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The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Creative Solopreneurs

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I recently read the book “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” and I got inspired to write this blog post and share what I think are the 7 habits that every creative entrepreneur should have in order to be effective and successful.

The important thing here to realize is that in the end, these are just skillsets that can be learned and habits that can be adopted.

So, contrary to popular beliefs, I don’t believe that you can only be a successful entrepreneur if you’re born with certain talents, charisma, or whatever.

No, every single habit that I will mention today, is one that you can learn or adopt in your life and business by just making a few little changes.

So, without further do, let’s get started!

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Habit #1: Focusing on one thing at a time and making working on it every single day non-negotiable

I truly believe that in order to be effective, you cannot take on too many projects at once. Because that will just end up in half-finished projects, delays in all, and A LOT OF overwhelm.

You only have 2 hands and 24 hours in a day, and if you’re in the process of creating a digital product AND you’re working on this podcast that you’re about to launch, AND you’re writing the sales emails for another offer that you’re willing to put out and these other 3 shiny objects that you’re just too excited about to set aside,… it just becomes too much…

If you’re distributing all of your LIMITED precious time, energy, and focus between all of these things, you are not only burning yourself out, but you are also not really moving ahead in any of them.

So, choose carefully and strategically ONE project that you know will move the needle forward in your business and commit to this project until it’s finished before you even think about taking on any other project.

And commit to working on this project every single workday, even if it is only for 30 min. Consider this as a non-negotiable and preferably do this at the very beginning of your workday, before you do anything else.

And when you do this consistently, you will notice that things start to move forward in your business.

Habit #2: Simplifying your business

A second essential one of these 7 habits is to always find a way to make things as simple as possible in your business, so it becomes not only easy to manage, but also WAY more fun!

If you look at all the tasks on your to-do list and calendar, what are the ones that are truly essential?

What tasks can you either delete, postpone, outsource or automate?

Can you make your workflow more simplified in any way?

In your business, less is definitely more. So, the more you can get off your plate, the more time you can work in your zone of genius.

Recommended Read: 8 Mistakes You’re Probably Making That Are Holding You Back From A Streamlined and Simplified Business

Habit #3: Setting and maintaining healthy boundaries

Effective entrepreneurs know when it is time to work, but equally know when to close their laptop and relax.

They set clear boundaries with their clients by communicating when they’re out of the office and when their clients can expect a reply from them.

They have a ritual to let go of all worries, concerns, and work-related stress to really come back and connect with their true selves.

They recognize the importance of self-care and leisure time because they know they can never be as productive in the long term if they neglect their other life areas and health.

Recommended read: How To Set Healthy Boundaries As A Solopreneur

Habit #4: Working from a place of inspiration, not desperation

Another important habit, and paradigm shift that I think successful entrepreneurs have adopted, are working on their business from a place of inspiration and not desperation.

I believe that successful entrepreneurs truly believe that they are whole, worthy, and good enough just because. That means that no unproductive day, failed launch, or bad business decision can ever change that.

They don’t have to reach success in order to feel whole and they are not chasing these approvals and admirations of other people in order to feel enough.

They know they are already unconditionally worthy just for existing on this planet.

And it’s not that they don’t work on their businesses and don’t want it to grow and be successful, but it comes from a whole different place, not from desperation, but from a true sense of inspiration.

They feel naturally inspired to create, help other people, and have successful businesses, but they don’t attach their worth to it.

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Habit #5: Capturing ideas and committing to them when the time is right

Another important one that is closely connected with the first habit, is capturing ideas whenever they come to you.

Most business owners forget to do this and tend to let their ideas slip away from them and forget them eventually.

And that’s so sad because these are sometimes really amazing opportunities.

So, keep a running list of all your ideas, big ones and small ones in a place that is accessible so you can grab them and note them down whenever they come to you, without judging or evaluating them yet.

The key is to create an environment of innovation and open-mindedness where new ideas are empowered and welcomed with open arms.

However, this doesn’t mean, as I already described in the first habit, that you have to redirect your focus whenever a new idea pops up.

No, you continue focusing on the project that you have committed to until it’s finished, and then when it’s time to pick the next project you can take back your list and choose strategically and carefully what idea makes the most sense to commit to next.

Habit #6: Don’t hesitate to invest when necessary

Another habit of the 7 habits I believe that successful entrepreneurs have, is investing in their businesses from the very beginning.

Whether it’s a tool, mentoring program, mastermind, course, or contractor, sometimes investing in your business (when it makes sense) is absolutely essential in order to scale it.

Don’t wait to invest in your business until you have reached 5K months, because that will just slow down your growth.

DIY’ing and wanting to figure out everything yourself, will make you lose money in the long term because it’s going to often take three times as much to do the exact same thing.

Using automation tools and outsourcing tasks are shortcuts to gaining time (and time is money). And courses, mentoring programs, and masterminds will help you to overcome limiting beliefs that are holding you back, and learn business and marketing strategies that are proven to work, so you can just repeat them without having to reinvent the wheel.

And investing in your business will often have the side-effect that you feel certain financial accountability, which will make you take your business WAY more seriously.

Habit #7: Be a student for life

Last but not least, I believe in order to be successful, you have to commit to continuous learning and mastering new skills for the rest of your life.

So be curious, and take at least a few hours per week to read an interesting book, research something, take a course or webinar and be a student for life.

Those who are humble enough to admit that they will never know everything there is to know about a certain topic, are the ones that will get the furthest.

That rounds up what I think are The 7 Habits of truly effective and successful entrepreneurs.

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What do you think is the most important habit entrepreneur should have?

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  1. Kimberlie says:

    I needed to see this today as I typically struggle with investing as needed and I need to stop doing that. Thank you for the push to see it as an investment.

  2. Kelly says:

    I think focusing on one thing at a time is important. While I have numerous things I’d love to work on, my one goal right now is to post consistently on my blog and everything else is secondary. All of these habits are so important and great reminders!

  3. Carlyn Paschall says:

    Thanks!!! I think Habit#1 should be my focus! I always seem to have too many balls in the air. I need to remember I can’t do everything at once

  4. Lana says:

    I completely agree with #1 and #7. It all boils down to working hard every day on the project and not procrastinating trying to do everything at once and doing nothing in the end 🙁
    And constantly learning new things in your spare time of course)

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