Your Goals or Bad Habits Are Contagious

If you have ever been inspired by some radical set of circumstances then you will appreciate this blog post. You may have been inspired to make a change by just sitting next to someone in the next booth at a restaurant who is ridiculously overeating or you may know an office colleague who has lost 100 pounds and is running their first half marathon. Our environment or friends are catalyst in shaping our own willpower. It may have started earlier in life by admiring your parents or an older brother or sister who pushed the limits to achieve something great.

Peer pressure has many redeeming qualities. It is the pressure of our peers, after all, that gives us the support to try things we otherwise wouldn’t have.” ~ BILL TREASURER, Right Risk

Peer pressure can play a huge role on personal motivation. I can’t tell you how many times I have been inspired by successful people or I was motivated by a colleague’s public failure . When we see people working hard – we are quick to try to figure out what’s their real goal or motive. If we perceive it to be something noble – then it has an opportunity to inspire us.

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Peer pressure can also make you do something stupid and risky ( like in high school.) As we grow older, we are defined by office cultural expectations. After all, it is said that culture eats change for breakfast. We all want to fit in, right?

Have you ever stop to think that great leaders don’t just blend in and often have work habits that makes them different. That’s why they stand out.

I heard a story about Woody Hayes, former football coach at Ohio State. During his 28 year tenure, the Buckeyes won five national titles, narrowly missing out on four others. Woody was interviewing a possible assistant coach and they were sitting at a restaurant table. When they brought the food to the table, the prospective coach reach for the salt and applied it to his food before he tasted it. Woody didn’t hire him after watching him salt his food. He didn’t want to hire someone who overlooked the simple details. This notion was confirmed by salting his food before tasting it. The attention to the simple details made him a great teacher and coach.

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.” ~ Dale Carnegie

I was looking in the biography section of the bookstore recently. People like Steve Jobs, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela and others were not the type of people who just blending into the company landscape. They took risk and set higher personal goals which impacted those who worked with them.

Have you ever been inspired by someone who gave you strength to try something new? What made them different from others?

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