Every successful business owner will credit some of their success and positive mindset to their habits. Whether that’s sleeping a certain number of hours every night, reading a set amount of books per month, or starting off each morning with exercise and/or meditation, each leader has a developed set of habits that guides their daily routine.
With so many issues to resolve, sales to close, and priorities to balance, these routines bring about a sense of consistency and often provide time to rest and recuperate as well as time to learn and grow outside of business hours. Much like professional athletes have a certain warm-up and stretching routine before practices and events, many leaders find that maintaining their routine helps their mindset, allows them to feel their best, and enables them to perform at their peak.
How to Build Healthy Habits
Self-discipline is a key trait for any leader—especially someone who wants to pioneer their industry and achieve lofty goals. In order to build lasting healthy habits, it is vital to start with small, measurable goals you can implement in your day-to-day life. Jayson Waller, a founding CEO of POWERHOME SOLAR, credits much of his mindset for success to his simple morning routine. Every day, he wakes up at 6 a.m., eats breakfast, helps his kids get ready, and then drives them to school. After that, he hits the gym, showers, and makes sure he’s dressed professionally before heading into work. While it may seem simple, this focus on family and personal health allows Waller to begin each day focused on feeling his best and performing at his peak.
The proof for Waller’s methodology is evident—he has grown Powerhome Solar to more than 2,100 employees since 2014 and has the company on a path to becoming a billion-dollar business. He hopes to take the company public one day and wants every employee who has helped him build the business from the ground up to share in that success.
Waller’s daily routine was developed with two goals in mind: staying focused on making the right decisions for all 2,100 of his employees, and finding meaningful time with his family.
Stay Focused on What Matters
Many leaders say that their workdays consist of a never-ending flurry of calls and meetings. There is so much that needs their attention, and only a short window of time each day to accomplish necessary tasks. Good leaders know how to effectively delegate and focus on what demands their full attention. In recent years, horizontal or “flat management” structures have increased in popularity. This type of organizational structure more evenly distributes power and decision-making skills among employees. The goal here is to give them a sense of individual and corporate responsibility. Every captain needs a strong team on their side. Putting more trust in employees (and focusing less on micro-managing them) communicates that leaders trust them.
Learning to delegate helps CEOs focus on what matters. Executives should give their whole attention to what can only be accomplished by them. This level of focus will make a big difference in your business.
Daily habits build a strong foundation for ourselves and our businesses. Waller’s balanced approach puts him in the right mindset to handle whatever is thrown at him. He’s focused on the right things and does what he needs to do every day to achieve his goals—personally and professionally. If you are a business leader or owner, make sure you’re proactively pursuing habits that will make a difference for your company.