An essential part of transforming into an entrepreneur and business owner is changing your work patterns and habits.
As a business owner, you don’t report to a supervisor, there isn’t anyone keeping you on track. You are ultimately responsible for your progress and success.
What do your habits have to do with your success? Why do you need to focus on developing habits that propel you forward?
Here are five reasons why it is necessary to form good habits.
Habits Are Who You Are
A habit is something that you do daily without really thinking about it. The entrepreneurial habits you form, such as learning to delegate tasks to your VA or networking with your peers, become an ingrained part of your daily routine. Ultimately your habits become who you are.
You Can Change Your Habits
The best thing about habits is that you can change them .. or even eliminate the destructive habits altogether. Your old habits can be incredibly challenging to break. Try replacing the old habit with a new one that will be beneficial. Identify the trigger of your habit you want to change. Be mindful of when you start reacting to that trigger and consciously change the action to the more beneficial habit.
Good Habits Pave the Way for You to Reach Your Goals
One of the goals you have for your business is to create an online course so that you can reach more people and scale your passive income. You know you need to spend an hour every day outlining and writing course modules, but you never seem to get that done.
Why? You get involved in the daily activity of handling questions and before you know it is 6 hours later. Or you log in to Facebook to engage with your group members but spend an hour on your scrolling through your feed and engaging with your friends. You have the habits of an unfocused wannabe entrepreneur.
Create the habit of working on your online course for the first 2 hours every day. To remain focused on Facebook, bookmark your group page and only spend time there. Creating similar habits in your business will open the road to your goals.
Habits Set a Foundation for Life
Since your habits become you, the habits, whether good or bad, that you choose to follow ultimately will set the tone for your entire life… including your entrepreneur's life. If you have a habit of greeting your family and friends with joy, you will become a joyful person. If you have developed the habit of eating vegetables with each meal, you will reap the benefits of better health. If you develop the habit of delegating time-consuming tasks to your VA, you will have the energy and focus to work on the tasks that need your expertise. Set yourself up to enjoy a happy, healthy, and successful life by choosing to
develop good habits.
Habits Can Replace Motivation
Everyone has unmotivated days, the days when you don’t feel like writing, exercising, working with clients, or making healthy food choices. But even on your unmotivated days you still perform the habits that you’ve created. Make a conscious effort to develop the activities that will propel your success into
habits. They will become second nature, and you will do them without having to think.
FOUR STEPS to Eliminate Bad Habits
Identify and Label the habit you want to eliminate. You want to stop wasting time on social media?
Name the habit: “mindless scrolling the newsfeed.” Naming the habit will help your unconscious mind to be aware and help you direct your energy to overcoming the habit.
Find the reward. What will be the benefit of stopping the habit? More time spent with your customers? More sales? A feeling of peace? Identify what your reward is for stopping the habit.
Identify and replace your triggers. What are you doing when you find yourself sliding into the behavior you want to stop, take a moment to identify the trigger. Once you know the trigger, you will have an easier time stopping the behavior.
Be mindful. When you can develop an attitude of mindfulness, ending a bad habit can be viewed as a journey. Your attitude will determine your success in ending the habit.