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11/10/2014 12:36 pm ET Updated Jan 10, 2015

8 Habits That Breed Success

As an entrepreneur, chances are you always have new goals that you are looking to achieve and new milestones you are looking to conquer. However, finding the internal success you need in order to achieve these goals can sometimes be a challenge. In order to have true, inherent success in your life and in your career, it needs to come from within and be part of your personality and your being. Fortunately, there are eight easy habits that you can start participating in that breed this type of success. Letting yourself form these habits is a more sustainable way of finding success. This can help you find more long-term success as habits are not rules, and when they are incorporated into your everyday life it becomes part of who you are as a person and a professional.

1. Plan Your Work Day

Take time to make a plan. Truly successful people can take the time to spend 20 minutes planning out their day. This plan should be more than a list of things to do, but it should be a more detailed plan. It should also allocate the time of the day you are to work on each particular task. Get in this habit and it can help your everyday productivity.

2. Get in a Routine

Having a routine every day, or every week, can help any person be more successful. Those who have a routine are much more likely to be successful. This routine can help add balance and familiarity to otherwise chaotic schedules.

3. Always Look at Everything Again

One great habit for breeding success in your life, is the habit of looking over every decision you make, from the opposite perspective. Before making a decision, get in the habit of saying "Is there another way of looking at this?" Doing this can help you come up with more dynamic ideas and avoid some potential pitfalls.

4. Set Small Goals

Set three specific goals every week, and make setting these goals a routined habit. For example, take some time every Sunday evening to set your goals. These goals may be small, and they may only be for a few days, but by overcoming and reaching these small goals on a weekly basis, you are welcoming in much more success to your life.

5. End Your Day By Planning For Tomorrow

Before you end one day, make a list of things you want to get done the following day. This is a great way to unwind and bring the end of your workday to a close, and it will keep you on track the following morning.

6. Take the Time to Learn From Failures

Failure is an inevitable part of business. Every time you are faced with a failure, take the time to reflect on that failure. Instead of being distraught, take the time to write down what you have learned from that failure, and keep it for use later on. This can be a hard habit to stick with, but it is one that can be more than worth it.

7. Force Yourself to Take One Risk a Week

These risks can be small or large, but by forcing yourself to take a risk at least every week or every month, you can start finding much more natural, inbred success in your life. Successful people start doing things before they are ready, make this a habit in your life and start seeing the positive outcome.

8. Add a Sense of Urgency to Your Day

Add a sense of urgency to everything you do. When you get in the habit of acting with urgency, you are much more likely to find the most efficient solution to a problem and move on to the next task, while keeping an eye on your bigger overall goals. This simple mindset can lead to a great deal of success down the line.