12 habits of successful people

The 12 Habits Of Successful People To Pick Up Today

What are the best habits of successful people?

Choose any of your favorite actors, business owners, athletes, or academics, and they will all tell you the same thing. Their success really comes down to a set of behaviors practiced over time. The habits of successful people can be learned by anyone. Often, in spurts, we may exhibit some of these very traits.

The thing is we often believe success is down to luck, or lineage. In fact, a lucky penny or a growing up with a gold spoon has little to do with it. It’s doing the right things, consistently. Pick up one of these habits of successful people and watch your life change:

1. Ignoring the Naysayers

What people say about me is none of my business. That’s the mantra that I usually roll with. Whenever you decide to pursue something, there are going to be people who speak negatively about your goals. In your face, or behind your back.

The most successful people around understand that this is a part of the game. When you’re concerned about what people think – even if those same people are your parents – you’ll probably not do the things you want to do.

Successful people stay focused and move forward. Despite what others have to say about them. And this is not something that comes easy. The first time, it stings. But if you’re strong, you’ll ignore the naysayers and keep plugging away.

2. Being ok with uncertainty

When you set out to complete a goal to be successful, you can only see the step right in front of you. You’re unsure about how it’s going to turn out. You might fail. Or you might succeed far beyond your dreams. It’s that uncertainty that makes you abandon your dreams. It’s your ego that wants a guarantee that what you try will succeed.

Successful people build the habit of taking on that uncertainty head-on. They understand that nothing is guaranteed. That every failure is a test and a lesson. And they build this habit through multiple trials and failures.

To build that habit, you have to embrace the excitement of uncertainty instead of the anxiety of losing. Keep working despite not knowing the real end result.

3. Thinking, waiting, fasting

In the book, Siddhartha, he had no conventional skills. But there were three things he could do; he could think, he could wait, and he could fast. While others thought these skills to be trivial, he was able to use them to become very wealthy. When Siddhartha did lose these gifts, his life eventually fell apart.

These are three habits of successful people when used in conjunction, will provide you with all you need, and more.

Spend time doing mindful thinking. James Altucher writes 10 ideas down a day. And if he can’t do 10, then he does 20. Train your idea muscle by writing down 10 or more ideas a day. Other ways to improve your thinking include solving complex problems, crossword puzzles, or Rubix cubes. Your critical thinking muscle will help you when you least expect it.

Waiting encompasses having delayed gratification. If you can keep grinding while holding off on making big moves, or purchases, you’ll be better off in the long run. Waiting also means the person who tells you “No” today, could tell you “Yes” years from now.

Fasting does not only mean abstaining from food. It also means doing more with significantly less. Most entrepreneurs go through periods where they lose money, opportunities, or their business. By practicing fasting, they do not feel the effects as much and can continue working or building something better.

Practice thinking, waiting and fasting in whatever you do.

4. Funneling your energy into what matters

It’s so easy to get bogged down in busywork. Soon your energy becomes depleted doing tasks that do not move the needle. Successful people understand where their time and energy goes and constantly assesses them.

Then, they funnel their energy into high ticket actions, into the 20% that brings an 80% return. Never satisfied with where their energy goes, successful people build the habit of checking their tasks and goals weekly, monthly and yearly to see how they can better optimize their energy.

Unsuccessful people do whatever is asked of them, diverting their energy so nothing gets done in the end. Successful people do what matters most. Which one will you choose?

5. “Protecting The Asset”

There is one important asset that takes priority over all others. That asset is YOU. It’s impossible to be successful if you have poor health. If your energy is low, you can’t be effective. And if you’re not constantly learning, your brain also becomes useless.

Before anything else, successful people “protect the asset.” Tom Brady, for instance, has totally changed the way he eats, removing all processed foods and even nightshade vegetables. This has allowed him to perform at a high level well past the usual age limit of Quarterbacks.

Successful people invest hundreds, even thousands of dollars per month on the right foods, sleep, exercise, and learning. They fix the basics. They know that the return on that investment can be 100X, 1000X, or even 100,000X.

Make sure you’re not hedging on buying organic food, paying for a trainer, buying supplements, or investing in courses. You are worth it.

6. Moving in Silence

One of the critical habits of successful people is keeping quiet.

Real gangstas move in silence — KRS-One

Successful people are too busy working on their craft, business, or goal. They’re improving in the background and not proclaiming their awesomeness. They show up with results. The premature attention clouds their judgment and inflates their ego. So successful people know to talk less and do more.

Set your goals, go about crushing them, then show off to the world.

7. Unplugging

Despite the high performance of successful men and women, there is a serious focus on rest, recovery, and unplugging. For instance, LeBron James sleeps for 8-10 hours a day. Bill Gates takes sabbaticals to just read and reflect.

