What is success?
There are many definitions of success. Most people think success is subjective. However, all the greats agree on one thing: perseverance in the face of failure or adversity will eventually lead to success. It is well documented that the journey to the top leaves behind visible tracks. Therefore, as a keen student of this subject, studying the daily habits of successful people will make you capable of achieving similar or even better results.
Before you think it’s all too much to grasp, remember that success is a journey, not a destination. Consequently, you are required to learn and do the necessary work to reach great heights. As a result, this calls for sound adjustments and the implementation of valuable knowledge. For now, let’s dive in and look at the habits first.
While it might seem easier said than done, any successful individual will tell you that good habits are imperative when you are on your way to achieving your goals. Mark Wahlberg famously shared his daily routine in 2018, which shook the internet. The grueling routine involved him waking up at 2:30 a.m. and over ninety minutes of physical training. This may seem like an extreme case to some; however, Wahlberg attributed his onscreen success to his strict regimen. Certainly, there has to be a method to his madness because it earned him the respected title of highest-paid actor in 2017.
“Successful people are slaves to their good daily habits.”
TOM CORLEY, AUTHOR OF RICH HABITS—THE DAILY SUCCESS HABITS OF WEALTHY PEOPLE
Studies reveal that a well-balanced routine and good habits are linked to success.
Follow success pages on social media sites such as Watudaily to stay motivated and inspired in business, property investment projects, or life in general. Always take valuable lessons from the greats. It pays to be a good student.
Here are the 10 habits that will surely send you on your way to achieving your goals:
Habits of Successful People
1. Get Up Early
We have all heard of the age-old proverb,b “The early bird gets the worm.” It turns out there is more stock to the term than one might realize. In fact, studies have shown that getting up early has several benefits.
These benefits include increased productivity, less stress, and a pragmatic outlook. When an individual allows themselves more time in the morning to start their day, they are less likely to find themselves rushing out the door, ultimately minimizing stress.
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Firstly, planning your day effectively is achieved with level-minded ease and a positive outlook if done the night before. Prepare seemingly simple tasks upfront, as this will give you a head start the next morning.
This will include choosing the clothes you will wear and what you will eat in the morning. Secondly, pack your bag for the day’s activities, e.g., a gym bag, knowing where your car or office keys are. Subsequently, this will make your morning run smoothly and set you up for an effective day because you do not spend too much time getting ready for the day.
2. Make A Schedule
The organization has proved to be beneficial in boosting productivity. Planning and creating a schedule allows for a sense of control, therefore creating a clear roadmap—in other words, a strategy—in order to reach short-term and long-term objectives.
It’s true that getting ready for your working week is best done on Sunday, said Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Addicted2Success.com. Allow yourself time in the mornings to review your daily objectives in preparation for your day. This habit will encourage the establishment of professionalism, routine, and reliability.
One actionable way to do this is to have a ‘to-do” list. Always set for yourself an effective and practical to-do list for each day. This will help you with time management and prioritizing the tasks that you have for the day. While some of your tasks are monthly or yearly, breaking them down into daily tasks will keep you on track.
It will help you pick up uncompleted tasks from the previous day and carry forward what is outstanding from the current day. A to-do list keeps you focused and saves time.
3. Take Action
Plans without execution simply gather dust and are eventually neglected. According to Washington Mazambani (Your Wealth Mentor) taking action “triggers motion”, “is necessary to facilitate desired results”, “creates good habits” and “validates your sense of accomplishment”.
These give you positive energy and additional life and professional experience. Ultimately, starting your plans and following through consistently cultivates confidence and decisiveness. This is helpful when it comes to decision-making.
Avoid procrastination at all costs. People procrastinate for various reasons, which include task aversion, perfectionism, overestimation of the time required to perform a task, fear of failure, mere disorganization, and poor time management, among others.
It is clear, therefore, that people experience procrastination differently and for different reasons. Whatever the reasons, we need to exercise self-control and never leave for tomorrow what we can do today. Procrastination is an obstacle to successful goal achievement and as the common saying goes, it is
“a thief of time”Edward Young
4. Be health-conscious.
A well-oiled machine performs at its best. This is the same with regard to your body. The healthier you are, the greater your output capacity. Being health conscious is a combination of mental health, nutrition, and physical fitness, which contribute to a growth mindset necessary for business success.
When you’re healthy, there is one less obstacle you need to worry about; thus, you will be able to focus intently on your tasks. In addition, good health leaves you feeling motivated and encourages positivity. You can maintain your health by eating well, sleeping well, exercising, and/or consulting a mental health professional.
