Blame your habits for your poverty. If you are struggling to pay your bills and you also have a bad health, it’s simply because of your bad habits. If you want to change your life, just change your habits.
Here are some of the habits of the most successful people. Develop them and your life will definitely change.
- Wake up very early
Did you know that waking up extremely early everyday is one of the most common habits that nearly all extraordinary people practice? Well, now you know. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, which is among the extraordinarily successful companies in the entire world, says that he usually wake up very early – at around 3.45 am – everyday to start reading and responding to emails. Richard Branson, the billionaire chairman, and the Virgin Group founder has repeatedly said during interviews that he usually wakes up at around 5.45 am every morning to exercise.
In other words, extraordinarily successful people usually choose to wake up very early to start off their day very early every day. They want to have more personal and undisturbed time such as working on any side project, exercising and so on.
So, you should wake up earlier if you want to be healthy and successful. Wake up, get moving, exercise, and plan how you want to do things during the day. This way, you will not only have good health, but you will also be more productive and accomplish more tasks.
- Read everyday
Of course, everybody knows that reading is very important. However, most people stopped reading books at the time they leave universities or college. If you can learn only one idea in a month from a book, it means that reading a book just a month is going to give you twelve new ideas in a year. These ideas are definitely going to change your life totally in a big way. Bill Gates, who is among the richest people in the world today, says that reading for about an hour is part of his bedtime routine.
And the founder of Telsa and SpaceX, Elon Musk, said that he learnt how to build the rockets by simply reading books. This is usually his answer to reporters every time they asked him how he successfully learnt and built rockets.
Extraordinarily successful people know that reading books is the only way to learn and know something new fast.
Hence, you should choose to read books because when you read a book, you will be learning from other people directly, and you will also expanding your perspective. Before you know it, you will be having many great ideas.
- Have total clarity
For you to be a successful person, you have to develop the habit of clarity. In other words, you must be completely clear and exact about what you really want in the future. You must be very clear about your goals. When you read the success stories of Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and Barack Obama among others, you learn that they are usually very clear about what they want and their absolute goals.
Remarkable people know exactly what they want, and stay focused on the same from the beginning. You cannot be able to come up with a great plan to get you where you don’t know. You must have a clear understanding of what you truly want to achieve. This way, you will be able to develop a practical plan on how to achieve it.
Many people have vague dreams and plans. They are not sure of what they really want in their lives. For this reason, they usually become reactive depending on what life presents them. They usually react depending on their surroundings.
Remarkable people are absolutely clear about their dreams and goals. They know exactly what they want, and for this reason, they usually become proactive in everything they do, and manage to bring their dream life into reality.
- Exercise and workout
Your body is not made to remain still for hours. Otherwise, you would not be having legs, joints and flexible muscles and bones. Therefore, you should work out and exercise regularly if you want to have good health. It also gives you more energy.
Most people spend their time sit down for long hours in their offices facing their computers. Even though this is how the work of today is mostly done, sitting down for long hours every day is not actually an ideal lifestyle. If you can’t have a workout routine, then you are obviously not going to have good health.
For you to have more energy, get more work done and boost your productivity, you must have to exercise and have a workout routine.
Barack Obama, who is the ex-president of the United States, and one of the healthiest and extraordinarily successful people, says that he makes sure that he sweats for at least 45 minutes every day, for six days a week. And when reporters ask the founder and owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, how he is able to maintains good health and remains productive, says that he usually workout very early in the morning for at least three times every week. Richard Branson says that rock climbing, playing tennis, running, yoga, surfing, and swimming are some of his physical activities.
- Work hard
Successful people, unlike unsuccessful ones, have the ability to work really hard, and they truly work hard to achieve what they want. Instead of simply talking about their goals and dreams, successful people usually take action and work hard on those dreams to make them come true.
On the contrary, unsuccessful men and women will only talk and talk about their dreams and goals, but they never act or do anything that would make them achieve those goals.