Going at 100 miles every day means you’ll crash eventually. And you can only be effective when you’re full of energy, health and of sound mind. And that means carving out time for quality unplugging.

In moments of rest is where the growth happens. It’s where the ideas come flooding and it’s where inspiration strikes. Successful people take their rest seriously and so should you.

8. Experimenting

Tim Ferris is known to reject the idea of a 5 or 10-year plan. Instead, he encourages people to focus on 3-6 month experiments. That way, you can be flexible and maximize any new opportunities.

Creating some small experiments can set you up for the next stage of success in your life. By testing different strategies and techniques over 1 month, 3 months, or 6 months, you can really live a kick-ass life!

9. Documenting Your Life

Journaling is one of the most important habits of successful people. Why? Because journaling helps you unpack, organize, to chronicle the vast data storage that is your mind.

Journaling helps successful people connect the dots and solve the pressing issues preventing them from going forward. Documenting your life opens up clues, and leaves a great resource for your loved ones to model when you pass on.

Journaling is a great habit to train you to write, be consistent, be clear with your thoughts, and generate ideas, opportunities, and even income. Take time off to each day to journal your successes, your misses, and lessons.

10. Learning Something New Daily

If your day did not end with you being a little smarter than the day before, you’ve missed out on a great opportunity. Successful people make sure there’s a takeaway from every day.

Both successes and failure come with information that you can use in your next task, goal or venture.

11. Accounting For Your Time

Do you write long To-Do lists and often get only one or two things done? Successful people know tracking their time is even more important than tracking their tasks.

By accounting for where the time goes each day, and how long each task generally takes, successful people maximize the effectiveness of their day by applying the right time to the right things.

Additionally, finding time leaks each day or week is a critical habit of successful people. If you know what distracts you and what’s busy work, you can eliminate the tasks that don’t move the needle.

Take your time more seriously than your tasks. Manage your time the right way and success will come.

12. Putting Fear In Its Place

A common misconception is that successful people are fearless, and tackle each challenge with reckless abandon. But this is far from the truth.

High performing athletes, entrepreneurs and CEOs deal with fear each day. Often it prevents them from making even bigger strides and taking bigger risks. But what they have built a habit of is acknowledging their fear, but putting it in its place.

By checking in with their feelings and assessing the source of the fear, successful people can move effectively through their goals and dreams knowing the worst-case scenario won’t destroy them.

Are you confusing your comfort zone with your safety zone?

How Can I become highly Successful?

To become successful requires the right habits, the right environment, and consistency. Try some of these habits and get in a space with other high-performing, successful people in your field. Once you get consistent, with an amazing environment that encourages growth, you’ll take off.

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Want to immediately change your life? Fix the basics.

In Ray Dalio’s book Principles, he covers a lot about his personal life, goal setting, and decision making.

The second part of the book covers his Work Principles.

But there are a few lines in the first part of the book that can change your life.

Having the basics — a good bed to sleep in, good relationships, good food, and good sex — is most important, and those things don’t get better when you have a lot of money or much worse when you have less. And the people one meets at the top aren’t necessarily more special than those one meets at the bottom or in between. — Ray Dalio, Principles p.123

What this means for you!

For a billionaire like Dalio, he would have experienced life at every stage. His wealth could afford him the best of the best.

Despite his wealth, he readily admits at some point, there’s nothing he can do to make some parts of his life better than it already is.

  • Your food can’t get any more organic
  • There will be a cap on how comfortable your sleep can really be
  • Regardless of wealth, your relationships are either enriching or not.

So in essence, someone living just about minimum wage can have an excellent quality of life.

Whereas there could be a miserable millionaire who has horrible relationships, poor food habits, and having poor (or no) sex.

These few lines are a great jumping off point for your own life. Upgrading the basics could improve your joy, reduce anxiety, and positively impact your health and wellness.

Improve Your Sleep

In the largest sleep study ever completed, scientists of the University of Western Ontario concluded 7–8 hours of sleep improves decision making and quality of life compared to those with significantly more or less. So a great starting point could be to get optimum sleep.

If time is not an issue, assess sleep quality. This may include tracking your REM (rapid eye movement) length and quality.

Simple changes like shutting off phones and televisions long before bedtime could help, as well as reducing caffeine, alcohol and managing exercise.

Finally, getting the best mattress you can afford which provides the best comfort and temperature.

The goal is to become significantly better than you were before and to do it consistently. High quality sleep is the basis of all other things you should look to improve.

A good night’s sleep can change your life!

Improve Your Relationships

“Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.” — Ben Stein

The quality of your life can be changed by getting serious with your relationships. 

