If March arriving on your doorstop made you stop and weep at the lack of progress on your goals so far this year, you’re not alone. It can be hard to push through the self-doubt and wavering motivation so many of us have when we’re trying to achieve something new!
I’m blessed to work with a coach who helps me channel my energies in the right direction but not everyone has the luxury of a real-life mentor, someone we can meet up with on a regular basis for advice and guidance on our lives or businesses. So as a life coach for women myself, creating resources, online courses and working one-to-one with my clients, I’ve always got a watchful eye on my virtual mentors too.
They’re successful entrepreneurs, leading their industries and I watch to see what makes them tick. After all, if it works for them, it could work for me. There’s no reason why we can’t apply other people’s winning strategies to our own lives.
So from productivity to attitude, here’s 6 habits of successful business women, and men, that you can apply to your life or business goals today…
1. Get smart & passionate!
How SMART are your personal or business goals? You may know what you want to achieve this week, even this month or next but for successful entrepreneurs, that’s not enough. They have a clear results-based plan for their future and make sure that their goals hit 5 key criteria every time so that they’re: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based. (I teach more about my simple system for goal setting and intentional living in the Happiness Habits Routine™.)
But even having specific goals and plans isn’t enough – there’s a missing ingredient… PASSION! If we don’t feel excited, passionate and even a bit scared of our biggest dreams and goals then finding the energy to see them through is going to be tough when LIFE happens all around us every day. Remember the impact you’re trying to make, who you want to engage with and the difference it will make in their lives. Essentially… remember your WHY.
2. Focus, focus, focus
Just popping on to Facebook to see what’s happening? DON’T. Successful entrepreneurs have a laser-like focus and don’t let themselves get distracted. Instead, try using the Pomodoro technique and spend 25 mins on one of your tasks and reward yourself with a 5-minute social media break. Read more about how to prioritise when you’re overwhelmed and how to use timeboxing to be more productive with the time you have.
Alone we can be great, together we can be greater. Collaboration can be an excellent way to pool time, talent and resources both in business and in our personal lives – who could you partner with? How about sharing the school run with another Mum to get an hour back in the morning for yourself or trading skills with another business owner to save money on outsourcing? Hate scheduling social media? What could you trade with someone who LOVES it?
4. Model others who are where YOU want to be
Celebrity life coach Tony Robbins created his multi-million dollar business to by modelling what other successful people did and then applying it to his industry. Who are your virtual mentors? What do THEY do? What strategies do they use? What personal routines or habits do they have? Remember that if you’re in a creative industry modelling doesn’t mean copying though – make sure you’re still authentic to your own voice and readers.
5. Just ship it
Seth Godin famously advises entrepreneurs to step out of their comfort zone and just ship their product instead of tinkering away at it until it’s perfect. In a similar way every time we post about our business on social media, write a blog post promoting our services, paint a picture or try anything new in our lives we can fear that we’re opening ourselves up to criticism, judgement or ridicule and spend hours or days worrying, editing, tweaking. Get it 90% right, press GO and move on. What’s the worst that could happen? You’ll deal with it.
6. Belief in yourself
Successful entrepreneurs have an unwavering belief in themselves. When they get knocked down they bounce back up and keep going. They’re resilient because they trust that they’ve succeeded before and so they will again. Don’t let self-doubt stop you from achieving your dreams – whether they’re personal goals or professional ones. You can do this!
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