Learn from The Success of Others
The Habits of successful people can be understood in this quote that by Aristotle, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
What could you accomplish if you made daily habit a part of your being? Most people understand to be a success at home, work, in business, as a student, leader, manager or in marriage, we must continually do the right things to make it work.
Have you ever asked yourself:
“I want more out of life.”
“What can I do better so I can become successful?”
“I wish I knew what to change my life?”
Every day millions of people ask themselves similar questions. These questions we ask ourselves are questions designed for self-improvement.
There are many habits successful people have made a part of their daily life that you can also start. You do not have to do all 20 to become a success, or see your life change.
You could start with one habit and if you want you can add additional habits as you feel ready for them. Many of the success habits listed below are easy and can be added to your daily habits.
For you to create the habits you want, you may have to make them a part of your morning, afternoon, evening or even weekend habits.
Before you start to say, 20 habits are going to take me a long time to master, remember you might already be doing some of them. Some of 20 habits of successful people are going to take work, time, understanding and personal growth to master.
Habits of Successful People
Habit 1 – Personal Circle
It is important to surround yourself with positive, like-minded people who understand you, your goals and are supportive of them.
If you do not surround yourself with positive people who are as or more goal oriented than you it can take longer for you to reach your goal. Changes are you may also give up on yours due to negative influences.You and I must understand that in life there is nothing that can destroy our goals and dreams like a negative thought. Click To Tweet
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Habit 2 – Take Risks
Success people understand the importance of taking calculated risks. If you want to be a success then you will need to take more risks.
They do not have to be big risks. You can start by taking small steps until you are comfortable taking larger risks. We only have one life to live and we need to make the most of it.
Any risk you decide to take should benefit you financial, emotional, professional and personally, but do not put the well-being of other on the back burner. All risks should be taken ethically.
Habit 3 – Staying Healthy
All successful people know that health is important. The healthier we are the longer we can potentially live to enjoy our success and help others succeed.
Being health can be simple. A small daily habit change can improve your life. It is easy as taking a 20-minute walk after dinner.
A larger commitment can be to go to the gym 3-5 times a week and work out.
Some of don’t enjoy treadmills and lifting weight. No problem, if you live by a park, lake or the mountains you can get out into nature for a walk or hike.
You might be thinking that you do not have 20 minutes or an hour? Try to get up 30 minutes earlier each day or use lunch hour, at work, to go for a walk.
In the following article are 9 tips you can use to stay healthy.
Habit 4 – Be Optimistic
To be a success it pays to be an optimist.
The thoughts of a pessimist create negative feelings and as mentioned above negative thoughts destroy you.You need to believe in yourself and your ability to be the best at whatever you do. When you have a positive outlook in life you live each day with more confidence. Click To Tweet
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Habit 5 – Look for Opportunities
Successful people understand life is not perfect. Even if they have lost their job they keep a positive outlook.
Successful people look for opportunities others do not consider. What better time than in today market to become an entrepreneur?
Look for and find opportunities where others see problems. This is the difference between highly successful people and those who only see problems.
Habit 6 – Never Quit Attitude
In life, we need to be resilient and never quit. You see examples of this in movies, sports games, business, with friends and even your parents.
Don’t throw in the towel yet. Like a good boxing match most people get their second wind after they have been ‘beaten down’.
You and I must remember there are no time limits set for us to accomplish our goals and dreams, so keep going and give up.
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Habit 7 – Don’t Procrastinate
When is the right time? YESTERDAY! When is the next best time? RIGHT NOW. So, don’t procrastinate.
Successful people make it a habit not get things done and not put of things till tomorrow. They get what needs to be done today off their ‘to do list’.
If you are in sales, business, marketing or an employee of a company, you will be happy you did no procrastinate.
Not to mention the habits of successful people allow them to create free time when they complete the things on their list.
Habit 8 – Be a Doer
Are you a talker or a doer?
The problem is most people are talkers and never become doers. The reason for this cab be in your subconscious mind.
When we say, we are going to do X, our brain tends to believe that we have completed X. It does not know the difference.Highly successful people understand we must practice what they preach. This means our actions must speak louder than words. Click To Tweet
Successful people speak from experience not theory. That means it is up to us to go out and accomplish something on our goals list and then tell others how we did it. This could also turn into a business opportunity because you can start to teach other show you did.
Habit 9 – Don’t Blame Others
Have you ever said, “I would be a success if that person did not do that to me?”
Successful people understand that the secret to success is in them. Other people do not have the power over them.
Don’t blame others because of your lack of success. What this means is as soon as you are faced with a problem it is time to take responsibility.
When you take responsibility, you develop the habits of successful people. Now you begin to understand where things went wrong and what could have been done differently.
Click here to read about Morrie, he never blamed others.
Habit 10 – You’re Not Everyone
Perhaps you have head the statement, not everyone can be a success, right.
Do you believe that statement? I hope you don’t because you are not everyone. You have different goals, dreams and ambitious.
You are not average so don’t settle for average.
If others believe that about themselves you do not have to. Men and women all over the world know they can accomplish anything they born to, if they are positive, have a great inner circle and don’t compare their success to the success of others.
