Ever wondered why you’re reaching for the golden apple to get close, yet still feel so far from it. Similarly, you’re a busy business owner right? You work, long, hard hours, you’re across every inch of your business dealings, you dedicate your time, day in, day out, and can’t understand why you’re just not breaking it!  

Many successful people are doing everything right but still harbour xxxx habits which is hindering their abilities to get to the next level. Believe me, I’ve lived through this and travelled the world with the best trainers and motivators on the planet to find the answers.

Any of these sound familiar?

  1. IPA – and NOT doing it.

IPA (Incoming Producing Activities for those who don’t know) are what makes the moneyball keep turning. We live in a world now where we are consistently exposed to messages, to brands, to DISTRACTIONS, which before you know it can very much occupy your whole day when you should have been doing those activities that make you money! Get off YouTube, turn of your Facebook notifications and stop scrolling through your instagram feed. Work is about focusing on IPA and success will come as soon as this is the clear and only focus.


  1.  Telling porkies is for the non-successful

Let’s face it – no one likes lies in general but in business lying to yourself is more common than you think. The only way to tackle things head on is by being honest with yourself.  Be truthful about your finances, be honest about your capabilities, your requirements and when you need help with answers. This will allow you to find solutions, rather than delve into problems that you’re not upfront with yourself.


  1. You can’t please all the people all the time

Ever wondered why the ‘yes’ people never get ahead. Sure everyone loves them, but are they the ones you aspire to be? Do they motivate and inspire you? Do you remember them? The answer is probably not. In life you just can’t please everyone all of the time and therefore one common habit to break is to ‘people please’. This will get you nowhere and by standing up for yourself and being tall – you’ll encourage others to do the same.


  1. Lateness – break the habit!

Turning up late to meetings will be the best habit you’ll break today. Essentially, not only is it the height of rudeness to the people you are meeting, but imagine life without the added stress of stressing just because you need to be there five minutes ago. Furthermore, if you start your day off late – chances are it will have a knock on effect for the rest of the day.


  1. Questioning

Always questioning is a good thing, a great thing even but if you constantly question yourself, you will end up in a state of distress. Double guessing your decisions is not productive. It’s your business, you know what you’re doing. Make your decisions and leave the self questioning at the door.


  1. Commit to your commitments

Committing to everything thus far is likely the reason you have come so far. It is easy to become less committed as you become more successful but this is a bad idea. Break the habit of breaking your commitments and do it now. This is extremely important as subconsciously you will be watching and judging yourself 24/7 and a committed person achieves success.


  1. Procrastination

This is definitely a habit to kick. Trust your instincts, trust your decisions and don’t waste precious time procrastinating as often you will end up back at your original decision.


  1. You can’t do everything

Very smart people in life employ or engage professionals to do the things that they themselves are not experts at. Stop trying to do everything yourself. By kicking this habit and allowing others in to focus on those ‘other’ tasks, means you can continue doing what you’re best at – keeping your business thriving!


  1. Don’t assume you know everything

When we are all doing well for ourselves, it’s easy to think we’ve made it, or we’re an expert but the world changes a lot faster than we do and everyday there’s new advice, technology, tactics and applications we can use to make sure we stay at the top of our game. Even tactics to help our motivation through down times and getting external advice can be powerful. Often you can find these resources completely free online.


  1. There’s a right time for technology..

Whilst technology advances us every day in life and in business, there is still a right time for it and more importantly a wrong time for it. Essentially, the most successful people in life are listeners. Listen to what people are saying and you’ll go a long way. This means kick the habit of pulling your phone out whilst with people just to have a look. Turn your phone off when in meetings or at events and know when to leave the phone altogether. Without the constant ‘ding, ding, ding’ of emails, messages and voicemails coming through, you will be surprised at how much more you absorb from your surroundings and the people you may be talking to.