The time you spend with others is valuable, so you should be getting a return on your investment, especially since you would be required to put in the work to keep them healthy.

Start with your immediate circle.

  • Can you confide in them?
  • Are they striving for similar life goals?
  • What are the foods they eat? And do you eat the same?
  • How do they treat their parents and loved ones?
  • Do they support your business or personal endeavors?

How much time and money do you invest in relationships?

This may include going to networking events, charity events, and workshops to make new connections and grow your circle of influence.

Finally, how is your relationship with your significant other (if you have one)?

  • Are you growing together or are you serving a life sentence?
  • Can you comfortably express your feelings without fear of retaliation?
  • Does this person lift you up or put you down?

Getting the best out of your relationships can bring the best out of you.

Improve Your Food

One of the hardest habits to break is the food choices we make. It’s often when health is severely compromised that drastic changes are made.

Wealthy persons understand health is wealth and health can be fixed with what we put in.

The best way to improve your food intake is to find one thing to remove from your diet. Track one habit daily, then move onto something else.

There are hundreds of food and diet crazes out there like Keto, Paleo, etc. The best way to improve your diet without stress is to “eat the rainbow.” Fill your plate up with plant-based food that’s red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple.

Improve Your Sex

Repeat after me.

Sex is more important than money.

Canadian university study not only revealed that more money did not equal more sex, but sex weighed higher on overall happiness than money. Additionally, excess sex and money had diminishing returns on happiness.

The goal is to find your sweet spot (any pun you could think about was intended). Figure out what works for you and speak with your shag-nificant other(s). Time to get it in!

Ready to change your life?

It’s clear improving your basic needs to better than average can significantly change your life.

In fact, you won’t be hard-pressed to find studies online backing up the claim that happiness actually decreases as wealth increases.

Trust me, I’ll cry on a bed of millions than be broke any day. But at the same time, it will be deeply important to make sure these basics are awesome before I earn another.

If you really want to improve your happiness and life, take the one area that needs the most attention and putting your resources into it.

Try it for the next 3-4 months. Then move onto the next one. You may not get Ray Dalio money out of it, but you’ll surely rival his happiness.

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Crush Your Goals In The Next 120 Days with these 5 Tips

We’re four months already into 2019. And despite the progress I’ve made, I would appreciate a do-over. When you take stock of each stage of the year and compare where you’re at to your goals, you think you’ll crush your goals but you can always find room for improvement.

But a do-over is not the answer. True success is taking the lessons learned and applying them wholeheartedly to the rest of the year. You’d be surprised how far 120 days of improved focus will get you.

What do you have lined up for the months May-August?

Every moment is a moment to do better. If you’re not seeing progress with the goals you set for 2019, try implementing these five habits/tips to make part 2 of 2019 your best ever:

1. Get hungry

“For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” Arnold Schwarzenegger

Any goal you have needs to be powered by unstoppable hunger. It’s what will keep you on track. You’ve set goals because you want to take your wealth/health/life to the next level.

To go to the next level will need you to be in attack mode.

That lack of offense could be the reason you’re still stuck. Which brings the questions:

How important is this goal to you? Is it something I need to pursue now?

If you’re not hungry about the project, business idea or goal, you should throw it out. Which brings up the second tip:

2. Pursuing Less

Chances are at the start of the year, you had a laundry list of goals. Trying to get everything done may not be the best use of your time or energy.

It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. –Bruce Lee

Getting going may mean removing the goals that may make you feel good when you achieve them, but don’t move the needle forward. Doing less does not make you a failure, it frees up your time to hunt the big fish.

In Tools of Titans, these few lines, taken from Newt Gingrich, keeps Tim Ferris focused on what’s important:

“A lion is fully capable of capturing, killing, and eating a field mouse. But it turns out that the energy required to do so exceeds the caloric content of the mouse itself. So a lion that spent its day hunting and eating field mice would slowly starve to death. A lion can’t live on field mice. A lion needs antelope. Antelope are big animals. They take more speed and strength to capture and kill, and once killed, they provide a feast for the lion and her pride. … So ask yourself at the end of the day, ‘Did I spend today chasing mice or hunting antelope?’”

Cross out all the goals that won’t improve your life at least 10X. And work on 1–2 exclusively over the next 120 days.

3. Exercising Your Creativity

Spend more time coming up with creative ways to achieve your goals. Set aside time for thinking in a quiet space, coming up with as many ideas as possible to solve any sticking points in gaining success.

We don’t place enough value on thinking time. An extended moment where we can disconnect, sit somewhere with a pen and paper, and let our imagination go wild.

