3-Ingredient Success Recipe

by Daryl Daughtry, Publisher

Olympic runner, Jim Ryan, once said… “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” And I would add values to that formula because values will keep you in your lane. This amazing productivity recipe of motivation, habits, and values creates consistency where emotional motivation alone is usually inconsistent.

Doesn’t it make sense that you shouldn’t only rely on the ups and downs of motivation that is based soley on your emotions? You simply can’t reliably base your forward progress centered around your inconsistent and undependable feelings. Feelings come and go and frequently aren’t there when you need them most.

Studies show that when it comes to achievement… adding and developing dependable values and productive daily habits will powerfully support your goals. Values and habits will help you to make good decisions while achieving more efficiency with your time. They will create a solid foundation that won’t let you down like emotions alone often do.

Why habits? Well, habits are your routines that you just perform without much thought. They are daily micro actions that keep pushing you forward towards your larger goals. They are what some people call your “process”. Habits actually drive our actions each day more than anything else. So, doesn’t it make sense that we should intentionally develop daily habits that benefit us by taking us where we want to go?

Why values? Values are your principles and priorities that keep you grounded and let you know what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to. Values are important things you decide on in advance that will faithfully guide you throughout the process of successfully achieving your goals – both in your life and in your work. Your values affect everything in your life. I’d say that makes them pretty important!

None of this is to say that emotional motivation is useless because it does greatly influence you. However, your new values will form priorities and your new habits will create new routines that will prove to be powerful in actually getting things done, even when you don’t feel like it.

Motivation… gets your attention and gets you into action.
Values… guide you along the way and focuses on the important things.
Habits… help you get stuff done and get you through the obstacles you encounter.

So, let motivation get you started, let values keep you in your lane, and let habits push you across your finish line. There you have it, a great recipe for success is motivation, habits and values.