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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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      Scott Christ

      Scott Christ is a writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Pure Food Company.

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      The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

      The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

      No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

      Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

      Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

      A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

      Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

      In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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      From Making Reminders to Building Habits

      A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

      For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

      This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

      The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

      That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

      Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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      The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

      Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

      But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

      The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

      The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

      A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

      For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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      But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

      If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

      For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

      These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

      For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

      How to Make a Reminder Works for You

      Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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      Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

      Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

      My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

      Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

      I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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      Reference

      [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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