A key trait of successful entrepreneurs is agility. And while ninja-like physical reflexes are a nice to have, what I'm really talking about is mental agility. As an entrepreneur, you need to be able to think fast, and think correctly. Here are my tips for keeping an agile entrepreneurial mind.
All of these tips are very simple. In fact, none of this stuff is rocket science. What it requires however is something only serious people practice – self discipline.
If you can discipline yourself to do these on a daily basis, I can guarantee that, with time, you'll be light years ahead of any competition you come up against.
Let's get to the tips!
Tip #1: Meditation
The first tip is to mediate on a daily basis. I don't care if you're at home or on the road, meditate everyday for at least 30 minutes.
If you're wondering when you'll get the time to do this, let me tell you – wake up an hour earlier. I wake up everyday at 5 AM and do an hour to an hour-and-a-half of meditation. It's the one time during the day that I have all to myself. Once my wife and daughter wake up, that's it.
Another resource are the CDs from Brain Sync. This is brain hacking at it's finest!
Tip #2: Keep A Gratitude Journal
The best way I've found to keep everything in perspective and attract more abundance into my life is by keeping a gratitude journal. Each day before my meditation, I write down all of the things that I am grateful for. This could include the time I get to spend with my wife and daughter, the unconditional love of God that flows around and through me, the abundance of awesome clients I get to work with, and much more.
By keeping in mind that which is already abundant in your life, you will attract more of it. But don't forget to do the work to actually get it. Thinking is only half the equation, but without the proper mindset, your actions will fall short.
Tip #3: Exercise Daily
A sound body makes a sound mind. However, if you're like me – working all the time, from home, and rarely going out – then you probably don't get much exercise. And I'll tell you this – you sure as hell won't catch me near a gym. So what's an entrepreneurial geek to do to keep from getting fat and out of shape?
Let me make it easy on you since I made it easy for myself, because there's an app for that!
Install the free version of the Daily Workouts App onto your iphone and start doing 10 minutes of exercise each day. That's it.
Also, it also helps to go outside every once in a while. I love walking with my wife, walking on the beach (when I'm at a beach), and in the city. Install the Pedometer app and keep track of all the calories you burn!
Here's the bottom line. I'm not one of those people that's going to go to a gym, go running all the time and post my times to Twitter, etc. However, I will do 10-30 minutes of exercise on a daily basis to keep fit. The two apps I just mentioned help with that.
Tip #4: Read Books
And when I say read books I mean read subjects that are outside of what you do for a living. Read biographies. Read science fiction. Read histories. Read about programming. Read about politics. Read about psychology. Read personal development books like The Success Principles.
I don't care what you read, but for God sakes get off of the Internet for 30 minutes, put the magazine down, and read an actual book in some format. Blogs (like this one) are great, but nothing is going to give you the depth a book does.
And I don't want to hear how you don't have time to read. If you care at all about your brain, read a freaking book.
Tip #5: Keep Your Focus
Technically speaking, we are multi-taskers in the sense that you can give your subconscious mind direction and send it off on the task, while you go about your day. In that sense, we can multitask. However, when consciously working on something, much like a computer processor, our minds do one thing at a time.
If you want to get a ton of stuff done each day, focus on one thing at a time. Work on that one thing until it's done.
Turn off social media, turn off email, turn off Skype and instant messaging apps, and put your mobile devices on silent.
There's a cost to context switching – moving your attention from one thing to another. You lose precious minutes each time you switch between tasks. It takes time to fully engage and get into a flow. Those minutes can quickly add up into hours.
Ever have one of those days where you performed a lot of actions but feel you didn't get much done? Yeah – too much context switching.
Any Tips Of Your Own?
Do you have any tips you can share on keeping your brain in shape and improving it's function? Put your tips below!