3 Habits that Have Made Me Successful in Business
(#2 is so undervalued!)
1. Physical health
The stamina and strength I get from my workout provides me with loads of energy. I’m able to do much more than merely fight each day for another breath of air.
My very own and original ® way to do a workout is: one consecutive set of bodyweight exercise to your limit. And beyond. It’s a little similar to Tabata workout, especially in the case of pushups.
I do as much as I can, then I catch my breath on straight arms, and do some more. Straight arms, catch my breath and some more pushups. I do it until I’m breathless and powerless and I can’t straighten my arms, I can’t heft my body from the floor. It’s doable with dips, too, but not in the case of pull ups.
That’s why I love them — this is the only exercise where my muscles give up before my lungs do.
I’m a living example that a very short and intensive workout is at least as effective as long and low-intensive are. So why waste my (and your) valuable time on them?
Since I’m thin and fit I’ve actually expanded my workouts. I do my morning HIIT workout as usual, then 2–4 more workouts during the day, including a consecutive series of pull-ups. The reason for this additional exercise is my sweet tooth; thanks to all of those workouts, I am able to burn down a chocolate bar or two.
2. Knowing myself
Peter Drucker, a business guru of 20th century, said:
“Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves — their strengths, their values, and how they best perform.”
I keep my self-analysis sessions short: from ten to twenty minutes. Yes, I follow my own Ten-Minute Philosophy. It’s a chunk of time long enough to return significant advantages (if you maintain the activity regularly), yet short enough not to crowd a schedule.
Each morning, I sit with pen in my hand and jot down my reflections in a journal. As you see, I don’t need any fancy tools to perform my self‑analysis session. As I handwrite my ruminations, I restrict the session’s time to about half a page.
If the subject is more complex and requires more time and space, I stop, and I continue the next day.
The starting point of my session is usually a question.
Why did I behave in such and such way yesterday?
What does the success of my latest book mean to me?
What can I do daily to strengthen relationships with my kids?
I write the question as a headline and answer it comprehensively.
Sometimes I also employ my imagination, especially when referring to the future:
What would my perfect day look like?
What do I want my life to look like in ten years?
With questions like those, I not only write down the answers, but visualize them first.
I’m a solopreneur: my business depends on my decisions and actions alone. Quite often, I use my self-analysis sessions to examine my business actions and plans:
How can I get and keep subscribers?
What do I have to do to plan the next book launch?
These imagination exercises and business ideas often come from what I read or listen to: blog posts, books, podcasts, etc.
I complete these self‑analysis sessions on a schedule, six days a week. It’s important to me, so I don’t allow myself to do it randomly when I feel like it. On Sundays, I read the week’s six journal entries. You can set your own frequency when designing your self‑analysis process. However, I strongly advise to make it regular, preferably every day.
3. Cultivating relationships
Your network is your net worth.
Networking invariably fosters many friendships and business opportunities. Thus I created also habits for networking.
Personally, I love to connect via blog comments. I can access blogs anytime from anywhere. I love to communicate in writing. I’m a freak who loves to read and learn, so I actually feel like I’m rewarding myself each time I read an interesting blog post.
Blog comments are for me an ideal and effortless way to connect with others. Supposedly, only about 1% of visitors bother to leave a blog comment, so by this simple activity I am able to appear on the radar of some “big” folks.
When I decide to connect with someone, I don’t just leave a single blog comment and send an email the next day. I comment on each new post for a few weeks. I often search the archive for interesting articles and comment on them. When I finally send an email, the blogger definitely knows who I am.