The New Year is under way and it is natural to think of change and improving our lives and businesses. To get to change, I like to focus on behaviors and how people act. This means turning off the sound when it comes to people and looking at their actions.
“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard Feynman
It is extremely easy to fool ourselves when it comes to who we think we are and who we actually are. We like to think of ourselves in a positive light often because it is painful to be more sober in our self-assessments. At the end of it all, another year can quickly pass and the crutch of resolutions will have us ruminating once again on possibilities if we are not careful to focus on our actions.
We all want better. Here are a few common things I have heard clients say they want:
I want to grow my business … but do you invest money in systems and talent like an owner?
I want to have more friends … but are you friendly, generous and kind yourself?
I want to make more money … but are you working hard to increase your value to the world?
I want peace of mind … but are you addicted to chaos?
To a large extent, people vote with their feet. You are where you are because you choose it. What we want requires habits that are consistent and become part of our characters. Over time, those habits reap a result.
It’s easy to know what you believe. Your consistent actions will reveal this truth. If you want to show what you truly believe, then move your feet and pay the price. It’s a continual choice that becomes part of you over time.