Positive Habits and Success

Earlier this week I did a post about clarity of purpose and direction.  I began it with a story about Jim Collins from the April 2010 issue of SUCCESS Magazine.  This post is also based on something I found in SUCCESS.

W. Clement Stone was the publisher of an earlier version of SUCCESS Magazine.  He became a millionaire selling insurance during the great depression.  Along with Napoleon Hill and Paul J. Meyer, he is one of the best known pioneers of the modern success industry.  He was known as Mr. Positive Mental Attitude. 

As a career success coach, I believe in the power of having a positive mental attitude.  That’s why I am such a big fan of the Optimist Creed.  If you want a copy of the Optimist Creed to frame and hang in your office, just go to http://budbilanich.com/optimist

However, positive attitude isn’t what caught my eye in the current issue of SUCCESS.  On page 88, the “Turning Your Knowledge into POWER” feature says…

Big Doors Swing on Little Hinges.  W. Clement Stone says you are what your habits make you, but you can choose to change.  Write down two habits you should keep doing and two habits you need to eliminate, then get started.

That is great common sense career success advice.

Here are two habits I will keep doing…

  1. Writing and publishing a blog five days a week.  This helps me deepen my understanding of what it takes to become a career success.  As a career success coach, I need to have as deep an understanding of the subject as possible.
  2. Beginning every day with a prayer asking for help in being a loving husband, good friend, productive member of society, and a positive influence on other people’s lives.  If I do all of these things, I will be not only an effective career success coach, I will be a good person, one who is worthy of the trust others put in me.

Here are two habits I will eliminate…

  1. Giving myself permission to eat poorly and slack off on exercise when I travel.  I need to be as physically fit as possible to be effective as a career success coach.
  2. Procrastinating on attempting to do things in which I might fail.  This includes things like regular podcasting, commenting on others’ blogs and video blog creation.

I have stated these publically.  That’s the first step in maintaining positive habits and in ridding myself of negative, unproductive ones.  I’m asking you to hold me to these commitments.  And I will help you do the same.

I have created a forum to help us all stick to our positive habits and change our not so positive ones.  Just go to http://www.BudBilanich.com/positivehabits and register for the forum.  Once you’ve done so, you can post the positive habits you want to keep and the negative habits you want to eliminate.  We can use this forum to help each other build positive career success habits.

The common sense point here is simple.  Successful people commit to taking personal responsibility for their career success.  One way of demonstrating personal responsibility for your career success is by publicly committing to building on your good habits and breaking your bad habits.  I am creating an on line habit mastermind group.  In this group, we will help one another build on positive habits and break negative ones.  If you want to participate, join my new positive habits forum.  Go to http://www.BudBilanich.com/positivehabits.  Share the two habits you want to reinforce and the two you need to break.  I’ve set up this forum so we can help one another.

That’s my take on the power of positive habits and success.  What’s yours?  Please take a few minutes to leave a comment sharing your thoughts with us.  By the way, my friend, Dan Robey has written a book called The Power of Positive Habits.  You can get it at www.thepowerofpositivehabits.com.  If you’re interested in building on your positive habits and breaking your negative ones, you need to read this book.  Tell Dan that I sent you.  As always, thanks for reading.

Bud

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