2020 has been quite a year. Some would say it’s been terrible but for others, it’s been a huge awakening.
An awakening to the idea that you can make a living from your home and not be completely reliant on someone else or a company in order to live. With that awakening a huge flood of new entrepreneurs started popping up. From network marketers, coaches, influencers, content creators, etc. the list goes on. They have realized the benefits of owning their own business and time. Who could blame them? There is only one problem. They are often unequipped to handle the challenges of entrepreneurship.
I’ve always hated when people talked about how easy starting your own business is because it’s not! It being “easy” is just a ploy for other entrepreneurs to get you to purchase something.
Entrepreneurship will expose every single one of your weaknesses. If you’re not good at managing your time, you will be exposed 10 fold. If you’re not focused, you will be exposed. There are huge ups and downs and for most new entrepreneurs those downs seem impossible to come back from because you’re not conditioned to do so….yet.
You can view this as doom and gloom or you can view this as the greatest challenge of all time; To become the best possible version of yourself.
If you’re new or in a bit of a rut here are a few things that will help you set yourself up for lasting success.
1. Energy Management > Time Management.
Time is the only resource that is finite. We don’t get a renewed supply. This makes it one of the most important assets in our entire life. But, having energy allows us to actually do things with that time. I cannot stress this enough: Energy is the base of all success. Nothing works without energy. This doesn’t just mean physical energy, this is mostly relating to mental energy.
Too much scrolling or focusing on the things that don’t move the needle in your business forward is the death sentence for success.
The 3 areas new entrepreneurs really get crushed in when it comes to energy is:
- Calorie intake
Listen, I get it. You’ve heard that you’ve got to hustle to build a successful business and sometimes you do but we are striving for sustained success, not a flash in the pan.
Figure out how much sleep you need in relation to your energy levels. It’s probably going to be around 7-8 hours. That’s ok, that’s not wasted time. It’s more important to sleep and be more focused during the day than it is to get less sleep and be unfocused.
Chances are you’re dehydrated. Your body and brain need water to function. Cognitive function starts to decline the more dehydrated you are. You may not feel thirsty as currently you’re body is conditioned to function in it’s current state even if it’s not the most optimal. Your cells need water to function! Give them what they need. You’ll feel a huge difference in energy levels and overall well being when you start getting enough water.
Drink at least half of your body weight in oz. of water. 200lb = 100oz of water daily.
Not all calories are the same but it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough food. New entrepreneurs don’t always have the wherewithal to stop what they are doing and go eat. They are excited to keep working on the things they love and all of a sudden it’s 6pm and they haven’t eaten. This lowers your ability to get good quality work done.
2. Clarity = Power
You have to know where you’re going in order to get there. As simple as that sounds it’s absolutely true. This doesn’t just mean clarity in your big lofty goals. This means clarity in what you want the outcome to be for the next hour, day, week, month. Take the time to get clear on these things.
Write down the outcomes you want, post them up next to you as you work and review them often. This will give you an anchor if you start straying off task.
3. Know you WHY
I know you’ve heard this saying before. If you’ve heard it 10+ times it’s probably true. Without knowing why you’ve started your business or why you want to get better. You’re going to fold during the tough times. You’re going to procrastinate when you need to get things done. You’re not going to take the actions you need to take in order to get to where you wanna go.
I recommend you do something called the 7 levels deep exercise by Dean Graziosi to find your true why. Here is a video showing the steps to doing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvhMtB3NDXA&feature=emb_title
This exercise will help you get to the bottom of why you want to achieve your goal. Do not skip over this. Just do it! This is your life, make sure you have the tools to make it outstanding!
4. Routines and rituals
You are what you do daily. As business owners we are often consumed with getting to our next task. We don’t think taking the time to reset or set ourselves up in the morning is “worth it”. The facts are that every successful entrepreneur has a conscious morning routine that they use to set themselves up for the day.
Without a morning routine you are leaving your entire day to chance.
The length and contents of your routine is something you’re going to need to work out yourself but many of the most successful business owner have a combination of the following:
- Time blocking the day
- Exercise/Working out
- Breath work
- Gratitude practice
Don’t leave your day up to chance. Build something that is going to fire you up and get you focused on what it takes to keep your business moving forward.
This is going to be your biggest ally when you’re stressed, unfocused, stuck, or just feel like you need to do something different.
This is the best kept secret of all high performers, they use movement to change how they are feeling. It’s often used to snap them out of an unproductive or less than optimal state so that they can get back to doing the things they need to accomplish.
This manifests in the form of an infinite number of things but ranges from going for a walk/run to just jumping out of your chair and shaking your entire body out. The goal is to quickly get the blood pumping to change your energy level so you can refocus.
My favorite way to incorporate movement is to throw on one of my favorite songs and sing and dance around my office before getting back to work.
The journey of entrepreneurship is one of the most fulfilling journeys in the world. The impact you can have on your life and others is unlimited. The cost of that unlimited power is that it’s not easy. You will come up against resistance, use what I’ve outlined here when that happens. See you at the top, the view is great!
- Adam Tyler Smith
Performance & Business Coach