5 things leaders do every day to win

5 things leaders do every day to win in business

The 5 things leaders do every day to win in business are critical if you want to design the life you love. Find time, schedule, and take action every day to achieve your goals. There is an unwritten rule called the 80/20 Rule, or the Pareto Principle, that states 20% of your daily activities will give you 80% of your results. The key is to focus on the critical tasks that will provide you with the maximum results in designing life and business you love.

If you want to fail, keep focusing on the 80% – the many busy, wasteful activities that take up your time. But, if you want to succeed at creating the income, lifestyle and freedom you want, then make sure to focus on the 20% – the 5 things leaders do every day to win in business.

On my own journey of escaping from employee to entrepreneur… I was lucky to have 2 amazing mentors Jay Kubassec and John “JJ” Jackson who taught me the 5 things successful entrepreneurs must do every day to win in business. These 5 things are described in detail below.

At the time, I was struggling to sustain momentum in my business to learn the ropes in affiliate marketing to make my first dollar online. These two guys (Jay and JJ) had achieved massive success in the industry – making multiple six figures a month – and now are teaching others to do the same. I was inspired by how passionately they shared their story.

I studied and applied the 5 things in my life.  I conditioned myself to find the time in the day, schedule in, and take action on these 5 things every day.  If I didn’t, success would just pass me by. The excuses had to stop now!

These 5 things are truly helping me win in business. And If you do these same 5 things every day, there’s no way you won’t succeed when it comes to being the person you want to be and creating the life and business you love!


Instead of trying to manage your time, the secret to productivity is learning how to manage your energy.” ­- Jay Kubassec, author and entrepreneur

1. Visualization and goal mapping

Émile Coué de la Châtaigneraie (1857 – 1926) was a French psychologist and pharmacist who introduced a popular method of self-improvement based on optimistic autosuggestion. He is better known for what is now called the placebo effect. Coué believed in the effects of medication. But he also believed that our mental state can affect and even amplify the action of these medications.

By consciously using autosuggestion, he observed his patients could cure themselves more efficiently by replacing their “thought of illness” with a new “thought of cure,” as cited in Wikipedia. According to Coué, repeating words or images enough times (Coué had his patients repeat the quotes at least 20 times a day, morning and eve.) causes the subconscious to absorb them. The cures were the result of using imagination or “positive autosuggestion” to the exclusion of one’s willpower.

Neuroscience has proven when repetition combines with a clear visualization or picture of an intended/desired outcome, the brain works in unison to achieve the outcome.  The result is less self-sabotage, increased effectiveness, ease and flow, and an increase in one’s desired outcome. Sound like hocus-pocus? It sure does. But, does it work? You’ll have to find out for yourself.


In order to achieve the goals you’ve set for the year; you’ll need to be consistent. I never set out to conquer everything in a day, week or month. Instead, I make a commitment to myself that I will make progress towards my end-goal each day, no matter how small.” – Dawn Strobel, co-founder and president of Go By Truck Inc.

Here’s a process that I found to be incredibly useful when applied consistently over time.

Daily (30­-45 min)

  • Sharpen your mind and dramatically increase your results by engaging the power of your subconscious mind.
  • Work on your vision of the desired outcome to determine, see and feel your future in advance. Develop a vision board and meta story to get clarity and inspiration.
  • Immediately following your daily vision session, map out your day and take action confidently. I recommend you work on a monthly, quarterly, and annual vision simultaneously.

Weekly​ (30­-45 min) ­

  • Evaluate the previous week’s productivity and progress before you map out the upcoming week.
  • Spend time strategically thinking about what you would consider an ideal week and write down the outcomes/goals.
  • Adjust for progress/lack of progress.
  • Think about the actions required to make these new outcomes a reality.
  • Create an action plan for the week by splitting up the action items for each day based on importance and priority.

Monthly ​and​ Quarterly​ (30-45 min)

  • Evaluate your productivity and progress for the previous period before you map out the upcoming month/quarter.
  • Follow the same steps in the section above.

2. Income-producing activities

Being successful, according to the authors of The One Thing, requires less discipline than you think. It’s not about doing everything right; it’s about doing the right thing. So if you want to flourish, decide what things you’re not going to do!

Regarding productivity and profitability, this is where the proverbial “rubber meets the road.” As an entrepreneur, it’s imperative to be mindful of how you prioritize what actions to choose and when to do them. Without a Daily Method of Operation (DMO) – where you find time in the day, schedule in activities and take action… you will likely find yourself busy and feeling overwhelmed by doing things you think are urgent or essential at the moment­ but, in reality, they aren’t in the big picture. Be careful not to expend precious energy going in circles instead of making progress.

At any given point, there are very few action items that have a direct impact on the growth of your income­ – these are called income-producing activities. When these activities get strung together consistently, the law of geometric progression begins to kick in, and your income has the potential to grow quickly and predictably. You must find time in the day to conduct income producing activities.  Money doesn’t come to you, you have to go get it.


