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Eight Habits of Successful People That Will Change Your Life
1. Continue Learning
As I have said time and time again: we should never stop learning. No human being knows everything, therefore we all have something to learn. Pick up a non-fiction book and read at least 15 pages a day. Start with a chapter or two and you will see that you will start craving more.
Do you remember when you were a kid and they had reading programs in middle school? It was probably called something like Book Club or Accelerated Reader. Do you remember the kids at the top of the class who always seemed to get the most points and win prizes at the end of the year? Find them on Facebook or LinkedIn and see what they are up to now. I’ll always remember the girl that read the most in our class. She just became a doctor and is getting married to one soon. Success will not come to you unless you admit there is more to learn and you do something about it.
Everything in your life is prioritized whether it is consciously or not. If you prioritize your job more than anything, you might be having issues with the relationships in your life. If you prioritize your social life, you probably go out two or three nights a week and your health suffers. It is pretty easy to figure out where your priorities lie.
Prioritization needs to be focused on when you plan your day. Figure out what the most important task of the day is and JUST DO IT. Do it immediately and EAT THAT FROG (if you don’t know what that is, I highly suggest you watch a video that explains it or read the book).
This one is the least fun, lets be honest.
If you’re anything like me, you get a huge feeling of joy buying things. I feel like a success if I can afford something, so swiping my credit card is a little jolt of happiness and pride.
It is important that we don’t get carried away with this… especially if we have debts! Sure, there are days that I just NEED a new pair of shoes, but at the end of the day, I know that I still have student loans that need to get paid off.
Dave Ramsey is one of the most influential money management experts. He developed an entire empire from teaching the snowball effect. Check out his book here (I give you permission to spend money on it… it will be well worth it and improve your life more than a pair of shoes, I suppose).
4. Wake Up Early
This is one of the habits of successful people you probably hear most often. As someone who LOVES staying in bed until about 11 am on weekends, this one wasn’t the easiest to adopt until I literally HAD to. I moved into an apartment with all windows for walls and a bedroom that faces east. To say it is bright in my bedroom at 7 am is an understatement. I wake up every day at 8 at the latest and have to accept the fact that I am not going back to sleep.
The positive of this is that I still stay in bed, but I am not one to waste my time. I don’t have a TV in my bedroom so I get on my computer. I have developed the habit to open Pinterest immediately when I get on my computer. That sounds bad, but since I am always pinning about self improvement, that is the majority of what I see right away, so my day starts on that productive note.
5. Goal Setting
Goal setting is the most impactful thing you can do to change your life. Put everything in writing and have a deadline. You WILL get things done if you actually want it. Not sure how to start? Check out how to simplify your goals and build from there! Always keep your goals in mind. Look at them every day
If you don’t know where you are going, how do you know when you get there?
The main thing about goals is that they need to have a deadline. Without a deadline, you can write down a lot of things that you want to do in life, but it is still just a wish at that point. Goals are the most important part of your life. You will not be as successful as you crave without first figuring out what it is that you actually want.
6. Exercise and Diet
“You are what you eat!” my mother would always exclaim. As a woman that is in her 50s and has a fantastic body, I’ll take her word for it. Have you ever noticed that you feel more active and just cleaner when you eat healthy? That’s because you are giving your body what it wants! As a lover of mexican food, TRUST ME WHEN I SAY that I am no where near perfect in this category. I have work to do but I have found that as long as I keep my health in the back of my mind and I don’t absolutely pig out every day, I feel better about myself.
We all need exercise. I have interviewed many people and a consistant exercise schedule is a very high on the list of habits of successful people. This can range from getting up at 4:30 in the morning to go to the gym before work to walking a mile with a friend after dinner. This is definitely not a one size fits all habit, it is one that you need to explore for yourself!
7. Know Your Strengths
A very powerful lesson to learn is what are your strengths and weaknesses. You may think you know some of them, but taking the 16 personalities test really puts it into perspective. You will read the detailed results and think “How does it know me so well?!” You will learn about yourself and find out ways to utilize your strengths in a way you haven’t thought of before.
Personally, I am a debater and literally everything in the description was me. I had my coworkers do it as well and not only was it fun, we could compare what was the most effective way to communicate with each other to be the most successful.
I saved my favorite for last! As a person that absolutely thrives on talking to people and getting to know them, networking is definitely a habit that makes me feel successful. When I first moved to my new city, I didn’t know anyone within a two hour drive. Although I was doing really well at my job, I remember calling home and crying that I felt like a failure. I felt so insignificant and it was because no one in the lower half of Wisconsin even knew I existed!
Fast forward three years later and I have a solid group of friends and I get texts all the time from people wanting to visit me or wanting me to come see them. My network ranges from coast to coast and I have friends in most major cities. There is something about networking that makes the world seem smaller and that much more amazing.
What about you? Is there a habit that you have picked up that has changed your life for the better? Add it to the comments below!