Developing “success habits” early on in your entrepreneur life can lead to extraordinary potential, power and results. From celebrating small milestones to setting big dreams learn some of my secret sauce recipes to shift your mindset towards success and create the business of your dreams.
Dare yourself to dream.
A lot of people contain their dreams because they don’t want to be disappointed. What they fail to see is how that’s a disappointment in itself. True success is about pushing boundaries, going out of your comfort zone and embracing the opportunity to be genuinely happy in your vision. How big the dream is doesn’t matter. It can be as small as creating a business Facebook page and getting word out or as ambitious as being a Fortune 500 company. Whatever it is make sure that it’s true to what you want and that it fits within your businesses goals, manifesto and vision statement. Have it motivate you everyday to put the work into it – one step at a time.
Define your goals clearly.
Close your eyes and remind yourself what success looks like for you. Let me emphasis the statement “for you”. Success is not a clearly defined term it looks different for everyone. Society may tell us that success is expensive cars, a luxury mansion and butt loads of money but that’s not necessarily true. Success could be a first sale, a loyal client, a bricks and mortar shop or even a bumpin’ Facebook page. The point of this exercise is to capture and clearly define your short and long-term business goals and be as precise as possible. Put time lines beside them, create action steps and predict hurdles with possible solutions.
Hint: Business killers are vague objectives and goals, you can’t measure them, you don’t know what they look like or how to work towards them and ultimately your setting yourself up for failure. So take the time develop this habit.
Celebrate small victories.
I am notorious for celebrating small victories. It’s just as important to have short, achievable milestones, as it is to have a big picture, long-term goals on your road to success. When you break up your goals and set reasonable timelines to achieve them, you create an opportunity to reenergize and motivate yourself through a “success reward”. They can be as simple as a glass of champagne or as lavish as a short trip with your girlfriends; celebrating these small victories are part of the secret to lasting success.
Commit to hard work.
Although I don’t subscribe to the theory that the most “successful” people in the world keep their heads down, don’t take breaks and work longer hours then anyone else, I do believe in the power of commitment and hard work. Knowing the fine line between working hard and working smart allows you to keep a healthy, work/life balance and helps you use less hours during the day to be more productive. Setting yourself up for success in this way can look like turning your phone off, not checking emails or social media for 2-hour blocks at a time. Waking up earlier so the household is quiet to get those few solid hours of work in before the chaos starts. Whatever it is remember two things; you are your business – whether it’s a one-person show or Fortune 500 company your health and mindset matter and two there is no shortcut on the road to success, take your foot off the accelerator, prepare yourself for the distance and enjoy the ride.
Never stop learning. In my years of business I have noticed that the most successful people are always eager to learn while failing or struggling business owners have blinders on. While good for focus that limiting mentality seldom helps with growth or foresight. It’s important to realize that the world is constantly changing and in order to keep up with the change (and your competition) you need to keep growing and evolving and that happens through taking the time to learn – continuously.
These easy to implement “success habits” can take your life and business to the next level and help you shift yourself on the path of success. Take it one step at a time and remember just how amazing you are.