When you come up with creative ideas, start pursuing those ideas with the hunger we covered before. Then drop what doesn’t work and do more of what does.

4. Dancing outside your comfort zone

To make progress, you need to do something that really scares you.

  • If getting on video makes you squeamish, you should give it a shot.
  • Doing that cold call could be the $10,000 sale you envisioned.
  • Taking those dance classes you said you would at the start of the year.
  • Applying for that gig you have experience little for.

Write down the 10 craziest things you could do over the next four months to crush your goals and start with the scariest thing first. When you do the scariest first, the rest seem like child’s play.

5. Get rapid help

If you have not made any progress in 2019, the answer could be as simple as this: You’re trying to do it on your own.

Going solo is a recipe for frustration and disaster.

Yes, the goal is yours.

And yes, you need to see it through. But that does not mean you should be figuring out what to do on your own. Moreso, that does not mean you need to lock yourself away until it’s done. To fix this requires rapid help:

  • Find a mentor or coach to help identify gaps and strengthen your game plan. If you can’t afford one, see what you can exchange for that person’s time.
  • Get involved in a group or mastermind to challenge your ideas, make new connections, and point you to tools and people to make it happen faster.
  • There’s no time to figure out things. You shouldn’t be spending time learning to build a website, figuring out a meal plan, or editing your book. You don’t need to own a business to hire someone. Outsource what you can to people who love to do it.

If you’ve gone through January to April without getting help for your goals, it’s one of the main reasons you’ve seen no progress.

Ready to crush your goals?

It’s time to crush your goals for Part 2 of the year. Changing things up is the only way to make serious progress. Get hungry on one or two goals and get the help you need to execute. Then you’ll be sitting pretty to finish out the year strong!

Get your side hustle on

Even the Bible says you need a side hustle.

Long before Gary Vee or Tai Lopez advocated starting a side hustle. Or before the Side Hustle Show podcast, a little verse in the bible had the right idea.

I’m no real reader of the bible admittedly but when I came across these few lines, it stopped me in my tracks:

In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall bealike good. — Ecclesiastes 11:6

The verse says you should have a primary job or function. It may be in your field of choice, or not. But when work is over, you should be pursuing something else. Your passion, a project, or side hustle.

The first reason is obvious. You’re not sure which will take off. Your side hustle could eclipse your job. Or your job could really blossom into the career of your dreams. A side hustle can also help you improve the basics in your life.

The second reason is practical. At some point, you may need to make a career change. Or suddenly, you could lose your job. So having all your eggs in one basket sounds like a bad idea…

Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face. — Ronald Raegan

A financial advantage

It’s reported that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski retired this year without spending any of his football salaries. Despite his reputation for partying, he’s financially focused, only spending what he needs from his other job — endorsements.

You may not pocket multimillions but the concept is the same. A few hundred dollars a month can give you a significant wealth building advantage. And money tends to follow the money. If you have a side hustle nest egg, you’ll be able to act on opportunities to increase your wealth.


Starting Your Side Hustle

To start a side hustle, you need four important things:

  1. A skill or passion
  2. People who need that skill
  3. An offer
  4. Commitment ( this is the “evening withhold not thine hand” part)

Everything else you can refine as you go.


Review your skills and passions

If you have to do a second hustle, make it something you actually like doing. If you’re not sure what your passion is, answer the simple questions on this sheet. Otherwise, take a skill that comes relatively easy for you. Who knows, it may end up being your day job on a consulting or freelance scale. Once you have your skill, it’s time to find the people looking for you to help them.


Research the market

Where are your potential customers hanging out?

LinkedIn? Facebook? Networking events or a Chamber of Commerce?

Take some time to find an area — online or physical — where you can pitch your services.


Create an MVP or MVS

Put together a Minimum Viable Product or Minimum Viable Service. The more time you spend tweaking and waiting for the perfect moment, you won’t start.

For example, if you’ve decided you’re great at cleaning and you want to do a cleaning service, you don’t need fancy equipment, a website or business card. A broom, mop, and vacuum are more than enough.


Stick to it

Millions of persons envision themselves starting a side hustle or business. However, a few actually execute their vision. It’s so easy to spend time gaming, watching TV or scrolling Instagram instead of doing your side hustle.

The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.” — Unknown

Staying committed is key. You’re going to have to split time and often your career can be physically and emotionally draining. But even if you can muster a couple of hours a day, regardless of how you feel, you’ll be miles ahead than if you wait for the energy and motivation to hit.


Start your Side Hustle today

A side hustle can really improve your life, and it’s good karma too. As the bible verse says, you’re not sure which will take off but you’re guaranteed at least one will. More importantly, working on different things can help you unleash your true passion and put you on the path of an amazing life.