Having healthy habits that last is central to the success of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and businesspeople.
A habit is a repeated behaviour that becomes subconscious over time. Deliberately setting positive habits can help entrepreneurs with their personal development.
So, what are some of the daily habits of successful people in business?
We have habits – either deliberate or subconscious – in most areas of our lives, whether it’s going to bed at a certain time or going for a walk each day.
Good habits can help people to feel happy and healthy, while bad habits can create negativity and stall progress.
When it comes to business, having an entrepreneurial spirit is a good starting point but building on that with healthy habits can increase the chances of success.
Here are three areas that business owners can focus on to create lasting and healthy habits.
Organisation is important if you want to grow your business as a lack of structure can lead to confusion.
Here are some of the most popular habits of successful business people when it comes to staying organised and focused:
Running a business can be all-consuming, which can cause entrepreneurs to neglect other important parts of their life.
Whether it’s spending more time with family or taking up a new hobby, finding time away from work is crucial if you want to avoid burning out.
Here are some healthy habits that can give you the right balance to help your business thrive:
Another important set of healthy habits relates to building relationships in business. Having a good support network is key if you want to develop both personally and professionally.
Some entrepreneurs find meeting new people energising, while it can help to keep you open-minded and present new opportunities. Even if in-person networking doesn't come naturally to you, there are plenty of ways to meet new people online through events and communities.
Here are some relationship building habits that can help aspiring business owners:
When thinking about which healthy habits to start, focus on what you need more of to succeed. For example, you might need to create habits to give yourself more time, create more opportunities, or have a greater work life balance.
Creating habits that last is hard, so it’s important to approach things gradually. If you try to do everything at once, you’re more likely to give up before the habits become second nature.
Goal-setting may be one of the habits you want to start, but it’s also an effective way of planning and tracking other habits.
Writing an annual or six-monthly development plan can improve accountability, while reflecting on your habits every few months helps to identify the areas where you need to focus your efforts.
The owner of a small dessert shop, Harpreet Kaur, said goals are important for supercharging your business. She shared: "If there’s anything you want to achieve personally or professionally, write it down, and visualise it. Believe in yourself and go get it.”
Read more entrepreneurial tips from Harpreet.
There are lots of books out there that can help you to make and keep positive habits.
Some are written by successful entrepreneurs, giving you an insight into their habits that helped them get to the top, while others are written by self-help experts and leading psychologists.
Here are some of the most popular:
What are your tips for developing healthy habits for business success? Let us know in the comments below.
Conor Shilling is a Copywriter at Simply Business with over two years’ experience in the insurance industry. A trained journalist, Conor has worked as a professional writer for 10 years. His previous experience includes writing for several leading online property trade publications. Conor specialises in the buy-to-let market, landlords, and small business finance.
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