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Everyone has their own definition of what they think success is. For some people it’s about making as much money as possible, while some may say they are successful because they have lots of friends, or they have good health.
Regardless of how you describe success, those who achieve it have many of these these daily entrepreneur habits in common. High achievers are extremely intentional with their time. They don’t wing it. Here are 12 habits successful people swear, live and conquer by and how you can too.
According to research by Wharton and Ohio State it shows that your mood in the morning affects your productivity all day. Laura Vanderkam, an expert on creating habits, found that almost all successful people have a morning routine.
So should your morning routine look like?
Can you guess what percentage of people visit their doctor because of stress? 75-90%! That’s a lot. A morning routine is one of the ways entrepreneurs combat stress because it happens is to us. Meditation could mean a prayer, focusing on your breathing patterns, or maybe chant a mantra. Start with two minutes a day during your first week, then next week make it three minutes a day. Walk before you can run.
Actionable tip: Every person is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all morning routine. The key points are to customize it to your preference and do it consistently everyday. You will be a better entrepreneur because of it.
Our brains are wired to be cynical and negative more than positive so when I say choose positivity I mean that literally. It is a choice. And remember that what you choose to think will have consequences.
Winning is a mindset.
Actionable tip: Successful entrepreneurs choose to be positive and look for the best in any situation. When things don’t go your way and you know that will happen, choose to stay calm vs. going to the bar at the end of the day and drink away your worries.
Those who know me well know that my number one priority in life is my health. I need the right amount of energy to get through my day and to accomplish my goals. I don’t take my health for granted. I follow a blood type 0 diet plan to make me feel powerful. I mostly avoid sugar, dairy, and wheat because it makes me feel tired, it causes inflammation and other problems.
Actionable tip: You need fuel to be a machine. Successful entrepreneurs don’t cut corners and they are mindful about what they eat and drink. Throw out foods in your pantry, fridge, cupboards, night table drawers that are processed and filled with sugar and junk. If it’s in your house, guaranteed it will go to your belly.
Health is wealth baby!
In #3 above I mentioned that I don’t take my health for granted. I plan. I don’t wing it. I have more energy and my head is clearer and more focused when I have everything recorded in my daytimer. I like following plans. I like semblance.
Actionable tip: Successful entrepreneurs people don’t waste time or opportunity. Almost every minute of their day is planned and has purpose, a goal.
They also know that there are no guarantees in life which is why they create a plan B. Small-businesses and start-up founders often fail several times before they make it. If you fail, figure out what went wrong and try again with your next great idea.
I workout religiously five times a week. That comprises three cardio workouts (Zumba or Tennis) and I have a private weight lifting sessions twice a week with my trainer.
Almost every millionaire entrepreneur I’ve read about has some sort of rigorous workout routine—weightlifting, marathons and triathlons, running. They’re elite in business and at the gym. Here are some examples.
The Fitness Rules Of The World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs
Anna Wintour an American Vogue editor-in-chief plays a game of tennis every morning at 5:45 a.m. for one hour. And then she gets her hair styled at 6:45 a.m. before heading to work.
Richard Branson says he likes to play tennis, go biking, run and kite surf. “I definitely can achieve twice as much by keeping fit,” says Branson to FourHourBodyPress. “It keeps the brain functioning well.”
Mark Zuckerberg says “Staying in shape is very important. Doing anything well requires energy, and you just have a lot more energy when you’re fit. I make sure I work out at least three times a week — usually first thing when I wake up”.
50 year old Jennifer Lopez says “Drinking plenty of water, especially before a workout, can help you push harder and get more out of your exercise routine,” she told Hello! “I try to keep my body hydrated and well rested after every workout. That way, I’m ready to hit it hard again the next day. I always carry fruit and veggies with me to give me something to snack on between meals and I aim for eight hours of sleep every night”. She never drinks alcohol either!
