The Small Habits Do the Most Damage

Habits are essential to being successful, that isn’t a secret. Most of life is just habits and patterns of behavior. To create the life you desire, you have to look at the small things you do. When talking to most people they minimize the “small” habits. But even the small, insignificant habits have to be watched because if left unchecked, they do the most damage.

Small habits like carelessly throwing words around, being disrespectful, saying things you want to say that don’t add value. You can easily spot people trying to make excuses for these habits such as “I need to vent”, “they deserve it”, “they shouldn’t have done that”. People practice these habits at work, at home, out shopping and in all other areas of life. All day long people make excuses for these things.

Other small patterns of behavior that prevent people from reaching their goals are showing up late, surfing the internet at work and simply not being their best. These seem small but they can quickly turn into big issues if you aren’t careful. It is subtle things like these that we don’t pay enough attention to and cause us to move from the path that will take us to the goals we’ve set.


When you find yourself practicing these small things it’s time to realign and refocus. Set your mind on higher actions that will take you where you want to go. The behaviors that will enrich your talents and create an atmosphere that encourages positivity and growth. Set your mind on living a life of integrity and fulfilling your dreams because those dreams aren’t too big.

Let go of the weights caused by the small actions that take you away from your gifts and talents. Say today that you will practice better actions and new doors of opportunity will open up to you.

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Jason Cortel is currently the Director of Global Workforce Management for a leading technology company. He has been in customer service, marketing, and sales services for over 20 years. In addition, he has extensive experience in offshore and nearshore outsourcing. Jason is an avid Star Trek fan and is on a mission to change the universe by helping people develop professionally. He is driven to help managers and leaders lead their teams better. Jason is also a veteran in creating talent and office cultures.

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