The habits necessary for success will vary from career to career and every career has it’s habits that greatly increase the odds of success. Fortunately, there are many successful entrepreneurs that we can look to for clues as to what has made them successful. It’s not surprising that many of them share the same habits.

There’s no reason why you can’t have the same habits as some of the most successful people in the world!

Increase your opportunities for success by adopting these habits:

  1. An incredible work ethic. It takes a lot of time and effort to grow a company. It’s necessary at first to be a jack-of-all-trades. Until you can grow enough to hire others to cover all the required skills your company needs to thrive, you’re going to have to carry a lot of weight.
  2. Conscientiousness. When you own a business, it’s up to you to ensure that things are done properly and on time. The responsibilities are great. You don’t have the luxury of putting out sloppy work. It will always come back to haunt you and you will lose credibility and customers.
  3. Use time wisely.  Time will always be a limited resource. How you use your time dictates how successful your business ultimately becomes. That means having the knowledge and experience to make wise decisions and the mental toughness to avoid distractions. It’s about switching off notifications and getting focused on what needs to be done.
  4. Have a plan each day. One of the keys to using your time successfully is to plan for each day ahead of time. Avoid going to bed without having a list of what you’re going to do the following day. When your feet hit the bedroom floor, you should already know what needs to be done for the day.
  5. Wake up early. There are very few successful entrepreneurs that don’t get up very early. Some get up even before 5 a.m. How early you get up is up to you, and it is true that it doesn’t suit everyone to start work early. However if you don’t start early you’re likely to need to work at the other end of the day.
  6. Set goals.It’s not enough to work hard and work smart. You also must know where you’re going. And be able to break those goals down into small chunks
  7. Goals help you make wise decisions.Know what you’re trying to accomplish today, this week, this month, this year, and 5 years from now.
  8. Deal with stress effectively. Entrepreneurs have plenty of stress to deal with on a regular basis, so it’s important to learn how to manage it. Have a process for dealing with stress and anxiety. Learn to recognise what you can control and what you cannot. Make sure you look after yourself well in order to stay resilient.
  9. Look ahead for obstacles.Avoid being blindsided by obstacles and setbacks. Be aware of your future. Look ahead for the challenges that you’re likely to face and have solutions in mind.

Think of all the major challenges in your life and notice that there were plenty of warning signs for all of them. The same is true with your business. Avoid putting your head in the sand and hoping for the best. Deal with challenges now while they’re still manageable.

What are your current habits?

Can you see why your current habits have either helped you or harmed you on your path to business success?

Think about what you want to accomplish to be successful and build a set of habits that will support those activities.

The person with the best habits usually wins. How far will you go with your habits? What ones do you need to improve?

Let me know what you think

Suzanne