Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. – Mario Andretti
Success in entrepreneurship is not an end destination. It’s a daily battle to be your best version of yourself even as you put out information, services and products that help your customers’ lives. Becoming a successful entrepreneur is not something that happens overnight. It takes constant work, personal development, creating a plan, and following through with that plan.
We have listed 10 everyday routines that could possibly turn you into a better Entrepreneur:
1. Start your day with a positive attitude
As a famous saying goes, “Well begun is half done”. As an entrepreneur it becomes even more important that you begin your day on a positive note. Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. Positive thoughts provide you with an enhanced ability to build skills and develop resources for future use. There’s so much negativity on the internet that it’s very important for us to feed our mind with what it needs the most first thing in the morning. There are tremendous benefits to positive daily affirmations repeated over time. Start today.
2. Wake up a little earlier
Well, this is an important formula for many very successful entrepreneurs. You should wake up early enough to have some you time. There should be some quiet time each morning to reflect, refresh and get re-energized. You can spend this time meditating, praying and engaging in some physical exercise. Getting your blood pumping and clearing your mind are elements of a formula many successful entrepreneurs use daily.
3. Take up one task at a time
It is a well know fact that you should not step on too many stones at the same time. In the field of entrepreneurship as well, it is very important to focus on one task at a time. At some point, it became cool to multitask and pretend to be working on 50 things at the same time. The reality is that multitasking ruined our attention spans and crushed our productivity. Stick to your plan for the day and take each task one at a time. Give your full attention and energy to making what you’re working on the best it can be. You’re not striving for perfection, but you are striving for excellence.
4. Be aware about the industry that you are working for
While it is important to stay up to date on current events around the world, it is just as important to stay up to date on the current events in your industry. Read at least one article pertaining to your business. As an entrepreneur it is very important that you stay aware about your business and the industry that you work for. Subscribing to a publication relevant to your business and industry or following a publication on Twitter could be a good idea to do this.
5. Be socially connected
Be socially active, check your website and all your social media buttons daily and make sure they are operating properly. This is a way for your customers to know your brand. Social media is an excellent way to promote and market your business and reach people both domestically and internationally.
6. Networking is very important
While it is great to be connected via social media, it is even better to have one on one interactions at times. Spend a few minutes on the phone setting up a time to meet for coffee or lunch. If you’ve been to conferences, met a few people and collected business cards, then reach out to those people again. George Ross’s quote sums it all, by saying that,
“To be successful, you have to be able to relate to people.They have to be satisfied with your personality to be able to do business with you and to build a relationship with mutual trust.”
7. Try to strike a work-life balance
While it is one of the most difficult things that an entrepreneur can achieve during his/her journey towards making their venture a success, a better way to look at work-life balance is to spend time with people that are important to you and on hobbies that you enjoy, but chasing your goals with extreme focus. And that does not need to happen around the 9-5 parameters. Do what works for you and will make you feel the best. The key is to be more productive with the time you do spend at work so that you free up time for the “life” side of things.
8. Self introspect and review your goals
Self introspection is very important and not just for the entrepreneurs but for everyone else as well. Think about and commit to paper or document digitally the goals you want to accomplish that day or in the next week. Successful people know that not only does your mind need a break at times, but also that finding inspiration in your other passions can motivate you to work better. So, just take time to sit back and review your day and actions and plan your future goals based on the same.
9. Value your time
There is a famous saying which says, “Time and tides wait for none”. Like the tides in the oceans time once gone doesn’t ever return back and one of the best ways to ruin a productive day is to give into distractions. Distractions come from people and situations that want your time. When you veer away from your plan in order to deal with someone else’s urgent problem, you give up control. Becoming a better entrepreneur starts with planning and sticking to that plan. And to achieve this, time management is critical. Hence value your time well and time will surely return the favour.
10. Accept failure as a lesson
Failure is not a destination, it is merely a pot hole on the road to success, hence, never stop because of failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. You will fail at something, at some point. If you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and learn a lesson from that failure, you will be better poised to be successful the next time around. The best way to deal with failures is to accept the lesson and move on.