What do successful entrepreneurs have in common? Daily Habits.
Success is a progression. It’s compounded by small efforts, repeated every day. That’s why consistency is key! People that fail are those who think short term; they quit when they don’t see results and start again on something else, meaning all their efforts are wasted. Conversely, successful people think long term. They know that the actions they take DAILY create their future.
That’s why they develop daily success habits; habits that are so cemented in their life that nothing can stop them from moving towards their goals. Yes, motivation is a factor in getting results, but it’s habits that develop long term success. Here’s a list of some success habits that you can start TODAY that will get you on the road to success in whatever field you choose. These are universal and guarantee growth, providing you make them into habits by repeating them every day!
- Morning Routine
What do highly successful people like Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins and Steve Jobs have in common? They all have had morning routines that get them into the best possible physical and mental state to go out and crush their day.
Perhaps the most important part of the morning routine is getting up early. We all have the same 24 hours, but those who rise early get more done.
Getting up early teaches discipline, and just the thought that you are one step ahead of everyone else who’s still in bed is enough to motivate you work hard! If you are rising early, it’s important to get enough sleep, but not only that, you need to get that energy flowing. Eating a healthy breakfast will give you an energy boost to last you for the first half of the day. You gotta put the right things into your body to function the best you can. Simple things like drinking a large glass of water and even jumping up and down for a few minutes will wake your entire body up and get the oxygen flowing so you can fully concentrate.
Finally, practising meditation in the mornings allows for maximum stress-relief, will balance your emotions and allow you to be mindful; to be present in the moment. Ensuring you are in a good emotional state and that you are present means you will work with maximum productivity and not get stressed out by your work load.
The key to staying on track with your goals and motivating yourself daily is visualization. Just 20 minutes a day of sitting in silence, visualizing exactly where you want to be in 1, 5, 10 years’ time, creating a perfect image in your head of the person you will be, the things you will have achieved, even the material items you will own, will make sure your actions are kept in check with the vision you aspire to realize. Jim Carrey, probably one of the most successful comedic actors of the last 20 years, would visualize his goals every single night; he even went to the extent of writing a check for $10 million dollars for ‘acting services rendered’. He went on to receive that exact check for his role in the movie Dumb and Dumber. Successful people, no matter what they have achieved, will still have goals to aspire to and visualize. After all, if we’re not working towards a worthy goal, we have no purpose. And purpose brings happiness and fulfilment.
- Plan Your Day
Without a clear plan of prioritized work, how will you know how to progress or if you’ve had a successful day? The easiest way to plan a hugely productive day is to prioritize your to-do list. Warren Buffet once rebuked that if you have a list of 25 things to do, narrow it down to the top 5 and leave the rest out. This way, you are only doing the highest leverage tasks that will provide the most progression towards your goals. Oh, and make sure you start with the highest priority; the task that may be hard and time consuming but that will yield the biggest result. Do that, and the rest of the days’ work will be a breeze.
- Invest in Yourself
The more you learn, the more you earn. In order to continuously grow, you must be educating yourself consistently, whether through books, mentors, or just taking action. The best way I have found to consistently learn is to read just 20 pages of a book a day, or listen to 30 minutes of an audio book (or both!). This way you are spending a small amount of time daily on personal development. If the average book is 200 pages, you would have read 3 books per month. That’s 36 books per YEAR, with little effort every day. Do you see how these simple success habits compound over time to develop huge personal growth?
- Get out of your comfort zone!
Nobody ever progressed at anything without escaping their comfort zone. For daily growth, try doing something you don’t feel comfortable doing, but will progress you in some shape or form. Things like approaching new people (great practice for networking), pushing yourself that bit extra at the gym, working for an extra hour to get that project finished, even skipping your favourite TV program to read those 20 pages! Training yourself to escape your comfort zone regularly over time will increase your self-confidence; you will find that you believe in your abilities more and are able to tackle new challenges easier. It doesn’t sound right, but getting uncomfortable is a huge key to progressing.
These are just a few habits to get the ball rolling to start your journey and maintain consistent growth towards your goals. I will go into detail with some of these habits in future blog posts and explore new ones too; habits really do play such an important role in progressing in life. If you just tried one of these, I guarantee within a month to two months it will become second nature and you’ll start to see results, whether physical results in your profession, or just a sense of personal development.
Thanks for reading, I’ll see you in the next one!