Honestly, becoming a successful internet entrepreneur and earning your money online isn’t for everyone. You need to be willing to put in the effort, time and energy in order to learn, grow and build something great. You need to drop some old habits and adopt a lot of new ones in order to become a person worthy of having a successful online business. If you don’t, it’ll be difficult to make this dream a reality.
In fact, your business will only ever be as good as you are. The better you become, the more you’ll earn. Therefore, in this post, I’m going to share 7 habits that you must stop doing if you want to earn your money online and become a successful internet entrepreneur.
Habit 1: Overthinking
So many people waste way too much valuable time by overthinking about whether or not they should do this or that. If you want to become a successful internet entrepreneur, you need to make decisions quickly and execute directly on those decisions.
It’s much better to execute fast and learn on the go compared to doing nothing and waste your time away thinking about how it possibly could go. People often forget that you can actually change course quickly when things don’t work out. You don’t have to stick forever with your decision. By executing quickly you’ll at least see some results and get momentum going — even though you might decide to change course.
Habit 2: Procrastinating
If you want to become successful at anything, you have to stop procrastinating. Really, procrastination is the #1 killer of your goals and dreams. So many people talk about how they’re going to build an online business, but then don’t take massive action on their ambitions. They simply waste time and procrastinate too often. This is obviously not how you can get anything done.
If you want to build a successful online business, you have to stop procrastinating and start taking massive action instead. Each and every day, you have to crush your goals and to-do’s — and make actual progress. If you do this consistently, you’ll amaze yourself with what you can accomplish in a year.
Like Gary Vaynerchuk said, micro speed, macro patience.
→ Read My Blogpost ‘The #1 Motivation ‘Hack’ To Achieve Your Goals and Stop Procrastinating’
Habit 3: Sleeping In
If you’re sleeping in too often, you miss out on the golden hours of your day — your peak productivity time. In the morning, we’re much better able to focus and we have higher levels of willpower available. In other words, we’ll be able to work harder, better and for a longer time in a row when we work early in the morning.
So, if you then waste your time away in your warm, comfortable bed, you completely miss out on these benefits — and you’ll find yourself fighting an uphill battle during the rest of the day.
→ Read My Blogpost ‘4 Reasons Why You Are More Productive And Better Focused In The Morning’
Habit 4: Giving Up Too Soon
Building an online business costs time. It simply doesn’t happen overnight. Most beginning entrepreneurs expect to see results fast (like I did), but this usually doesn’t happen.
In fact, it took me more than 1.5 years before I would earn my first dollar with my first online business! If I would’ve given up too soon, I wouldn’t be where I’m now with my online businesses.
Yet, I see so many people who want to earn money online but aren’t patient enough to work at it consistently for multiple months in a row, no matter the results. But that’s the price you’ll have to pay if you want to become a successful entrepreneur.
The bigger the struggle, the sweeter the victory 🙂
Habit 5: Staying In Your Comfort Zone
Most of the epic, awesome and most-worth-remembering experiences happen outside of your comfort zone. That includes building your online business. Believe me, building your own business can be scary as hell sometimes.
You’ll be confronted with out-of-your-comfort-zone things like talking in front of a camera, recording your own voice, writing a book, spending a lot of money on advertising, taking risks, changing strategy, selling to potential customers, etc. Most of this will be new, awkward and unfamiliar for you — but that’s the point!
Use fear as a compass for action, and you’ll know you’ll be going in the right direction. When all that you’re doing lays within your comfort zone, you’re not doing it right and you need to step it up. Only then will you see real results in your online business.
Habit 6: Neglecting Your Health
When you’re neglecting your health by eating bad food and not working out, you’ll suffer as an internet entrepreneur. Why? Because good health = high energy levels. And high energy levels = high productivity and motivation, which enable you to produce and create at an increased pace. Therefore, take care of your health!
Habit 7: Not Being Authentic
I see sooo many beginning online entrepreneurs who are completely unauthentic. They fabricate stories about themselves, they inflate their results massively and they pretend to be someone they’re not. This is incredibly destructive for your business and your effort to make money online.
In general, people have a very strong bullshit detector build within and they can sense when someone is being inauthentic. This will immediately create a lack of trust between you and your potential customer, which is detrimental to your sales.
Always strive to be as authentic as possible. Share your struggles, share your progress and share your journey. People love to hear from someone who is authentic because they can relate to such a person.
Paradoxically, someone is more likely to buy from you when you’re fully authentic and fully you — even if you’re not yet successful, a guru, expert or ‘perfect’ in that matter. People don’t look for perfect, they look for likability, relatability and trust.
Now Do It
So, can you recognize some of these habits in your own behaviour? Then make the promise with yourself to actively remove these habits out of your system. This will help you enormously in your journey of building your online business — just like it did for me!
To Your Personal Growth,
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