Octavia Butler said you should “forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not.”
I absolutely agree.
And isn’t it beautiful to hear a quote about habit formation that’s not from a white guy?
To be honest, most of the advice out there on habits for entrepreneurs is great — if you’re a 20-something white boy with no responsibilities other than your goals.
Get up at 5 am to meditate every morning. Read non-fiction for at least 30 minutes a day. Never watch Netflix again. Go for a run at noon every workday… Etc.
Now don’t get me wrong — a daily routine that has you up before the sun, moving your body and nourishing your mind is a wonderful thing. But the truth is, a lot of the advice we get about habits is unsustainable, and doesn’t take into account the realities of taking care of children or being a woman of color.
But even if much of that typical advice doesn’t work for you, you still need to form habits that set you up for success.
When we think about our wildest goals and biggest dreams, we often envision the end result. But sustained, everyday actions — habits — are how we actually get there.
That’s why I’m sharing my 7 Daily Habits. There are things I do every work day, and what I recommend to my clients.
You can do these 7 things immediately and consistently, regardless of your current profession, life situation, or income level.
You’re working part time, struggling financially, and pregnant with your next kid? Do these 7 things 5 days a week (give yourself some weekend rest, friend!).
You’re going through a messy divorce and trying to finish grad school and you have zero spare time? These 7 habits are for you.
You’re running a company that’s generating good money and overall you feel pretty great? Hit your next level by practicing these 7 habits.
No matter who you are, you can do these 7 things every day to generate more money, time, energy, peace, power, and joy:
Delegate one task on your to-do list to someone (or something) else. Delegate to a family member, roommate, friend, or an app like TaskRabbit. Clear something off your plate. Dog-walking, dinner-cooking, vacation-planning. Anything, big or small.
Move your body. Any way you want. Take a walk. Have a dance party. Attend a yoga class. Ride a bike. Whatever feels good to you. And if you’re not able to physically move your body, do whatever else makes you happy. Talk to friends and family. Watch your favorite TV show. Read or listen to a good book. Sing at the top of your lungs to your favorite music. Anything that boosts your serotonin and gets those feel-good hormones flowing.
Connect with your squad. Spend time (in person or online) with people who inspire you and uplift you. Even just checking in daily via group text with your besties counts.
Do one money-generating activity. Do something that could bring money in the door immediately or in the near future. Email a potential client, raise your prices, ask people to pay you back — find one way to generate cash, every single day.
Think million-dollar thoughts. Remind yourself that you are smart, resourceful, and capable of generating money. Reframe those limiting beliefs that keep you stuck. You’ve done challenging things in the past, and you can do this, too.
Look at your money. Look at your bank statement, look at what’s coming in and going out, look at your credit score. Give your money some love and attention. The more attention you give your money, the more of it you will have.
Set or enforce a boundary. Protect your time, energy, and personal space. No more emails on weekends, no more kids interrupting you while you work. Choose one area of your life where you’ve been settling for bullshit or tolerating nonsense, and do something about it. It could be as simple as putting your phone on silent while you spend focused time on something that matters to you.
Do those 7 things, daily, consistently, and you will feel an immediate shift. More energy. More space in your brain and in your schedule. More money flowing in, too.
Imagine if generating money every day, setting boundaries, and delegating could feel as natural as brushing your teeth. Imagine how you could change your life, your children’s lives, and the world.