7 Habits to Drop to Be Successful in Business

Having business success is not a pie-in-the-sky dream made only for an exclusive class of people, like the inventor of the Post-it Note Arthur Fry or jet-setting Richard Branson. With a committed mindset and a clear vision, you can put your best foot forward. Many internal and external factors can hold you back, but they are in your control to change. Below are seven habits to drop like the plague.

Consider these helpful business tips as you begin to nurture a successful business career:

  1. Remove distracting behaviors, many of which result from multi-tasking. You might wonder how you are expected to write contracts, take notes during meetings, and greet in-person clients all at the same time. Unless you are a superhero, chances are you cannot. Sometimes, the multi-tasking you do results from browsing social media newsfeeds and bingeing Netflix specials. Instead, prioritize and focus. You can increase your concentration as you do flexibility and strength—through exercise. In this case, exercise comes in the form of meditation and mindfulness.
  1. Reduce your contact with negative thinking, whether it is yours or someone else’s. When you visualize what success means to you, your mind becomes absorbed with positive ways to attain it. The opposite is also true. Friends or family members may think they’re helping but end up placing their fears onto your situation. Stumbling blocks are inevitable, but it is important to consider, not dwell upon, their existence. If your mind creates one giant block at the start, then you will not be able to see over it to get to any of the rewarding outcomes.
  1. Stop waiting for the perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, or the perfect anything. No Publishers Clearing House media frenzy is going to appear at your front door offering you a giant key to unlock your dreams. It is up to you to determine when you are willing to start, and then you just have to take the leap.
  1. Eliminate the thought that you can do everything yourself. America likes to taut the heroes of rugged individualism, those who came from nothing, pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, and became a star. However, the reality is successful people have a support system around them of encouraging friends, family, and staff who share the workload. Speak up and delegate.
  1. Avoid comparisons to others. Maybe you decide to scroll through an old alumni magazine or your Facebook newsfeed where people put on their best faces. You discover that your high school buddy got another promotion and wonder what about your buddy that is better, smarter, cooler. Life is not one big race with winners and losers but individual walk-a-thons through thorny paths and sprawling meadows where everyone’s approach is unique.
  1. Do not use all of your time planning and making lists. Planning and organizing are crucial, but if you keep planning and never take action, then you have a problem. It is easy to create to-do lists for years and feel like you are making a dent, even though, in reality, you are not. Use planning time judiciously, not as an excuse to avoid action.
  1. It is ok to say no, especially to unnecessary meetings. Saying yes to opportunities that advance your career is necessary. At some point, you have to determine which meetings are worth your time and which waste your time. Meetings come in the form of staff gatherings as well as conversations with potential employers/employees, partners, and clients. Even when someone says you “must attend,” you need to decide for yourself. (Also, some meetings can just be emails.)

Ultimately, if you want success, then you need to put in the work and surround yourself with others who positively challenge you. Rather than keeping your eye on the prize from afar, take purposeful, enjoyable steps toward cradling the prize with your hands. 

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