Everyone has habits; both good and bad. These are behaviours undertaken every day automatically. Successful people intentionally create success habits that enable them to achieve the life they desire. They are prepared to invest their time in creating these habits as they understand that they will help them to reach their goal.
Creating new habits must be an intentional process and generally takes 21 days for the new behaviour to be assimilated into daily life and routines.
Successful people tend to adopt the same habits. These success habits become part of their daily lives and help to keep them successful as they understand that the journey to success is not final. It continually moves as they need to keep growing in terms of achievement.
An entrepreneur may set a goal of achieving success at selling services worth 5 figures in one year. However, once that goal has been achieved, they will re-evaluate their definition of success and set another goal for the following year. Similarly, a manager may look at the steps required to enhance their career prospects. In reality, you can be anyone aiming for almost anything (providing it’s realistic and achievable). It’s how you define ‘success’ that really matters.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t’ feel successful now. What matters is what you do and how you go about doing it to become ‘your definition of successful’.
Generally, the following five habits will be key to gaining success and maintaining it.
1. Positive Mindset
Having a positive mindset can be learned. It will require mental programming (changing your thinking patterns). There are various ways to create a positive mind-set including working with a coach to help you to examine what might get in the way and how to overcome those potential barriers to success.
One of the most crucial factors in succeeding in anything is to believe that you can achieve it. Be realistic.
2. Exercise and Healthy Eating
Taking care of the body through exercise, diet and good sleep routines is another crucial component. Research has shown a strong mind-body connection. By taking care of your body you are preventing ill-health from causing you problems on your way to achieving your goal.
Successful people plan, and they prioritise. They decide what the essential elements or tasks are each day and act on those first. By knowing which tasks will help them achieve their goal they are continuing to act on the plan for success that they created.
Delegating inessential tasks ensures that they get completed but do not detract from your ultimate goal.
4. Goal Setting
Identifying the end goal and creating a plan is another essential habit. Without a goal, you won’t know what you are aiming for. All successful people know what success means to them and plan how to achieve it. Write it down and measure your progress towards it.
5. Life-long Learning (CPD)
Whether it is reading, taking a course or listening to audio recordings, successful people understand that knowledge is power and a crucial aspect of helping them to achieve their goals. They stay up to date on relevant industry information, new trends and innovations. This is built into their daily routine.
These are just five of the key habits of successful people. By adopting these success habits into your daily routine, you will be creating a stronger, healthier and more successful, and authentic, version of you.
There is little doubt that working with someone to support you on your journey will be incredibly beneficial. You can choose to work with a coach, mentor or someone else. As long as they are the right person for you and will support and challenge you to achieve the success you want and need.
Small steps are still steps!
Don’t be daunted by trying to adopt all the steps at once. If that seems too much, pick one, the one that will make a difference to your life (professional or personal), and focus on that. Once it’s a habit, and it’s making a difference, add another and so on.
As James Baldwin noted, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” So, find your start point and act. If not, a year from now you will wish you had started today.
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