Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes entrepreneurs successful.
I’ve been deep-diving into the work of Brendon Burchard, Brooke Castillo, Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, and others to see what separates successful people from the rest.
Today I’m going to be talking about the habits of high performing entrepreneurs and specifically 5 habits that I think are the most important habits to develop.
Before I get into that…Some of you may not know that in 2006, I started competing in bodybuilding competitions.
I wanted to see what was possible for me.
And I didn’t just want to do compete, I wanted to win.
In the lead up to my first competition, I immersed myself in learning about the champion mindset. I wanted to know what thinking makes people champions.
I hired a world master champion bodybuilding coach, Jo Stewart.
I said to her “Jo, I want to win” and told her that I don’t want to do this for just the fun of it.
Ok don’t laugh… this is me in 2006…. I obviously wanted my hair to be bigger than my muscles 😉
To win, I had to start developing the mindset of a champion. So I started listening to CD’s of people who were champions and the mindset they had.
Over time I ended up doing 10 different competitions… (it became a bit addictive!)
I wanted to keep improving my time or improve my score and get better. And so I ended up competing every year for 7 years.
Throughout those years, I really started to learn the principles of champions.
Successful athletes, like all successful people make choices every day that lead them to becoming winners. These are often the choices they make when no one else is watching.
So what are some of the top habits of high performing entrepreneurs? Here are five…
1 – Think About Your Best Future Self
High performing entrepreneurs think about their best future self. I like calling it my ‘future self’. Successful people take themselves out into the future, and they think about who they want to become.
And when you can see that dream and you believe it, it becomes your reality. You start acting like that person that you want to be, before you become it.
If you believe you’re meant to be great and be successful, you will press through to your goals, and nothing will stop you. If you believe that success is luck or a fluke, then you will be disappointed. And you will just keep stuck in a cycle that will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Successful people start acting successfully now in the present time. They are their BFS – their Best Future Self.
What are 3 words that describe your best future self?
Maybe you want to be brave, maybe it’s courageous, aspirational, ambitious, confident, playful or organised?
I often go out into my future self. I’m constantly thinking about future Kat and what she’s doing and what she’s like.
I’ve got to really be intentional about it. Take for example; my future self is being super organised, as I don’t feel like it’s a natural gift for me. But I train myself to be organised.
You want to choose the words that make you feel something where you actually really believe it. If you haven’t stopped lately to envisage your best future self and who that person is out in the future, then I encourage you to do that today and make a practice of it.
The person you are today is a result of everything you’ve done up to this point. All the seeds that you’ve planted in your life, everything that you’ve done is a result of your past choices.
If you look at your health right now, it is a reflection of how you used to view yourself. If you look at your bank account, the finances sitting in your bank account are a reflection of who you used to think you were so it’s all related to self-worth.
If you look at your relationships. Are they thriving, or is there conflict? It’s all related to how you see yourself and your identity.
Ask yourself, how you’ve been in your business in the past couple of months. Do you want to be this person in the future? Are you being your best future self in your business right now?
If you haven’t been operating as your best future self. Ask yourself, if you were, how would you behave in the future? And then start acting like that now!
High performers are not on autopilot, they’re intentional. They think about their character and their legacy. They’re looking out of today into the future and bringing the future to themselves.
2 – Study And Develop Skills Within Your Primary Field Of Interest
If you’re not an entrepreneur just yet, but you want to be, this is for you also. It’s actually for all humans at any stage of their lives!
High performers study and develop skills within their primary field of interest. What three skills are you working on developing and practicing at the moment?
Are you developing your sales or marketing skills? Are you doing a course on making Facebook ads? Or are you working on learning copywriting?
Entrepreneurs should always be working on increasing at least 3 skills. This is not a scattergun approach. It’s deliberately choosing skills to push you and your business forward.
Each quarter I have 3 skills that I choose to grow in. I deliberately block out my calendar and put aside time for learning.
I find time to up-skill while I’m doing other things. I like listening to books while I’m cooking, driving or walking. I listen to the people who are living their best self and who are successful, people like Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy and others.
I deliberately learn other skills each quarter so I’m constantly up-skilling. I learn what I need to go to the next level.
When we get stuck and stop, we are then not attracting clients. High-performance people schedule time in to become masterful in the areas they desire.
3 – Be Solution Minded, Not Problem Minded
High performing entrepreneurs focus on the solution and not the problem. Instead of focusing on what they don’t want, they get super clear on what they do want.
Think thoughts linked to your future self. When you focus on solutions, when something bad happens, you don’t get stuck in disappointment.
Choosing a solution and growth mindset can become a habit. When problems come their way, entrepreneurs switch on. When COVID hit, successful entrepreneurs switched on and found solutions.
In times of trouble, successful entrepreneurs become resourceful and come up with creative solutions. We need to allow ourselves to really think on purpose, to be creative and to trust our unconscious mind.
Something that I do every morning and night, is I write out my vision. I say things like; I’m so happy and grateful now that I’m a highly successful, wealthy entrepreneur who has built my business on courage and effort.
In doing this, I’m re-wiring my subconscious brain. Because then my unconscious mind will go to work and come up with solutions to match this identity. In writing things down it drops from your conscious to your subconscious.
4 – Be Intentional About Your Daily Habits
There are habits in your life that are intentional, but that you almost do subconsciously, like brushing your teeth. Then there are habits in your life that you develop intentionally, based on your future self.
Every day you’re planting the seeds and you’re watering the seeds of your future self and you can trust that they are going to bloom into a beautiful tree. Your business will be like a beautiful tree with a solid foundation and deep roots.
Every Wednesday I don’t take on coaching clients. I block off my calendar and I up-level my business. I sit there and I upgrade things like I tweak my website wording or my LinkedIn profile. If I am intentional at doing this weekly, then it doesn’t become a big thing.
Everything is increasing and improving because of my consistent, little habits that I’ve developed.
A good example is me turning up on Facebook Live every Wednesday night. It’s a choice for me to be consistent. I choose it because I know there are people out there who I can help.
It’s the little habits that don’t seem like a big deal but when you add them up they end up being habits that produce high-performance entrepreneurs.
5 – Be Intentional About How You Serve Others
A rich fulfilling life is a life that benefits others.
Every day I ask myself how I can serve my clients with excellence and make an extraordinary contribution in their lives today.
Instead of asking what do I want and how can I get it, I ask myself; How can I bring more value to my tribe? High-performance entrepreneurs are outwardly focussed, not inwardly focussed.
They don’t blame others. They realise that every result they have in their life is a result of what they have done. They don’t make excuses or live in denial.
Instead of getting stuck in their fears, they go to work and deal with their fears and doubts, because they want to be of service to other people.
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