Developing Habits May Be Why You’re Overlooked

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Developing Habits May Be Why You’re Overlooked

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Brush your teeth, go to work, and drink your coffee. Hit the gym, eat the low carb foods, and shower daily. Largely, most of the actions we take are based on habits. Are you developing habits? What are they?

Learn, Do, Repeat

Most of what we do is approached by learning first. Some of our work, often the best work, develops from the repetitive nature of execution. Time spent on the execution across many hours and we’re an expert.

There is an evolution for most careers and most organizations. They don’t exist just because they learned. They exist by what is replicated across time.

Online retail businesses, they market and advertise, they book orders, and ship.

Manufacturing, starts with a design, some raw materials, a build, and then ship.

Education teaches to curriculum, follows the plan, and diplomas or degrees are awarded.

It is mostly about a repetitive process. Executed day after day across time. Perhaps a habitual process that results in success.

Developing Habits

Often one of the biggest stumbling blocks for success in a career or for the organization is that they fail to develop the right habits. The habits that lead them to success.

People earn the degree, but work in a different field.

People buy the most expensive technology product but only use the simplest features. The ones they are comfortable with based on their habits.

Someone reads the book, watches the video, or attends the seminar. No new habits formed, no change occurs. Knowledge matters, but habits not knowledge create results.

Habits Are Impact

Nearly everything we do is approached by learning it first. It is the actions taken after the learning that are the most impactful.

For example, many people believe they are experts at customer service. Their belief is based on their mastery of knowledge. This knowledge often fails to translate to actions and habits that lead to better results.

You may know much, you may even know a whole lot more than the average.

What you do across time may be exactly why you’re being overlooked.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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