As an entrepreneur, your business is more than just a job.
It's a creative endeavor. It's a big part of your life and your identity.
Running a business is hard. It involves hard work, self discipline, and sacrifice.
Your personal constitution, your values, and your habits will affect the way you handle your company, for better or for worse.
For solopreneurs, especially, personal development and business development can evolve in parallel.
It's worth taking a moment to reflect on your own habits, those little things you do or don't do. Do you bite your nails? Have trouble saying “no” to junk food? Follow a nightly personal ritual to de-stress after a hectic day at work?
These little things can reveal a lot about yourself.
In a recent article from Entrepreneur, blogger and business coach Tim Denning explains how you can reflect on your habits and individual tendencies, in order to improve your business.
Small daily habits.
The big audacious habits you have are not the one’s I’m concerned with. It’s the small habits you have like biting your fingernails or continuously eating sugar when you know you shouldn’t.
Business is about discipline and in the startup phase, you’re going to be pulled in a million different directions. For you to have any chance in the game of business, you’re going to have to be incredibly disciplined.
The small daily habits you have are a reflection of how your life is tracking and they will be the pulse of your business once you begin. Here are a few to consider:
– What do you eat?
– When do you go to bed?
– Who do you spend time with?
– Do you read books regularly?
– What do you do to keep calm after a hectic day?
The questions above form part of the answer.
I believe from experience that you need to: read daily, watch what you eat, go to bed no later than 10 pm, surround yourself with positive people and chill out with meditation.
It’s not because I’m a hippie; it’s because it freaking works.
You can read more about the relationship between your personal life and your entrepreneurial endeavors over at Entrepreneur.