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Why Habits Matter, Part 2

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

Last week we talked about why habits matter, how to create habits and how to break bad ones. As promised, here is a list of 12 things highly successful people do on a habitual basis:

  1. Rise Early - Successful people take advantage of the hours before the workday begins. They use this time to plan their day, exercise or work on special projects.

  2. Exercise - Exercise is beneficial, not only to our physical health, but it keeps the brain healthy and reduces stress.

  3. Read Voraciously - Successful people read to gain critical knowledge. Mark Twain wrote, “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

  4. Be Rigorous About To-Do Lists - Successful people focus on key result areas, their “vital few.” This means they must avoid menial tasks and learn to delegate.

  5. Take Regular Breaks - Whether it’s five minutes of light stretching or a brisk walk around the block, successful people take regular breaks throughout the day. Generally speaking, most high-achievers work in 60-90 minute intervals.

  6. Journal - Journaling is a great way to plan goals for the day or merely record what we are grateful for.

  7. Embrace Failure - Success seldom comes without risk, and risk brings with it the chance to fail. Successful people view failure as one more step toward accomplishing their goal.

  8. Plan to Succeed - Make time to get organized, whether it’s first thing in the morning or the last thing you do each day. Thomas Edison wrote, “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.”

  9. Take Vacations - Most people assume that successful people work all of the time, but in reality, they understand the power of getting a break. They take time to decompress and gain perspective.

  10. Meditate - Successful people see the value in pressing the “pause button.” Whether it’s prayer, meditation or simply quieting your mind, take five minutes for introspection.

  11. Spend Time With Inspiring People - Spend time with highly motivated people, and limit your exposure to negative and toxic people. “You are the sum total of the five people you spend the most time with.” (Jim Rohn)

  12. Control Your Schedule - To maintain their schedule, successful people control when they do certain activities (time-blocking) and limit the time they are on social media. They also have learned the power of saying no to those things that do not support their agenda.

I know I have a few (or more!) I can be working on. How about you?


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