The new year is fast approaching which means we're all looking to the future. Some of us, like me, are hitting the gym to develop healthy habits early. Others are contemplating the next steps in their jobs and careers.
Just as a few tweaks in your exercise regime might do wonders for your body, so will a few tweaks to your daily habits do wonders for your professional life. Whether it's starting your own business or angling for the next promotion, here's 7 habits to develop that will power you into even greater success in 2016. I'll gladly toast to that!
1. Do the hard stuff early. Before you settle down at your desk, do all the really hard things first. Write that unpleasant email or make that contentious phone call in the morning before the day gets started. Work on that project in the early hours. You'll find you'll become way more efficient if you don't walk around all day with a big cloud hanging over your head of what you "need to do."
2. Take care of your body. Not all of us can have the rock hard body of The Rock. Still, exercise is an extremely important habit to develop, both for your physical and mental health. Many successful entrepreneurs, despite lamenting how little time they have during the day, still find time to hit the gym or jog around the track. Working out helps you burn off emotional energy-as well as that donut for breakfast-and refocuses your brain.
3. Get sleep! Getting a great night's sleep does wonders for your next day. Entrepreneurs tend to sleep very little and they don't always sleep well but that's not to say it's unimportant. Try to get 7 hours of sleep a night. Light a candle, get into your fuzzy PJs and try to find a routine that will make you snooze.
4. Be grateful. When the going gets tough, don't get mad-get grateful. It seems like a bunch of hokey stuff, but exercising gratitude everyday will make you infinitely more successful. Some career coaches suggest you write down a list everyday of things you're grateful for (a good number is 10). Others suggest you simply take a moment to recognize how lucky you are, whether it's having the freedom to start your own business or having the support of your family. As Sallie Krawcheck said on my podcast, Radiate, "my worst day is better than most of the world's best day." When you recognize that, you can put a lot more into perspective. (You can hear this week's episode featuring Wall Street veteran Robert Wolf on iTunes and SoundCloud. You can also listen on my website, www.betty-liu.com.)
5. Work really hard...and then break for some fun. If you want to be a success, you have to work 24/7, right? Wrong. Sure, there are days when you'll be working incredibly hard but let's stop with the myth that only entrepreneurs who work all the time will succeed. If anything, they'll fail. Even the hardest working people in the world know how to break for fun. Being able to turn your work off to recharge your batteries is critical to your success.
6. Forgive yourself. You screwed up a pitch? So what. You got into a fight with a coworker? That happens. One thing that's guaranteed to happen next year is you will make plenty of mistakes. Forgive yourself and mean it-don't get attached to the bad things that happen. They happen to everyone. Move on and move on quickly (and by the way, doing No. 2 will help you in this endeavor by blowing off steam at the gym).
7. Do things for others while expecting nothing in return. It's amazing how much helping someone-it doesn't matter who or what or how big or small-will improve your outlook on life. Helping someone is empowering. Helping someone without expecting a return is freeing. Don't keep score. The universe works in mysterious ways-you'll get your rewards soon enough.
If you like this article, you'll love my new podcast, Radiate, featuring interviews with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. You can click on new episodes on iTunes, SoundCloud or on my website. www.betty-liu.com. Here is the RSS feed too. And please don't forget to REVIEW the podcast or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.