Many have had the dream to become successful in their various endeavours. However, accomplishing a dream of such magnitude cannot go without some sacrifices and adopting new habits. Studies have revealed the following top 5 common habits of most successful people.
1. Successful people plan out their day the night before.
It’s easy to get off track when you don’t have a plan. Without planning what your day will look like, you wake up not knowing what you want to do or accomplish. Successful people spend a little time the night before giving themselves clear goals for the next day. Then they wake up and go down their list. Life doesn’t always work out as planned, but with a plan, you can adjust without losing momentum.
2. Successful people are early risers
Notable early risers include Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group, Disney CEO Robert Iger and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer. For many, waking up is not a habit to cultivate easily but it has been proven to be very efficient. Early risers have more hours at their disposal to execute their daily goals and to finish. Successful people who wake up early also execute more during the day.
3. Successful people read a lot!
Books contain so much knowledge. Reading helps in setting life goals, gives inspiration to start new projects, teaches lessons learned from mistakes other people made and most of all is relaxing. Most successful people take time off to read; sometimes the first thing they do in the morning or the last thing before they fall asleep. It may be beneficial to check out some successful people’s list of favourite books.
4. Successful people make their health a priority.
What you eat and how much you exercise affects every area of your life. Successful people use their exercise as a time to reset and plan. And they make smart food choices that will give them the energy they need to accomplish everything on their daily to-do list.
5. Successful people donate a lot!
Successful people are mostly very generous and donate a lot to support and accelerate general development. They also allot time to give back to their community by working with charities, volunteering and donating. Tom Corley, author of Wealthy Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, states that 73% of the 233 wealthy people he studied for 5 years volunteer 5+ hours a month. Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, all donate to different causes.
Not rich? No problem. Volunteer at your local community centre, or home for the elderly, or teach kids to read. Many times, your time and the pleasure of your company is enough.
Even though hard work is an essential ingredient to being successful, incorporating these habits into your life will set you on a sure path to success.