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5 Habits You Need to Quit Right Now In Order to Be Successful

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Are you ready to succeed? Are you having trouble getting there? Almost everyone in the world wants to be wildly successful but not everyone knows how. There are so many books and articles out there telling you what you should do to be successful, but what should you avoid?

Here are some quick tips on what you should stop doing to boost your success:

1. Being selfish

When you pick someone to do business with, do you want someone who is only concerned about themselves, or do you want someone who is also concerned about your needs? When you are selfish in business, it shows you don’t care about your customer. I am not saying don’t think about yourself, cause how would you and your business thrive if you only thought about everyone else?

Making sure you aren’t too selfish can be hard, because everyone sees what they need first, and it’s a lot harder to understand how others are feeling. Nonetheless, taking steps every day to help others no matter how small, can help boost your business, make connections, and help you feel better about yourself. Whether you donate your time, money, or even just an ear, it can help not only make someone else’s day, but it can also help make yours.

2. Accepting your fears

What are you afraid of? Spiders? Heights?  Snakes? The dark? Failure? All of these are very common fears, but when we let ourselves fall victim to these fears we stop ourselves from living life to the fullest. Letting fear get in the way of you moving forward can not just get you stuck in a rut, it can also make you feel powerless. So how do we combat this?

Start with small things you are afraid of, whether it is talking to someone new or even trying somewhere new to eat. Then you can slowly work your way up to bigger fears. You can also find someone to help coach you through your fears, reassure you, and help you take them on a little at a time. The key thing to remember is fear is a part of everyone’s life, and even if you fail to overcome it, you can always try again another day.

“It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” – Mandy Hale

3. Being lazy

Do you ever have those Sunday mornings where you stay in bed a few extra hours or perhaps all day? Well, having a day or two like that every so often isn’t bad, but it’s easy to make that a habit. Making sure you are active in every part of your life is so important to becoming successful.

Every day you should try to improve some part of your life. Whether it be a relationship, working out, or your business, when you improve your life it will help you not only feel more successful, but it will become a habit, and you will be constantly reaching for more. Setting goals with deadlines, no matter how small will help you to make sure you are always trying to improve your life.

4. Feeling entitled

Knowing your worth is very important, but thinking you deserve things is totally different. Feeling entitled can completely halt your business. If you think you deserve things, why would you work for them? If you aren’t getting clients, then something is wrong. You should look at the problem, and try to fix it.

If you just sit around and think your business has got everything going on, and you deserve all the clientele, then nothing is going to get fixed and your business is going to fail.  This doesn’t only apply to your business, but every aspect of your life. It is important to remember that success isn’t only wealth and power, but also how balanced you are in your personal life.

5. Hanging out with toxic people

Who you hang around is who influences you and your life. The saying you are what you eat applies to what you consume in your daily life as well. If you are in constant contact with people who hang around all day and do nothing, then what do you think you are going to do? If you want to be successful, wouldn’t it make sense to be with people who are constantly pushing you?

Some people may say you can’t just drop your friends because they aren’t successful, but you can make new friends. It’s important to have high standards for the people you have around you, because they have more of an impact on you then you can imagine.

“There’s folks you just don’t need. You’re better off without em. Your life is just a little better because they ain’t in it.” – William Gay

Success isn’t easy; it is something that you constantly have to reach for. Setting your sights on success can seem like an impossible journey, but starting by just cutting these five things out of your life can put you on the path to success without even noticing. I am not saying that cutting these things out will bring you instant success, but it will start you on the road to success, and make your journey a lot easier. Always remember that success isn’t just a destination, it is a frame of mind.

How do you get rid of bad habits? Do you replace them with good habits? Let us know what and how you do what you do!

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Stephen Dela Cruz is a best selling author, speaker and serial entrepreneur who specializes in helping budding entrepreneurs double their income in their first year. He’s built several 7 figure businesses and in his online school, The Mastermind Experience, he shares strategies around time and money management to help beginning entrepreneurs soar. You can see more about Stephen on his website and follow him on his Facebook page.

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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