This post is a 2 part series in which I discuss what is the best habits of successful people.
In order to succeed in your business whether it is online or offline there are clearly some habits that you need to develop over time.
Failure to develop these habits will lead to frustration which may eventually lead to you giving up on your journey to business success.
I’m sure you are well aware that the failure rate among business owners is very high globally. According to a study by Dun & Bradstreet, there are only 2 reasons why businesses fail.
- Lack of knowledge and skill sets
- Failure of the owner to identify weaknesses and failure to act appropriately once weaknesses are identified
Therefore, in this post my aim is to empower you with the knowledge that can inspire you to develop the habits that will lead you to succeed in your business.
Habit 1: Sleep Early and Arise Early
As the well-known maxim goes which has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
There is now a lot of documented research that suggests a clear connection between sleep patterns and academic performance.
In a study conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University it was found that of all the variables, “weekday and weekend wake-up times had the largest relative effects on semester grade point average scores(GPA).”
From personal experience the early hours of the morning have always presented the best opportunities to receive inspiration.
During particularly stressful business periods I wake up 1 -3 hours earlier depending on the magnitude of the task at hand and this will always give me a much-needed edge for the day.
Action Step: Adapt your daily schedule to allow you to be in bed by 10:30pm and arise by 5:30am. Aim to sleep for no less than 6 hours and no more than 8 hours a day.
Habit 2: Find A Good Mentor
You will never learn everything you need to know in order to be successful in business and its foolish to even try.
It is much easier and more effective to leverage the knowledge and experiences of those who have already mastered what you are trying to achieve.
A mentor is not the same as a coach. The distinction is that a mentor talks the talk because he/she has walked the walk, whereas a coach has not necessarily walked the walk.
In other words a mentor speaks from experience while a coach speaks from a theoretical perspective.
A mentor will not only be in a position to tell you what to do in order to succeed in business but also show you what to do and how to do it. Eben Pagan suggests finding a mentor who is in the top 1% in their field.
All truly successful business people have mentors. A mentor is an indispensable part of business success.
For mentoring to be effective you need to connect with your mentor at least once a week. The mentoring sessions can be face to face, by telephone, email, through a dedicated Facebook group and/or Skype.
Action Step: Start looking for the kind of mentors that you feel you can connect with.
You’ll find mentors by attending industry conferences, speeches, through social media sites like LinkedIn, at their offices or via their websites.
Approach them with respect and let them know that you are a student of the art that they have already mastered and request their help. Offer to pay them for their time if need be.
Habit 3: Get An Accountability Partner
An accountability partner can be the same person as your mentor, a coach, a friend, colleague and/or family member.
Whoever you choose should be deeply interested in your success and will not be afraid to tell you what you need to hear in order to help you make progress.
The role of an accountability partner is to hold you accountable for your actions.
You will share with them your goals and the specific action steps you need to take in order to achieve those goals and they will hold you accountable for doing those things that you’ve committed to do.
In this process the focus must be on the action steps and not the result or end goal.
For instance if the goal is to generate $100k per month in revenue, one of the important action steps would be to contact 10 or more potential clients per day.
Your accountability partner will therefore hold you accountable for contacting 10 or more clients per day.
You need to take the initiative in reporting your progress on a daily or weekly basis to your accountability partner.
It is important however to have an accountability partner that genuinely cares about your success.
This is because in times when you don’t feel like being accountable, they will take the initiative to hold you accountable and encourage you to do better.
An accountability partner will be your most powerful ally on your path to business success.
Action Step: Find a person who is genuinely interested in your success and ask them to become your accountability partner as described above.
Habit 4: Use Technology To Speed Up and Automate Tasks
Learn how to use office programs such as Outlook and email programs such as Gmail to prioritize emails, plan your day and set important reminders.
Stick to a schedule of checking your email box only twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. If you find that you struggle to complete tasks on time there is a wonderful piece of software called focus booster.
This piece of software which can be downloaded on your PC for free will help you to stick to a time schedule in order to get things done.
Using this software particularly when you are working on your PC will significantly improve your productivity.
There are many other tools or apps that one can use to automate and speed up tasks depending on what type of work you do.
Action Step: Learn how to better use the features of the computer programs you use for business in order to automate and speed up your tasks.
A simple search on YouTube will give you hundreds of videos on just about anything you want to learn to do.
Download the Focus Booster software which is available for FREE.
Habit 5: Dress To Impress
Dress code will differ depending on the industry you’re in, but one thing is for sure, how you present yourself in terms of dress says a lot about the value you place in yourself.
Always dress to impress. Dressing to impress does not mean buying the most expensive clothes especially when you’re starting out.
I’ve seen people get into debt in order to buy expensive clothes to impress people. This is not necessary.
Quality clothes are not necessarily expensive. You can dress to impress on a very limited budget. Personally I never pay the full price for clothing.
I either shop where I can negotiate the prices when I buy a number of items of clothing or wait until prices are significantly marked down to get more value for my money.
Action Step: Look through your wardrobe and discard at least 20% of your clothing.
Clear out anything you haven’t worn in the last 6 months. This will create room for fresh and up to date clothing.
Observe the general dress code in your industry but more specifically the dress code of the most respected people in your industry and observe a similar dress code suited to your unique style.
I sincerely hope that these ideas will inspire you to take the necessary action to develop at least some of these habits.
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