Successful leaders practice rituals. Business leaders like Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, and Howard Schultz. Howard Schultz practices eight rituals before arriving to work. Read about Schultz’s rituals at www.Huffingtonpost.com in the blog post, 8 Things Ridiculously Successful People Do Before 8 AM.
Rituals are rooted in a Mindful approach to business success. Mindful because it requires intention and being deliberate, as opposed to habits which can become mindless/rote. Consistency is the secret sauce; there is a higher payoff (greater results) when we do anything consistently, especially when it comes to being successful. Ask or read about any super successful person, leader, athlete consistency is part of their success.
The Six Rituals
- Set Intentions (for action)
Setting intentions are empty if you don’t take action. Set each day with the intention on what you want to accomplish. Set intentions that require you to take action. This becomes a framework for priorities and a super productive day. This also provides a way to measure your success at the end of each day. More on this under Tracking Accomplishments.
- 180 Second Rule
This otherwise known as 3 minutes to engagement. There are 180 seconds in 3 minutes, and in less than 3 minutes you can engage yourself in your business. This is an opportunity to ask yourself, “How engaged am I in my business?” What would it take to engage you at a higher level to be more successful? Could you visit two more prospects today? What about a task that you’ve been procrastinating on that would make a positive difference in your business? Would making an improvement to a product or service take your business to the next level?
If you are unhappy with your job or aren’t feeling a sense of satisfaction, fulfillment or accomplishment it’s time for self-reflection. Passion lost? Take three minutes to reflect and ask yourself, “What’s my why?”
- Track Accomplishments
Too often we focus on what we don’t get done or what we didn’t do well. Shift your attention to your accomplishments and you will shift your mindset. What we focus on we get more of. Take time out of each day to acknowledge what you accomplished or did well. We always make time for what goes wrong, make time for what goes right. Benjamin Franklin, one of our great founding fathers practiced this ritual along with rituals one and six. In fact, he kept a meticulous daily schedule of his intentions. He also practiced forgiving himself for his mistakes.
- Think and Act Abundantly
If you are not practicing the law of abundance, start now. Be abundant in your thoughts, and in your actions and you will have a more abundant business (and life). If we think limiting thoughts and thoughts that focus on lack, that is what will manifest. We can control our thoughts and actions and can create our results with thoughts and action. Mike Dooley, NY Times Bestseller says, “Thoughts become things, choose them wisely.”
- Accentuate the Positive
We are hardwired to focus on the negative. Be mindful of your actions and accentuate the positive. Extend an attitude of gratitude. Clients will appreciate it and remember you for it! Use positive language even when you may not be able to satisfy a need or have to deliver the negative or disappointing news. Challenge yourself to take can’t out of your vocabulary and focus on what you can do.
- 60 Minutes of Learning
Learn something new every day. One of the best ways to practice this ritual is dedicating sixty minutes per day. With the ease and access of technology, this couldn’t be easier. Listen to a podcast, audio book during your commute or watch a webinar over lunch. My favorite is reading a book after dinner.