5 Habits You MUST Adopt To Be Successful
There are hundreds of little habits that different successful people have and swear by. The list is too long to mention here, but I’ll look at some crucial habits which are common denominators among most productive and thriving individuals.
It’s important to remember that there are no right or wrong answers here and you should focus on the habits which will yield the most rewards for you. Also take note that no habit is perfect for everybody. So, adopt what serves you well. I struggle with these habits daily, but I do the best I can for now!
1.) Follow A Fixed Sleep Schedule
Notice how I didn’t say ‘wake up at 4 in the morning’? You’ll see countless articles and books telling you to wake up early if you wish to be successful. Yet, many people have different circadian rhythms. Some work best late at night while others work best at the crack of dawn. There’s no fixed waking time which determines success. However, you must have a fixed schedule – which essentially means sleeping and waking up at the same time daily. This routine will help you prevent insomnia and your body will also get better rest when it’s conditioned to sleep at the same time daily.
2.) Eat Clean & Hydrate
In order to have the most energy, it goes without saying that the fuel you feed your body is of paramount importance. The cleaner the fuel, the more optimally you’ll function. If you clog up your system with too much junk food and processed foods, your body will feel sluggish and may be inflamed. You’ll not have as much energy throughout the day. Since our energy levels are finite, you’ll only be able to work as hard as your energy level allows you to. So if you want to be productive, you’d be wise to boost your energy levels as much as you can. Also remember to drink sufficient water daily to stay hydrated. This is simple and straightforward. Your body needs water to function well.
3.) Exercise Daily
You knew this was coming, didn’t you? 😉 Exercise = activity = movement. That’s all it really is really. If the thought of pounding the treadmills for an hour or grunting and lifting weights like a circus gorilla overwhelms you – don’t panic. Pick an activity you enjoy doing and go with that instead. It could be walking, cycling, swimming, dancing, kickboxing, etc. What matters here is that you elevate your heart rate, burn calories, break a sweat, improve your blood circulation and get about 30 minutes of activity in your day – every single day. This is one of the best habits you could develop.
4.) Gratitude Journaling
Writing down 3 things you’re grateful for every single day will help you to stay positive. It’s impossible to be depressed and negative when you have an attitude of gratitude. Some people may choose prayer and others may decide to meditate. Whichever option you choose, it should help to calm your mind, reduce any negativity and stress, and elevate your mood.
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5.) Read Daily
Feeding your mind with useful knowledge that broadens it will help you immensely on your journey to success. Most highly successful people are avid readers. Ideally, you should be reading good books and NOT the newspapers, gossip magazines or other crap that’s packed with trivial and/or negative content…like scrolling social media! The goal of reading is to increase your intelligence, wisdom and understanding. Most news articles are biased and tend to aggravate people with their inane editorials. Be wise with the content you consume. This is one habit I actually think I’m pretty good at! Working at home online can have tons of distractions, but I rarely get sidetracked with social media. If it’s work, I post and then move on to my next task.
These 5 habits are crucial to leading a rewarding, healthy and successful life. Aim to do them daily and in a couple of months you’ll see the results of these positive habits starting to manifest in your life. You’ll never look back after that!
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Just remember…we’re only human. Good habits take time and it’s so easy to fall back into your bad habit routine, myself definitely included. Take your time changing your habits. Small steps are better than no steps at all. I remind myself of this every day.
“Life is habit. Or rather life is a succession of habits.” – Samuel Beckett
2 Replies to “5 Habits You MUST Adopt To Be Successful”
All are success principles for sure. Exercise to keep energy flowing then get enough sleep to rest, recharge and to think clearly. We need movement and stillness to be strong-minded, and being strong-minded positions you to be successful in any walk of life. Great post my friend.
Thank you Ryan! I love reading your comments! 💖