Foundation Habits to Spur Success

Jan 22 2020

by Carrie Peeples

The Southern Coterie blog: "Foundation Habits to Spur Success" by Carrie Peeples (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography for TSC Birmingham trip)
photo Kelli Boyd Photography

Successful people are made and not born, right? You don’t just wake up in the morning with a successful business or relationship because you are amazing. You work at it whether or not you think you are. To cite one of my favorite quotes:

“We are what we repeatedly do. 
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Aristotle

Let’s just replace “excellence” with success. You work at it consistently and constantly. It becomes part of your day, your life, your DNA. That is what we call a “habit.” You do it without thinking about it.

Did you think about brushing your teeth this morning? Did you have to schedule it on your calendar? (I’m going to assume nobody answered “yes” to this. If you did, please stop reading and go brush your teeth.)

Brushing your teeth is a habit that you do everyday, at least twice a day, and it is ingrained in your psyche. You probably would never leave your house without doing it. That is an example of a Foundational Habit. You do it without thinking and it sets the stage for other productive habits to emerge. You’ve got 1 foundation habit so you can build others on it. 

Every day we make thousands of decisions which ultimately fatigues us. The more we can establish habits to lessen our decision making, the more we can expend our valuable energy creative problem solving. You get your brain out of processing and solving the mundane tasks and instead focused on more important, fulfilling ones.

Here are some Foundation Habits you can establish that will spur you on your success journey. Again, the less you have to think and process and the more these things become habit, the more energy you can put into the good stuff.

The Southern Coterie blog: "Foundation Habits to Spur Success" by Carrie Peeples (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography for 2019 WOM workshop)
photo Kelli Boyd Photography for the 2019 WOM Workshop

If you’re not doing these habits today, it may be a challenge to get started. Give yourself grace to be ok with not being consistent in the beginning. But once you get started you’ll notice that these habits feed and encourage other good habits.

If you are already doing these, high five to you! You’ve already set up systems to support you and your success journey. It takes discipline to accomplish anything. Good habits beget more goodness and success.  

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