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At Arise Physical Therapy, we strive to improve ourselves everyday so we can better service our patients and our community. As part of our development, we often attend seminars, hold team functions, read self-development books and listen to helpful podcasts.

As you might know, our vision is to Inspire, Transform and Educate those around us. We achieve this by hosting information days at our local gyms, sending our weekly newsletter, in-person appointments and by writing up blogs like this one. This week, our team studied the 4 habits of great leaders, a podcast hosted by Craig Groeschel.

Craig is a Senior Pastor of Life Church, where he provides teaching, leadership, and guidance. He speaks at conferences around the world, has written several books including his latest release, Lead Like It Matters and hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast.

At our clinic, not only do we provide a pathway toward a pain-free life, we also seek to inspire our clients to be better, healthier and stronger than before. Let us share a little of what we learned from Craig. Perhaps this will inspire you, as it has us, to create small habits that will help you become better tomorrow than you were yesterday!

"Successful people do consistently, what other people do occasionally"

1) The habit of "No-Snooze"

Instead of hitting snooze and attempting to get and extra 10 minutes of sleep, Craig urges us to "Attack the day." Not hitting the snooze button sets a positive tone for the day, helps to regulate your sleep schedule and gives you more time in the morning for self-care. 4 ways to help create the habit of no-snooze are:

- Set an alarm time that is realistic for your schedule

- Put your alarm on the opposite side of the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off

- Find a motivating reason to get out of bed like a workout or a delicious pre-prepared breakfast

- Be kind to yourself. It takes time to create new habits, you're doing just fine!

2) The habit of "Pre-deciding"

Craig informs us that when we are faced with too many decisions it can be exhausting and overwhelming. By pre-deciding certain things ahead of time, you can free up your mental energy for more important tasks. This can help reduce decision fatigue, help you to stay focussed on your goals and improve your time management. 4 ways to help create the habit of pre-deciding are:

- Identify your priorities e.g. what are the most important things you need to do each day.

- Make a plan e.g decide on a specific time to complete each task and WRITE IT DOWN

- Set boundaries - set rules of what you will and won't do

- Evaluate and adjust - review what worked and what didn't. Change things if you need to

"Habits are a result of how you think"

3)The habit of "Choosing the hard right"

Simply put, this is the habit of choosing to do the right thing. Even if it's difficult or uncomfortable. Craig encourages us to make the choice that aligns with your values, rather than choosing the easy way or giving into temptation. Focussing on what is right builds character, improves self-confidence and strengthens relationships. 4 ways to help create the habit of choosing the hard right are:

- Identify your values e.g what is important to you

- Practice self-awareness e.g pay attention to your thoughts and actions

- Start small e.g start with one area of your life to start choosing the "hard right"

- Celebrate your wins

4) The habit of "You first"

Craig asks that we humble ourselves by putting others ahead of us and saying "you first". If we start every interaction with the other person in mind and prioritize their wellbeing, we show kindness, compassion and generosity which can only make a positive impact in the world. Putting others first brings fulfillment, strengthens relationships and can create a ripple effect which stretches beyond you to the wider community. 4 ways to help create the habit of "you first" are:

- Practice active listening. That means giving others your full attention

- Look for opportunities to help. This could be volunteering or just helping friends

- Practice empathy. Put yourself in someone else's shoes

- Give without expecting anything in return

"Better Habits lead to bigger impact"

If you already implement even a few of the tips we've listed, great! You're on your way. If you have yet to begin implementing these habits into your life. Even better! Your life and leadership skills are about to improve dramatically. Don't forget these points on your journey:

- Be kind to yourself

- Evaluate and adjust

- Celebrate your wins

- Give without expecting anything in return

We're looking forward to seeing you in the clinic soon. If this information was valuable to you, CLICK HERE to book an evaluation with us. For some short instructional videos, follow our Instagram page by CLICKING HERE

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