We all dream to be successful or at least have a bit of success in one thing or another in our lives, and who best to learn from and model than people who have had this success themselves?
They say successful people have successful habits. Successful people like JT Foxx, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Gates all claim to have habits that helped them get to where they are today. This got me really interested, and I decided to try it out for a short period of time.
I certainly expected a lot from this attempt, and I was not disappointed. Here are five of the habits I changed in my life and how they in turned changed my life.
1.Waking up early
When I read about this habit initially, I thought it was just made up. I mean, how could something so seemingly insignificant affect your success? However, after some deep research and practice myself, I found out it was true. Another thing I found out was that I wasn’t going to change this habit easily. I was a fan of late night movies which made me sleep late and wake up late in the morning and hit the snooze button on my alarm; so the first thing I had to do was to establish a standard wake up time. For me, this was 5:21 am. Setting this wake-up time changed my life tremendously as it helped me sleep early and achieve more in the first few hours of the day that I normally would achieve the entire day.
This habit is probably the most known amongst the successful people of the world. Warren Buffet reportedly spends about 70% of his day reading and Bill Gates reads about 52 books a year. It wasn’t that difficult for me to adopt this habit because I had some love for reading prior to this. I read everything about the daily business, mindset, marketing, motivation, financial education (I especially love JT Foxx “Millionaire Underdog”) … anything apart from fiction.
3. Stop Making Excuses
Successful people tend to blame everyone and everything around them for their errors but themselves. I found out that by doing this, you give other people the power over your life. This habit helped me become more productive as I always took an introspective look when faced with a failure and helped me admit when I was at fault, ultimately improving my relationships with others.
4. Eating Healthy and Working out
Fast food decreases productivity and causes health problems in the long run. On the path to being successful, I had to learn the art of healthy eating and exercise. By doing a little exercise, I released a lot of toxins from my body after the hard day’s job and that helped me sleep easily and increased my productivity the next day.
5. Having a coach who keeps me accountable
Many people tend to give up on these habits a few days after they start because they have no one to keep them accountable. I decided I wasn’t going to make the same mistake. So I got myself a coach who already had a level of success I was aiming at. He ensured I kept to my word all the time and his presence expedited and solidified the process.
Sometimes what you do not know can hold you back. Other times, what you know and do too well could be your undoing. Habits are very important in your growth to success and should be taken seriously for improvement and ultimately success.
Here’s a final thought. All successful people have the same habits. Do they have these habits because they are successful or are they successful because of these habits? Think about it.
Have a wonderful Friday!