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10 Affirmations Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Needs To Read

10 Affirmations Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Needs To Read

Every aspiring entrepreneur knows the rush of excitement that overtakes you when you come up with a really great idea. But unfortunately, most entrepreneurs rarely make it past the ideation stage.

If you want to take your idea from concept to reality, follow these 10 things all successful entrepreneurs do.

1. Make a commitment.

Committing to your entrepreneurial goal may seem like a simple, insignificant concept. However, it’s actually deeply rooted in psychology and can help you reap powerful rewards. In psychologist Robert Cialdini’s book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

    , he says that when you commit, orally or in writing, to an idea or goal, you are more likely to honor that commitment. So commit to doing whatever you need to in order to make your dream come to fruition.
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    2. Trust the journey.

    There’s always a lag between doing something new and seeing results. So focus on the journey. Set your goal, then forget about it. Do the day-to-day things that most people aren’t willing to do. This is the secret to being a successful entrepreneur: taking daily action that compounds into huge gains over time.

    3. Stay hungry.

    It’s easy to get complacent with entrepreneurship. This is especially true for aspiring entrepreneurs who finally achieve some level of success. Always stay hungry though. Don’t rest on your laurels and get lazy. Keep continuously improving and looking for ways to grow.

    4. Expect to fail.

    Failure is inevitable for entrepreneurs. But how you handle failure has a huge impact on your potential success down the road. Successful entrepreneurs embrace failure and even expect it. They learn from each of these experiences and find a better way of doing things the next time around.

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    5. Believe in your vision.

    A lot of aspiring entrepreneurs give up when times become difficult. The ones who achieve greatness believe wholeheartedly in what they’re doing and never give up.

    6. Be a problem solver.

    Successful entrepreneurs welcome problems because they know these are opportunities to use the skills they’ve developed. So embrace problems and don’t expect immediate gratification. Being solution-oriented is good, but being problem-oriented is even better.

    7. Ask for help.

    Successful entrepreneurs don’t achieve success by going at it alone. Most have mentors and a network of people they turn to for advice and help. So reach out to people you respect and ask them to help you. If there’s someone who you don’t know personally but think can help your entrepreneurial journey, get your foot in the door with him/her by interacting with them on their website or social media feeds.

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    8. Follow the steps of those before you.

    Aspiring entrepreneurs should study the people who are successful in their field and emulate those actions. What do those people do differently? What are the unique things they do to connect with people, market themselves, differentiate their work, etc.? You can learn a massive amount of valuable information about an entrepreneur’s journey (for free) by simply going to his/her website and spending some time doing a little research.

    9. Learn everything you can.

    In Robert Greene’s book, Mastery

      , he says, “The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” Aspiring entrepreneurs learn something new every day. They attend conferences, read books, magazines, and websites, talk to people, and watch videos. These are the things that people who master their craft do.

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      10. Write every day.

      Keep a to-do list or daily planner and write down the tasks you complete every day. A psychology professor at Dominican University of California found that people who wrote down their goals, shared them with others, and held themselves accountable for their goals were 33 percent more likely to achieve those goals.

      When you do these things on a regular basis, you’ll find that you slowly progress closer and closer to your goal—and then one day it becomes reality. Of course this takes time—years, in many cases. But you’ll find that the effort and the journey are well worth it.

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      Last Updated on August 16, 2018

      16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

      16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

      The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

      How about a unique spin on things?

      These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

      1. Empty your mind.

      It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

      Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

      Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

      Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

      How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

      2. Keep certain days clear.

      Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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      This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

      3. Prioritize your work.

      Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

      Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

      Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

      How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

      4. Chop up your time.

      Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

      5. Have a thinking position.

      Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

      What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

      6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

      To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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      Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

      7. Don’t try to do too much.

      OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

      8. Have a daily action plan.

      Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

      Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

      9. Do your most dreaded project first.

      Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

      10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

      The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

      11. Have a place devoted to work.

      If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

      But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

      Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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      Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

      12. Find your golden hour.

      You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

      Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

      Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

      Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

      13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

      It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

      By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

      Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

      14. Never stop.

      Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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      Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

      There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

      15. Be in tune with your body.

      Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

      16. Try different methods.

      Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

      It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

      Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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