Running a business can be difficult at times, so don’t make it any harder on yourself than it already is. Your personal health can have a huge impact on the health of your business, so make sure you keep it a priority.
Here are 10 unhealthy habits that could hurt your business. Keep these in mind and look for their warning signs.
1. Getting AngryLearn to control your anger and always make decisions from a place of calm and reason.Click To Tweet
Sometimes clients, suppliers, and even colleagues will do things that upset you, but there’s simply no way that getting angry helps you in business. When you get angry, your emotion overwhelms and blinds you, and adds stress to an already stressful lifestyle.
2. Self-DoubtSelf-doubt is natural, but don't let it hold you back from growing your business.Click To Tweet
Remember that every business owner was inexperienced and unsure of themselves when they started out. No one is born an expert, but self-confidence will come as you gain experience.
3. Thinking You Know What You Don’tOne of the most dangerous things for a business owner to say is, 'I already know that.'Click To Tweet
A prime example is making assumptions about your target market based on what you think they like. You need objective data about your market on which to base your decisions.
If you’re too set in your opinions, you may miss important new information that comes along. Keep your mind open and know what you don’t know.
4. Bad Stress ManagementBe honest: is the way you handle stress healthy or not?Click To Tweet
There will be more stress ahead in the journey of running your own business. If you don’t deal well with stress, it’s time to learn some new coping strategies.
5. Working Until You Burn outDecide on a work schedule and stick to it unless it's absolutely necessary to work longer hours.Click To Tweet
Because there is so much to do and only so many hours in a day, many solopreneurs push themselves to work long hours. Neglecting sleep and leisure activities leads to burnout, which can seriously damage your business.
6. Failure to DelegateJust because you CAN do most things yourself doesn't mean that you SHOULD.Click To Tweet
Learn to ask for help when you need it and delegate tasks that aren’t the best use of your time, energy and expertise.
7. MultitaskingDon’t fall into the trap of multitasking. Focus on one task at a time.Click To Tweet
When you multitask, it’s hard to give any of your tasks the attention they require.
8. Not ListeningListening is one of the most important skills you can develop.Click To Tweet
To make your business a success, you have to meet your clients’ expectations, and you can’t do this unless you listen to them.
9. Fear of Spending MoneyDon’t shoot yourself in the foot by choosing low price over quality.Click To Tweet
It’s important to keep an eye on cash flow and reduce expenses where you can, but there are some things that you simply have to pay for.
10. FearIt's natural and healthy to experience fear, but don’t let it stop you from taking action.Click To Tweet
True courage means taking action in spite of the fear you feel. Push the fear aside and get down to business.
Running your own business can be challenging, but deeply rewarding. Do your best to recognize and cut out unhealthy habits and replace them with habits that will help you succeed.