We’re all trying to jam more and more into our already hectic schedules. Trying to do it all and be everything for everyone, while also working on our own goals. It can be exhausting. But it doesn’t need to be!
So, when it comes to tips on how to achieve more by owning that we’re responsible for our success through the choices we make and how we spend our time, we’re all ears. Especially when that advice is coming from a successful business woman like Katie Willcox.
We love Katie’s no nonsense, honest approach to life and thought who better to share some tips on getting the most out of your time so you’re more productive, focussed and ready to smash your goals?
Here are the 10 habits Katie lives by and credits her ongoing success to.
Are any of these standing in the way of your success?
Katie Willcox’s 10 Tips to Build Your Success
Simplify and streamline your ideas.
A really great habit I have developed is to simplify and streamline my ideas and business into one sentence. When someone asks about my business Natural Models, Healthy Is The New Skinny, or my book, I can tell them in one sentence what each one is. Having that simple understanding yourself is a great foundation to build upon.
Understand your personal strengths and weaknesses.
A really amazing way to cultivate your own success is to build upon your strengths and abilities while managing your weaknesses in a realistic, productive, and healthy way. No one is perfect, including you, but you are exceptional at several things and that is where you want to hold your personal stock.
Become comfortable with having uncomfortable conversations.
In business and in life there are going to be many times when you have to have really uncomfortable conversations. Learning how to navigate those experiences has been a difficult task but one that is necessary for achieving your personal and business goals.
Learn to accept that not everyone will like you.
This was a difficult one for me because I am a non-confrontational person and realizing that the more successful you become, the more people will not like you is something that isn’t widely talked about. I think generally we are raised to need others approval and when you accept that not everyone is going to like you or approve of your choices, you become more confident in choosing what is best for you and your business versus pleasing others.
Balance work and home life.
I have a seventeen-month-old daughter so learning how to balance work and home life is an ongoing dance. Some days I do great and others I realize that I need to step away from the computer, unplug, and enjoy the sweet moments with my baby girl. Even if that means I miss an e-mail or two.
Make nutrition a priority.
These past few weeks have been non-stop for me and I have felt the physical effects of not eating often enough throughout the day because I was so busy. My body and brain suffer from not having enough fuel to function and that is why I have made nutrition a priority on my work days.
Choose to have good energy.
Each day I realize that I am in control of the energy I put out into the world and my work environment. I choose to bring positivity as much as possible and I call myself on my own BS when I am letting an email, stressful meeting, or annoying person affect my mood.
Let yourself change your mind.
So many times in my life I have worked hard to achieve a goal and when I do it is like….”Ok that was cool… now what?” And there have been many times that I reached a goal and realized it was not what I thought it would be and therefore I needed to have a new dream, idea, or direction I needed to go. Let yourself change your mind and go where your heart tells you feels right. How can we know if something is good for us if we don’t try?
I am a perfectionist and I question myself a lot. I think you should question yourself and ideas but not in a critical way or from a place of self-doubt as if you are inferior. Instead question things from a place of inspiration and the intrigue of making your ideas and business better with the belief that you can make it happen.
Create your own success.
There is no limit to the amount of success that is available to us as people because it is something we create! The only limits come from the possibilities we choose to create or not create for ourselves. Life will not happen for you, you have to participate and go after what you want actively working to create a life that feels good in your soul.
What’s your top tip or habit that you swear by?
After dropping down to a size 10, a healthy size for her 5’9 frame, Katie was no longer considered big enough for plus-size modeling. Instead of quitting the industry, Katie decided she wanted to change it and created Healthy Is The New Skinny (HNS), a thriving social movement challenging the modeling industry and public’s perception of “idealistic beauty” that has been created over time.
Making her debut as an author this year, Katie released her book, Healthy Is The New Skinny: Your Guide to Self-Love In A ‘Picture Perfect’ World, in which she offers a breakthrough approach to healthy body image by exposing the harmful media messaging set in place by the fashion and beauty industries. Katie shares personal stories and experiences as a “plus size” model, girl boss, and overall flawed human being in a perfection-obsessed society.