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Self-Constructive Habits of Highly Successful People

Mental and physical habits that create successful lifestyles

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“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” — Sean Covey

According to numerous studies conducted by neuroscientists, only five percent of cognitive activities are consciously determined, while the remaining ninety-five percent is unconscious. In other words, this means that majority of our thoughts, actions, and reactions are determined by our subconscious mind in relation to our habits. Most of what we do, think, and say, we are unaware of.

Source: 95 percent of brain activity is beyond our conscious awareness — Marc

What we habitually do becomes automatic to our unconscious mind, leading to a destructive or constructive lifestyle.

Usually, people who are successful have developed constructive habits, mentally and physically, to ensure a lifestyle of progression and fulfillment.

Below I will provide constructive habits, both mental and physical, of highly successful individuals. I encourage you to adopt them routinely so that you can automate your unconscious mind to succeed in your life.

Mental habits of success

One of our greatest assets in life is our minds. It is a powerful tool intended to create, direct, and map out our goals based on our dominant thoughts and perception of the environment. whether we are aware of it or not, everything is a state of mind. To get what you want out of life you must first think and embody that state mentally before you can experience it physically.

“Success begins with a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success” — Joyce Brothers

Positive thinking — Having an overall positive outlook on life leads to a successful lifestyle because one is optimistic and open to possibilities. If you are always thinking about the good side of things, you are prone to see more opportunities for yourself and others. Not to mention, your self-talk and self-image are more positive. From the word of mouth of successful individuals and research, it’s safe to say there’s a lot of benefits to positive thinking. Some include, improved health, reduced stressed levels, lower levels of distress, and increased life span.

Source: Positive Thinking: Stop Negative Self-Talk to Reduce Stress — Mayo Clinic Staff

Goal-setting — Another mental habit of successful people is setting goals. Having a goal to strive towards keeps the mind receptive to action to get you to your desired state, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. Always keep the end-goal in mind when setting goals and work on seeing and believing that they're attainable. Have a clear vision of what success means to you and set goals daily to get there.

Source: The Importance, Benefits, and Value of Goal Setting — Leslie Riopel

Mental imagery/visualization — Successful people know the power of their imagination and use it daily to focus on their goals and envision them coming to pass. It heightens the state of attainment and builds immense momentum.

According to research, the use of your imagination enhances your problem-solving skills, preserves memory, heighten creativity and curiosity, and develops self-confidence.

Source: 6 Proven Benefits of Being More Imaginative

Meditation — There are several advantages to meditation and successful individuals use it to maximize their brainpower and abilities. Some benefits include clarity of mind, decluttering the mind, and self-awareness.

Source: Meditation For Success: Unlock Your Potential with Daily Meditation

All the mental practices above are done ritually by successful people to enhance their mental focus and create constructive mental habits for their success.

Physical habits of success

Physical habits build momentum. To repeatedly act leads to progressive milestones that make goals reachable. Without action, faith alone will not bring about achievement. You must gradually take action in the right direction to meet success.

“An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.” — Arnold H. Glasow

Reading — There are endless benefits to reading. It is a habit that promotes learning and the expansion of the mind and abilities which is essential to sustaining success in anything. I would advise that you read about what correlates with your desires and goals. That way you are reinforcing your abilities to achieve them and learn as much as you can about it.

“85% of successful people read two or more self-improvement or educational books per month.”

Source: How The Power of Reading Holds The Key To Success — Sandy Clarke

Writing — Write out your goals and ideas. It enables you to have clarity of mind and vision. Successful people know what they want. Writing your goals allows you to see what you're striving towards and keeps your mind fixed on that outcome.

“You are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.”

Source: This Is The Way You Need to Write Down Your Goals For Faster Success — Peter Economy

Exercise — There are both physical and mental benefits of exercising. It keeps you healthy and youthful. It expands your mind and your abilities. No matter how young or old you are exercise is vital to health, creativity, happiness, and success.

“Countless successful people, from Fortune 500 CEOs to entrepreneurs and celebrities, have discovered the undeniable connection between fitness and success. This is partly due to the fact that regular exercise enhances your physical and mental state, which lifts up all other areas of your life as well.”

Source: The Single Most Important Habit For Achieving Super Success — Jennifer Cohen

Gradual successes— Implementing daily tasks in your life that you can work towards day by day will gradually help and encourage you to move toward your goals with confidence.


A large portion of how we think and act is determined by our subconscious mind. What we habitually do results in an automatic behavior that decides how we respond to internal and external stimuli, leading to an overall constructive or destructive lifestyle. With our conscious thought and action, we can intentionally automate success by taking on new habits, mentally and physically, that highly successful individuals implement daily. Some successful mental habits include positive thinking, goal-setting, positive mental imagery, and meditation. The successful physical habits I include are reading, writing, and exercising.



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