Being in charge is a strenuous thing, however, it also has its perks. Even as the most productive, conscientious and efficient of employees, there’s only so much you can do. However, as an entrepreneur, you have the privilege of knowing that your good decisions have an effect on a company as a whole. Still, a lot of people have a bad idea of what this is really like. In their mind, running a business is like playing a roulette – one good decision and you’re at the top, one bad decision and you have to start from scratch, all over again.
In reality, things are usually completely opposite to this. Instead of making one big decision, you’re supposed to make a myriad of small positive choices day in and day out. Here are several personal habits that could help you become a better entrepreneur and, in this way, help your business as a whole.
1. Wake up every day at the same time
This may seem a bit absurd, yet, it’s incredibly vital that you set your biorhythm in an optimal way. Think about it, as an entrepreneur, it will be your job to ensure the consistency of results. How can you achieve this if your own mood, stamina level and energy are inconsistent? By going to bed at the same time every day and waking up at the same time each morning, you can get the most out of your personal schedule. Moreover, there’s an estimate that we’re the most productive two hours after we wake up. In this way, you’ll always be able to predict the pinnacle of your productivity.
2. Writing down your goals
Most people will tell you that visualizing your goals might help you achieve them or at least not forget about them, as easily. What you need to do is get a piece of paper and write down all that you want to achieve in 5 or 10 years. Then, each morning, as soon as you wake up, you need to examine this paper and see if that day you’re closer to achieving this goal than you were the day before. Of course, not every day will you be able to respond positively to this hypothetical question. Nonetheless, by applying this method, you’ll have an easier job of staying on the path.
3. Being proud of what you do
To some people, money is enough of an incentive to enjoy the life of an entrepreneur. To others, it’s the power or the cognition that you’re your own boss. Nevertheless, sometimes this might not be enough. Sometimes, it’s vital that you know that your work is making a difference and that what you do really matters.
To achieve this, you need to be proud of what you do and who you are. The simplest way to do so is to start showing some of this pride in your apparel. We’re talking about wearing corporate colors, custom-made promotional hats and shirts with your company’s logo on them. You would be surprised just how strong of a psychological effect can this simple trick create.
4. Take some time to mingle
According to Robert Brault, charisma is not just saying hello, it’s dropping all you’re doing at the moment in order to say hello. In other words, being a charismatic leader is about more than just looking formidable in your suit. It’s about showing active interest in problems of your teams and your employees as individuals. You would be surprised just how little time and effort this takes, even though some people lack the skill of active listening altogether. With a bit of patience, as well as understanding all that you stand to gain from this attitude, you might completely change the ambiance in your office, with no financial investment whatsoever.
The best thing about these habits lies in the fact that by adopting them, you grow as a person. Later on, your business might thrive or fail altogether. However, these skills, habits and traits are there with you indefinitely. Active listening, proper sleeping schedule and visualization of goals can benefit you as an individual, in your personal life, as well as professionally. Needless to say, should you decide to pivot, start a new project or change your career path altogether, these habits will still be valuable assets.