Habit 3: Put first things first.

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Once you re­al­ize that each de­ci­sion is your choice and you’ve done the work to de­fine your end, you are ready to put first things first to get to where you want to be. Sim­ply put: What tasks should shoot to the top of your list? For me, putting first things first meant build­ing a firm made up of ideal clients who fol­low our de­fined (and non-ne­go­tiable) busi­ness model. This was the only way to op­er­ate ef­fi­ciently and prof­itably, and ul­ti­mately grow. It’s a mat­ter of de­cid­ing what your first things are and then mak­ing them hap­pen.

De­vel­op­ing great habits is the foun­da­tion for get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day. With­out a frame­work for im­prove­ment, it’s dif­fi­cult to see what changes are re­quired and where to be­gin. Start­ing with this trio of habits will help you en­vi­sion your roadmap for change and keep you ac­count­able to act on it.

The fact is, we are liv­ing in an era of epic change, from tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tions to clients and staff ex­pec­ta­tions on how they want to work — re­mote, on-de­mand, mod­ern, from any de­vice. And with great change comes both op­por­tu­nity and dis­rup­tion. By im­ple­ment­ing change now, by mak­ing your busi­ness bet­ter ev­ery day, you can quell the dis­rup­tion and har­ness the op­por­tu­ni­ties that await. Get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day helps you build a mod­ern firm — one that takes ad­van­tage of ex­cit­ing new tech­nol­ogy to op­er­ate at peak ef­fi­ciency, that al­lows you to jump on the small-busi­ness ad­vi­sory ser­vices band­wagon, and min­i­mizes the drudgery of tax sea­son.

There’s never been a bet­ter time to shed the dogma of the past … to avoid liv­ing with the re­sults of other peo­ple’s think­ing. It’s time to get to some­thing bet­ter, to get bet­ter ev­ery day. It re­ally is your choice!


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