Even good leaders can have bad habits.
There are some scary truths about bad habits that hinder our ability to break them.
- Scary truth #1: Sometimes we really don’t see the habit. (We need a friend to tell us.)
- Scary truth #2: Sometimes we justify the habit because of heavy pressure or high productivity.
- Scary truth #3: Sometimes we kind of like the habit, and we don’t want to stop.
- Scary truth #4: Sometimes we’ve lived the habit so long, it becomes a lifestyle we adapt to.
- Scary truth #5: Sometimes those around us let us off the hook when they should call us on it.
- Scary truth #6: Sometimes we minimize and dismiss it because it’s not a “sin.”
One bad habit of mine is that I often run about 5 minutes late to a meeting, sometimes even 10 or more. It really is a bad habit. Being late doesn’t convey how much I value and care about the person who is waiting. It puts me in a rushed state of mind, and it communicates that maybe it’s OK for others to be late.