Believe it or not, your habits govern a huge part of what you actually do in and with your life. Aristotle put it better when he said that we are what we repeatedly do, and therefore, excellence is not actually an act, but a habit.
What you repeatedly do has a greater influence in your life than what you just do occasionally. Contrary to what most people think, success is not about making one big decision, or doing one big thing. It is actually what you do every now and then. What you do regularly determines much of your life.
Let us take a practical example. You can’t lose more fats and get a lean body by simply hitting the gym once. You will need to be consistent and patient for you to lose the extra fat and attain that slim body. The same is true in all parts of your life.
This is the main reason why your habits are very important. They can either break you or make you a remarkably successful person. We have put together some of the most common habits of successful people in the world. You can adopt them if you want to get extraordinary results in your life. Check them out!
- Successful people usually think big
‘Thinking big” is a dominant and the most important habit of highly successful people. They always think really big.
Bill Gates, for example, was inspired to ensure that every home has a personal computer at the time when computers where were very expensive and only the rich could afford them. Elon Musk on the other hand started Tesla simply because he thinks and believes that electric vehicles are actually the future, and his main mission to create SpaceX is to “colonize Mars”.
You must think big for you to be successful. It is actually the foundation to success. If you don’t have a big dream, there is no way you can get inspired. Without a big dream, you can never have the motivation to work hard for a bigger course.
It is important to note that when you start thinking big, you attract like-minded individuals who will want to help you achieve success. For instance, all people prefer working for companies such as Apple and Google than working for organizations and companies that that lack mission and direction. Lie attracts like. So, when you dream big, many other individuals who share the same vision with automatically come to you.
- Successful people remain focused on their goals
One of the habits that highly successful people have is that they think of their goals at all times. NO matter what they do, they can’t take away what they want to achieve from their minds. Therefore, they are always ready to forgo doing what they love and spend their leisure time working on their goals.
Again, highly successful people are exceedingly focused on that which they want. Steve Jobs, for example, was highly focused on the products of Apple, and this ensured that the company brought in only the products they believed were the best. This is actually the main reason why Apple managed to become the company of the decade. Plus, in the mobile industry, Apple only created one phone – the iPhone – but they still made billions of dollars from it.
If you want to be highly successful, you must remain focused on your goals and you must think about them all the time. Think about your main goals and visualize your success every day. Majority of people do not manage to create remarkable results in life just because they lack focus. Instead of focusing on one goal, they keep on switching from one opportunity to another and constantly jump from one business to another.
Any success requires time. It doesn’t happen overnight, and this is the main reason why focus is extremely important. If you want to achieve any goal, you must stick to your plan and remain committed to it until you produce the results that you desire. You must stop jumping from opportunity to opportunity or from business to business. You must stay with your initial plan and remain focused on your desired goals until you accomplish them.
- Successful individuals always work very hard
Have you known that majority of the highly successful people usually wake up very early in the morning? Well, now you know. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, says that he wakes up at around 4.00 am every morning to do some exercise and go through his emails before he can start working in his office.
The CEO of Twitter and Square, Jack Dorsey wakes up at around 5am to meditate, exercise and heads to his office to start on his projects of the day. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is among the most famous Hollywood actors, says that he wakes up at round 4.00 am to exercise and workout in the gym so that he can stay ahead of the competition.
Highly successful people usually choose to wake up few hours earlier before their actual workday begins because they want to start their day feeling strong, and they also want to gain an edge on competition. Most of them choose to utilize their morning time to handle personal projects, to plan their day, to exercise and to prepare themselves adequately for the rest of their day.
So, if you want to be highly successful in life, then you must develop the habit of working extremely hard. You must choose to wake up very early so that you get enough time to exercise, and to work on your most important tasks, to gain more energy and to spend most of your time on your main goals.
- Successful people spend their time with individuals who inspire them
Remarkably successful people usually associate themselves with other people who are also highly successful in their lives. According to Jim Rohn, a person is an average of the 5 people he or she spends the most time with.
