It’s no secret that the best workers are workers who think like the owner. Imagine the difference between an assistant who just completes the tasks at hand, and an owner who is constantly asking herself, “What’s next? What can I do better? What’s coming down the pipes? How can I turn this corner to get more value?”
When you adopt the attitude and practice of a successful business owner, you practically guarantee your own health and happiness. You will also eliminate the mentality of, “I work from 9 to 5 and then I go home.”
Do you want to live your life on a 9 – 5 basis? Or do you want your life to be like a Jack-in-the-box that’s so full of excitement that it literally can’t be contained? That’s how I want to live! Take a look at these 5 steps to live like a boss.
Step 1: Always Ask Why Not
Most people ask, “Why?” I want you to ask, “Why not?”
For instance, when I decided to enter the LA marathon when I was at my heaviest weight in my mid 30s, I didn’t think, “Why me? Can I really do it?” I thought, “Well, why not? It’s just one foot in front of the other.” That’s how business owners operate.
I always tell people who are new to their health or business journey that, “There is no difference between me and you, other than I started first. I did it, so you can too.” So many people approach new fitness goals or new business goals with a failure mentality, but you know what? The people who succeeded aren’t special. They just have the right tools, the right attitude, and the right support.
Your time is now, truly. So get started on that Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) before you scare the crap out of yourself!
Step 2: Create SMART Goals
The best goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Limited.
Specific: What do I want to change?
Measurable: How can I track my progress?
Attainable: What steps must I take to reach my goal?
Realistic: What makes me believe I can reach this goal?
Time Limited: When do I want to reach this goal?
When business owners are creating a new program, they go through and articulate when and how they’re going to get from A-Z. An employee sits back and is given orders. Do you want someone to give you orders? I don’t!
Step 3: Take Ownership
Owners have 100% ownership of their results. They give credit where credit is due, and they praise success. They have an attitude of, “Nothing is going to stop me. There are no excuses.”
“My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them”. - Sir Richard Branson
Step 4: Evaluate, Adjust and Proceed
Don’t expect clear sailing in life. There will be bumps and bruises and turns and twists and tears. There will never be a perfect time for anything, and if you wait for it, you will never take action.
You have to just go for it. Make adjustments and keep moving forward, remembering that you’re okay to slow down. If life is a highway, it’s perfectly okay to get off for a pit stop. Business owners recognize when something needs to change. They stop, evaluate, make adjustments, and then proceed.
Step 5: Teamwork
This is the most important step! Business owners hire the right people who will support their vision. They know they can’t do it alone, and they give credit where credit is due. Whether your Big Hairy Audacious Goal is a fitness goal, a weight loss goal, or a new business venture goal, you need a team. Don’t be afraid to enlist or hire someone to support you.