Do you strive to be successful? Everyone has their own interpretation of what success is but, it is the foundation that remains unchanged.
It is the decisions made throughout the day the propel you forward or hold you back. This is done by design whether you want to accept this truth or not, humans are creatures of habit.
Luckily, you have the ability to develop these habits. What habits should you develop though? We’ve compiled some of the key components from highly successful individuals in the world.
Below are their thoughts on specific factors of which they can attribute much of their success. Be sure to check out our infographic for a better look into the specifics.
If you want to achieve a higher level of success in life, you need to be intentional–it’s not just going to happen. Start by taking advice from more than two dozen executives who credit simple daily routines for helping them rise to the top.
Look For Ways to be 1% Better Everyday.
The little things add up. Take if from Matthew Eichhorst, it is a continuous process that compounds the longer you work at it. These small improvements are much easier to maintain to form a habit when compared to drastic changes overnight.
Start Your Day With What Matters Most.
Yes, planning is essential to success. It is vital to determine your goals and priorities for tomorrow each night. This becomes increasingly important as tasks and projects grow in complexity and numbers. This nightly planning will help to lower your stress and ultimately prevent overwhelm through increased clarity and focus.
Plan Tomorrow Before Going to Bed Tonight.
Keep a Handwritten To-Do List.
Nothing beats handwritten notes. The mind is more likely to retain information when written by hand in addition to decluttering you brain. By writing things down you process information differently especially when writing by hand.
Speaking of processing information differently… Stop hitting the snooze! That early morning wake up call is to jumpstart your productivity. The more you hit snooze, the more time you waste in a groggy state each morning, not to mention you become programmed to ignore the first, second, third round of the alarm.
Run and Work Your Brain.
Commit to 30 Minutes of Exercise a Day, No Excuses!
It comes down to productivity. Exercise has not only proven to increase your health but your energy, blood flow, and overall cognitive performance. This is why most successful people ensure to get the blood pumping each and every day, the 30 minutes is worth it for the extra focus and energy throughout the day.
This ultimately helps eliminate distractions, like batching your emails being received and when you reply. This is effective because others will adapt to your response windows and will handle events with differing senses of urgency. It streamlines skimming emails and creates a set priority list as you sift through them emails. You can block out more than just email time.
Block Out Time For Your Best Thinking.
Interact with your team, build real friendships and teamwork. It isn’t just about sending quick messages to get things accomplished. Make the effort to walk and talk to the person about the task at hand, you can read a lot more about how someone feels about a project when you talk to them in person as opposed to email, skype, slack, etc.
These face to face interactions also create a few things for you to think about. It is important to take time to reflect. It doesn’t have to be about you team or business but through reflecting you will discover areas for improvement be it aspects of projects that could be completed better or how you interact with your team.
Make Face-to-Face Connections.
Take Five Minutes to Reflect and Build Your Mental Muscles.
Not only does reflecting help you to process your day and responsibilities but if you take the time to fully meditate you will unlock additional benefits. First, it increases focus and lowers stress, even just 5 minutes is proven to have lasting benefits for your day.
Leave Your Ego At The Door.
Start Your Day Alone Without Distractions.
The most successful people in the world do not know everything. However, they never stop learning. Reading is a great way to relax and increase your processing power and the retention of information.
Feed Your Curiosity.
Stay Current on News, Trends and Tech Developments.
Stay up to speed with the news, at least in your industry and popular trends currently holding the population’s attention. Being in the know is a great way to discover opportunities and potential obstacles.
Despite news being skewed toward more depressing events, it is of the utmost importance to remain positive. A positive mindset and outlook creates a positive presence that others want to be around. This will also draw opportunities your way because you see solutions and not problems.
Be a Positive Presence.
Keep Your Friends Close and Your Pets Closer.
Address Issues As They Happen.
When you run into a problem, believe us, everyone runs into problems, it is best to address it when it appears. The first reason to do this is because it eliminates the stress for all parties as quickly as possibly. It also helps to prevent procrastination from becoming a habit.
By surrounding yourself with positive people and great fits for your team, these problems can be squashed quickly and painlessly. Supportive team members, friends and family are one of the biggest elements to success. You are but the product of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
Leverage the Knowledge of Your Team.
Use Psychological Strength to Succeed.
Having the right support will help you achieve your wildest dreams. So dream big, set definitive goals so you know exactly where you are headed and what you are striving for. Generic and broad goals are not doing you any favors, instead they could be holding you back because you could be aiming higher.
This is where communication comes in handy. Let’s raise our revenues versus Let’s triple our monthly revenue by September is a big difference. Communication is key, not just with goal setting but with clients and team members as well. Solid communication can create opportunities and solutions you’ve been looking for.
Juggle Your Business and Personal Priorities.
Recognize Important Moments in the Lives of Employees.
Only Eat Twice a Day.
Are you currently saying to yourself, “this is great stuff, but how am I going to do all of this every day?” It’s easy once you have a routine developed. Common for most of the successful people in the world are routines and standard operating procedures. By following a routine you develop a habit and with the right habits and routines in place success becomes inevitable so make sure you design success into your routine.
Record Your Top 3 Important Tasks of the Day.
Begin the Day With a Specific Purpose.
Take Care of Yourself!
We hope you found some gems of inspiration in here. Remember all of these individuals were not always super successful. Yet, success is not has hard as many make it out to be. What it really comes down to are these few items:
Don’t forget to check out the full infographic as a resource and reminder for a boost in your success lifestyle.