A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughtsAnonymous
A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. These strings of “thoughts” or “thinking” culminate to form (smart) habits – good or bad. Thus, the verbal expression of those formed habits, cultivated and exhibited on daily living, results to a change in life.
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WHAT IS HABIT?
Habits are actions performed repeatedly and automatically, usually, without awareness. (English Dictionary). It is a customary way of doing certain activities over and over again. The consistent efforts geared towards a conformed way of life – lifestyle – encourage an addiction.
Every successful entrepreneur you see today are being propelled by the power of habits. It controlled their everyday life. This is also applicable to those who have failed in the pursuit to succeed in life.
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The habits you form and activate in your daily living impact your entrepreneurial mindset. Therefore, cultivating good daily habitual lifestyle can 10 times boost your business (link), thinking and life. Hence, here are indisputable good habits that will change your life and set you on the threshold of entrepreneurial success, if you try them.
#1 – 5 AM MENTALITY
Beyond any lucid doubt, “5 am” is the hour legends are either going to sleep or waking up. There’s this spiritual energy attached to that hour of the day. It should interest you to know that that is the same appropriate, time for employees to leave the comfort of their beds for the office. At this same time, the Muslims maintain the “5 am” mentality to observe morning prayer. Likewise, the mothers wake up at this very hour to prepare their children for school and other house chores.
The first step is to create and maintain a “5 am” mentality and you will never regret it. Instead, you will appreciate yourself for the effort.
#2 – 30 MINUTE EXERCISE
Countless times, medical experts have preached the importance of exercise to the human mind and body. Exercise renders the body energetic and fit to tackle any day to day huddles, flexing the muscles, and building the body metabolism. Inculcating the habit of exercising your body for physical and mental fitness is the best way to go as an entrepreneur.
Believe it or not, the days of entrepreneurs are filled with activities that can drain them mentally and physically. For an instance, you have an appointment with a client uptown the next morning to seal a business deal, and you used the whole of the night to prepare your presentation. In the next morning, after having stressed yourself mentally, you rushed out of the house to beat traffic. After the business meeting you return home, tired, and continue with your left-over paper work. What do you think would happen to you if you maintain such lifestyle – habit – for long? You’ll crash!
You actually do not need to build your body like Mike Tyson or Anthony Joshua, but all you need is, at least, early morning walkout or hitting the gym for 30 minutes or an hour. Believe it, you’ll be proudly addicted to becoming stronger and healthier – mentally and physically.
#3 – HEALTHY DIET
A healthy diet is such that helps to maintain or improve overall health. It provides the body with essential nutrition and protects you against many complications such as heart disease.
Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, in the name of “dieting”, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great and resonant, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.
For a direct recommendation, take enough amount of fruits, vegetables, and diary products. The nutrients gotten from consuming the mentioned nutritional products will sure make you active and help you grow properly. This is a free life-changing tip.
#4 – STUDY ENOUGH
Often time you must have heard that you learn more when you read more. By definition, study is the application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or reflection: hours of study – dictionary.com
Each time you study, there’s this tendency that you will spend more time learning about a thing or particularly subject(s) that boost your mental and intellectual capacity. Your knowledge base is increased. Even your horizon becomes widened too.
The point here is that, for you to enjoy a positive lifestyle, you’ve got to study at least 4 hours a day. Consider this habit one of the most crucial task of the day. Don’t bother about what to study, but do whenever you have the time for it; discover, learn and investigate at all time.
#5 – LIESTEN MORE THAN YOU SPEAK
Don’t worry about this tip that much. Most people are victims when it comes to listening more and talking less. The goal here is for you to imbibe the habit of making people speak more while you play the listening role. The reason is because while listening, you’ll learn a lot of new things – ideas. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t talk at all, but be on the passenger seat. The ugly side of doing most of the talking is that when you speak you are just going to repeat the knowledge you already have. So, listening more than you speak is the panacea for misconception and great learning or discovery.
#6 – TRUST YOUR GUT
Guts means strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage. (Vocabulary.com)
So many great visions have been damped as a result of who the carriers believe in. make it a daily routine to build on trusting your guts.
Before you believe in anyone, you first need to have belief in yourself. This awakening strengthens your nerves or stamina. Understand that human will always be human and not devoid of betrayal. Rather, if you want to believe in anybody, do this with precision.
#7 – NEVER GIVE UP
There’s this aphorism that says: Your lack of dedication is an insult to those who believe in you.
Simply put thus: Never ever GIVE UP in your life! Reason being that there’re only a few people, attached to your destiny, who want to be successful and they have a lot of expectations – from you. So, do not in any way, insult them by dashing their belief.
Truly, there are potholes on the highway to success. Everyone is expected to encounter these potholes, but if you’re a DIE HARD (link of the movie on naija.com) fan of success, you should be able to make success pround of your tenacity and doggedness. By exhibiting these traits, those attached to your destiny or existential race can be encouraged to forge ahead in life too.
#8 – KNOW THE RULES AND BREAK THEM
An aphorism says: Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity. Another one says: If you have trouble thinking outside of the box, then blow up the box.
Realistically, rules are meant to be broken. This context has nothing to do with traffic laws or constitutional laws of your community. It is solely for you to challenge assumptions. For instance, in most African countries, the main purpose of education is to breed people to get job – employment-focused. Thus, such assumption is now being challenged as more and more entrepreneurs are springing up.
John C. Maxwell opined thus: CHALLENGE ASSUMPTIONS! – One of the most insurmountable obstacles to successful thinking is the phase, but we’ve always done it this way. It was Robert Kriegel who said, sacred cows make the best burger. You can’t buy into the same assumptions as everyone else and think differently as successful people do. Don’t take anything for granted.
#9 BE RESERVED
The ninth smart habit that can change your life is – don’t let people know too much about you. In other words, be reserved!
A Nigerian adage simply says: Not only everyone that flies at night are witch and wizard but inclusive of those that wishes people jinx. kindly interpreted thus: Never tell your secret to anyone! It is dangerous.
If the Holy Bible mentioned in one of its verses that – the heart of men is desperately evil, then why feed such “heart of men” with your secret? The bottom line is that you should be reserved.
#10 – APPRECIATE PEOPLE
It’s often said that appreciation is the application for more. Appreciation means recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. How often do you thank those who take time out of their busy lives to do something very important for you, even though they really do not want to get anything in exchange? Can you show your appreciation by sharing this information with others?
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