What habits have you already done this morning?
My day started out good. I woke up early, worried about getting things ready for this week’s radio show. I was also worried about getting the bike ready for a trip this week to head out to LA for another conference. Worry has just seemed to creep into my life lately.
Over the past few week, I have been working 16-hour days. I’m pushing to get everything going with all the new things happening in my business. There’s also getting taxes, filed which always has my wife and me worried over what laws have changed and how they will affect our business this year. Between the worrying and pushing my limits, I’ve been falling into habits – habits that cut corners.
Yesterday the news reported that in the next few months, TSA will be lifting some of restrictions on the items that will be allowed in carry-on luggage. They found other things have become more of a threat, not some of the minor things they have been looking for previously and confiscating from travelers.
This got me to thinking about our idea this week of leaving money on the table and how those habits, while seeming to save time, really cost us when they catch up. The end result for me today was that, thanks to my rushed state over the past couple of months and cutting corners as a result, it cost me excess wear on my computer’s hard drive.
The one comfort I had was when the man told me it was under warranty, but then stress hit. We could not get everything off my old hard drive. It’s a lesson that I’m repeating because I did not learn before (the last time my hard drive crashed on an old computer) to back up. Then I was told they did not have the hard drive in stock for my computer. The stress of having to leave on a road trip without a computer was pretty overwhelming; I must have scared the wonderful repairman. Bottom line: I was able to get my computer up and running, and with a late night was able to get almost everything set up for my next day.
This whole incident has really set me to thinking about how we need to make some changes to our daily habits before we become locked in a pattern that sets us back.
I thought of how, after 9/11 happened, the talk was of how those who planned that day watched the habits of the airline staff to plan their destructive actions. I thought of how the TSA is now going to make changes again, changing the routines that changed since 9/11. Things will be different again. The things TSA agents looked for 10 years ago are far different from the items they consider destructive today.
The same is true in your business and life; things have changed and if you are not making changes to make your world run more efficiently, you will likely feel the consequences. Of course, a day at the Apple store waiting for your computer to be repaired is minor compared to another attack like 9/11 but avoiding shortcuts now can protect you from big problems later.
Learn from those who fall into bad habits and make changes that improve them; that way the money you have build will stay in your pocket, not in paying an expense that could have been avoided.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?