and behaviors must be incorporated into your monthly, weekly, and daily routines to affect any real, positive change. A routine is something you do every day without fail, so that eventually, like brushing your teeth or putting on your seatbelt, you do it without conscious thought. Similar to our discussion in the Habits section, if you look at anything you do that’s successful, you’ll see that you’ve probably developed a routine for it. These routines ease life’s stresses by making our actions automatic and effective. To reach new goals and develop new habits, it’s necessary to create new routines to support your objectives.
Excerpt From: Darren Hardy. “The Compound Effect.” iBooks.
Remember what I said a couple days ago? I know what I said because I was sitting there, reading and speaking it when I said it (name the movie).
When I first moved to Thailand, I always had the habit of putting my seatbelt on. After a while, and seeing that there weren’t any readily ready seat belts in the majority of transportation in Thailand, I stopped using it. That’s one of the worst habits ever. And you know what, Thailand has one of the worst traffic fatality rates in the world (second – behind Libya). You want to know why? You guessed it!
The key to becoming world-class in your endeavors is to build your performance around world-class routines. It can be difficult, even futile, to predict or control what will show up in the middle of your workday. But you can almost always control how your day starts and ends. I have routines for both. I’ll share aspects of each here to give you some ideas and to help you better understand the power and importance of building your new behaviors into disciplined routines. Starting with my goals in mind, I designed my behaviors and routines accordingly. Perhaps in sharing some of what works for me, you’ll identify strategies you’d like to try.”
And like I shared with you a few days ago, know that this is the most important aspect of it all. For those of you who want to know Darren Hardy’s Routine, tune into my podcast!