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9 Powerful Habits To Develop In 2016 "Success can be reached in a multitude of ways. Deciding on which road to take is dependent upon what one wants out of life." by Faisal Hoque founder of:
As we get ready to say "welcome" to a New Year and "goodbye" to another, I thought I’d share some of the habits I plan to prac7ce this coming year to get through my adventures (both good and bad):
Say “NO”. Everyone has limits, and being able to say "no" is integral to maintaining those limits. “No” is healthy when we s=ck to our principles, when it keeps us focused on our goals or if we need strength to change our direc=on.
Sleep more. Feeling =red aCer a bad night’s sleep hampers our decision-making. There is no heroism in sleep depriva=on. Just because we are siHng at our desks longer, doesn’t mean that we are more produc=ve.
Develop resiliency. As we suggested in our book, "Survive to Thrive," fearless, posi=ve people develop mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Resiliency begins with ﬂexibility and adaptability.
Be motivational. Everyone should know a thing or two about how to inspire and mo=vate others — even people who are not in leadership posi=ons. Mo=va=onal people: • Communicate openly and oCen • Oﬀer posi=ve reinforcement • Walk the talk
Practice gratitude. To achieve more, be happy, and make a diﬀerence, one must consciously prac=ce gra=tude. When we are thankful for even the smallest moments, life tends to send rewards our way. Gratefulness rebounds in all sorts of direc=ons and oCen opens new doors.
Cook more often. Food is the most fundamental of needs for our survival and almost every major event in our lives revolves around it. The process of making food teaches us to be mindful, embrace crea=vity, and push for mastery.
Write Frequently Wri=ng is a way to ﬁnd inspira=on for yourself and others. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”" - Anne Frank" Just like you don't have to be a chef to cook for yourself, you don't have to be a professional writer to get the beneﬁts of wri=ng.
Read classic books. Crea=vity, innova=on, leadership, and entrepreneurship — they all begin within us; each is very much a human process. So naturally, the more we humanize the way we think and work, the more progress we can make in these arenas. Timeless classic books inspires us to understand what's behind things like mindfulness, crea=vity, innova=on and leadership.
Above all, navigate with a beginner's mind. Beginner's mind is a prac=ce of approaching our experiences empty of assump=ons. A beginner's mind is what allows us to embrace the highest emo=onal quali=es such as enthusiasm, zeal and op=mism to crea=vely move ourselves forward.
About SHADOKA Shadoka’s por]olio of oﬀerings enables entrepreneurship, growth, and social impact. Our customers and partners aspire to create sustainable value. They are focused on repeatable and measurable impact. We enable their aspira7ons. We bring together the management frameworks, digital pla]orms, and thought leadership for: • Evalua=on, execu=on, and monitoring of programs • Scaling sales, revenue, and proﬁtability • Crea=on and management of digital communi=es and marketplaces Follow us @shadokaventures shadoka.com
About Me Founder of Shadoka and other companies. Shadoka enables entrepreneurship, growth, and social impact. Formerly of GE and other global brands. Author of several books, including Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Crea:vity, Innova:on and Sustainability (McGraw Hill, 2014) and Survive to Thrive – 27 Prac:ces of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders (Mo=va=onal Press, 2015). Follow me @faisal_hoque faisalhoque.com