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7 Habits of Highly Successful People

7 Habits of Highly Successful People
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 Unfortunately, for 99% of us, success doesn’t happen overnight. Fortunately, though, there are small things each of us can make a point of doing every single day that will get us closer and closer to the success we desire.

 7 Habits of Highly Successful People | The Secrets Successful People Know That We Don’t

They are early risers

The first (and probably most important) thing successful people do is wake up early.

Sorry night owls, but many successful people cite their early morning routine as vital to a successful day. It’s important to consistently get up early, and use the morning productively.

Studies show that early risers are not only more productive than night owls, but also happier and healthier. So set that alarm clock, get up with (or before) the sun, and have a great productive morning.

The Master Your Morning Journal was specifically built to help us night owls that have trouble waking up and starting our day with a well-intentioned routine finally add the habit.

They set goals

There is much more to this than having a vague plan to be successful sometime in the future. What exactly are you going to do? When are you going to do it? How will doing that help you take that next step to your goals?

Breaking down your goals into smaller, more manageable chunks will help keep you motivated and be able to visualize each step towards success.

The best time to get started with this is now. There are many ways you can set goals for the future, but a commonly recommended one is to write them down. Try going through this process to detail out how you are going to reach those goals you’ve had on your mind.

They strive for balance

Picture someone successful. What do you imagine their day to day life is like? You’re probably picturing someone lying in bed answering emails from the second they woke up, in the office for 14 hours, and working at home late into the night. Now, being willing to work hard is vital for success, but the most successful people know that you can’t work all the time – and you shouldn’t.

Successful people strive for balance.

Yes, they work hard, but they use their time in a smart and productive way. They know what is important to them outside of work, and they devote attention to those things regularly as well. Just ask Condoleezza Rice, who uses golf as an athletic outlet, and to network.

They keep their bodies healthy

Speaking of an athletic outlet, many successful people tout the benefits of cultivating your body as well as your mind. Exercise has many benefits. It can be a way for you to relax, a hobby, a way to meet new people, etc.

Barack Obama knows the benefits of exercise, and he changes it up frequently. He does strength and resistance training, running, and sports. He tries to exercise for 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week (clearly, he also knows the importance of a rest day). Of course, he also very publicly documented his struggles with quitting smoking – you can’t have a healthy body with unhealthy lungs.

They stay optimistic

The mind is a powerful thing, and if you’re not careful, you can sabotage yourself before you even begin. Persistence, optimism, and staying positive are all extremely important.

It can be tricky to stay optimistic when it feels like things aren’t going your way, you aren’t reaching your goals, or your whole life feels like it’s conspiring against you. Successful people know (or have learned) how to push through that feeling and keep moving forward. Exercise, of course, is a great for our minds as well as our bodies, and staying active can also boost your self-esteem.

They don’t put off the hard stuff

Mark Twain famously said, “Eat a live frog in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.” Obviously, he wasn’t actually recommending eating a frog. But if a tough task is waiting for you, eat it first thing when you get in the office to get it over with.

Having a good morning routine is a crucial part of that. Some people struggle with making the time to eat breakfast, take care of themselves, or even just get themselves out of bed (snooze button, anyone?). That won’t help you reach your goals, though. There are easy ways to simplify your morning routine and make your morning work for you instead of dragging you down.

They write everything down

Have you ever had a great idea, but you’re in bed, about to go to sleep, and you promise to think about it in the morning? Or maybe you’re on the go and a fleeting thought seems promising?

Those thoughts and ideas always seem to slip past us, and we can never remember them when we actually have time to sit down and devote attention to them.

Successful people have gotten around this by always writing everything down – you never know how great that idea could have been! Take a second to write it down and then bring it out later in the day. Of course, keeping a small journal on you is a classic, and Richard Branson never goes anywhere without one. But in these days with technology at our disposal, all you really need to do is open the Notepad app on your iPhone.

 

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. HindIndia

    November 10, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Really amazing article …….. very nice ……. Thanks for sharing this!! 🙂 🙂

  2. Marie

    December 12, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I was surprised that early risers are more successful than night owls. I guess it just makes sense since you have more hours in a day to get things done when you are up earlier. Success is important to me and one thing I might try to be more successful is to keep a healthy body. I’m going to begin to work out every other day to see how it effects my moods and ability to get things done. I would agree that keeping a balance is very important because too much play prevents you from getting important things done and to little play makes the tasks seem unbearable. Do you find in your life you complete all seven habits and if so how has it changed your life? If not what habit are you working on now?

  3. Marie

    December 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    This reminds us of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens because in the book it talks about being proactive and being ambitious in your life. Similar to striving for balance in your life the book talks about putting first things first. It also talks about goal setting in getting your work done. You stated that successful people set goals, we agree because successful people set goals to help get things done. An example of a successful person setting goals would be Thomas Edison on his 10,000th try he created light. Which of the 7 habits do you struggle with the most? How have you built these habits into your life? Which habit are you most successful with?

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