Personal Habits of Successful People

Some of your personal habits determine whether you will be successful or not. If you want success in your life and business, then it’s important to incorporate the personal habits of successful people.

It takes 21-30 days to form a new habit. The best way to make these habits permanent is to practice one habit for 30 days and then add another habit and so on. Soon you will have a whole arsenal of new habits that will transform your life and business.

  1. Ruthlessly prioritize your activities. No matter what your goal might be, there is one action that is more important than the rest. Determine that action and make it your focus until it is complete. After making your to-do list, chisel it down to the most important activity and start your day there.
  2. Make a to-do list each night. Start the day with a bang by having carefully chosen your activities and priorities for the following day. You’ll sleep better by having one less thing on your mind. You’ll get more done by not spending your morning trying to plan your day. While others are focused on doing what’s easiest, you’ll be working on what’s most effective. The difference is considerable.
  3. Review your day each night. Imagine how much easier life would be if you avoided making the same mistakes. Reviewing your day and acknowledging your successes and failures is an effective way to avoid making the same errors over and over. Start with the morning and work sequentially through your day.
  4. Review your goals at least once per day. Continue to remind yourself of your objectives. Your brain is wonderful at finding solutions, so keep reminding it of the primary challenge in your life. Reviewing your goals creates and maintains a target.
  5. Get 7-8 hours of sleep. Many claim to do just fine on 4-6 hours of sleep, but recent studies have shown that no one is as effective with 6 hours of sleep as they are with 7. If you’re getting less than 7 hours each night, you’re under-performing.
  6. Ask yourself, “What could I have done better?” Establish a more effective alternative for the next time. Also be sure to review your successes. Labeling them as such will increase the likelihood of them happening again.
  7.  Exercise daily. Exercise not only strengthens your health, but it also improves your alertness and self-esteem. The vast majority of successful people report exercising each day, rain or shine. It doesn’t matter when you exercise, but most high-achievers make time in the morning.
  8. Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is all the rage today, but the idea has been around for at least 2500 years. Mindfulness is detached awareness of your surroundings and thoughts. It’s keeping your mind on the task at hand. Avoid worrying about the future or regretting the past. Your day will be more productive and enjoyable.

Take control of your habits. Your habits are behaviors that are repeated over and over without requiring willpower. You likely brush your teeth every night without any mental turmoil. The same ease can be accomplished with other tasks, like exercise.

Start small and with only a single habit. Build and expand as each activity becomes ingrained.

Consider your current habits. Are they bringing you closer to success or making success less likely?