We become what we do repeatedly. Excellence, therefore is not an act, it is a habit.”
The title of this blog is not my own quote. In fact, I have heard versions of it all week from different people, but it rings true. Success really doesn’t happen overnight. There is work and thought that goes into attaining your vision.
Interestingly while I was working on my plan for my next blog topic my friend sent me a great business building tool today and the timing could not have been better.
This week I have been focusing my efforts on taking my business to the next level. I have been working on my two year growth plan. How am I going to work on duplication and excellence? Frankly, these plans can be overwhelming, especially when you are “The boss of you!”
Right on the top of the page was this quote I would like to share.
“We become what we do repeatedly. Excellence, therefore is not an act, it is a habit.”
There it is. Simple. Practical. Realistic.
So my challenge to you in 2018 is to start using this mantra and think of how you can duplicate your habits in a way that will positively affect your business. Maybe this is setting goals for the number of “reach outs” you send a week for your business. Perhaps it is a long term project plan for a new service you will be offering. Or maybe it is just taking the good projects you completed in 2017 and finding a way to do those same projects at a higher volume.
Whatever it is…remember….you can succeed. You will succeed. But you will need to work for it. Good luck In 2018!
Do you ever feel like there is never enough time in the day to accomplish your tasks? “I just can’t add one more thing to my list!” Do you find your list is never ending? That can become a large problem when you start working for yourself. It is easy to have a tendency to over promise in order to get the work . You probably have every intention of following up with your deliverables but maybe your deliverables are unattainable.
When this happens is it is time to reprioritize. You may have a list of current projects but lists are only effective if they help you accomplish your tasks and manage project goals. Here are some tips:
Add no more than 3 items to your daily list of “to do “for that day”
Start with the easier tasks that you can complete quickly, this will give you more time for the others.
Add deadline dates to the additional list items that are in process
Use a visual aid, like a calendar, to view your deadlines by week and month-This will help you view your timeline to see if it is manageable or if it needs to be adjusted.
Set appropriate expectations on completions of work – Don’t automatically tell customers you can have something to them in a week, if you already have multiple projects due at the same time.
Most importantly make time for things that count. It is important to take care of you. Whether that is a 30 minute walk, a trip to the gym or doing the crossword puzzle. You are no good to anyone if you are emotionally drained. Stop and recharge and take care of yourself daily. The tasks will still be there tomorrow!