via Forbes: There are a myriad of ways to achieve success starting with little or nothing. The growth and range of online courses, audiobooks, and “masterminds” are helping those that want to achieve success to do that in their pajamas. Yet, tried and true methods of pen and paper, meditation, and reflection are tell-tale tactics of some top female entrepreneurs. Whether one has the cash for a personal coach or not, practicing daily habits that lead to success is accessible to almost anyone.
Practicing these habits without a purpose doesn’t guarantee success. These successful entrepreneurs have both. The ability to stay consistent with a practice, and apply it to meet a goal and take action in their lives. Often, these practices are private with special meaning, or customized to help ground and focus a busy, hectic life that needs to be managed.
MaryBeth Hyland, Founder, SparkVision
One of the best daily habits that I have is not having any screen time for the first hour of the day. I used to wake up, check my phone, turn on the news and respond to emails within minutes of being awake. With this new policy of no screen time until I’ve been awake for at least an hour, it’s given me the space to start each morning with gratitude and allow my thoughts to dance however they desire. It’s created a new sense of balance and centeredness for having a successful and productive day ahead.
Koereyelle DuBose, Founder, WERKPraySlay
Everyday I dedicate at least 1 hour to my WERK. The work with an E is the time, energy, effort and resources spent on your own dreams, independent of anyone else’s needs. One hour is only 4% of the day so I make sure I’m investing in myself along with all of the other work I finish for everyone else. During this time, I work on both personal and professional goals. It could be anything from writing blogs to sending emails to listening to Michael Beckwith sermons.
Carrie Sheffield, Founder, Bold
Each morning, I meditate and set the intention for the day. I have a personal mission statement that I read or mentally repeat to myself to keep my purpose and vision fresh. Since each day can get crazy and unpredictable, I try to start the day by staying grounded through music, yoga, journaling and reading books like Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Mastery by Robert Greene, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, Markings by Dag Hammarskjold, etc. After that I read the WSJ print edition. Yes, I’m a grandma Millennial, and I still love me some physical newspapers. That way I’m stimulated in body/mind/spirit before my ordinary workday begins.
Christa Freeland, Managing Director, Powershift Group
I’ll envision myself carrying out a goal through in an even bigger way than imagined. I get this special type of energy from visualizing these scenarios, and it’s really helped me realistically think positively and add fuel to whatever I need to accomplish on a daily basis to get me to the long-term goal.
Katie Sanders, Director of Content, Jopwell
I recently discovered the TED Talk channel and have been watching one a day around top of mind topics. And I use a free daily text service called Shine Text that sends an inspirational mantra/related article and GIF each morning.
DeeAnn Sims, Founder, Creator of SPBX Los Angles
I have found that by waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual, I’m able to carve out space for myself that I likely won’t be able to get back as the day goes on. From the moment I wake up, I turn to my bedside table and jot down at least three things I’m grateful for right now.
Maryann Reid is an author, and co-founder of Alphanista, a business and career platform for multicultural women living and working internationally.