Any successful business owner knows you need one basic thing to ensure a strong start to a new year – a plan of action. 

Plans are fantastic. I love plans! I enjoy planning things – business growth, events, vacations – but there’s one thing I’ve discovered over the years.  Without solid, consistent habits that support the plan – the plan will never work.  Just ask Darren Hardy, success mentor and author of “The Compound Effect.” Hardy talks about how success is not get-rich-quick methods, it’s a slow arduous process consisting of thousands of tedious little things that done over time create the magic of the compound effect.  In more entertainment business terms, “It takes 20 years to be an overnight success.” ~Eddie Cantor

Habits will make or break you.

Good habits that feed into productive action towards a strategic direction helps you create the business, life, and relationships you want.

Bad habits will drive you into doubt, discouragement, and despair.

How do you create good habits?

  1. Define your current “state of habits.”  Write out all your normal routines and activities. Then identify which activities support your strategy and which ones don’t. 
  2. Decide which habits to keep, and own it. Let’s face it, getting rid of bad habits all-at-once can be daunting. When you KNOW you’re doing it, you’ll start to ask yourself WHY you’re doing it. And those GREAT habits you have now – keep those. 
  3. Determine what habits you need in order to reach your goals.  You have gaps – find them.
  4. Develop a plan of prioritized activities – including what you WON’T do.
  5. Schedule it.  Set reminders if you have to.
  6. Track it to make sure you are doing what you know you need to do.
  7. Get an accountability partner to make sure all the above works for you.

And when you do good, celebrate it!