5. Make Time To Wind Down
While being energetic and productive is a major component in the formula of success, a good winding-down routine is just as important. Decompressing and unburdening yourself of the day’s work benefits your mental well-being and sleep quality. Good sleep hygiene is paramount to a good night’s rest.
Put down your devices at least an hour before bed, as per experts’ recommendations. Mediation and relaxation will help release all the day’s stressors. According to Entrepreneur.com, mediation enhances learning and memory capacity as well as tame negative emotions, among other benefits.
Furthermore, use the end of each day to reflect on your day without dwelling on the past. This is not an easy process to incorporate. However, you can achieve this by setting questions that you ask yourself daily. You can achieve this by going through your regular to-do list and reporting back to yourself. Use daily reflections to help you improve and achieve your goals, not to simply highlight your failures.
6. Read More (habits of successful people)
Reading is the oldest gateway to knowledge. Successful people know they will discover new information by reading material intended to expand the scope of their knowledge and improve their lives. According to healthline.com reading improves cognitive connectivity, vocabulary, and comprehension. Lesser known benefits are that reading provides you with topics of discussion when conversing with like-minded people in networking scenarios.
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7. Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
Spending time with like-minded individuals will keep you on the right track. Surrounding yourself with individuals who lack motivation and are not goal-oriented can rub off onto you thus, making you a source of negativity. Instead, strive to surround yourself with people who inspire you and impart valuable wisdom and information. In this respect, you will create a support network which is essential when overcoming any obstacles in your way.
8. Avoid/Get Rid Of Distractions
Despite having a well-planned day, there is always something that will crop up and call for your attention. It is important to master the ability to identify and get rid of distractions. Whenever you set out to do something always ask yourself if it is the best use of your time. You can use the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize your tasks and eliminate time-wasting activities.
Successful people understand that time is money and as such, they cannot afford to waste any of it. Reduce or minimize any unproductive activities that consume too much of your valuable time. Distractions like social media, streaming services, and excessive socializing can be damaging. Prioritize your goals and objectives. Do not waste your time on non-essential activities. It is time you will never recover and time better spent elsewhere.
9. Be Prudent With Your Income
In other words, manage your income effectively with sustainability in mind. Develop a budget and stick to it. In addition, having more than one income stream. Do not rely on only one source of income. Therefore, when one stream no longer yields you have the comfort of knowing that there is another way you can generate income in the interim. Avoid lavish non-essential spending in your fledgling years. However, don’t be afraid to reward yourself for any major achievements just keep it sensible.
10. Develop A Habit Of Gratitude
Make it a habit to consciously practice gratitude. When we cultivate a spirit of gratitude and place our focus on the good that we have already received and not what we do not have, we thrive in various areas of our lives, emotional, social, health, and career. Research says that gratitude is associated with long-term happiness.
“Feel proud of your achievement, no matter how small they are, and create or renew a spark of determination within yourself so that you continue to work hard.” – Amy Pendergrass.
This will fuel you to achieve more. Every new day becomes an opportunity to take another step towards the ultimate big goal.
11. Believe In Yourself
Self-belief is having the feeling that you are capable of anything. Self-belief is natural for some but has to be cultivated for some. It is important for one to believe in one’s own worth and abilities. Individuals with self-belief feel empowered and confident and therefore set themselves up for success.
Equally important, is practicing resilience. I believe that patience is an underlying trait of successful people. Resilience is the ability to rise above challenges, easily adapt to change, and ultimately achieve business goals. Furthermore, do not let setbacks, failures, or obstacles paralyze you but propel you to success. It is in the toughest of moments that we have the greatest opportunity for growth.
Last but not least, good communication Developing and improving communication skills is crucial in order to succeed. Never leave emails unread and inquiries unresolved. Constantly inform your employees, clients, and stakeholders.
This creates clarity, direction, and better relationships. Communication is a skill that takes a long time to master thus it is advisable to always be learning and developing new ways to do it well.
Some people can argue that the definition of success is subjective. However, there are some universal habits that collectively define a pathway that you can follow to become a great person. Now that you have the list, see how you can use it to better yourself. This can be achieved by taking small steps necessary to re-direct you so that you can get to your destination. The aim is to become a better person and set yourself an admirable life ahead. Have anything to add? Leave in the comments below. I learn from you just as much as you learn from me. Till next time, stay curious!