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September 18, 2018

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Daily habits of successful people.

Often when you’re thinking about what it means to be successful, it’s because you’re feeling the opposite. Maybe you’re stuck in a dead-end job and are looking for a fulfilling career. Or maybe you’re failing to make progress toward personal health, financial, or relationship goals.

The good news is that finding your way to success doesn’t always have to involve major life upheaval. In fact, changing even small daily habits and patterns of thinking can spur fresh ideas and renewed energy—just what you need to get out of your rut and onto the path toward success.

Good habits breed success.

15 basic habits you can start now to become more successful every day:

  1. Go to bed and wake up at a consistent time every day. This will stabilize your circadian rhythm and naturally make you tired at the same time every day. Waking up at the same time will improve alertness, brighten your mood, decrease pain, and much more.
  2. Accept failure as a lesson. Many people allow failure to hold them back from success. The fear of failure prevents them from following their dreams or being open to a new life path. Failure is an opportunity to find what works and what doesn’t. It’s an opportunity to start over again and make things better.
  3. Exercise regularly and eat healthy brain food. Daily exercise decreases stress, reduces risks of chronic illness, promotes healthy sleep patterns and overall health.
  4. Focus on productivity, not just the appearance and feeling of “being busy." Determine the time of day you seem to have the most energy and focus and dedicate that time to priority projects. Shut off your electronics if it helps.
  5. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals. These goals are much easier to track. S.M.A.R.T. goals includes specific details about the plan, action, and monitoring method. They also make it easy to identify missed targets.
  6. Find balance in your life. Think about the life that you want to live and determine the job or career that will allow you to live that lifestyle and support yourself financially. Create a schedule if you need to ensure balance.
  7. Create and carry around to-do lists. Crossing tasks off a checklist helps you to feel accomplished and accountable to the goals you set for yourself.
  8. Focus on positive thinking, speaking, and writing (meditate). There are many health benefits to positive thinking! It helps to lower rates of depression and stress and helps you to develop coping skills when hard times come.
  9. Drink the appropriate amount of water to stay hydrated. There are many benefits to staying hydrated. Water helps your organs function properly, regulates body temperature, boosts performance levels, and so much more.
  10. Go where the action is (don’t shy away from challenges). Successful people don’t sit around hoping to catch some good luck: they’re always seeking solutions and remain open to alternate outcomes. 
  11. Spend quality time with loved ones. Everything in the world is changing and evolving. We can see it in the lives of the people we love! The more time we spend with family, we will see the changes, growth, and progress they are making in their lives. This makes you appreciate and love them more. Seeing them progress should also inspire you to chase your dreams and find success.
  12. Be kind to everyone, even a simple hello. Being kind and helping others to succeed makes both parties happy, and they’ll likely return the favor or help others in need.
  13. Be quick to forgiveForgiveness is a strong leadership skill that can help you cultivate greater loyalty, both at work and in your personal life.
  14. Be grateful for what you have. There are psychological benefits to recognizing and appreciating the good things happening for you and the uplifting people that are already in your life. It helps to decrease depression and stress.
  15. Don’t give up!
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