“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.” – Charles Dickens
Each of us, like Dickens, have many great works to complete. These are the unique purposes that drive us, but without the discipline of habits, our success will be limited. The habits Dickens found helpful are:
- Punctuality – The act of showing up or delivering what we promise on time that builds trust and shows respect for those who count on us.
- Order – The arrangement of things from as simple as a desktop to that of the routines of our lives that leads to fewer distractions and less wasted time.
- Diligence – Careful, consistent, and persistent work that leads to finishing what we start with quality.
All three of these are founded in focus, which is the ability to keep our attention where it belongs, and that’s probably one of the biggest obstacles to success in today’s society, because our attention is regularly being pulled from the work we are Called to do to the “fake work” that doesn’t move us toward the finish line that matters most (Thank you, Michael Hyatt). Habits are our best tools for battling distraction because they create positive routines in our minds that keep us on the path of success personally and professionally.
My Girls, I Hope and Pray that you will discover the habits that lead to your success and that you will diligently follow them to your dreams.
Challenge Question: What good habits can you create and follow TODAY that will lead to success tomorrow?