The people you spend your most time with will affect your thinking. So, if you are spending most of your time with individuals who love to play blame others and complain about almost anything and everything, you will only become one of them and you will also develop the habit of complaining every time things don’t seem to go your way.
On the other hand, if you spend your time mixing with and networking with other successful, positive people who inspire you, you are going to automatically start thinking like them. With time, you will find yourself acting just like them as well. You will be positive and they will inspire you to go for big things in life.
Human beings are greatly influenced by the people around them. For this reason, you should start mixing and networking with other highly successful individuals if you want to be highly successful. Spend most of your time with the people who inspire you to go for big things and to achieve best results in life.
- Successful people are highly persistent
Highly successful people are highly persistent with both their dreams and goals. No matter what happens, these people never give up on their dreams. It’s important to remember that a quitter will never win and a winner never quits. The moment you decide to give up on your dreams and quit, you definitely lose your chance to win the game. If you want to be successful, you must choose to be persistent. Be sure to stay on your dreams and goals at all times.
You can read the biographies of highly successful people, and you will learn that their journeys to success are not always smooth. You will realize that they face many hardships, rejections and setbacks before achieving the extraordinary results in life.
When you fail, you learn the most. So, don’t fear failing, for without it, you only learn a little. Tony Robbins, in his own words, says “Success in life is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is usually the result of experience. Experience is usually the result of bad judgment.” So, you should understand that failures in life are very necessary.
Walt Disney did not give up on his dreams even after he had been fired from the Kansas City Star. He was fired because his editor felt that Walt Disney had no good ideas and that he lacked imagination. Instead of giving up, Walt persisted with his dreams and kept on working hard. In the end, he created “Mickey Mouse”.
Another example is Colonel Harland David Sanders who had to face at least a thousand rejections. In the end, his fried chicken recipe was accepted and it became Kentucky Fried Chicken which literally revolutionized the whole fast food industry.
Again, J.K. Rowling was a dedicated single mother who was very poor. In fact, she was living off welfare. It is during this time that she started writing the first “Harry Potter” novel, and today, J.K. Rowling is a renowned artist for her Harry Potter movies and series. She is also the first billionaire author.
Hence, you have to remain persistent if you really want to be highly successful and produce extraordinary results in your life.
- Successful people pay no attention to the naysayers
Highly successful individuals never listen to the naysayers. Instead of believing in naysayers, highly successful people believe only in themselves. Arnold Schwarzenegger says that he really likes it when people keep on saying that no one in the entire world has ever done it before. He likes this statement because it makes him know that if he can do it, then he will go into the history books as the first person to ever do so, and this motivates him even more.
Highly successful people believe in their dreams and their ability to achieve them. They put extraordinary trust on their work. For instance, people have always said that having electric vehicles is impossible. No matter the widespread believe that electric vehicles are not possible, Elon Musk proves the world otherwise. In fact, very many people objected his idea when he started SpaceX with an aim of making space travel possible. Many people said that it is not possible. But today, SpaceX is now one of the most successful and efficient aerospace transport companies the world has ever known. Its success rate is even higher than that of NASA.
Therefore, you must ignorer the naysayers if you want to be highly successful. You should never listen to people who keep on telling you that your dreams and goals are invalid and not possible. Instead, choose to believe in your goals, dreams and hard work. You must have faith in yourself and take action today and you will definitely achieve the results that you desire.
- Successful people are always looking to make improvements on themselves
Many interviews and studies have been conducted on people who are considered to be highly successful in life, and the results clearly show that most of them, if not all, read a lot. Most of these people do not just read for entertainment, but they read self-help books, history books and biographies.
Bill Gates,. For example, says that he reads an average of 50 books every year. This means that he reads about one book every week on average. Again Oprah Winfrey, the famous media mogul who made many billions has her own book club. Each month, she picks one of her best books for the club members to read and then discus. Elon Musk says that he learnt how to build rockets by simply reading many books.
The habit of reading books to be one of the most common habits among the highly successful individuals. Hence, adopt a habit of reading books if you want to be successful. Spend at least 30 minutes or an hour every day reading a book. Remember that the more you read books, the more will be able to learn and understand.