There are six pillars to the GrowthGen Work-Life Framework. I’ve written before about the starting pillar of clarity. Now it’s time to think about habits.
Once you’ve clarified where you want to be in life and in business, how do you get there?
Good habits are underrated. People don’t talk about them much, but habits are very actionable. They are probably one of the best tools you have use to become a great and successful entrepreneur - or to succeed in life generally.
There's a book called Tiny Habits by B.J. Fogg and another, Atomic Habits, by James Clear. Both talk about the same principle – repeating those small steps over and over again in a consistent manner all the time.
That’s the principle of building good habits. Start from Day One – and Day One is today! – and habits will get you there.
Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about the same thing in his book. One thing he talks about is that when you go to a gym, you do reps. Repetitions are all about doing the same thing over and over again. As Arnie says, the only way he was able to become who he is, is by repeating one particular task over and over again. He took that metaphor literally. Applied it to his business, applied it to his life, applied it to everything.
Habits are quite simply one of the most underrated, but one of the most effective ways to reach any of your goals.
There’s another interesting point which comes out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s analogy. When you're doing those reps in the gym, most of the time you’re not working at maximum weight. The same thing applies with habits in your life and business.
Say you're going to get up and go for a walk every morning. You're not necessarily going to push yourself to the limit every day – but you’ll do a lot of walking! Or maybe your planned habit is to clean through your email at 10:00am once a day, or to catch up on email twice a day. You might not manage that one hundred percent, but you can still get into the habit of doing it most of the time. Which is a lot better than doing nothing.
The key point about habits is:
Even on the days you don't perform brilliantly, you still get something done.
You have some result. You keep moving. And by doing even a little bit, you keep yourself in the mode and mindset.
That's why building good habits from Day One can save you a lot of pain and heartache, and help you run your business better as well.