Do you know what today is? YUP, it is HUMP Day. Halfway to the weekend.
Since the beginning of the year, I have been working on personal development in an effort to grow my business. I know it probably sounds crazy to some BUT I am finding when I grow personally, I am blessed in both my personal life and my business. I set up a morning routine which includes checking off those things I felt were absolutely necessary to be consistent (plus they are usually the things I let slip by or forget to do).
Here are some tips I have implemented based on the suggestions of other successful people:
1) They wake up early.
The early bird catches the worm, right? I committed to waking up early. Since the onset of health issues, early for me is 6 or 6:30AM so I can take the LONG commute (down the stairs) to be in the office by 7AM. Why? Because it allows me to get things done. By getting in the office by 7AM, I am able to put in at least 2 hours (or more) of uninterrupted work which makes all the difference in the world as I attack the rest of the day. When I worked in the non-profit world, this was my key to success. Arriving before staff came in to ensure I could clear my head before the craziness of the day. I believe it was this routine which helped me to move up the ladder from volunteer to a Chief Operating Officer. So, why would I not do it in my own business, right? I challenge you to start waking up early everyday!
2) Say “No” often.
I am still working on this one since I have alway been the proverbial “people pleaser”. I am learning how to evaluate every request when it comes to my time and my business. With every request you have to ask yourself is this going to help me get to my end goal. If the answer is “no” it’s likely you need to answer “no”. Of course there are always exceptions. When you know your goal, it is easier to do this.
3) Plan ahead of time.
Every successful person plans ahead. Guaranteed. They have a clear path to get to their end goal. They only veer from the path if the plan needs adjusting because their results aren’t going as planned. They know how to stick to their plans and pivot when needed. I will admit this one is tough for me but I am working on it.
4) Be consistent.
This is a challenge for me all areas of my life. When I plan, consistency becomes much easier. I find it is easier to be consistent in my business which tends to then roll over into my personal life.
5) Set goals and see them through.
Goal seeing it not one of my strong points. I think it has more to do with fear of not succeeding then anything else. I also tend to play the comparison game and worry about how I measure up to others. Having an accountability partner and setting small goals every day is helping. The key is to set your goals, write them down and follow a plan to achieve them. Everyone’s goals are different and so is the route they take to achieve them! Set them anyway, make a plan and be consistent.
6) Ignore what others are doing.
Do you always check to see what others are doing? Do you spend countless hours on Facebook reading posts, trying to figure out how to get ahead? I was amazed to find out successful people don’t do this – they just don’t care what others are doing. They have their blinders on and their heads down focused on their goal. They have a plan and are consistently working it.
Those who are successful aren’t following the crowd, they are continuing to learn new things. Once they learn something new, they figure out how it can be used to help them reach their individual goals. Whatever your goal, are you willing to invest some time into learning how to make it happen? Whether it is reaching your goal weight, having a successful business, or reaching the top in your field – it all is achieved when we are willing to invest in ourselves.
What is your best tip for success? Please share it with us.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!