21 Habits for Success
We all have routines. Brushing our teeth, walking the dog, checking the morning news.
Can you make success part of your daily routine? Here are some habits you can practice to make
the most of your business.
Even if your business is small, you can still dream big. Get a clear vision of where you want your
business to be. As the saying goes, “believe it and achieve it!”
Take Small Steps
Dreaming big is great, but remember that you can’t do everything all at once. Break down your
tasks (and goals) into smaller steps. You never seem to have enough time or money, so you’ll
want to prioritize tasks and make small (but steady) progress.
Write Down your Goals
Setting goals is important. Writing down those goals on paper (or in a digital document) makes
them feel more real. Think of it as a contract with yourself, and you don’t like to break contracts,
Ask for Help
Being in business is tough (but rewarding), and you can’t do it alone. Don’t be afraid to lean on
support staff or ask for outside help. Everyone can benefit from a mentor or a fresh perspective,
so seek out someone with experience and get their input.
Improve Your Time Management Skills
Does it feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything on your To-Do List?
Better time management can help. One trick is to get up early and tackle tasks at the start of the
day. Another habit is time blocking – marking off time on the calendar for the main things you
want to achieve.
Don’t be Afraid to Fail
Fear of failure is a major obstacle to starting and running a business. Taking risks and trying
something new can be scary. Successful entrepreneurs understand that risks are necessary but try
to lessen the danger with smart planning.
Remember “Believe it and achieve it”? Confidence is essential to success. Believe in your
abilities and your business and keep pushing forward. Persistence — and a “can do” attitude —
The world is constantly changing and the ability to adapt is increasingly important. You may
need to change course quickly, so being flexible can give you an extra edge and keep you on the
path to success.
Dare to Delegate
It’s hard, but business owners need to let go, especially of lower level tasks. Don’t get bogged
down in unnecessary details. Hire the right people and let them handle a bit of the load (or, if
you’re short staffed, enlist a family member).
Need a mental boost? Take a few minutes each day to read some inspirational quotes.
Here are a few:
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”
— Mark Twain, author
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-
successful ones is pure perseverance.”
— Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.
“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
— Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing
Make Time for Yourself
You want to give 100% to your business, but beware of burnout. Be sure to schedule time for
reflecting, relaxing and recharging.
Farmhouse Creative would love to help you succeed. Feel free to contact us.