Who do you blame for your failures? A lot of people will answer that question by blaming someone or something else. That’s the culture of our society. People believe their failures are everyone’s fault but their own. And that thinking is contagious. There was a study that showed that you’re more likely to blame other people for your failures if you see other people doing it. But the key to success is refusing to play the blame game and taking extreme ownership. And that means you’ve got to stay focused on your goals and put in the work to accomplish them.
No matter what’s going on in your life or what circumstances you’re dealing with, you have to accept responsibility for your outcomes. Blaming other people or situations is just an excuse. And excuses are not an option. So, if you’re struggling to take extreme ownership and stay focused on your goals, here are six DOs and DON’Ts to take charge of your success.
DON’T allow friends and family to distract you
If you want to be successful, you have to get used to being lonely. Because not everyone in your life is going to understand why you’re working so hard or cutting out bad habits. Your friends aren’t going to quit partying just because you decided to hustle. Your family will still want you to follow the path they chose for you.
You can’t let them distract you. Distractions, even from people you care about, waste time and affect the quality of your work. You can’t let that happen. So, you’re going to have to say no to parties and hangouts so you can focus on work. You’ll have to let your family know that you’re taking your own path. You’re going to have to protect your work time. That doesn’t mean you don’t care about your people. It just means you refuse to let anyone knock you off track.
DON’T let other people’s doubt shake your confidence
The only person who needs to believe in your vision is you. Yes, it would be nice if your friends and family supported your business. It would be great to have your parents back your dreams or your friends promote your business. But that may not happen. Doesn’t matter. It’s still up to you to stay focused on your goals.
Remember, a lot of people will judge your vision based on old versions of you or their own fears and limitations. But don’t let that doubt get into your head. Build your confidence by taking action every day and stacking up small wins. Those everyday accomplishments will lead to big successes.
DO manage difficult or unsupportive environments
It can be hard to stay focused on your goals when your environment is bad. Living in a bad environment or with family members who don’t support your dream can make it hard to stay committed to your goals. But you don’t get to use that as an excuse. In a perfect world, you’d be able to just change your situation. But this world isn’t perfect, so if you’re stuck in that difficult environment, you have to learn to manage it.
Learn to find the lessons and opportunities in your bad circumstances. Sometimes the things that feel like weaknesses can actually be your advantage. Also, make sure you surround yourself with people who are on the same path you are. Build a network of people who are serious about their business. Connect with mentors who can support and coach you.
DO create a routine and stick to it
The most important resource you’ll ever have as an entrepreneur is time, so don’t waste it. Having a solid routine is key to staying focused on your goals and making the most of your time. One of the easiest ways to get the most out of your day is to get up earlier. 90% of executives and 50% of millionaires wake up before 6am.
Even if waking up before the sun isn’t for you, the important thing is to have a routine. Decide how you’re going to use your day to accomplish your goals. Have a morning routine that prepares you to conquer your to-do list; set aside time for your work and personal development; and create a nighttime routine that helps you end your day strong.
DO make the most of your time by working smart
A lot of people are busy all the time, but they have nothing to show for it. That’s because they’re working hard, but they aren’t working smart. There’s no point in constantly hustling if all that hard work isn’t getting you closer to your goals. So, when you set your goals and create your to-do lists, make sure that you’re making productivity and efficiency a priority.
Here are some of my favorite productivity tools:
- TPCS – For every goal, figure out the Task you need to do, the Purpose for the task, the Conditions you need to accomplish it, and the Standards you need to reach. This tool gives you clarity, so you don’t waste time on work that doesn’t matter.
- Macro-Micro-Macro – Look at every goal at the macro-level (what is the big goal?), break it down to the micro-level (what individual steps do you need to take?), and then go back to the macro-level (what is the value of accomplishing the goal?). This will make sure you can execute without getting lost in the details.
DO prioritize for low-effort high-impact tasks
As an entrepreneur, you’re always going to have a lot of things on your to-do list. Your job is to figure out what’s most important and get those things done first. The best place to start is with low-effort high-impact tasks. This means looking for the things on your list that will require the least amount of work and time but will help you take the biggest steps towards your mission.
When you write out your to-do list every day, rank each task by how much effort it will take and how much of an impact it will have on your business. Then start with the task that takes the least effort for the most impact and work your way down the list that way. This way, you can ensure that you’re making as much daily progress as possible.
These six tips for staying focused are simple. That doesn’t mean they’re easy. Remember, it’s harder to take extreme ownership for your success than it is to blame other people. But that’s the difference between people who build million-dollar businesses and people who stay broke forever. The people who create success are the ones who stay focused no matter what situations they’re dealing with and work smart and efficiently to get to their goals.
Will you be one of the people who builds a million-dollar business? Start practicing these tips today and share this post with a friend who needs a reminder to stay focused.