11 Daily Habits Of Highly Successful People By Angel Ojukwu
- They start their day with prayer or meditation
It’s well known that many successful individuals throughout history have started their day with prayer or quiet reflection. For instance, Oprah Winfrey has openly said she makes a point of praying every morning.
In the book O’Habits, author Warren Cassell cites Oprah as saying, “My prayer to God every morning on my knees is that the power of the universe should use my life as a vessel, or a vehicle, for its work.”
Try to build in time for prayer, meditation, or simply some dedicated quiet time to contemplate your life, business and goals.
“The rich tend to think in isolation, in the mornings,” he writes “and for at least 15 minutes every day.”
2. They get up early
Nearly 50 percent of the self-made millionaires in research got out of bed at least three hours before their workday actually started. Many of them use the free time to tackle personal projects, plan their day, or make time for exercise.
“Getting up at five in the morning to tackle the top three things you want to accomplish in your day allows you to regain control of your life,” he writes. “It gives you a sense of confidence that you, indeed, direct your life.”
Have you ever heard of a highly successful person who sleeps in until 10am? While I’m sure there are exceptions, outrageously successful people tend to make the most of their time by getting up early.
Business Insider reports that Michelle Obama, Jack Dorsey and Richard Branson are all early risers, getting up as early as 4:30.
Many successful business leaders make sure to workout, not an early bird? Give it a try for a week and see what happens!
3. They make exercise a priority
Author Tom Corley spent 5 years studying the daily habits of hundreds of rich people. In his book, Rich Habits, he reveals his findings, one of which is regular exercise.
He found that 76% of rich people spend 30 minutes (or more) each day doing aerobic exercise. Build regular exercise into your routine, even if that means getting up early to fit it in!
4. They set goals
Tony Robbins has said, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
If you aim for some vague, unspecific idea of success, how will you ever know if you’ve reached it? Instead, set attainable goals (both short and long-term) and then document exactly how you’re going to reach them.
Most self-made millionaires plan to get rich and then make it happen, research shows.
Eighty percent of the wealthy are “obsessed with pursuing goals,” he writes. They refer to both daily and long-term goals regularly.
“I’m here to tell you to avoid putting your ladder on someone else’s wall and then spending the best years of your life climbing it,” Corley says. “Find your own wall, your own dreams, and your own goals, and pursue them.”
5. They get enough sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Successful people know they need to make sleep a priority in order to have a clear mind and enough energy to get through the day.
Albert Einstein reportedly preferred to get at least ten hours of sleep a night. An overwhelming 89 percent of self-made millionaire sleep seven or eight hours each night or more.
“Sleep is critical to success,” its help memory function and creative thinking.
6. They spend less time watching TV
How much time do you estimate you spend watching TV each day? According to Tom Corley, 2/3 of rich people watch less than an hour a day of TV per day.
Instead of ending your day by binge-watching Netflix, limit your screen-time and cultivate other end-of-day habits instead – like reading, having a cup of tea or spending time with your family. Remember that people on TV are been paid for this, so think about this.
7. They network
Professional networking is vital for building connections and staying motivated.
Research has shown that who you surround yourself with actually sets a cap on the level of success you’ll attain. He writes, “You are only as successful as those you frequently associate with.”
Make a point of surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who you know will have a positive impact on your life and business.
8. They have a daily to-do list
In her book, What The Most Successful People Do At Work, Laura Vanderkam writes, “Successful people know that hours, like capital, can be consciously allocated with the goal of creating riches – in the form of a changed world, life’s work – over time.”
Part of consciously allocating your time means creating a daily to-do list, and then sticking to it. This will help ensure you don’t waste your limited time and resources on tasks that won’t help you meet your daily goals.
- Take care of yourself.
“It comes down to taking care of yourself–your body, mind and spirit. I have a regular exercise regimen. I start every day with a 20- to 30-minute workout: a combination of cardio, core strength, mind and resistance training. During the day, you need to eat great food that fuels you without robbing energy, drink lots of water and stay hydrated. It’s amazing how much water your body needs during the day.”
- They aren’t afraid to say no
I have seen people who do not know how to say NO, extremely successful people need to say no by necessity. When you reach the point where you’re constantly being asked to give of your time and share your expertise, you’ll need to set boundaries simply so you reserve SOME time for yourself!
Start preparing for success now by carefully protecting your time and setting clear boundaries with those around you.
- They read a lot.
Both Elon Musk and Warren Buffett are known to be voracious readers. In fact, Buffett has said he spends up to 80% of his day reading!
Make a habit of reading a variety of genres in order to get new ideas, expand your knowledge and get a break from the tediousness of everyday life.
Research shows that a whopping 88 percent of the wealthy devote 30 minutes or more each day to education or self-improvement through reading.
Most do not read for entertainment; they prefer biographies, history, and self-help books.
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