Rebecca Klondinsky's swimwear label Iixiist (pronounced exist) brings in $7 million a year and maintains a 333% profit margin.
Klondinsky founded the label eight years ago at the age of 24, which has since grown to count celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Hailey Bieber, Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Rihanna as customers.
However, Klondinsky says the brand's growth and success is not based on luck but instead on maintaining a positive routine – something she encourages all fashion entrepreneurs and start-ups to implement.
Below, Klondinsky shares her top tips for daily habits to support business success:
Start the day with a good mindset
For power players, having a 'me' moment first thing is a must, how you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.
The physical and mental benefits of positive thinking have been documented by multiple scientific studies – it gives you more confidence, improves your mood, and even reduces the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression and other stress-related disorders.
For me, this includes meditation, journaling and Pilates – all non-negotiables I accomplish before 'life starts'.
(Really) Know Yourself
"Without great solitude no serious work is possible." – Pablo Picasso.
Our view of our inner self does not come naturally, it requires humility to bridge the gap between how we think we are and how we are in reality – which is where finding solitude can help.
Solitude equips you with knowledge and the necessary qualities to achieve personal development and success.
Spending time alone for at least 20 minutes each day offers you the clarity and space you need to grow yourself independently.
It gives you an introspection on who you are and what you want, and understanding your thoughts, actions and reactions gives you the power to have utmost control over your life.
Outside of my daily practice, I also regularly schedule in two to three days off-the-grid to clear my head and disconnect at an adult-only retreat with no phone reception of WiFi.
Stay connected – socially
It's hard to keep up your relationships when you're blazing your own path but having a strong support system is important.
Friendships not only make you happier, but they also make you more effective and efficient in business.
Rather than treating close friends as distractions, view them as rewards; they provide motivation, simply by existing, on the days when your internal motivation is flagging.
True friends can offer you honest and helpful feedback, and can connect you to other entrepreneurs, experts, investors, resources or experiences that can help you grow.
When time is short, focusing on the small gestures that take seconds is your best strategy – sending a 'thinking of you' text can make a big difference.
Learning to become a habitual goal setter will enable you to work from a clear, written game-plan every day, you'll start to know exactly what you want, a strategy on how to accomplish it, and you'll be able to review and work on the goals as a daily routine.
The 80-20 rule is a good place to start in becoming goal-oriented.
The principle states that 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results, which can apply to any area of your professional and personal life.
Before you begin work, always ask yourself, 'Is this task in the top 20% of my activities or in the bottom 80%?'
The rule for this is: resist the temptation to clear up small things first.
If you choose to start your day working on high-value tasks, you will soon develop the habit of always starting and working on high-value tasks.