Play to win: Update your success mindset using micro habits

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A success mindset is no longer about simply "embracing the grind". It's about taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. It's about understanding that to be successful, you need to structure your day in a way that allows you to focus on those top priorities that will ensure you win. It's about building micro habits that will lead to success over time. In this blog post, we will explore how successful entrepreneurs structure their day, and we'll discuss some of the micro habits that have helped them achieve success.

Why "embrace the grind" is now terrible advice

For years, the popular advice for achieving success has been to "embrace the grind". This means that in order to be successful, you need to put in long hours and work extremely hard. While this may have been true at one time, it's no longer the case. In today's world, success is about much more than just working hard. It's about working smart.

Technology has changed the game. We now have access to more information and resources than ever before. This means that we can get things done much faster than we could in the past. Think about the example of deeply researching your field. In the past, if you wanted to know about something in-depth, you would go to the library and spend many days looking through books. Today, you can simply pull out your phone and Google away.

As a result, the old adage of "work hard and you'll be successful" is no longer true. In order to be successful, you need to use the huge advantages of technology right at your fingertips. And now that technology has helped us steal some of our precious time back, it's time to put it to good use. It's time to structure your day in a way that sets you up to succeed.

By simply embracing the grind you are replicating the work habits of the majority, which is a surefire recipe for mediocrity. The fact is, most people are content to simply slave away day after day in the hopes of some future payoff. In their "downtime" they watch TV, doomscroll, play video games, and find themselves trapped in a YouTube vortex. While some downtime is necessary, unproductive activities like these lead to a life of quiet desperation. If you want to be successful, you need to use your time wisely. You need to focus on those activities that will lead to success.

But if you want to be successful, you need to be willing to do what most people are not willing to do.

So, what does it take to develop a success mindset?

In order to be successful, you need to focus on your priorities and structure your day in a way that allows you to get the most important things done. This means saying "no" to distractions and learning how to focus on your work. Additionally, you need to build micro habits that will lead to success over time.

Being a successful entrepreneur is so much more than simply working hard. Something is amiss if you're not having any fun.

How successful entrepreneurs structure their day

The majority of successful self-made millionaires and billionaires start their day with some form of exercise. This could be going for a run, lifting weights, or even just taking a brisk walk around the block. Exercise has been shown to improve mental clarity and focus, which is essential for an entrepreneur.

After their morning workout, successful entrepreneurs typically spend some time on personal development. This might involve reading an inspiring book, listening to a motivational podcast, or writing in a journal. Again, the goal here is to improve mental clarity and focus.

The rest of the day is typically spent on highly scheduled work. This might include meetings, conference calls, sending emails, and producing content. In fact, writing and being creative is such a crucial skill to have as an entrepreneur, that many successful entrepreneurs make time for it every day. It helps them to think more clearly and come up with new ideas.

Successful entrepreneurs understand that they need to take breaks throughout the day in order to stay focused and productive. They might take a few minutes to walk around the office, meditate, or even just step outside for some fresh air.

Micro habits that lead to success

In addition to exercise and personal development, there are a number of micro habits that can help you achieve success. One of the most important micro habits is setting daily, weekly, and monthly goals. This will help you stay focused and on track.

Getting started

To reach great heights, you must first establish a solid foundation. The answer to this problem is to create micro habits that allow individuals to get in the habit of doing things. Building on these tiny achievements will keep you going when things start to get tedious and difficult. Begin by concentrating on small, attainable standards for yourself you can build on overtime. Start with a 30-second meditation while waiting for your morning coffee to brew. Congrats! You've now got control over micro behaviors and can alter your life path positively.

A study in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that it only takes an average of 66 days to develop a new habit. So, if you're willing to put in the work, you can be successful.

If you're not sure where to begin, start by setting some goals. What do you want to achieve in the next month? The next year? Once you have a goal in mind, break it down into smaller goals that you can accomplish on a daily or weekly basis. For example, if your goal is to write a book, your smaller goal might be to write just 50 good words per day.

You can also use apps like Habitica to help you stay focused and have fun developing those new habits that will lead to success.

Take a look at the way AppSumo CEO Noah Kagan structures his day to set himself up in the best possible way to ensure success.

How to have a GEBY Day Noah Kagan-style

Every morning, Noah Kagan uses ‘GEBY' in his quest for personal excellence. GEBY stands for gratitude, exercise, breakfast, and you.

To start the day, Noah advises entrepreneurs to: 

  • Gratitude: Record three things that positively impacted your life recently. 

  • Exercise: Commit to working out for the day – it can be weights, a walk, a hike, or a run. The bottom line is that after doing activity, you'll feel better than you did before.s.

  • Breakfast: Don't overlook the importance of it. Eat nutritious and energizing meals if you want to keep your physical and mental energy levels up. 

  • You: Schedule an activity throughout the day that makes you feel enlivened. Something to look forward to. It may be reading, writing, or spending time with your children, whatever makes you smile.

Personally, I'm a big fan of learning about the morning routines of highly productive and successful individuals, and Noah Kagan is one such person. His GEBY regimen is fantastic. Our mindset and emotions are so important in our success. When we practice gratitude and concentrate on our well-being, at work and at home, benefits follow. That's why I advise my clients to do the same.

Treat yourself like a business

Once you adopt a success mindset and start running your life like a successful organization you realize the value of investing in yourself first. However, this takes focus, discipline, and consistency. It takes setting goals and putting systems in place to achieve those goals. It takes making time for important things and saying "no" to distractions. It takes being intentional with your time and your life.

The good news is that anyone can develop a success mindset using micro habits. It's not about working harder; it's about working smarter. And it starts with understanding how successful entrepreneurs structure their day.

Some success mindset tips

Most people believe that the key to success is working long hours. But the truth is, the key to success is hacking your day to get the most out of your time. Here are a few tips on how to do that:

  • Use a daily planner to map out your day and make sure you're using your time wisely.

  • Wake up early and use that time to focus on important tasks that require more concentration.

  • Take breaks throughout the day to move your body and get some fresh air. This will help you stay focused and avoid burnout.

  • Make sure you're getting enough sleep at night so you can be productive during the day.

  • Set aside time each week to reflect on your progress and plan for the week ahead.

  • Visualizing what success looks like.

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Other micro habits that lead to success

In addition to structuring your day in a way that allows you to focus on your priorities, it's also important to develop micro habits that will lead to success over time. Here are some examples of micro habits that have helped people turn themselves into self-made millionaires:

  • Reading regularly

  • Journaling

  • Meditation and exercise

  • Taking time to relax

By developing these micro habits, you will be able to stay focused and motivated. And over time, they see significant results.

The takeaway

If you want to be successful, you need to start by updating your success mindset. Embracing the grind is no longer good enough. You need to be purposeful with how you spend your time. After all, time is the most precious asset you have. Even more so than money. How is this true? Because you can always make more money.

Remaining focused and being deliberate about how you spend your time each day will let you focus on those things that will ensure your success story. Think of micro habits as your success insurance policy. By investing a little bit of time each day, you are setting yourself up for success in the long run.

By adopting this updated success mindset, you'll be well on your way to achieving your goals and reaching new levels of success.

What are some of the things you do to structure your day for success? How do you fuel your success mindset? Share in the comments below!