Mark Cuban says his dedication to exercise is like his commitment to business: “That I will find a way to get [a workout] done, I think, reflects how relentless I can be in the business world as well.” His goal is to get an hour of cardio in everyday and it absolutely riles up his competitive spirit:
Jack Dorsey, The CEO of Twitter and Square says he puts in 18-hour work days. He considers exercise a way to get more out of his already packed schedule. It’s part of his daily routine: “Up at 5:00, meditate for 30, seven-minute workout times three, make coffee, check in …” Dorsey says “It allows a steady state that enables me to be more effective”.
Actionable tip: Create a schedule for your fitness.
Next to eating right and exercising regularly the most important thing for me is sleep. More like beauty sleep really. Haha. Kidding aside I struggle with sleep because of my menopause. Since I have been on hormone therapy it has helped but it ain’t perfect that’s for sure.
If I don’t get enough sleep my entire day is wiped out. Literally. I can’t focus, my creative juices stall and I am way too cantankerous to be around. LOL
Actionable tip: The right amount of sleep is different for everyone. According to SleepFoundation.org here are their recommendations for the amount of sleep you need:
Pay attention to your body and see how you feel. You’ll eventually figure out how much sleep you need.
You know the saying she’s a morning person or an evening person right? Successful entrepreneurs know how to prioritize their work when you have the most energy.
Actionable tip: Work on the important tasks when you have the most energy, and the non-urgent tasks when your energy is low.
No one is perfect. In fact perfectionism will lead to more frustration. We all have weaknesses. But we also have our strengths.
The most successful entrepreneurs avoid focusing on their weaknesses and instead focus on improving their strengths. For example, if you suck at public speaking and are terrified of it but you’re gifted at communicating by writing, then focus on becoming a better writer. Focus instead on what you are already naturally talented at and go from good to great.
Actionable Tip: Studies have shown that when business owners focus on developing their strengths they are happier, less stressed, and more confident.
You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. My mom always used say, “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.” And she was right! You can’t fly with the eagles if you’re scratching with the turkeys as the saying goes.
Actionable tip: Friends and even family members can help bring out the best or the worst in you so choose the people you associate yourself with carefully.
A mentor or a coach will help you grow. Choose mentors that have been where you want to be, that’s obvious isn’t it?
Actionable tip: Ask yourself “Who do I admire and look up to? Who is doing what I want to do? The next step is to ask them for a road map to help you improve who you are and what you want to become. By doing this you’ll learn best practices about business, you’ll love the challenge, and your success rate will go be higher.
Would you consider yourself a lifelong learner? Do you find ways to constantly make yourself better and smarter? Or do you prefer to stay in your comfort zone? If it’s the latter you might in trouble.
Driven, ambitious, go-getter entrepreneur type people study through books, audiotapes, online courses, seminars, and on and on. Their never satisfied, they never stop.
I personally love reading business books and personal development books. I’m extremely pragmatic so you’ll rarely see me reading a fiction book. Heck when I’m on tropical vacations I’m reading books to grow my mind, to look for new ideas for my business, to constantly improve myself and my business so I can give more to my students and my customers.
Actionable tip: Invest time in reading business books. Take a course. Don’t even think about it. This is not an option.
Do you make it a habit to say please and thank you? It’s kinda standard isn’t it? Well actually it’s not.
As a Pinterest marketing expert I share an awful lot of tips and guidance to all types of business owners on a daily basis. I would say at least 75% of the time I don’t get a thank you for giving them free advice. In the past I would let it bother me but now it’s doesn;t as much.
I’m like “I’m helping you, making time for you, and you can’t even say thanks?” That is what I think silently in my head. So now, I simply ignore those who can’t treat me with respect. I used to eat shit, now I don’t.
You see my parents are extremely proper. They like to do things right especially when it comes to manners. We were taught at a very young age about do’s and dont’s. We knew proper etiquette. It seemed like the normal thing to do just like it does now. But not everyone was raised like that.
Actionable tip: When someone does something nice for you please don’t just text. At least email them or call them. I personally love giving thank you cards. And I’m not talking about e-cards folks. I write thank you letters and mail them myself.
There are obviously a ton more ideas you could add to a list of habits that successful entrepreneurs use. If you have not yet developed any of the habits mentioned above it’s time to set one or more of them as monthly goals. Consistency is the key so you stay productive and healthy. Now, that’s a good thing isn’t it?