The quote above by Jac Canfield rings so true in life and in your business.
A newsletter I received today from Rajiv Jani, Founder of Success within made me think of how this applies to the success of your business.
In his email he says: You are an accumulation of your habits. From how you get out of bed, how you shower, how you dress, how you walk, sit, and talk, how you respond to the world, how you act in front of others, and how you think; you’re living out your habits.
Habits are necessary.
They free up your mind so you can concentrate on how to survive day to day. You don’t have to think about how to drive your car so you can be on the lookout for danger while you are driving. You don’t have to think about how to walk so you can concentrate on where you’re going.
Unfortunately, bad habits can also keep you locked in self-destructive patterns, which will limit your success.
Whatever it is that you want to achieve, you will need to drop those bad habits that are lead to a dead-end and develop new ones that are in alignment with the life you want to live and the business you want to be a success.
People don’t suddenly have a successful business just like that… their habits play a large part in determining their outcome.
What are the habits you have that are keeping you from achieving your goals and building a successful business?
Really be honest with yourself here…
- Are you always running late?
- Do you return phone calls within 24 hours?
- Do you get enough sleep?
- Do you follow through on your promises?
- Do you plan out your day?
Imagine what your life would be like if all your habits were their productive counterparts!
Write down some productive habits you could adopt and visualize that would help you be more organized, focused or on track.
Rajiv recommends that you develop four of your new success habits each year, one for each quarter but I want to step it up a notch! How does 6 a year sound?? They say it takes 21 to form a new habit so that gives you plenty of time!
Some examples could be:
- Checking and responding to emails regularly or at a certain time
- Planning and completing your “Marketing Day”
- Scheduling your networking meetings in as part of your marketing and attending regularly
- Following Up with Clients and Prospective Clients
Once you pick the new habit you’re ready to adopt, next you’ll want to create a method that will support your new habit.
Here are some ideas… You could write it down on a card that you keep with you and read several times a day. You could make it a part of your daily visualization. You could also enlist the help of an accountability partner who has habits to change, or work with a personal coach who can keep you on track.
It’s important to make a 100% commitment to your new habit, so be specific about the steps that you’re willing to take in order to drop an old habit and adopt a new one. Don’t be vague about how you will change your habits. Spell it out for yourself so you can recognize situations that motivate you to act out your new habit.
Just developing these 6 new habits a year will dramatically shift your business to be more in line with your vision. And the more in line it becomes, the easier the other habits are to replace because your perspective is shifting and you can see more clearly how your old habits aren’t serving you anymore.
Make the decision. Make the commitment. Then watch your business grow!