Concentration is the secret of strengths in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The ability to work and juggle relationships between work and life is a crucial skill for entrepreneurs especially women. High-performing entrepreneurs understand that concentrated focus goes a long way in determining how successful they are. They recognize that multitasking is an ineffective way of going about their business. As they understand it, getting a lot done in a short period of time can help shorten your to-do list.
At its core, high performance is synonymous with putting concentrated focus into one high-leverage action item at a time. It means seeing projects through to completion, one by one, and not letting crowd noise force you to shift gears off the tasks that matter most. But make no mistake — employing this deep level of focus and follow-through is not easy. That’s why most people don’t do it. It’s much easier to jump from project to project. But that isn’t how you’ll achieve your business goals.
To be a truly high-performing entrepreneur who knows to play the long game, you’ll need to stay focused, humble, and healthy, with your eyes on the prize and your feet planted firmly on the ground. Below, you’ll find five points of focus that will help you create these deep wells that will become huge assets for your business.
- Know your outcome
Knowing your outcome means having a meaningful business goal in place. By knowing your outcome, you’ll also always know which direction you should be heading in. This is particularly useful on the days where you make decisions that fall short of that path. Having meaningful goals in place provides a compass that puts your focus back on track and helps you make faster and better decisions. Make a habit out of knowing where you’re headed, and your point of focus will narrow to the point that the right choice will always be one decision away.
- Stay focused
An essential ingredient for success is focus. Focus all of your energy and concentrate it like a laser beam on just one important project. Go all in on it, or as close to all in as your current schedule allows. Focus on using your most productive periods of the day on marketing and revenue generating activity to boost your sales and increase your bottom line.
- Manage your Time
Time is one of your most important resources as an entrepreneur and it is important that you manage your activities within allotted time frames for super productivity. Schedule planning and thinking time each day, organize your goals by value and priority, know your top priority each moment, focus on one important task and work through on it each day.
Setting a dollar value on your time, will help you put value on each activity. Also aim to get any task done in half the time, you think you need.
- Stay balanced
This will allow you to engage more deeply and stay present with your work. You create a natural incentive for yourself to work hard when you go into a session with an idea of when you’ll be done or will shift your focus towards another goal, activity or project.
Here are a list of other high performance habits that you can incorporate into your life to ensure that you are creating the much needed balance.
- Practice self-reflection through journaling
- Be in community with like-minded women
- Practice daily self-care
Yes, hard work trumps everything else. Without it, you won’t ever be a successful entrepreneur. However, entrepreneurship is a long game that requires some level of sustainability to be successful. Too much of a good thing will render that thing destructive. It is your responsibility to disengage from your work in an effort to keep you healthy, happy, and productive. For example, if you are not getting enough sleep, you are sacrificing your health. Sleep recharges and rejuvenates your body. Your mind and body will function better and you will be able to engage and focus more deeply when you make it a priority. By grounding yourself with your daily workload, staying focused and intentional, and seeking the unique balance that is right for you, you’re affording yourself an opportunity to go places others never will.