Do you have these Habits of Success in your daily routine?
How did you become successful?
Whenever I converse with a highly successful individual, I can’t help but to mildly analyze their success path. What led up to their success, after all, Success leaves a trail, right?. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel, so I simply ask… ‘How did you become successful?’. These are individuals that despite their race, gender, or national
differences have reached great heights of success. All of their answers were mostly always to do with specific behaviors which became habitual routines. This is interesting because it highlights the significant relationship between particular habits and success.
In general, everyone has different habits which guide them through their life.
However, some habits contribute to successful lives and others lead elsewhere. However, there are a few powerful habits that all of us should integrate into our daily lives. These patterns develop and increase our success in many areas of life and should be adopted by all.
1. Writing down goals and making the time to review them.
When a person writes down the goals
he/she would like to accomplish, the action of writing down is the first step towards success. The goal
moves from a distant thought to real life. After writing it, the individual can post it on their room wall
as a daily reminder or even scribe in a journal. The jotted down goal becomes a tangible reminder of
the purpose behind a person’s journey. This is where a time for review is critical. Very often along the
path of any goal, a person will stumble when encountering obstacles or unexpected turns. However,
reviewing the written goal will encourage and allow the individual to recommit to the goal. A brief
concrete example stems from someone applying to college. First, they write down the list of colleges
and the reasons why they want to go to college. However, they are rejected from all but one backup
school. The individual then retreats to the goals written down, Peace Corp teacher in sub-Saharan
Africa. This goal requires a college degree. So, the person remembers by reading their journal that
without this college, despite being a last resort option, they are unable to reach the necessary step to
apply to the Peace Corp.
2. Establishing a routine schedule.
Creating a schedule that is followed daily enables an individual to stay
focused on the goal at hand. With limited time in each day, it is important to create a schedule with a
list of tasks to be completed within a particular period. This daily routine will train any person to
respect their time because it will not be wasted. Each day will be filled with productivity and many if
not all the assigned tasks will be performed in efforts to reach the goal, which is the ultimate goal.
3. Working towards goals that bring personal happiness.
Success is measured subjectively.
Therefore, the feeling of success by the accomplishment of a goal will also be subjective. However, the common thread underlining all goals is that any goal sought is one that brings the individual seeker personal
happiness. The automatic selection of goals that lead to happiness will generate success because they
will often be accomplished. This primarily occurs because, with human nature, individuals are driven to
engage in activities that make them feel good or happy. Therefore, people will be motivated to work
hard and endure challenges if the result is happiness.
4. Being open to and actively seeking knowledge.
Developing the skill of learning is critical to the
success of reaching any goal. Learning can be done by asking questions, researching, receiving
feedback, etc. These are active ways of learning alternate methods or paths to avoid in reaching
any goal. A know-it-all does not travel very far in his/her journey. For example, an amateur baker
interested in learning how to bake cookies would research recipes online and invite a family or
friend over who has baking experience for additional support as she attempts to make her first batch
of cookies. Being willing and humble to ask and receive information to fill in the knowledge
gap is critical to success in any task. Attempting to achieve any goal without all of the information
how to ask and seek information will be paramount in life as individuals move from
accomplishing one goal to the next.
NOTE: We are now half way through our habits of success list, have you found any new patterns to integrate?, don’t miss this opportunity to develop a powerful daily practice that helps to create your ultimate life.
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5. Get around people with similar goals & who people that have achieved similar goals.
The saying “misery loves company” works in reverse. While unhappy people generally may prefer
the company of unhappy people. Someone on a particular path for a specific goal should seek out
others who also desire to accomplish that goal or have already achieved that goal. For instance, a
teenager who would like to learn how to play chess should join the local chess club at school to affiliate
with other teens who already know how to play and even hang out at the local park where pickup
games are held. Being in these types of environments allows the goal seeker to be constantly reminded
of the goal, meet and connect with others who can help along the way, and strengthen the skills
necessary for success.
6. Recovering from failure.
Everyone fails at some point. The real test becomes how a person deals
with failure. Sometimes, an individual may fail in accomplishing the goal or maybe just a task necessary
to reaching the goal. Despite the failure, the individual must figure out whether the failure is a sign to
try a new goal or to try a new path in reaching the old goal. It is the universe’s red light. When the light
turns green, you either go around the pit in the middle of the intersection. However, it does not mean
being stuck in the mindset that the person is a failure! Learning how to recognize and
bounce back from failure is critical to success at any goal.
7. Rejecting procrastination.
Developing the habit of refusing to procrastinate is one of the best success habits to integrate to accomplish any goal. Delaying working towards your goals or dreams increases the distance between you and your goal. Doing what needs to be done is essential for keeping the momentum going and ultimately accomplishing your goals. Keeping an established routine schedule (see number 2) will help transform this behavior into a habit. Sticking to a regular schedule leaves no opportunity for procrastination. Delaying one task will cause the whole day to be pushed back, which would make the individual feel
unproductive and unaccomplished. Procrastination happens so quickly! For instance, a sales
associate decides to delay cleaning out the fitting room for an hour. When she returns, the number of
clothing left in the dressing room has doubled, and it takes her twice as long to put them away since
the number of customers has tripled now. The successful dreamer will master rejecting procrastination
since most goals require many steps and any unnecessary delays will only prolong reaching the
8. Developing flexibility
Being able to adapt as your plans change while pursuing your goal is
significant. Sometimes, a person does not reach their goal the way they imagined. However, ignoring
other alternatives or ideas can make reaching the goal impossible or unnecessarily difficult. The
successful person will be strong in their motivation, but flexible in the paths taken to reach their goals.
9. Maintaining physical and mental health.
Keeping the body in the best health and shape is the
foundation for achieving any goal. This success habit may seem obvious; however, many times overlooked.
It is imperative regardless of whether you’re training for a marathon or preparing a
lesson plan for your Kindergarten class. Eating healthy, exercising, meditating, yoga, etc. are
essential for preserving and maintaining physical and mental health. Incorporating health maintenance
in your daily routine allows your body to function properly. No matter the goal, if the body is
it will rebel. Consequently, you will be deterred and other times permanently stopped
from reaching your goal. Success with any goal requires physical and mental strength at all times.
It is important to treat the people you encounter with respect. This habit leads to success
because people are often remembered by their actions. Their kind words and behaviours leave a
positive memory. In exchange, the recipient of those kind words/actions could be someone or know
another person who could help the goal seeker accomplish their goal. The recipient would be more
willing to help this person along the way. Furthermore, respecting others puts a good karma for the
goal seeker. Life is defined by humans setting one goal after another to accomplish.
11. Checking your attitude.
The goal seeker’s attitude used when forming and working towards his/her
goal significantly contributes to goal’s success. A positive attitude provides the individual with the
perspective of interpreting obstacles as a challenge to find a new path or a learning moment. A
negative attitude gives the impression that the goal is too difficult or that universe is working to
destroy the goal seeker’s efforts. A positive attitude allows an individual to be receptive of significant
opportunities that expedite the time taken to reach the goal. ON the other hand, negative attitudes limit the individual’s
recognition of opportunities to reach the goal. A successful individual has a positive attitude and
systematically checks their negative attitude since it further delays the accomplishment of any goal.
To becoming your greatest version