5 habits that will hurt your business


It’s easy to focus on the business itself when you’re considering growth strategies, but our personal lives are connected to our businesses more than we think.

It is easy to act as if everything is separate, but the truth is that each aspect of your life bleeds into the other.

Your business affects you personally, and your personal life affects your business.

If your business is struggling, it may be time to check out your personal life and how it’s affecting your business.

The following five personal habits will hurt your business:

1. Lack of rest

Without proper rest, you will take twice as long to do the same projects after a good night’s sleep.

A tired mind is a slow mind, yet at times we entrepreneurs burn the candle at both ends, leaving no room for rest and recuperation.

Stop wearing the badge of business. Rest to be more productive, creative and efficient. Take your business to the next level by getting the rest that your body and mind need.

2. Poor personal finances

A lack of control over personal finances will rob your mind and your business.

When your mind is worried about money, it is not allowing you the freedom to be the creative entrepreneur you could be.

Ballooning personal expenses can be detrimental to your mental space and your business. It can become tempting to raise your salary, taking money that could be used for expansion. Regain control over your personal finances, and your business will grow and prosper.

3. Relational problems

Problems with relationships – especially serious problems – could close the door on your company.

Because they take your energy away from your business, relationship problems will suck the life right out of you. The more intimate the relationship, the more problems you might experience emotionally, mentally and physically.

Take time to repair relationships that need to be repaired, and remove toxic interactions.

4. Lack of exercise

Many entrepreneurs are notorious for ignoring their bodies. A lack of exercise will reduce your physical and mental stamina.

Your confidence will also take a hit when you aren’t being physically active. With all the physical and mental health benefits of exercise, it is crucial that you take up the habit. Exercise can be intimidating if you haven’t been physically active, so start slowly – but stay consistent.

Make time to exercise to help your business break through barriers and maintain growth.

5. Struggling with boundaries

Failing to recognise the difference between a concern and a responsibility will cause many entrepreneurs to become burnt out and frustrated.

When boundaries are not in place, the world sits on your shoulders.

Remove the mental roadblocks by focusing on and fixing what is your responsibility, and leave the concerns to the people who are responsible for them. Free your mind and your business by putting firm boundaries in place.

Working on these five habits will help transform your company. Though mastery will not happen overnight, you can make massive improvements with a little bit of focus. If you recognise that a specific habit is the biggest culprit, use the bulk of your energy to fix it.

When you change your habits, you change your business and change your life. Entrepreneur.com

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