Are you a business owner? Do you want to be? Are you tired of the 9 to 5 grind, and being at the mercy of a schedule and a boss that doesn’t allow you the flexibility that you need to enjoy and live life?
Regardless of what stage you are at with conceptualizing your dream and building a business, there are some things you need to know about being an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are a rare breed, and in looking at businesses and the people who have successfully built them over the last twenty years, there are a few unique traits about these go-getters that you either must have or develop in order to be successful as well. Do you want to be a kickin’ entrepreneur? Read on and see what types of habits you must develop to create the success you’ve always dreamed of.
Success Habit #1--Entrepreneurs rise early and get right to it.
You’ve heard the adage, “the early bird gets the worm,” and nowhere does it ring truer than with someone who wants to build a business. An entrepreneur will rise early, get right down to business, and begin crossing things off of his or her “to do list,” naturally being more productive than someone who waits till noon to roll out of bed. Another thing entrepreneurs do early is seek opportunities for advancement--and then take action! Procrastination is the enemy of progress; if you want to succeed and grow your business, you will need to be more productive.
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep as well. Some may think that pulling an all-nighter before a big business meeting or a presentation might be the way to go, but you’ll inevitably end up tired, frustrated, and foggy due to lack of sleep and added pressure to perform under adverse circumstances. “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”.....there was a reason your grandmother said these words to you.
Success Habit #2--Entrepreneurs eat a good breakfast daily.
Breakfast is, in fact, the most important meal of the day. It primes the pump, it fuels those brain cells, and you’ll be given the mental and physical tools to build your empire. Giving your body proper nourishment through plenty of whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables will ensure that you can focus your mind on business matters rather than random aches and pains that are brought on by improper self-care.
Success Habit #3--Entrepreneurs practice the power of positivity
While some people have a “glass half empty” mentality, an entrepreneur will look for the positive side of things. Those who practice gratitude and who choose to focus on what can be instead of what is not will see more opportunities coming their way, and they will be in a place to act on them when they arrive. As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he become--guard your thoughts carefully, and make those positive musings manifest as you use your positive thoughts to make your dreams come true.
Success Habit #4--Entrepreneurs are committed to self-improvement
Whether it be an hour in the gym maintaining physical prowess or reading up on the latest internet marketing strategy that you can use to build your online presence, an entrepreneur is always looking for ways to improve himself and what he is creating. The importance of continuing to grow and thrive is so essential in building a business, for as you expand and grow, so will your business interests. Even if you are pressed for time, prioritize ten minutes that you can invest in yourself as you become the person you have always dreamed about becoming. Think of yourself as a high yield investment; the more you put in, the more you will be able to draw from later.
Success Habit #5--Entrepreneurs plan, but they also maintain flexibility
Some of the most influential and successful people in the world spend some serious time planning and setting goals. Like a successful road trip, you will not be likely to get to any destination unless you plan out your route. A successful person knows where they are, and they know where they want to go. Spend some time daily in pursuit of your goals, both short term, and long term. Make a vision board and hold that vision of what you are creating in your mind as you work to build your business, and realize that there might be twists and turns along the way, but you will inevitably reach your goals if you take small and consistent steps to meet them. Maintain positivity and flexibility while you navigate these challenges, and you will get there.
Whether these habits are already part of your makeup, or whether you see some work ahead of you as you develop new success habits, know this; if you commit to success and you foster and develop these habits along the way, you will see your goals achieved, and your dreams made a reality. Go get ‘em, tiger!