I wanted to kick off the week by sharing with you 6 habits I’ve learned along the journey since I started my tour business 13 years ago
I think they’ll really help.
And if you are already living by some or all of these rules…it never hurts to have them reinforced.
Because it’s easy to slide right back into unhelpful patterns.
So these 6 ‘habits’ not only helped me build a seven-figure business…But also lead a life that’s a lot more fun – and give me a helluva lot more enjoyment out of my biz. (and as I say, these are also habits that I still need to remind myself of literally every week when I find myself sliding into bad habits)
So let’s dive in!
1. Be VERY selective about your consumption.
The reality is, most people waste far too much time consuming content and taking unhelpful advice.
So stop taking advice from people who haven’t accomplished as much as you have. You don’t need a lot of advice, so reduce the noise. Find 2 or 3 people (these could be in-person or online) that are further along the road than you and that inspire you – and follow them closely.
Any more than this becomes a distraction. I try as much as possible to live by the 80/20 rule. That being 80% production vs. 20% consumption (and if I feel I’ve slipped more into ‘consumption mode’… then I check myself and remind myself of the rule).If you’re not producing more than you consume then you’re going nowhere.
So that means for every hour you spend consuming (reading blogs, watching webinars, listening to podcasts) you should spend at least four hours actually producing something.
Learning is critical to your evolution but…to find an elite level of success you need to reduce your consumption and increase your ‘action’.
2 Stop trying to make everything perfect.
Adopt the mentality that ‘good enough is good enough’. If you try to make everything perfect…it’s never going to be – and you’ll miss out on all the opportunities to radically improve your product/service/experience that come with the feedback you’ll be getting by pushing whatever it is you have out into the world.
Let your customer be the one to tell you what it is you need to do to make whatever you have as close to perfect as possible.
3 Start every day knowing what THE thing is.
Ask yourself literally every day – what is THE thing I need to do right now – today – that’s going to get me that next step closer to achieving my #1 goal.
Then make THAT thing a priority. As a micro or small-scale business owner you wear a lot of different hats…but make sure you are blocking out a chunk of dedicated time every day to tackle THAT thing. (more time than you’re spending on anything else).
Simple.So, at the start of every day, take a minute to get clear on what you want to accomplish today: What will take you that next step forward? Then at the end of the day take another minute to review.
4. Find a mentor two steps ahead of you.
We all need a mentor. I speak from experience when I tell you how having a mentor over the past 13 years changed my life. (note…I’ve had 3 mentors in my life that helped me in different stages before I outgrew them and sought out a new one)It doesn’t matter how big you get, you will always need a mentor to keep you on the right path.
Keep asking yourself…is this mentor 2 steps ahead of me? When the answer is ‘no’…then start looking for a new mentor.
5. There’s no ‘blueprint’.
Totally disregard what other people have done to become successful, because there’s a good chance it won’t work for you. You are unique. Chart your own course. Because the situations, obstacles and opportunities you face are going to be unique to you.
This sounds a bit cheesy but…you have a ‘superpower’ that is yours and yours alone. Work out what it is and use it to create a version of ‘normal’ that’s exclusive to you..
6. Avoid the ‘scattergun’ approach and double down on what’s working.
On some level we all have a fear of failure. I think that’s ok. Some people say you can’t fear failure. I think that’s hard. But you CANNOT let it govern your decisions. You can’t let it hold you back from experimenting and trying something new.
Try everything at least two to three times. Just because it may not work the first time doesn’t mean it can’t work at all. You need to iterate and innovate, and accept that not all of your ideas will work the way you want them to. But, persistence definitely pays off (as they say), if you’re courageous enough to experiment your way to success.
So I hope these help << Test First Name >> and maybe even re-shape the way you tackle this week!
Could this be the week that brings that ‘breakthrough’?
No reason why it can’t 🙂