You have always dreamt of achieving great success in your financial life, yet you struggle with finding the time to really allow yourself to thrive professionally and establish some successful habits.
Take a few tips from those who have already done it, and incorporate the following four habits of wildly successful professionals into your daily life:
Implement These 4 Highly Successful Habits Now
Start Your Day Early
You often find yourself wishing that there were more hours in the day to get everything done. But do you ever do anything about it? Try getting up earlier, like Richard Branson, Tim Cook and even former U.S. President George W. Bush.
By getting up an hour or two earlier, you can boost your day with even more productive time. Make it even more personally fulfilling by using the early morning to squeeze in a workout to supercharge your day.
Not only can a morning workout give you more energy throughout the day, but it’s also great to start the day doing something that is just for you before you get pulled in various directions to help everyone else accomplish things.
Successful people in all realms of business, from Oprah and Russell Simmons to the late Steve Jobs, have attributed meditation as a critical element to everything from their success to their general well-being. A daily practice of focusing your thoughts in a mindful manner can help increase your focus, minimize stress and elevate your overall emotional health.
There are a variety of meditation styles to choose from, so learn one that suits your personality best. For instance, some people prefer investing in a course like Transcendental Meditation to ensure their commitment, while others like the ease of learning through a meditation app like Calm or Headspace.
Commit to Continuing Your Education
Aristotle had it right, the more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know. A commitment to lifelong learning is key for success in any realm of your life. Billionaire Mark Cuban, star of “Shark Tank” and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, goes so far as to note it as the greatest skill someone can have.
This doesn’t have to mean going back to school to get your Master’s; instead, it can be something as simple as reading up on a new subject like computer programming to learn a new skill or building your sales skills through a growth-focused program with a business like Amway.
The key is doing the work and continuously broadening your horizons beyond your present reality. As a result, you can slowly but surely build your perspective in ways that you don’t even realize are critical to your future success.
Harness the Power of “No”
Cure yourself of the disease to please and get comfortable saying “no” to people. Billionaire Warren Buffett famously noted saying no as the difference between people who are really successful and those who succeed on a lesser scale.
Simply put, saying no clears the way for you to focus more on the big ideas that matter to you, instead of saying yes to everything and diluting your effectiveness on any one thing. While this is a big challenge for some people who have trouble disappointing others, you just have to get started and over time it will get increasingly easier.
You may be saying no to others, but what you are really doing is saying yes to yourself and the priorities and projects that really matter to you.
Habits Take Time to Build
New habits take time to develop, so don’t be discouraged if you find it difficult to incorporate these tips into your daily life. Allow yourself some time to get adjusted to the new routine and you’ll be waking up earlier, meditating, educating yourself and saying “no” more before you know it.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement. We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally?Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
As a new mom, it took a lot for me to accept that I cannot do it all. Between taking care of my son, focusing on my relationship with my husband, exercise, cooking, cleaning, work and social commitments, it is impossible to focus on all.
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
My own resourcefulness and my family who are constantly inspiring me with new ways to use that trait.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
Becoming a mother. From the act of growing a tiny human to keeping myself as healthy as possible. And while doing it, having a serene and beautiful home birth. It was the most incredible experience and a real achievement in terms of personal growth as well. My next goal is more fitness focused. I want to run a marathon. I’ve completed a few half marathons before (and while pregnant), but I would like to get 26.2 miles under my belt.
4. Of course, we all have imperfections, or so we think. In truth, we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? Likewise, what imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?
Impatience. As for my quirk, I strive to know as much as I can about anything that catches my interest. It gets time-consuming and can be unimportant — but it certainly makes for interesting conversation.
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to appreciate and express all the positive traits that make you…well…YOU! In fact, sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!) Therefore, Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my people.