Excellence is not an act, but a habit

excellenceFun and progression are huge motivators, and stimulate the continuation of a good intention. If you don’t feel rewarded something that you’ve been doing, a good intention might change into a burden, causing demotivation and energy drain. Nobody will benefit from that.

So a good intention, continuated for a longer period, will eventually become a habit. Something that will be a part of yourself.  If a habit is part of a bigger goal, it will be a TNDO habit, but this isn’t necessarily so. A habit can just be a habit.

For me, physical excercise and pushing my own limits is a habit, something that has long been a part of who I am and what I do, rooting back to my competitiveness.

As Chris Johnson puts it on his blog you don’t need a lot of habits, clogging up your agenda, as this will kill creativity and a lot of the fun which can be involved with habits.

Often, one habit will aid to a lot of other things falling into place. I experience this with my sports, creating an outlet for restlesness and hectic of day-to-day live.

A habit can also evolve into a passion, a single activity can push you into exploring other areas of interest, broadening (e.g. trying out different things, with the same vibe as your habit, like cooking a healthy meal every day) or deepening (e.g. cycling instead of running) your experience.

Habits lead to effectiveness

In the earlier mentioned blogpost on habits, Chris Johnson also praises the effectiveness of habits on a schedule. In order to have room for habits, you will focus on getting other things done.

A book handling this subject is 4-hour work week by Timothy Ferris. When you ask yourself the question what you need (e.g. how much money) to be able to do all the things that you like or are passionate about, you can figure out how to hack your life that you’re able to do all those things stressfree. Eventually leading to a 4 hour work week.

By breed people are habit animals, falling back on what they are comfortable doing. You yourself have the right to decide on which habits you fall back.

About the author

Over the past few years Walter van der Scheer has been evangelizing marketing automation to advertising agencies, e-commerce companies and co-workers alike and has been building a team of determined sales professionals. He has made progress, but the road ahead is still very long. Walter shares his personal experiences and challenges along the road of changing the way that marketing is done, while trying to stick to the strategically chosen path. +

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