This second article builds on the skills to gain and changes you’ll need to make to achieve Amazing. This post follow on from Part 1 in this series.

 

Generate Good Habits

There are some key techniques to developing and mastering good habits - read on!

Once you commit to implementing a strategy to overcome “role overload” by focussing on the One Thing – it is time to build your work day into consistently achieving this.  The way to do this is by cultivating patterns of behaviour (habits) that help you achieve your One Thing – and avoid pit falls.  There has been a lot written about forming habits – Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit” makes a good read – and The One Thing builds on this to summarize the key points.

Some facts about habits:

  • They are a repeating series of thoughts (and any driven actions of your brain / body) – that form after repetition makes them no longer conscious thought.  What happens is a part of the “old brain” the Amygdala takes over from the “new brain” the Pre Frontal Cortex.  If the terms are a bit daunting – then think of your brain as Human Brain wrapped around a Monkey Brain wrapped around a Lizard Brain.  You carve a track in your lizard brain that only needs to be initiated by the Human brain to get started and it will keep going to it’s end point;
  • Once you work through 66 days of repetition (with declining levels of Human Brain effort needed) – a Habit is formed and it will be effortless to repeat it.  After your habits are established you can move towards mastery (at the 20,000 hour mark!);
  • Your habits should be aligned with your basic (someday goal) One Thing – and this One Thing should align with your basic values and ethics, who you are!  Achieving your One Thing at work needs to be aligned – otherwise you can’t maintain your energy – and you will fail to form the habits of One Thing success, and;
  • Habits have a clear structure – a cue (to execute the habituated behaviour) a routine to be executed and a reward (sense of control over how well you are filling your expanded role at work).

Gary Keller also puts some other thoughts / language into the “habit” piece of One Thing success.  My synopsis of quite a few pages of the text is that to generate Lasting Habits:

  • Adopt the mindset that your are on Journey to Mastery – not aiming a fixed destination;
  • You need to change from an Entrepreneurial to a Purposeful way of thinking:
    • Entrepreneurs are always looking at “what’s interesting” and chasing Bright Shiny Objects.
    • When you are purposeful though – your actions are:
      • Focussed – there is a clear and single One Thing being aimed at;
      • Aligned with models – building on the shoulders of giants to select an approach which has been shown to work or is based on sound science;
      • Systematic – codified and tracked so you consistently do what needs to be done, and;
      • Creating Breakthroughs – passing through ceilings of achievement to areas of performance not commonly seen;
  • You will be upholding the Accountability Cycle.  What this means is that:
    • Holding yourself accountable. There is no blaming others for the circumstances you find yourself in – you are looking in the Mirror – not out the Window to identify who is responsible;
    • You apply five mindsets to generating One Thing Success:
      • Based on facts – what is really happening?;
      • Acknowledge reality – that’s the way it is;
      • Own the solution – it is up to me!;
      • Finds the solution (Can we fix it?);
      • Gets on with it (Yes we can! (with thanks to Bob the Builder for inspiration!)), and;
    • You work with an accountability partner to keep track of and support progress on your One Thing.

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Key Signs of Good Habits Supporting Your One Thing

Your habits will support your One Thing when you:

  1. Spend 66 days "cutting the track" to make them effortless;
  2. Design your habits to support your short and long term One Thing, and;
  3. Become purposeful rather than random (chasing bright, shiny objects) in executing your One Thing for right now.

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