WHAT EXACTLY MAKES SOMEONE SUCCEED AS AN ONLINE BUSINESS OWNER?
Is it a habit you’re born with?
Is it freaking dumb luck?
Well, you may be VERY glad to know that…
I believe that the most successful coaches demonstrate a mixture of habits, practices, and traits that – with time, patience, and dedication – anyone can adopt.
Ready to learn what these special habits are? Let’s get to it!
SUCCESSFUL HABIT #1: THEY WORK ON THEIR MINDSET
Now, not to get TOO woo-woo all up in here, but I do believe that reframing your thoughts and harnessing positive energy can seriously make an insane difference in how fast your business grows.
We are what we attract – what we put out is what we get!
Think about it! If you work in an office, and every day your coworker slowly shuffles into the office, shoulders hunched over and head down, barely grunting out “hello,” deeply signing as she sits down….what kind of energy is she projecting??
You can just feel your OWN energy zap right out of you and bring you down a level, right??
So I choose to show up as the happy, enthusiastic, and high-vibe version of myself to others. (And I always seem to attract my dream clients, by the way!)
Each day highly successful coaches make a conscious effort to faithfully believe in the continued growth, prosperity, and possibility in their businesses.
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #2: THEY OUTSOURCE TASKS
Outsourcing saves so much time AND spares us some headaches.
A good example is when something weird was going on with my website. Now, I USED TO BE a website designer. So I totally could have troubleshooted this issue – IF I decided to put some hours into it.
But frankly, I simply didn’t want to! (Maria’s mini diva moment, ha!)
So I hired someone from Fiverr to fix my website for less than a meal out would cost.
I didn’t have to worry about codes and backend tech.
I saved myself a massive time and energy suck.
INSTEAD, I happened to use that time and energy to book a high-ticket client on a sales call that afternoon.
Speaking of time…
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #3: THEY TAKE MESSY ACTION
Highly successful coaches are not afraid to make mistakes.
They understand that the only way to move forward in their business is to actually put momentum and energy behind what it is they dream about.
That first Facebook live, or the first email you send to your list, or the decision to promote your coaching program – all these big steps are scary, I get it!
SO MANY people fear messing up and doing things imperfectly.
But isn’t this how you end up learning?? So that you can improve your process, technique, and also gain more clarity??
The more you step outside your comfort zone, the more confidence you gain. And the more likely you will take another step forward…and another.
Successful coaches know that taking messy action is a requirement towards building a successful online business.
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #4: THEY USE THEIR CALENDAR TO SCHEDULE THINGS RIGHT AWAY
Ever slept through an early morning sales call or forget to pick up the cake for your niece’s sweet 16 birthday party?
I’ve learned the painful way that if it doesn’t get scheduled, it doesn’t get done.
There can be so many moving parts to your business as you’re growing, that it’s a slippery slope if you’re relying solely on your memory to keep tabs on your to-do list.
To avoid future catastrophe, put that ish immediately in your calendar!
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #5: THEY INVEST IN THEMSELVES
Great coaches know that if they talk the talk…they must walk the walk.\
If we’re over here giving our advice and teaching strategies, well then you BET we are also constantly learning from mentors who can help guide us through our own blind spots in our businesses.
I believe it is in our highest integrity to be mentored, so that we can turn around and give our clients the very best knowledge, strategies, and results.
So this means we are continually investing in programs, courses, memberships, or masterminds in order to consistently evolve and grow in our expertise.
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #6: THEY DETACH THEMSELVES FROM OUTCOMES
“Hold your leads loosely,” is what I tell my clients.
Meaning, don’t pin all your hopes and dreams on ONE specific outcome.
Recognize that yeah, it would be amazing if your next sales call turned into your next pay-in-full client. BUT then detach yourself from this thought and remain open-minded to any and all possibilities.
If a prospective client doesn’t jump on your offer, don’t freak out and beat yourself up!
This just means that it wasn’t the right client, or the right time. And your NEXT opportunity is around the corner!\
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #7: THEY ARE INSANELY FOCUSED.
Successful coaches make plans – and then stick to them!
Goals are mapped out, the daily steps towards getting to their goals are established, and then it’s all about laser-focused implementation.
Persistent and consistent #ForTheWin
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #8: THEY TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR SUCCESS
The coaches who achieve their dreams know that “success” isn’t just handed to them.
It’s something to actively work toward and earn.
So this means we are resourceful, we’re problem-solvers, and action-takers!
