1. Recognize that life happens. There will be ups and downs in your personal life and ups and downs in business. When you can accept these ebbs and flows of attention, energy, and focus, you will better be able to adjust to changing conditions both in your heart and in your environment.
2. Cultivate systems, practices, and networks that provide continuity. For example, my newsletter, blog and websites are ongoing and reliable means of staying in touch with a meaningful network in good times and in bad.
3. Pay attention to transitions. When change is happening, it can be easy to get caught up in reactionary thoughts and feelings that can muddy your thinking and make complex situations chaotic. Learning to detach and observe your reactions, thoughts, and fears will help you keep a steadier course without being rigid.
4. Learn to notice when things are expanding and when they are contracting, and choose your strategies accordingly.
5. Learn to regard mistakes as stepping stones to mastery. Avoid wasting time in needless guilt and defensiveness. Seize the opportunity to correct your error and move on.
6. Listen to your clients and customers. Identify those who get the most benefit from working with you with the least effort on your part. This is not laziness. This is learning to operate from the sweet spot that place in which you add the most value by working from your strengths.
7. Rigorously address personal issues that inhibit success. This could mean seeing a therapist, paying off old debts, or starting an exercise program.
8. Learn to listen. Listen for guidance from Spirit, from your heart, from your environment, from colleagues, from clients.
9. Raise your standards regularly both for your own performance and for the caliber of client or customer that you attract.
10. Periodically update and refocus your business plan, including income, expense, and investment plans. Keep it simple. Distill your plans into a sentence or two that summarizes your goals and strategies so that you always know where you are going.