Observe yourself and find out whether you are the type that only talks about dreams and goals but doesn’t put in any effort to achieve those dreams. You should understand that success is not about what you keep on saying you will do, but what you do.
Therefore, drop the habit of talking and adopt the habit of taking actions. You should start doing something about your goals today and make progress each day.
One of the most important successful habits you must develop for you to be successful is to visualize that very success you are working to achieve every day. Jim Carrey, who is among the most successful and celebrated Hollywood actors, in his own words, said “I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat sandwich”.
Any professional athlete will tell you that he or she includes visualization as part of his or her mental training. In basketball, football, netball and many other sports, visualization plays a critical role in the minds of professional players. In fact, one study which was conducted among basketball players shows that players who usually visualize shooting in their minds can improve the same way as players who practically go through vigorous physical shooting training.
Good thing is, anyone can visualize. It is actually a valuable tool that is freely available for all people, and anyone can use it. Hence, try to imagine and go ahead and envision what you want to achieve every day.
- Make the work fun
Successful people have passion. In fact, passion is a must-have habit for anyone to be successful in whatever they are doing. Remarkable people love their work very much. No wonder they are always willing and ready to endure and continue working hard even at the times when things seem not to work out. For you to be more productive, stay focused and look for more ideas, you have to make your work fun.
Most people around the world do not like what they do and they hate their jobs. This is the main reason why Friday afternoon is the best day for most people. It is actually the happiest day for people who do not like their jobs. These people experience Monday blues and they always check the days to know when the next Friday will be.
People who are love what they do will always feel inspired just because they are passionate about what they do. In his own words, Richard Branson says “if you find what you are truly passionate about, then finding your career will not be too far away.” Hence, find out what you are passionate about, and love whatever you are doing.
- Plan and prioritize
As the old adage goes, failing to plan is simply planning to fail. Of course, things sometimes don’t go as you had planned. However, it’s much better to have a plan than having none at all.
Remarkable people normally achieve extraordinary results in what they do because they plan, prioritize, and work hard on the most important things. Instead of spending their time and energy working on the things that do not matter, they often choose to work hard on the things that can give them the results they are looking for.
So, if you want to achieve the results you desire, you should plan and prioritize the most important tasks. Before you go to bed, write down what you should accomplish the next day. Be sure to prioritize whatever you want to get done so that you can start with the most important ones tomorrow.
- Network with other remarkable people
Ask any successful person and they will tell you that your future is partly determined by the type of people you interact with. Birds of the same feathers flock together, or so they say. So, for you to be a successful person, you must network with the people who have achieved great successes in their lives.
Jim Rob says that a person is mostly an average of the 5 people he or she mixes with. Therefore, look at your circle and find out what kind of people you always interact with most of the time. Are you mixing and make friends with people who only complain and blame other people most of the time? Or do you spend time, make friends and network with successful and positive people who support you and encourage you to go higher?
It’s important that you network with successful people. If you do so, then their energy and thoughts will influence you in a great way. With time, you will find that you have become positive about everything, and you will want to do and achieve more. If you mix with negative people, their energy and thoughts will influence you negatively, and you will not have the motivation to do and achieve your goals.
- Giving back
Giving back is another habit possessed by extraordinarily successful people. It is something they truly believe in. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet started the Giving Back Pledge, which is a campaign that aims at encouraging the world’s billionaires to give to charity part of their wealth. There are so many billionaires who have joined this complain, and so far, more than $365 have been raised. Among billionaires who have joined the campaign include Paul Allen, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Michael Blumberg and Larry Ellison among others.
When you give back part of what you have made, and you have donated to help the people in need, you are literally telling yourself that you have the ability to even do much more, to help a lot more people and to make the world a better place to live in. You will feel great and more motivated to work even harder. Gratefulness can build your character, motivates you and make you even more successful.
Winston Churchill summarized it all when he said “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. So, donate part of what you have to the needy people, and you will have the motivation to achieve more.