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #9: THEY GO WITH THEIR GUT INTUITION
Ever feel that prompting in your gut, that may or may not make sense but you just KNOW you need to follow it?
Successful coaches are able to discern this intuition and follow its lead.
This is why in my program, I help you figure out your CUSTOM client-getting activities.
There are fundamental principles for running a business that everyone can follow, sure.
But the fine-details are based on your unique strengths, preferences, and YOUR understanding (that only you intuitively know) of what will work for you!
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #10: THEY CULTIVATE PROACTIVE OVER REACTIVE BEHAVIORS
A more elementary-level coach is probably pretty overwhelmed. (I definitely was, at least!)
She may be doggy-paddling against the tide of the hundreds of different guru strategies coming her way, that are all clouding and confusing her mind. Her head is afloat, but legs are kicking wildly underwater.
She’s desperately trying to keep in line with the client applications, emails, social media posts…whatever she happens to remember that day, in the moment.
Channeling Finding Nemo’s Dory: Just keep smiling…just keep smiling….
But actually drowning.
This is reactive behavior. And it’s very draining.
Highly successful coaches understand the importance of PROACTIVE behaviors. So, anticipating future needs, and getting them done before they become a problem.
This can mean: completing income-generating activities first each day, projecting expenses and revenue, planning launches and the necessary promoting schedule, and batching content creation.
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #11: THEY SUPPORT OTHERS IN THE SAME NICHE
Camaraderie over competition.
Successful coaches cheer for one another’s achievements and offer support. We adopt an abundance mindset, knowing that there is an overflow of clients for all of us.
We can all make an impact – especially when working together.
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #12: THEY MAKE HEALTH A PRIORITY
How can you show up for your family or for your clients, if you aren’t taking care of yourself?
Drinking plenty of water, getting proper sleep, moving your body – these habits go a long, long way towards optimizing your all-around health and happiness.
So pull out your calendar and block off 30 minutes for exercise, treat yourself to a cute water bottle, commit to some Sunday meal prepping for easy weekday eating – and let’s put our health first!
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #13: THEY KNOW (AND STAY) IN THEIR ZONE OF GENIUS
Look, we can continue trying to do all the things in our businesses. When we’re first starting out – we probably do need to bootstrap and be the Jill-of-All-Trades until we gain some traction.
But if we refuse to give up some control what we’re actually doing is stifling our ability to scale, AND we’re limiting our time window for operating in our zones of genius.
A successful coach understands that just because she may be good at something, doesn’t mean SHE needs to be the one to actually do it.
Not to mention the tasks that she doesn’t enjoy or isn’t an expert at!
Now what she excels at and thrives on…THIS is what she puts all her time and energy towards.
Psst! What is YOUR zone of genius?? Tell me in the comment below!
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #14: THEY MASTER THEIR SYSTEMS
Knowing your fool-proof, custom system for getting clients is a KEY component for a successful coaching business.
Learning the tools of automations and implementing them to make your days run smoothly without your attention? Um, ahhhmazing.
Systems and tools give you peace of mind AND help streamline your tasks.
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #15: THEY SHOW UP CONSISTENTLY
Even when we don’t feel like it.
Even when we have moments of doubt, fear, or uncertainty.
Even when we experience a perceived “failure.”
Because we know that feelings and moods are transitory. They WILL pass. And we know that any failures are always lessons to learn from.
But our obligations to clients or team members? Our income-generating activities? We always remain consistent with these responsibilities and needle-movers in our businesses.
We MUST follow through with our commitments and push through the challenges if we want a successful business.
SUCCESSFUL TRAIT #16: THEY SHOW UP AS THEMSELVES
The coaches who are the most successful, who thrive and absolutely LOVE what they do (and it radiates through them), are the ones who show up as 100% themselves!!
Your very best trait is, well, YOU. As a whole.
No carbon copies here!
Even if the online space can seem noisy and crowded at times, the fact of the matter is no one has your exact personality, creativity, or thoughts.
Embrace your unique strengths and quirks, girlfriend! Because they will be what ultimately draws your tribe to you.
Personal branding, my friend, is a beautiful thing.
I guarantee you will feel more relaxed, inspired, and fulfilled when you know you can run the business of your dreams by simply being yourself!
Alright, babe. If you want a highly-successful coaching business, you CAN! Start cultivating these 16 habits from other successful coaches, and let the upleveling begin!
Cheers to running prosperous businesses – all while having FUN!!