Monday, September 27, 2010

Habits Take Time to Ingrain - for Leaders and Everyone Else

There's a reason why athletes spend hours and hours practicing to improve just one small element of their game. Whether they realize it or not, what they're doing is strengthening the neural pathways in their brain so the pattern becomes stronger and more natural.

It's the same process for any skill we're trying to learn or habit we're trying to change. And it takes a lot of concentration and time for the behavior to transition from feeling awkward to feeling comfortable.

In this fifth interview with my business partner Denny Coates, you'll discover why it takes time to ingrain a leadership skill...and think about how this explanation applies to something you're attempting to master.

Next time you need to learn something new, pay attention to the process you move through to become more comfortable performing the behavior.

In case you missed them, you can watch the first four videos here:

#1 – 4 Vital Things Every Leader Must Do

#2 – Why People Usually DON’T Give Their Best Effort

#3 – Leader Skills Are NOT Enough

#4 - Leaders Learn Best ON THE JOB, Not in the Classroom

1 comment:

  1. A P.S., not in the video... You can ingrain habits and patterns unintentionally, even unwanted ones! Anything you do repeatedly can become a hard-wired habit eventually. It's how the brain works. A blessing, and a curse!


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