10 Personal Habits We Can All Do for More Success
January 16, 2023 9:00 AM EST | 6 min read
Are there personal habits for more success that you can develop?
“I will find new habits, new thoughts, new rules. I will become something else.” ― Veronica Roth, Divergent
Have you ever wondered about the personal habits of successful people?
Did the likes of Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Stephen King, and Steve Jobs do anything special to accomplish so much?
If there’s ONE thing these gentlemen shared, they all had odd habits.
For instance, Sigmund Freud was addicted to nicotine and cocaine.
Albert Einstein had a weird practice bringing his violin with him on bird-watching treks.
Steve Jobs had the tendency to eat only one or two types of food for weeks at a time.
While we common folk cannot imagine living on apples or oranges alone, we still want to be successful and fulfill our dreams.
That’s why we often look up to these people for inspiration.
Could they be doing something that helps them win at everything?
If so, can we easily integrate these habits into our lives?
The good news is, yes!
Personal habits can steer us in the right direction and aid us in fulfilling our dreams.
With a lot of discipline and grit, let these 10 personal habits shape you up for more success.
1. Write your goals down.
Incredibly successful people don’t just have dreams—they have goals.
The minute you become highly specific about what you want and put a deadline on it, it ceases to be a dream and turns into a target.
But why write it down?
Psychology professor, Dr. Gail Matthew’s study showed individuals who wrote their goals were 42 percent more likely to achieve them.
A simple and incredibly effective personal habit for increasing your success.
2. Wake up at the same time every day.
Very few successful people sleep in late.
Entrepreneur and Circa co-founder Matt Galligan has a habit of waking up at 6:30 a.m.—every day.
Regardless if it’s the weekend, or he was up all night partying, his body will wake him up simultaneously.
Thus, he doesn’t need an alarm clock and has more time in the morning to finish what he needs to do.
So if you want to feel less groggy and accomplish a lot during the day, try creating a routine around your sleeping habits.
3. Keep your to-do list limited.
As a powerful American business magnate, you’ll be surprised how Warren Buffett keeps his calendar practically clear.
Why is that?
This investment guru believes in the power of focus and elimination.
If you have too many things on your to-do list, it’s no wonder you’re constantly stressed and achieve so little!
His advice: concentrate on your top five goals.
4. Stop procrastinating and do what you say you will.
Have you been putting off updating that LinkedIn profile?
Sometimes, we procrastinate so much that we’re unaware that opportunities are passing us by.
Integrity begins at home—especially in little things.
Being a man (or woman) of your word is an essential personal habit for building success.
Come home on time when you say you will.
Play with your kids when you promised them to.
It’s one of the best habits you could form for yourself.
5. Allow time for play and fun.
Play is as important for adults as it is for children.
Whether you’re into puzzles, drawings, or amusement park rides, never forget to have fun.
According to experts, play is crucial to strengthening social skills and relationships.
Looking to spice up your marriage?
Searching for a fun way to keep your mind active?
Need a little laugh to get you through a rough day?
Why not play?
Especially since this personal habit is a fun way to build success!
6. Read for at least 15 minutes every day.
Name someone successful; odds are, one of their recommended habits is reading.
From Oprah Winfrey to Mark Zuckerberg, they devote a chunk of every day to this fulfilling pastime.
Reading is the simplest and most affordable method to gain knowledge.
From learning how to cook a great steak and loving yourself to investing in the stock market, there’s a book for every need.
7. Keep your body healthy.
There are many ways to keep your body healthy, but many people don’t prioritize them.
They sleep in late and avoid leafy greens.
They shun stairs and opt for processed foods.
While a cheat now and then is fine (especially during parties!), having an unhealthy lifestyle will eventually catch up on you.
Learning to take care of your body today is a critical personal habit of success.
It is much easier to be successful when you are not sick
Visit a nutritionist or a fitness expert for professional advice.
8. Master saying no.
Do you accept more responsibility at work for no pay?
Are you constantly juggling various tasks in a single day?
Do you find it hard to decline requests from friends or acquaintances, even if they’re sometimes unreasonable?
Remember: you can’t be everything all at once.
If you say ‘yes’ to most things, you’re not giving yourself room to breathe.
Learn to say NO once in a while; this personal habit will influence your success.
Soon, you’ll discover how things have a habit of falling into place.
9. Keep challenging yourself.
Challenging yourself is not only exciting.
It opens up doors you never even knew existed.
Remember: if you’ve only done what you always did, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten!
So make a habit of facing your fear (no matter how small).
Shy around new people?
Talk to at least one stranger each day.
Don’t know how to cook?
Teach yourself a new recipe every weekend.
If you want to look up some inspiration, read up on 30 Challenges For 30 Days today.
10. Stay thankful.
It sounds pretty simple, but few people can see the good when days are bad.
If you think you’re overly cynical or pessimistic, being grateful should be on your list of developing habits.
An attitude of gratitude helps you focus on the better side of things.
This makes you feel good and allows you to forgive shortcomings in your life more.
“First you make your habits, then your habits make you!” ― Lucas Remmerswaal
Personal habits are powerful ways to cultivate success
Imagine if Ernest Hemingway never woke up early to write his novels.
Or what if Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu never tried to drown himself multiple times?
It sounds extreme, but people will motivate themselves and fulfill their dreams.
Whatever method you choose, start it today.
Write your goals down.
Talk to strangers.
Read a classic novel.
Create your own personal habits and watch how it propels you to success.
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