My 5 Most Powerful Daily Habits

5 Daily Habits for SuccessWe all have habits, some good, some bad. Or shall I say, some that move us forward toward an inspiring future and others that keep us stuck in the past. Habits are where the intersection between life and business becomes even more blurry than usual (and those of you that read me regularly know I have a pretty expanded concept of how life and business intersect). This is why I wanted to share my most powerful daily habits with you.

At first glance you might look at this list and think – What does this have to do with growing your business? My answer is everything. Because you are at the core of your business. The hub. The engine. Without you the business doesn’t go forward (particularly if you are self-employed or in a small partnership). As my earliest personal transformation mentor Debbie Ford would teach us – it’s all about the microcosm of the macrocosm. Meaning what affects one part affects the whole. The tiniest thing is a reflection of the largest thing. A bit metaphysical? Yes. Applicable to your business. Without a doubt.

So here are the most important things I do every day that make me more productive, happier, and a better business owner and human being.

Begin with Gratitude

Every morning before my feet hit the floor, I give gratitude for the day. Regardless of my mood upon waking, I say a prayer of thanks. No matter what is going on in my life or business, today is precious. Being alive, breathing, healthy, with others I love, and in a business of my choosing is a gift. Even when I want to go all crankypants before I’ve even dismantled the snooze alarm, I remember what it was like when my mother was dying two years ago. A humbling and very present reminder of the gift that is today. This attitude informs my day and my business dealings.

Practice Mindfulness Meditation

Daily meditation is one of my integrity anchors that I started in 2003 and faithfully commit to. There is the occasional day that gets missed, but usually another form of meditation takes its place that day (like a very long kayak trip on a quiet lake for instance). This has brought a quality of presence and mindfulness to my life and business that I never dreamed was possible. It directly impacts my clients as well. Whether the intentions behind your practice are spiritual, health related, or strictly business performance related, it works. Avoid burnout, increase creativity, cultivate better relationships, and be a more spectacular leader… that’s an ROI that even the skeptics can get behind. [Read more…]

10 Ways to Express Your Gratitude to Clients and Colleagues

GratitudeGratitude is a worthwhile daily practice.  The words “thank you” are so simple to say and can have such a huge impact on others.  There is no better time than now to tell people you’re grateful for that they matter to you and have made a difference.  With Thanksgiving and the holiday season on the way, opportunities abound to express your sentiments of gratitude.

First, make a list of all the people you are most grateful for. These are all the people you are glad to have in your life.

Within your business these might include:

  • Current and past clients
  • Joint Venture partners
  • Mentors, colleagues, and other supporters
  • Referral partners
  • Friends

Don’t let the gratitude stop at the office, though… keep listing those who make a difference for your life:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Neighbors
  • Service providers (healers, health care practitioners, your auto mechanic, vet, etc.)
  • Spiritual mentors, church community, other community organizations you belong to
  • Your children’s teachers, coaches, babysitters
  • Anyone who goes the extra mile to serve you

Here are 10 ways you could express your gratitude today and any time you want to let them know they matter to you. [Read more…]

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