7 Habits of Highly Successful Online Entrepreneurs
Most Online Entrepreneurs, including myself, do most of their writing at home surrounded by loads of distractions. Compared to the average entrepreneur that has their own office, online entrepreneurs need to implement success habits just to be able to make it through the day. Let’s go ahead and get right into the first habit.
#1: Online Marketers Exercise Self-Control Throughout the Day
Beyond keeping your emotions in check, here are three more tips for exercising self-control through your day…
- Check email once every three hours – There are few things that will suck the life out of your day like email.
- Keep all social media windows closed – Social media is a great tool for promoting your blog, but it can easily pull you into to an endless scroll of updates. Just like with email, schedule your social media time.
- Put your phone on silent when your working – If you can eliminate the disruption of email, social media, and phone calls, then you will double your productivity.
#2: Online Entrepreneurs Have an Optimistic and Positive Attitude
You need to have a firm belief that you are going to be successful. With a business, you can launch your site and start making sales through Google Adwords that same day. Though it usually takes six months from the moment a new post is published until you can even find out if it will get any traffic from Google.
If you ever feel demotivated, then imagine how it will feel when your blog is bringing in more money than you could possibly spend. In addition, try to read 5 to 10 positive quotes to start every day.
If you can believe, you can achieve.
#3: Online Entrepreneurs Are Open-Minded
As an Entrepreneur, you need to always be open to learning new techniques and processes that may be better than what you are currently doing now.
Learning is a choice. Make a determined effort to learn about success, study success and take action. Many people want to improve their lives but they don’t take action and learn the right things that will take their life to a whole new level. Knowledge and action will take you wherever you want to go. I hope these quotes inspire you to be a student of success by learning about success and taking fearless action so that you may be successful in all areas of your life.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” John Wooden
“A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren’t proud of what you’re doing, why should anybody else be?” Richard Branson
“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.” James Allen
See more success quotes here at: Brainyquote.com
- I Listen to Podcasts – My phone is always loaded with new podcast episodes covering marketing techniques. Instead of listening to the radio in the car, I am absorbing ideas and knowledge from podcasts.
- I Sign Up to Online Courses – I like learning new concepts and ideas
- I Read Books and Blogs – No matter what industry you are in, there are always going to be incredible books and blogs that will be worth following. Make it a habit.
#4: Online Entrepreneurs Embrace and Learn from Discomfort
Personal obstacles are related to our psychology, behavior, and state-of-mind. They typically include unhelpful habits, debilitating emotions, paralyzing fears and limiting beliefs. The reason these obstacles prevent us from moving forward comes down to how we choose to interpret events and circumstances, and the subsequent thoughts we choose to dwell upon.
The thoughts we typically dwell upon prevent us from making objective decisions. Our poor choices, subsequently lead us down less than optimal paths as we work toward our goals. These thoughts we tend to dwell upon are often recognised as the 10 Cognitive Distortions that sabotage people’s choices and behavior.
Further reading: 10 Cognitive Distortions
Too often we let our mistakes and setbacks define us. Yet, as Dr Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology once said, “It’s not our failures that determine our future success, but how we explain them to ourselves.” Likewise, if you knew that no matter what happened, you could handle it, what actions would you take that you aren’t taking now?
What conversations would you engage in that you’ve been putting off? Where would you step out onto center stage more fully and boldly in your own life – and in doing so, open up the possibility for new opportunities, new relationships, new alliances, new ideas to take bloom?
We are all going to face obstacles in business and life. Embrace them, learn from them, and keep moving forward.
#5: Successful Online Entrepreneurs Never Give Up in the Face of Adversity
Achieving a goal is a wildly exhilarating thing. If you’re flirting with the idea of giving up, you could be throwing away something wonderful―your best future. There’s going to be anxiety about uncertainty and fear about failing, but push yourself to keep going. After all, you’ll never know how close you are to succeeding if you quit now.
To channel some positive momentum, keep motivating quotes at the top of your mind. And never give up.
Be aware of your thoughts. I’m having that thought again. Try mindfulness to get out of your head.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ―Thomas Edison
“Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” ―Conrad Hilton
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
#6: Online Entrepreneurs Show Appreciation and Gratitude for What they Have
Gratitude, or appreciation for the good things that happen in life, is an essential part of building happiness. When you’re going through a tough time it can be hard to remember to be grateful for the good stuff, but there are a stack of benefits that can be gained from working gratitude into your everyday life.
This can help if:
- you want a strategy for helping to deal with a tough time
- you want to boost your mood
- you want to cultivate awareness and appreciation for the good things in your life.
The Benefits Of Gratitude
Increasing your gratitude is useful because:
- it’s an instant mood booster and feels great in the moment
- you’re likely to feel closer to friends and family
- you’re likely to enjoy your life more
- it’s good for your physical health
- it’s easier to cope with tough times
- good things in life don’t stick in our heads as easily as bad events
#7: Successful Online Entrepreneurs Have a Great Work – Life Balance
These days, work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat. Technology makes workers accessible around the clock. Fears of job loss incentivize longer hours. In fact, a whopping 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week in a Harvard Business School survey.
Experts agree: the compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness.
- Limit time-wasting activities and people
- Exercise and meditate
Exercise is crucial for me. I love to surf. The coastal walks near my home are breathtakingly beautiful. I always come back from these two pursuits feeling refreshed and ready to continue on with increased vigour and vitality.
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So, tell me… have you made any of these entrepreneur mistakes? Are you back on course?
I really hope this helped. Hey, have I missed anything here though? Drop me a note in the comments section below and let me know your thoughts.
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