I get asked all the time what it takes for an entrepreneur, business owner, or sales professional to set themselves up for success. The truth is, the foundations of success are very fundamental.
If you run your business like a business, it will pay you like a business. If you run your business like a hobby, it will pay you like a hobby.
Here are 6 Tips to Set Yourself Up for Real and Lasting Success
Tip #1: Set up a dedicated workspace.
It all starts with your surroundings. It all starts with you allowing yourself a dedicated workspace.
If you don’t have a space where you have success designed and laid out, where it’s ergonomically correct for you; it’s not your workplace. If you don’t have a dedicated workspace, you’re instantaneously putting yourself in an environment of potential sabotage.
Some entrepreneurs work at home, and that’s fine. Home-based businesses are just perfect. That being said, you still want to have a space that is open for business. It needs to be private, comfortable, and organized so that you have the right place and space to create your success.
Tip #2: Surround yourself with the right people.
The most fundamental basic of setting yourself up for success is surrounding yourself with a network of people that are pursuing access with the same tenacity as you are.
I’ve built multiple seven-figure businesses 100% from professional business networking and word-of-mouth marketing. I did that by surrounding myself with like-minded entrepreneurs. I surrounded myself with professionals who wanted to show up and support me and expected me to show up and support them.
The thing about surrounding yourself with a network of people who are pursuing success is it up-levels us. When we get ourselves out there with people who walk the walk and talk the talk, it allows us to show up as the very best version of ourselves.
Tip #3: Set goals.
Our conscious mind is our goal setter. Our unconscious mind is our goal-getter.
So many people set goals, yet so few actually do the do to pursue them. You must set goals in order to achieve goals. Make sure the goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
It’s also important to visualize that goal as if it’s happening now. Attach every one of the modalities that exist in you – visually, auditorily, kinesthetically, auditory digitally, olfactory, and gustatory to your visualization. If you can feel it, hear it, know it, taste it, smell it – you know what to go after.
Tip #4: Plan your success.
I like to take my big goals and divide them by four. Those fours, just so happen to be the quarters of the year. Then I start by planning for that goal in Q1.
What do I have to do for these next three months, to be able to move forward to get to what it is I need to accomplish by quarter two? Then I do the same for quarter two, quarter three, and quarter four. I know that I get to adapt and adjust and be flexible. I get to replan and modify my plan if it needs to be changed.
So basically, I take that goal and I divided it into four increments. And those four increments are the stepping stone to accomplishing that success.
Tip #5: Do what you do best.
Do the Voodoo that you do.
We do what we do best. I have a belief that if you do more of what it is you do best and you understand what has to be accomplished in order to achieve what it is you want to achieve, then it puts you in the best position possible.
This is where I often get pushback from entrepreneurs, business owners, and sales professionals. They’ll say, “I’m not at that level yet.” Or, “I don’t have the disposable cash flow yet.”
I get that.
That’s why it’s super important for you to manage your schedule, do what you do best and hire out the rest. Once you make that first hire, it becomes easier.
I know what I’m good at and I focus on what I’m good at. I get rid of what I’m not good at as fast as possible. Because what takes me five hours to do takes an expert one hour to do.
Tip #6: Practice self-care.
It’s important for you to do everything you can to avoid burnout. It’s important for you to hydrate. Your nutrition must be tight.
You must schedule your self-care. You must schedule your downtime. You want to have a morning routine that sets you up for success.
You want to implement stretching and you want to implement movement. Today’s sitting is the new smoking. We have so many entrepreneurs, sales professionals, and business owners who find themselves constantly sitting around. Allow yourself to move.