Highly successful people will share that success in any form is not an event, but it’s a process. The most successful leaders advocate that success is something that is cultivated over time.
“Success is a daily grind, a daily commitment, that functions around your life purpose.”
To stand out as a leader in your own right, you must create the habits that back your success and good reputation. Once these habits become a part of your daily routine, you set yourself up to be well on your way to becoming the great leader of your own success and in the helping of others to achieve theirs. Therefore we realize that aside from the random element of luck, much of what makes some people successful involves the cultivation of certain essential habits. And through this article, we’ll take a look at what some of these habits are and how to employ them in our own life starting from today.
What are the 5 Good Habits?
1. Become an early riser
According to a survey done with 233 wealthy individuals, mostly self-made millionaires, nearly 50% of these self-made millionaires got out of bed at least three hours before their workday actually started.
Many used the additional free time to tackle personal projects, plan their day, or make time for exercise.
The more time one can devote to being successful, the more likely success will result. Successful people are accustomed to rising early, and that habit appears repeatedly among those who do well in life. Some notable members of the “Early Riser’s Club” include Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group, CEO of Disney Group Robert Iger and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer.
2. Read a lot, and every day (if possible)
Successful leaders know and trust the undeniable benefits the habit of daily reading offers them. Reading makes you smarter, it improves mental clarity, reduces stress, increases your knowledge base, grows your vocabulary, improves memory, activates your reasoning skills, improves your ability to focus and concentrate, improve writing skills, brings you to a peaceful place and is a great source of free entertainment.
If you need more proof on the value and importance of reading, look no further than the example of billionaire author, J.K. Rowling, who says she read “anything” as a child. She advises, “Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading.”
3. Network with successful people and mentors
Successful people know the value of exchanging ideas with others through networking. They also know the value of collaboration and teamwork – all of which are likely when you network. Successful people know the importance of surrounding themselves with other successful people, and according to author Thomas Corley, 79% of wealthy people spend at least five hours a month networking.
“You are only as successful as those you frequently associate with,” – Thomas Corley
Furthermore, successful leaders should make sure to have superiors or other people they look up to and admire to consult with when necessary. When you have someone to model yourself after, it helps to relieve the acute panic you naturally experience when under the stress of challenging circumstances. Getting advice from another successful person or mentor whom you look up to help to return you to an emotional state of composure, which allows you to more successfully traverse through the stressful obstacles you are facing. Seasoned leaders understand and deeply respect the concept that all leaders need leaders.
4. Set aside time for relaxation and reflection
It may also be that the act of “taking a breath” is the successful person’s way of preparing for the effort yet to come. In fact, one of the first steps toward achieving a meditative or relaxed state is to concentrate on your own breathing for three to five minutes.
In addition, successful people will spend at least 15 to 30 minutes each day on focused thinking. Many of the self-made millionaires interviewed by author Thomas Corley shared that they make time to process everything that’s going on in their lives, thinking in isolation in the mornings. Often they’ll reflect on their career, their health, and their personal relationships. Having quiet time to analyze your thoughts is associated with stress reduction.
Even at work too, simply taking two minutes at work to focus on nothing but your breathing will help you to relax, as shared by a Harvard –trained doctor to CNBC.
5. Keep your goals in front of you, and take action boldly!
Finally, the most important habit of successful people is the inevitable “action” habit. It is important to organize, to plan, and to set priorities, but without action, a plan is nothing more than potential.
Many leaders teach the art of writing goals down and then re-writing them every day. Others say it is good enough to read goals aloud once per day. Making it a habit to have your goals in front of you is priceless when it comes to increasing your capacity to succeed.
The basic idea is to keep refreshing goals in your mind as a way to ensure you’re on the right path to achieving them. If you don’t employ such a practice, it’s too easy to lose sight of what you’re aiming for. Instead of leading your life, you find that you’re merely reacting to whatever comes up next. When it’s your habit to meditate on your goals, you work towards them and achieve them more effortlessly. Accomplishing goals in this way feel incredible – it makes succeeding enjoyable and motivates you to continue to thrive.
Successful people act – quickly and often. While others come up with reasons not to act, successful people will always gain as they take that all-important first step towards achieving their goals.