Habit 11 – Have a Plan
Do you have a plan or do you just get up each morning and do the same thing day in and day out?
Successful people do not go through life letting things just happen. They create the kind of day they want to have. For sure they will be faced with unexpected circumstances but they learn to work with what life brings.You don’t have to get every morning and go to bed every night feeling like you accomplished nothing. Click To Tweet
Did you know that successful people work hard at turning their plan, goals and dreams into a reality? It comes down to success planning. Have a day, week, month and quarter plan.
Still don’t believe me about how important a plan is? Just look at owner of the company you work at. He or she had a plan and you are part of it.
Habit 12 – Give to Receive
Do you want to give more but feel like you don’t have enough to give now? Do you always feel broke even if its payday?
Well consider this life lesson. There is a rule that says, the more we give the more we get.
Plain and simple, successful people give. Know that there is enough success, money, and opportunity for everyone in the world.
When we give our time, money and energy to causes we believe in we attract positive people to us. We help others enjoy a happier life and we also can find joy in the journey called life.
Habit 13 – Pursue your ideas
All success stories start with an idea. Today more people are going to platforms like Indiegogo, KickStarter and GoFundMe to make their ideas a reality.
If you have an innovative idea the lack of money is no longer an excuse.
Being scared is a real thing. I understand that. That is why you need a good team of people in your corner to help you with your idea.
When I started writing I was scared. I know I had to begin but I did not want to make any mistakes. I wanted to create the best piece of content and was stopping myself.
Once I started I realized my writing was not great but over time it would get better because I was practicing my writing skills.
Habit 14 – Let go of Fear
What is fear? It stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.
The goal of fear is to stop you so you do not pursue the things you want to. Do not be controlled by the fears.
Successful people work past those fears. They continue to do what it takes to live a life they only dreamt of.
Habit 15 – Focus on Your Strengths
To many people focus on what they are not good at and try to improve on that. What we should be doing is focusing on what we are good at and how to get better.
What are you good at? How can you maximize your potential by focusing on your strong suites?
If you do not know what your strong suites are you should ask close friends or colleagues to tell you. All too often others see our strengths before we do.
When we focus on our strengths we put our effort towards the things we are good at. Successful people find out what they are good at and then create habits around that.
Click here to read about 12 strengths effective leaders focus on.
Habit 16 – Don’t Just Be Busy
Do you find that you are too busy to get the important things done?It might be time to look at your daily habits and see why you consider one thing more important than another. Click To Tweet
Don’t just get busy in life. If you get busy and do not focus on the important things your life will pass you by.
Successful people find ways to be productive and schedule important things before none important things. The truth is you are only going to do what your self-image can handle.
Habit 17 – Learn to Change
There is only one constant in life and that is change.
You and I must learn to work with the changes that happen around us. Change is happening faster than ever. Technology keep progressing society forward.
It is hard when we are first faced with change. No one wants to leave their comfort zone but if we remember change is constant then opportunity, success and everything you want will be found in that change.
Click here to read about why we need to stick to your dreams, goals and visions.
Habit 18 – Watch Your Money
Do you know where every dollar you make is spent? If you don’t it might be time to do an audio on your spending habits.
Do you just buy what you want, when you want it? Do you have to have to newest, coolest, next big thing?
Here is an example of what I witnessed while working at the bank for six years. When reviewing accounts with clients I noticed many of them were spontaneous purchaser.
I understand big companies are spending billions of dollars for you to spend your money with them. They make products or services shiny and attractive so we give them our money.
We need to stop and consider if we need the product or service now or can it wait till later. This goes for personal and business.
You and I, we both need to review our spending habits. They are keeping us broke.
Look at the spending habits of one of the most successful billionaire investors of all time, Warren Buffett.
He does not spend his money on things he does not need. He has a plan for his money and let’s not forget he could spend as much money as he feels like but he is very disciplined.
Habit 19 – Be Confident
Are you confident or arrogant when you are around others? Successful people are confident. They understand who they are and what they can accomplish on their own and with the help of others.
If you are arrogant, choose to be confident instead. You will attract more people, have more success, more money, close more deal, influence more people and go through life knowing that you are no better than people and no one is better than you.
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Habit 20 – Stop Complaining
This one is not easy but we need stop complaining and take more responsibilities. Complainers need other people to listen to them and fuel their “Fire”.
No one likes listening to someone who is negative and constantly looking for an outlet to complain and not fix their current situation. Complainers turn people off.
Complaining puts you and the listener in a negative state of mind and causes you to be less productive. This can cause you to be less successful.Successful people make it a habit to stay away from people who constantly complain. Click To Tweet
People who complain will only change when they realize that there negatively is not getting them anywhere in life. The problem is sometimes it happens way too late.
How many of the 20 habits of successful people are you currently doing? How many of them can you do better?
It is time for you and I, to go out and put 1 or all 20 of these principles to work for us.
If you do not know where to start, pick your favorite number between 1 and 20 and start there.
Good habits take time to develop. Successful habits take a life time of work. We continue to improve our self.
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