These Seven Habits Will Set You Up For Success!
By Sedicka Johnson
"You have to be tenacious, you have to be focused, you have to have a real vision and be extremely passionate about it."
This is what Jessica Alba says about entrepreneurship. Why listen to her advice? You may know her as an actress. She’s also a successful entrepreneur having started The Honest Company, which is now valued at more than $1 billion.
However, it takes more than purpose and passion to turn vision into reality. Here are some habits that will get you on the right track:
1. KEEP LEARNING. You may be familiar with the concept of lifelong learning, which encourages ongoing personal development. There’s a myriad of ways this can be done. Think of more than just formal education. Keep up to date with the latest trends by reading online trade publications and e-books, watching TED talks, or joining online communities.
Learn something new and stay inspired.
2. CELEBRATE MILESTONES.
As any savvy entrepreneur will know, goal-setting is crucial, whether it be personal or for business. See how vision boards can assist you with this. In essence, you need to keep it visual and within sight, as a constant reminder of why you started. Whether it’s your end goal or goal for the day, have milestones and be sure to celebrate them no matter how small they may seem.
Celebrate milestones to keep you energized for the long haul.
3. ORGANISE YOUR TIME BY PRIORITIZING.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” So take action! This doesn’t have to be an arduous task. There are plenty of online planners and lists that you can download. Check out Canva for some awesome templates.
Gather resources to make time management simpler.
4. MAKE THE MOST OF MENTORS AND ADVISORS.
As an entrepreneur, it's essential that you know your strengths and weaknesses. Where you have blind spots, be sure to enlist the help of those who are more knowledgeable and experienced. That’s where advisors come in. They bring different perspectives and see what you may have missed. If you don’t have anyone you know personally, you can always reach out online by connecting with a professional or a community (via LinkedIn for example).
It’s impossible to be an expert on everything.
5. WAKE UP EARLY.
Studies show that we are most productive during the early hours of the morning. In addition, waking up early has proven to be good for you both physically and emotionally. Be sure to have a plan that makes the most of the precious quiet time.
The early bird does indeed catch the worm.
6. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.
Remember, you are your biggest asset. So eat healthily and get regular exercise. This includes taking care of your mental wellbeing. Take time out when needed. It can be as simple as disconnecting from electronics. Most people find a digital detox has a positive impact on their perspective.
You will know when you need to switch off.
7. PAY IT FORWARD.
Maya Angelou said: "When you learn, teach. When you get, give." So while you’re out slaying the entrepreneurial game, you can still make a difference in the world. If you have no idea how to make an impact, start by mentoring or advising others.
What you do matters.
The thing about habits is that you need to be very clear as to why you want to change your behaviour. Without that motivation, it will be difficult to do them every day and sustain over a long period of time.
A popular myth is that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. But, according to a HuffPost article, it takes, on average, more than two months before a new behaviour becomes automatic!
Let us know which habits you will be starting, or have already started and are seeing results.
We hope these ideas will help you turn 2019 into a year of endless possibilities!
CONTACTS + CREDITS
Sedicka Johnson is a contributor to Dream Believe Create Online Magazine. She is a corporate communications professional who writes for print and online media in South Africa.