When David Beckham was a kid – starting at age 11, he would do target practice as a way to hone his freekick skills. He hung a tire from the crossbar and practiced putting the ball through the tire every day before and after regular practice and school. This habit helped him perfect his shot and it also spilled over into exceptional crossing of the ball as well as superb passing-technique. The point is, that this one habit helped young Beckham develop a number of skills which massively accelerated his learning curve. He figured out something he could do consistently which moved him forward as long as he stuck to it.
So much of success boils down to daily habits – linchpin habits if you will – and the payoff we can get from these daily habits can be enormous if we choose the right ones. Linchpin habits varies based on who you are and what you want to achieve, but if you are in sales for instance, you will do well to read 20-30 pages in a book on Sara each day, as well as keep a daily journal of what you did well and what you need to improve.
In fact, keeping a daily journal of what we did well and what we need to improve is one of the most powerful habits any of us can cultivate.
Another powerful habit, is the habit of writing out your thoughts and ideas everyday. Not necessarily intended for publication, but intended to crystallize your own thoughts. If you do this every day, you will soon find that your thoughts become much clearer, and the way you think about things becomes clearer as well.
On top of that, we each have linchpin habits which are specific to our own professions – what is your linchpin habit?