You don’t have to be born into royalty or sacrifice a goat to be successful. Many seem to think that successful people are smarter, faster, stronger, and better than the average citizen.

Truth is, they have the same abilities and were give the same opportunities as everyone else. It’s not they’re skills that make them successful but more so their habits. You won’t see successful people sleep their days away and play video games until midnight.

Instead they create a lifestyle that focuses on balance, self-improvement, and positive momentum. In order to be successful you must have strong habits that allow you to seize opportunities and minimize risks.

For every elite performer, there are extraordinary routines that catapult them to the top. Here are the 5 most common habits that every successful person implements.

 

1. Reading

Leaders are readers! Most successful individuals carve out time to read every day. It provides insights on current events and opens your mind to new ways of thinking.

By reading you allow your brain to consume information that can cuts down learning curves and optimizes your results. Warren Buffet, master investor and the world’s richest man spends 80% of his day reading.

Bill Gates, a technology titan and founder of Microsoft reads a book a week. Elon Musk, the real world iron man, learned to build rockets from books.

Reading is the very foundation which every successful person bases their knowledge and ingenuity.

 

2. Exercise

Proper exercise has many benefits including better health, increased energy, and mental clarity.

Having an exercise program that gets you active at least thirty minutes a day will not only get you in shape but boost your overall life.

Mark Cuban does 1 hour of cardio 6-7 days a week, while Richard Branson swims, plays tennis, and kite surfs.

Both are billionaires and exceptional entrepreneurs in their own right and know the benefits of exercise. They always manage to squeeze a workout into their busy schedule and so should you.

 

3. Self-Discipline

Having the self-control to say no to yourself and others will help distinguish you from the pack. When you over indulge in food, drink, and entertainment, it overstimulates the senses  and leaves you lethargic and lazy.

The marshmallow experiment dives into the correlation between success and delayed gratification. In this study they have determined that children that have the ability to say no, have greater chances of becoming successful. With the discipline needed to say no, comes the discipline to start projects, finish assignments, and handle responsibilites.

So maybe instead of going out next time, decline the invitation and start on that idea you’ve been thinking about, who knows you maybe the next industry leader.

 

 

4. Wake up Earlier

Many successful individuals are self-proclaimed early risers. Jack Dorsey, CEO of both Twitter and Square wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning meditates and runs 6 miles before he drinks his first cup of coffee!

Waking up early gives you a head start and allows you time to knock out important tasks when others are still snoozing. You’ll do more by 11 a.m. than most accomplish in a whole day.

 

5. Keeping a Journal

By recording your daily activties you have a better idea of how your days are spent. Maintaining a journal helps you track your actions, eating habits, and thoughts that can help you reflect on postive moments and pinpoint negative patterns.

Journaling increases self-discipline and makes you mindful of your behavior. Use this tool to record progress and implement new habits geared towards your success.

 

Bottom Line

There is much to be learned by studying the habits of highly successful people. By implementing some or all of these habits you can increase your effectiveness and overall potential. I have personally adopted these habits and I can truly say its changed my life. I challenge you to pick one or two of these techniques and see what effects it has on you and your future.

Posted by Victor Figueroa

Hi, I'm Victor Figueroa and I love growth and personal development. I strive to be better than yesterday and my mission is to help inspire everyone to reach their full potential. Let's grow together as we travel through this changing world in search of health, wealth, and happiness.

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