The successful actor, rapper, and now a motivational speaker, Will Smith says that the secret to all material success is self-discipline. That is quite true if you think about it. You need to have self-discipline and the ability to say no to your own unnecessary demands if you want to stay on track.
You need the self-discipline to wake up on time, stop procrastinating, and focus on things that are more rewarding than those that gratify your needs instantly. When you are running your own businesses, self-discipline is the foundation of what your future will hold. Without it, you may find yourself unable to meet the easiest of your deadlines. In other words, it is the basic necessity of success.
When you read autobiographies written by successful entrepreneurs, you will find a clear difference between them and the rest of the people. They have a strong drive and the stamina to hold their fort until the end. They use self-discipline to align their activities with their goals. Here are five things successful entrepreneurs do every day to stay on track:
The biggest difference between high achievers and those who get by is the clear set of plans. Successful entrepreneurs have clear goals set in their minds from the beginning, and they set small goals everyday for themselves. They plan their entire day in the morning, sometimes even the night before so that every minute is accounted for. They know their limits and design their schedule in a way that they do not have to waste time on deciding what clothes to wear or what to eat.
They establish a routine to make sure that their time is not wasted and in between this routine, they decide what tasks they will work on and how many of them they will complete by the end of the day. Only you can set your routine and plan your goals. This is a task no one in the world can do for you. Sure, people have secretaries, but they are only there to enhance the process not to create one for you.
Many people know what they need to do and sometimes even make plans and set goals for themselves. But they lack the self-discipline to complete those plans. Either they do not wake up on time or tag along with a friend who invites them for lunch. If you want to make sure that success is your destination, you need to set tiny goals for yourself and achieve them every day.
2. Physical and Mental Exercises
To achieve your tasks, you need a healthy body and a healthy mind. They help you build stamina and keep you healthy so that you do not have reasons to go off track. The CEOs of various prominent companies start their day off with physical exercise or meditate during their day. These activities relieve stress and help clear your mind so that you are ready for the next day. Exercising is also a good way to work on your self-discipline. Setting a fixed period every day to a task and then completing it every day trains your brain into learning the benefits of completing small tasks in time.
Meditation, on the other hand, helps you clear your head of random thoughts and help you focus on things that need your attention. Every day, we go through so many things like small arguments and other things that take up our mental energy and waste our time. Meditation helps you dissect those irritating moments and learn how to deal with them. Once you have allotted a certain amount of time everyday to only focus on important things, you will find how meaningless these small thoughts are. As a result, you will be able to find your center.
3. Stay Updated
Almost all successful entrepreneurs like to track their performance and to stay on top of the most recent developments. They understand how unpredictable the world is. Therefore, they are always ready to deal with any situation that might present itself to them. They check their emails twice a day on a regular basis.
Moreover, they check their progress because this is a great way of building a reward system in your head. Sometimes, you keep working and working without realizing how much you have accomplished. It is the main reason why so many people start great in the beginning but soon burn out. They do not check their progress and after a while feel like their efforts are of no use. It is imperative that you don’t just track your success but also take a moment to let it soak in.
4. Allot Time to Themselves
The only way you can stay fresh in the business is by making sure you have time for personal growth and development. How can someone who does not update their information stay successful in this ever-changing world? You need to spend time on yourself and enhance your skill set by working on your weaknesses to make sure they do not come in the way of your success.
Consider a scenario wherein two people who graduated from the same university, had the same grades, equal experience and applied for the same jobs but one of them has spent extra time on themselves. They spent time learning a new language or taking the time out to meet a life coach. Who do you think will get the job or has a better chance of getting it?
Many successful entrepreneurs spend thousands of dollars getting training from coaches on life skills and other knowledge that will help them attain new heights.
5. Time Out
Yes, successful entrepreneurs do other things that have nothing to do with their jobs. They take time out for themselves to rest and relax. Many entrepreneurs say that spending time with their family is an important part of their day. It keeps them grounded and aware of what’s important in life. They also need restful sleep to make sure that they are on top of their games the next morning. In other words, being successful is not all about working 24/7.
As a matter of fact, that is the best way to burn out sooner than you were supposed to. Think of all the energy you will ever have in your life as limited. You know how they say that we can only make a limited number of decisions every day? As the day progresses, we suffer from decision fatigue, and eventually, we are unable to make the right decision. What if the time we spend pouring ourselves into our work is also limited? There is no scientific study to prove that statement, but people do get exhausted after a while and quit. If you do not want to be one of them, you need to take a time-out and relax.