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Habits vs. Goals

Habits vs. Goals = A World of Difference in Actions and Outcomes

“First forget inspiration.
Habit is more dependable.
Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.
Habit is persistence in practice.”

— Octavia Butler

In my work coaching leaders to increase their “effectivity,” I am constantly amazed how many leaders have never made the connection that the real game changer in changing behavior and reaching outcomes is practicing habits, and not focusing solely on goals.

Ponder this idea in this blog post from our friends at Farnam Street:

Habits vs Goals : A Look at the Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life

Start 2017 with a Plan For Your Life

If you aim at nothing, that’s what you will hit. And if your life is full of clutter and piles it is difficult to take focused aim on what’s important.

To help you design a plan for your life for 2017, and get your life organized, I recommend two books that are free audiobook downloads until Jan. 31.

My go to book for life planning and refocusing your life is Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy. Here is the free audiobook download link, which is good until January 31:


The other free audiobook download is the national bestseller: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. This is more about organizing and decluttering your personal space, but it is amazing, when you have a clean and clear work space, how much easier it is to do the creative and important work of life planning. Here is the free audiobook download link, which is good until January 31:


Learn to Delegate Your Tasks

By Anita Bruzzese, Gannett News Service
One of the most difficult tasks for all you super achievers is delegating. Why? Because you know no one else can do the job the way you want it done, when you want it done and how you want it done.

OK, time for a reality check. Yes, the world will spin without you doing all the work. Athough it may be unpleasant to think of it, the job may actually get done better, because it was done differently than you would have.

Still not convinced that it would just be easier to just do it yourself than go to all the trouble of training someone else to do it? Look at it this way: If a magic workplace fairy said you could have an extra 20 minutes a day or even an hour a day to do anything you wanted, would you turn it down?

So what’s a little time spent training someone else? In the long run, it will be well worth it. So now that you’re convinced you can loosen the reins a bit, here are some tips to get you started on the road to delegation:

  • Decide where you need help. Write down what you do in a week. Then choose the jobs you really enjoy doing and gain satisfaction from; these are probably the ones you don’t want to give up. Consider your best skills and the jobs that make the most of those abilities. That should leave you with jobs you don’t like, or are not particularly good at, that someone else may be able to fill.
  • Select candidates. You don’t want just anyone helping because when you delegate work it reflects directly on you. Look for others who will be interested in doing the work, have the skills to do the job (or are willing to learn those skills), and have time to accommodate the tasks.
  • Make your case. Be specific about the work you want them to do, what the goals are and any deadlines. Let the person know why you chose them and explain how doing the tasks can add to their skills and make them more valuable to the organization.
  • Seal the deal. For some people, a handshake may be enough. But to be on the safe side, and to make sure both parties understand the delegation, send a note after the meeting outlining what was agreed upon, and ask the person to read it and make any necessary changes. Notify coworkers that you have reached this agreement, and the person has the authority to do the job.
  • Follow-up. Check to see that things are getting done in a timely way. If it appears there is a problem, address the issue and do not get personal.

Remember that just because someone does a job differently than you does not mean it is wrong, it’s just different. Keep your mind open to new ideas and you’ll find delegation provides you some growing opportunities as well.