Good habits can determine the success of our public speaking, business communications, and careers. Habits are a part of us, built up like the layers of a pearl from our own juices. They can either provide a lustrous shield against adversity – or an imprisoning shell of our own making. They can play a significant role in determining our ultimate success and happiness. What new habits do you want to acquire? What old habits do you want to change? My brother, the legendary guitarist Robert Fripp says, “Small additional increments are transformational.”
Consider your habits. Ask yourself:
- Which of my current habits help me?
- Which habits don’t help me?
- What new habits do I want to acquire?
- Which habits will I get rid of?
You can continue doing comfortable things that don’t work, or you can improve by learning and developing better habits.
“Tell me what you say you want. Then, show me one week of your life and I will tell you if you will get it.” – Patricia Fripp
“Discipline is not an end in itself, but a means to an end.” – Robert Fripp
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More on Habits
More of the many complimentary resources on Fripp.com to help you:
- Practice Does Not Make Perfect – Are You Reinforcing Bad Habits?
- When You Are Speaking, Are Your Hands Contradicting You?
- How to Become a Better Public Speaker and Writer – Avoid This Bad Habit
Executive Speech Coach and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker Patricia Fripp works with individuals and companies who realize that powerful, persuasive presentation skills give them a competitive edge.
Portions of this article originally appeared in Patricia Fripp’s book, Get What You Want!