The mark of a successful person is not singular, but a number of habits that keep them moving forward. And, despite what our fears tell us, we don’t need luck or more University degrees to get to where we want to go. Sure, there are genetics and some dashes of good fortune that can play a role in one’s success. But the fact of the matter is – whether we like it or not – our habits depict the type of person we are and who we are going to be.
Bad habits seem to have a domino effect. They feed upon one another, developing a vicious cycle of negative outcomes. They often fuel negative behavior and thought patterns like limiting beliefs, procrastination, and self-doubt.
To rid yourself of these bad habits, you don’t need to completely overhaul your life. Small tweaks to your weekly and daily routines can drastically improve your physical, mental and emotional state and get you on a path towards success.
In order to help you do that, check out these 12 habits from the most successful people in the world that will ultimately help you achieve your own vision of success:
1. They Create The “Next Step”
Everyone knows how to set “SMART” goals (“Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-oriented”), but creating a goal isn’t where most people get stuck. The thought of completing some of your larger goals can easily throw you into paralysis when you’re looking at the big picture. Successful people know that realizing your goals is simply about completing the next step– and the next step after that. Break your goal down into sizeable pieces and keep moving!
2. They Invest in Themselves
Whether it be time or money, successful people invest in themselves to create the future they desire. They are conscious of the money they spend, the people they spend time with, and they don’t take life or opportunities for granted. They incorporate courses and success habits into their weekly routines. One of my mentors once told me: investing in yourself is never wasted. So invest in education, look into successful life coaches and exercise habits that create wealth in your life – both financially and intellectually. As a famous author, Steven Convoy once said: “Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.”
3. They Get Up Early
I’m sure you’ve heard it before: the early bird gets the worm! Several studies have found multiple benefits for being an early riser- including being more proactive and intuitive. This success habit begets many other success habits, depending on what you do with the extra time. Whether you use this time to ground yourself in meditation or plan your day, you’ll be better equipped to face any challenge that comes your way. Incorporating this habit into your weekly routine helps you stay focused, motivated, and eager to get as much done as possible.
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4. They Learn From Feedback
A close friend of mine, who happens to be a successful entrepreneur, author, and publisher at one of the largest publishing houses in our industry, often tells aspiring authors to learn from the feedback they’re given. She has seen many instances where writers land a book deal because they took the publisher’s advice to heart and re-submitted for consideration with the new changes. Not only does it show your dedication to improvement, but also it shows others that you are easy to work with and open to change.
5. They Collaborate
Most successful people are out to create win-wins. They are interested in exchanging real value, creating the best outcomes for everyone involved, which fosters positive relationships and creates a strong network of support. Successful people’s habits aren’t always fueled by independence. A lot of the most successful minds in the world know exactly what they can contribute, know their skill sets, and know their weaknesses. They know how to recognize their strengths and know that collaborating with others, who have different skills, abilities, and techniques, can help achieve a common goal. It acknowledges their own limits, creates synergy, and most of all builds trust and relationships.
6. They Create Structures of Support
Speaking of support – successful people attract other like-minded people that inspire them to grow, encourage them, or help them reach their next level. The best mentors always have mentors because everyone knows support can be invaluable! Successful life coaches, friends, teachers, and even psychologists can all provide you with the motivation and support to reach your greatest goals.
7. They Exercise Healthy Boundaries
This could also be read as “exercising healthy communication skills”. You don’t need to be the world’s biggest extrovert, but you do need to learn how to be clear in your asks, how to be clear on what you can deliver, and how to speak up when something isn’t clear. Being clear in communication about these three things can save you from misunderstandings and will get you in front of the right people at the right time without miscommunication.
8. They Invest in Physical Exercise
All in all, it’s an energy game. How you manage your energy determines how productive you can be on any given day. Exercising for even just half an hour is proven to help you sustain motivation and keep you healthy. Entrepreneur and billionaire Richard Branson once said that physical activity can actually provide you with up to four more hours of productivity a day! Planning to devote time to physical activity creates a schedule, makes for great habits, and can help you build a strong self-esteem.
9. They Incorporate Daily Reading
According to Tom Corley, author of Change Your Habits, Change Your Life, 88% of wealthy people in his study “devote” at least thirty minutes or more to reading a day. This is a nonnegotiable investment of time towards the skill that you want to master or even self-mastery. Incorporating reading into your weekly habits can give you different perspectives, help you to reflect on what you have read, and can drastically improve your reading and communication skills. Even the most successful people in the world sometimes need a break. But instead of reaching for the remote with a bucket of popcorn, they reach for a good book to expand their knowledge, exercise their brain, and simply relax!
10. They Avoid Time Wasters
One of the biggest time wastes is checking emails multiple times a day. Calendar two or three times a day where you check in with your inbox and don’t respond to the buzz of your phone every minute of every day. Notice anywhere else in your day where you are idling, or have the tendency to get distracted and set up a system to keep you focused.
Leonardo Da Vinci once said: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Successful people remove any physical, mental, or emotional baggage that may be keeping them away from living their greatest life. They don’t get distracted by comparing themselves to others or daydream about where they ‘could’ be under different circumstances. They instead seize the moment and know that time is of the highest value.
11. They Don’t Touch Things Twice
If you find yourself saying, “I’ll get back to that”, then you may be guilty of this habit. Most people will put a bill down, save an email, or put off a conversation to be had, and keep putting it off. If you know you will procrastinate, get it taken care of right away. If you can’t act on it, delegate it. It could save you time and money! Sure, everyone procrastinates from time to time. But successful people don’t make excuses, they come up with strategies and actionable ideas to break away from any potential mental barriers to stay productive towards their goals!
12. They Rest
Avoid burnout and amp up your creativity by putting rest on your calendar. Honor rest in the same way you would any other activity so that your work hours are truly productive. We all get overwhelmed, stressed out, and bogged down once in a while. But what really sets successful people apart is that they know what they want out of work and out of life.
They set goals and incorporate important factors into these goals to ensure they have time for them. It’s known that as we work hard and get tired, our emotional intelligence and decision-making capabilities dwindle. That’s why successful people know how to balance their work and life because they know rest is a critical ingredient to achieving their goals and desires.
No matter where you stand right now in your level of success, remember that it is the journey that matters and what makes life worthwhile.
So I encourage you to start adopting these 12 habits into your daily and weekly routines and you’ll soon see how things start changing for the better in your career and personal life.
And before you go, I invite you to join me and Brain Entrainment expert Morry Zelcovitch on our free ‘Put Your Success on Autopilot’ Masterclass!
You see, I’ve specifically designed this Masterclass so you will walk away with the knowledge you need to achieve all of your goals…without the difficulty and hard work that holds so many people back!
Natalie Ledwell is an authentic and internationally renowned motivational speaker, best-selling author, Law of Attraction guru, host of “The Inspiration Show” and co-founder of the revolutionary Personal Development company Mind Movies. Her mission is to empower 10 million adults and kids all over the world to lead lives fulfilled with joy, happiness, and passion – the lives they were destined to live.
In the last 10 years, Natalie and her team at Mind Movies have touched the lives of over 4 million people across the globe and are showered every day with their success stories!