I've been fortunate to have had some incredible mentors in my life, and with them the ability to sit in on and be surrounded by people that far exceed my current skill level. I seek these situations out because I know that the most effective way to grow is to play with and against people that are more skilled than you.
Asking myself, "What do you want to create?" before going to an important meeting, event, or date. This habit is really life changing and puts you in the director's chair in life. It allows you to stop and think about the purpose of participating in that event, with those particular people, and creates an urgency to think about the reason for it.
The Enneagram, like all spiritual and psychological systems, has the potential to help us transform, grow, and improve our relationships with others. For example, if our boss is a six we may act more systematically, but if we see they're an eight -- we might be incentivized to find freedom within their dynamic structure.
Contrary to popular belief, working the hardest and the longest hours is not the path to management. Sure, in some companies maybe, but if that's the way to get to management in a company, I'd swiftly exit said company. In that type of environment, the "higher up" you get, the more doggish hours you're working.
Let's face it... who is happy with their first choice of careers? Few people start with something and stick it out forever. Even successful athletes start other careers and you should too. The challenge is to use your first career to build up skills that are needed in all industries, all organizations and all situations.
Have a routine that you use to start your day that becomes automatic and thoughtless. It's really hard to write a 80,000-word novel, but it's very simple to write down 500 words every morning if it's so embedded into your routine that you don't even have to think about it (and at that rate your novel will be complete in just over five months).