The life of the Elite entrepreneur can be quite overwhelming. Whether your already established or just beginning the pursuit of clout, attaining - or retaining - success requires an impressive daily checklist of obstacles to overcome or feats to be made. It is for that reason alone that time is the most valuable commodity.
So, in a day of which there is so much to accomplish, how do the best begin each morning? Naturally, the beginning of the day sets the tone and speed for the remainder of it, so it is critical that the first few hours of the day are fruitful. Leave your old habits behind. From this point forward - if you have an unsatisfiable hunger for success - this is how you need to start your day for the rest of your life:
With a day of war ahead of you, knowledge of the impending battles can be overbearing and stressful. You cannot let this pressure overwhelm you. If you begin the day dreading what needs to get done, you have already lost. It is of the utmost importance you wake up positive and hungry... eager to take on what life throws at you headfirst.
To stay positive, you must be at peace. Even the most battle-tested of men can become discouraged when the need-to-do's start to stack up. But if you remind yourself what your end-goal is every morning - essentially, the reason why you are doing all this work anyway - you will be reenergized with the spirit of entrepreneurship. Be at peace and start the day with the right mindset.
The most self-aware man is the most advantaged man. Each morning, lay out what exactly needs to be done that day. Write it done... on paper or in your phone. This may seem unnecessary but it will help you immensely. This way the stress is diminished and you can take one thing on at a time. You will be as efficient as possible and will cut back on errors, such as: tardiness, inefficiency, slow work speed, discombobulation, and - simply put - fuck ups.
Quality Over Quantity
Often, you will have to make the decision to spearhead one laborious and strenuous task that could possibly take up the bulk of your day... or, to take on a bunch of smaller, quicker, less important petty work. It is tempting to get through all the quick and lesser things first, right? Wrong. The time lost in between the different tasks is valuable time and it certainly adds up.
If you are an entrepreneur by heart, you realize that you need every hour of sunlight possible. Do not waste daylight or energy bouncing from place to place or activity to activity. Truckstick the biggest, longest task first thing in the morning. It is the most efficient and the most pleasing, mentally. After such an accomplishment, you will have the confidence and feel-good energy to continue working at full-speed the rest of your day.
No, not bench press. Benchmark... comparing where you are now to where you were yesterday and where you want to be tomorrow. Just like a kid who measures his height against the wall every week. You need to know how fast you are moving towards your goals. The idea is not to work towards your end-goal at the same constant speed.
Slow and steady does not win the race. You want to be constantly improving. You want to be reaching your next goal faster than you reached your last goal. That is true progress. Being aware of your progress can be eye-opening. If you are growing closer to success at a rapid speed, you will feel more accomplished than you ever have in your entire life.
There is never a better feeling. If you are not, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Something is off and needs to be adjusted. Maybe you even need to question if the path you chose to reach your end-goal was the right one. In either case, make things right and keep moving forward... faster.
In addition to measuring your progress everyday, you must also measure your happiness. As an entrepreneur, you can never attain absolute success unless you have a passion for what you are doing. In fact, passion is half of the formula for utilizing your full potential. Not to mention, if you are not happy with what you are doing now, success in that field will not change anything.
Do something you love. If you don't absolutely love what you do, find something else. The biggest misconception in this world is that everybody hates their job and thats the way it has to be. That couldn't be anymore of a toxic belief. Everyone has something they have a passion for and an aptitude for. When you combine interest and talent, success is nearly guaranteed.
Steve Jobs - in his now famous speech given at a Stanford graduation - said it best, regarding the necessity of passion in whatever it is you are doing:
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
If you do start each morning off with all of these points, your quality of life will instantly and drastically improve. Your pursuit of success will be enhanced like you never imagined. Stop wasting precious time and change the way you start each day.
Venture Clout | Elite.