Perfect courage means doing unwitnessed what we would be capable of with the world looking on.” – Francois duc de la Rochefoucauld, author

The faster you develop the habit of taking specific steps to generate revenue daily, the sooner you will experience results. The secret is consistency.

Income-Producing Activities include (but are not limited to) things such as:

  • Business mapping and financial planning
  • Innovating new products and services
  • Doing market research and researching marketing opportunities
  • Connect directly with your leads and prospects listening to them and getting to know them, their wants, needs, and aspirations
  • Placing ads and promoting your products and services.
  • Publishing, distributing content of value via email, social media, videos, etc.


3. Personal and professional development

Just as with first of the Five Things (visualization and goal mapping) one must always, always explore, learn and grow. Another way to put it is, “When you’re green, you grow – and when you’re ripe, you rot.”  So if you’re not growing, you’re dying.

Your business success will never outperform your mindset, and your mindset will never be greater than your highest vision of yourself. Regardless of how hard you try, work, or hustle you will never outperform your mindset’s weakest link.


“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” – Abraham Lincoln, former President of the USA

Living Your PassionDo you consistently abandon the fear of failure, think big, believe in self and set a big vision? Never make your small business make you small-minded, never say the words “I can’t”, “they are too big”, “I am too small.” Don’t let the fact that you are in a small business shrink your ambition. Have a vision bigger than yourself. Be big, believe it will happen, and you set the stage for your success.

Personal growth (actively seeking self-awareness and self-actualization) is not only rewarding and fulfilling, it’s a crucial part of ensuring long-term success as an entrepreneur. It shouldn’t be an obligation but a choice, an opportunity, an investment in yourself and your future.

There is a saying, “you can skip a meal but never skip a day feeding your mind with good books and audio.

Make sure to invest at least 30 minutes a day on personal development.

  • Read books, listen to podcasts, attend webinars and events that help you:
    • Abandon the fear of failure,
    • Control your internal state of mind and emotion, Develop positive beliefs,
    • Develop positive beliefs,
    • Learn to make decisions,
    • Focus on what’s important,
    • Goal setting
    • Action planning
    • Problem solving


4. Mastermind with other leaders

Creative collaboration is dominant in the work culture today because people want to collaborate to compete better. There are thousands of businesses doing the same thing, inventing the same wheel and attempting to serve the same customer in the same way. Learn to leverage the resources and expertise of others to accelerate your success.

fire your boss

Research suggests our environments, including the people we associate with, learn from and role-model, are responsible for approximately 50% of our results. The situations that have the most influence and impact on your outcome are those which encourage and empower you.

Accordingly, take advantage of the many opportunities to join with other like-minded entrepreneurs. There are many value-packed live webinars, meetups and other community networks available to you to mastermind. These groups will help inspire you to transition into the mindset you need, build momentum, and begin your journey to success. Eventually, you will find yourself spending less and less time around those who don’t inspire and support you on your journey.

There is a great saying, “you become the average sum of the five closest people you associate with daily.” Make sure the people you mastermind with are more successful than you in an area you want to grow so you can quickly up your game.


Confucius said, “Never make friends with a man not greater than yourself” – who you surround yourself with, and hang out with, is who you become.


5. Inspire and lead

We will all fail, we will hit hard times. However, when you find something to fight for that is bigger than you, you will find the courage, passion and confidence and more heart than you ever knew you had to prevail. Find the higher purpose of personal fulfillment for others as, when we help each other, it will make us push through obstacles, fear and/or barriers.qualities of successful entrepreneurs

Every day, do something to enhance the quality of someone else’s life, and do it in the spirit of service – no strings attached. It’s that simple. A rising tide raises all boats. You can create a strong wave of contribution by giving back to society through becoming “more”.

Get in the habit of “learn, do, teach.” Be courageous and give generously of yourself by sharing things you have learned and done (successes and failures). There will be lots of great experiences to share with others regardless of your outcome. You could merely share something you recently learned on social media, create a piece of new content for your blog and share it with your list.


“It’s not only what we do, but also what we do not do for which we are accountable.” – Moliere, playwright, actor and poet


CALL TO ACTION:  Learn how to implement the 5 things leaders do every day to win in business

Don’t settle for what the world says is acceptable – instead, go for what you want and what you are capable of achieving. It is my mission you have a full understanding of what it takes to break into your best life and design a business of your dreams. I want to help you learn how to implement the 5 thing leaders do every day.

I want to help you create a plan that is clear and actionable, and that you have access to the tips, tactics, tools and training to expedite your personal transformation. Contact me for a FREE one-on-one strategy session about how to kick-start your heart… to create the income, lifestyle and freedom you want.

Email me at contactus@zaggtime.com  or text 306-570-7321 to arrange a time.

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Be vulnerable – birth a new you – and live with no regrets!

With gratitude,

Doug Howorko – “the lifestyle entrepreneur” & founder of ZAGGTIME

ZAGGTIME is the source for Lifestyle Entrepreneurs. We are a team of business bloggers and lifestyle enthusiasts impacting the world by sharing inspirational and practical insights for creating the income, lifestyle and freedom you want.

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