5 powerful habits of successful people

Success is relative. It isn’t something you can just become, it’s something that you consistently are. As motivational speaker Tony Robbins says “Success is not something you achieve, conquer, climb or complete. Success is a process; it’s a way of life.”

Success is a way of life — Tony Robbins

The way you habitually live is what really sets apart the men from the boys. So, here are 5 habits that will set you apart, and help you be successful.

  1. The early bird gets the worm
Infographic: How to wake up earlier

Getting up 30 minutes to an hour earlier every day is something that can really benefit you in the long run. That time is essential. It can help you eat a healthier breakfast, exercise, read, write, or all of the above. Using that extra time early in the day will help you feel more focused and ready for the day ahead of you.

2. Habit stacking
I feel like I could write a book about the wonders that habit stacking can do for you when it comes to reaching your goals. Habit stacking is a general group of habits that will help you get the most out of your day. Basically, you stick a new habit onto an existing habit. Here’s an example of habit stacking, and how it helps my morning routine.

  • Wake up at 6
  • Brush my teeth
  • Eat
  • Exercise
  • Take a shower
  • Put my clothes on

The first habit that I started was to wake up early than usual. Then I stacked all the other things I wanted to accomplish throughout my morning on top of my previous habit.

3. Meditate
There’s a bit of a stigma around the word meditation. When many people think of meditation, they think you have to be a Buddhist monk to meditate. This simply isn’t true.Look into yourself to embrace who you are as a person. Not being scared of your thoughts and your emotions, but rather embracing them, is a liberating feeling that will help both in the short and the long run. Reflecting about the things that have happened and how it has effective you individually can also help your psychological health.

4. Reading

Infographic: Reading Books

By now, telling people that they need to put down their phones, turn off their TV’s and indulge in the joy of reading a nice long book sounds like a cliche. There’s no doubt that it’s a cliche, but it’s true. Reading has so many benefits for your mind, and reading a well-crafted book or article makes me smile just as much as some of the most riveting movies of the year. Reading for 10–30 minutes a day will bring plenty of benefits, including

  • Mental Stimulation
  • Increased Knowledge
  • Improved Focus + Concentration
  • Improved Writing Ability and much more…

This is why some of the most successful people in the world today(like Mark Zuckerberg) read hundreds of books per year while normal people usually go months without reading a single book. Why? Because ordinary people just want to be entertained. Extraordinary people seek education constantly.

5. Writing

In our age, we do more writing than at any other time in human history. However, usually the most writing normal people do involves a couple emails and the occasional twitter post. Owning a diary, or even working on a story has so many benefits. The benefits, like the benefits of reading, are basically endless, they include:

  • Communication skills
  • Aids meditation
  • Increased creativity
  • Deeper level of thinking
  • A feeling of being more satisfied and inspired and much more…

Writing right as you wake up, or right before you go to sleep is something I highly recommended, because it puts you into a great mindset while starting or ending your day.

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