There is an old saying that you can reach higher by standing on the shoulder of giants. When talking about success this means that you can reach success by learning from the best. We can stand on the shoulder of giants by observing the highly successful people and adopting their habits.
One way of learning from the best is to copy their habits. When looking at the habits of successful people we see a pattern. This cannot be merely a coincidence and I would say that these habits are, if not the reason for their success, at least a way to leverage their ability to succeed.
Sleep is key. Sleeping is really important for both your mental and physical health. By sleeping enough your body and brain get the restitution it needs for a busy day. Poor sleep is actually also linked to many issues such as diabetes, obesity, depression and poor immune system.
Highly successful people wake up early. They start their day doing all their morning routines, planing their day and avoiding stress. On the weekdays I get up at 6 am to take my dog for a walk. Then I take time for a good breakfast before going into work. At the weekends, even though my cycle is changing slightly, I try to not oversleep.
Successful reads at least one hour every day. This can be hard in a stressful day, but successful people make time for this. Reading a good book will always teach you something. Be it skills, insight, new perspectives or just to become a better writer.
I try to read at least one hour a day. During the weekdays I read an hour before going to sleep and in the weekends I try to read a good hour before breakfast. This I have time for because I wake up early.
If you need inspiration for books, please check out my bookshelf.
Not a habit per se some might argue. But I think that the ability to always look for more ways to make income and to have the desire to do this is in fact a habit. I have started adopting this habit by always trying to maximize my savings and building income streams in the form of dividends and rent.
Many of the habits on this list is linked to health and I think this one speaks for itself. Exercising increases your strength and stamina both physically and mentally. It also reduces the stress level in your body.
This is one of the habits where I really need to improve. I have had some periods in my life where I have had a good work out routine, but they are easily broken. And at the moment I am out of this habit. I really need to get back into the gym.
This is another one where I really need to step it up. We surround ourselves with social media, emails, online newspapers, tv and a constant stream of information frying our brains 24/7. Successful people know that they need time to unplug and just relax. I don’t do this enough.
Never stop learning. The most successful people out there never stop learning. We will never know everything, but the more we know, the more perspective we have on things. Darwin talked about the survival of the fittest. Taking this into a modern context this means that the people with the best ability to adapt to a given situation will be the most successful. By learning more and more you have the ability to adapt.
In order to reach success, successful people have a plan on how to reach their targets. This is the most important lesson in the Napoleon Hill book Think and Grow Rich.
Readers of my blog know that setting a target and finding out how to reach that target is what my blog is all about.
“So meditation, or mindfulness practice, it’s really about, to me, decreasing emotional reactivity so you can proactively create your day and create your life; versus, just being a walking reflex that sometimes screws up,” Tim Ferris’s told Business Insider.
Meditation is on my habit to-do list for the next year.
This one is easy for me and I can’t get away from it either. Walks are a great energizer and make you clear your mind. I have a dog that needs his walk. And he likes me to walk with him. Also, I don’t think it would wise to let him walk himself. So naturally, I get 1-3 dog walks a day.
In addition to walking my dog, I also travel by public transport to work so I get a walk to and from the bus stop every morning and after work.
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