Habits of Successful People
By Antonietta Marinelli | May 07, 2021
Retaining information, avoiding procrastination and being able to consistently maintain focus is often a challenge. Many people are advocates for “work smarter, not harder”, “think of the long game” and “consistency is key” - all in which work. However, focusing on a single task for too long can make our brains exhausted, which is why taking the appropriate steps and adopting the right habits into your everyday life throughout both your studies and work can be a great long-game for your future. One of the mistakes which we make is putting successful people on a pedestal, believing that high-achieving individuals are “wired” differently to us.
Here is a list of habits to practice and implement into your daily life in order to obtain success:
Waking Up Early
“The early bird catches the worm” as they say! Waking up early helps you in developing better habits and consistency in your everyday life. Waking up early is highly spoken about from successful people, with many citing fewer distractions during the early hours. CEO of Apple, Tim Cook has said he wakes up at 3:45 to start checking emails and Oprah Winfrey says she gets up at 6:02 am everyday for reflection, mediation and exercise before her work day starting at 9:00 am (Lufkin, 2019). Studies have suggested that waking up early and success may be linked. People who wake up early are more in sync with the traditional corporate schedule and tend to have more proactive personalities, which tend to lead to better results in school and work (Lufkin, 2019).
Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-effective GOALS! We all fall into the trap of setting ourselves up with goals in which we cannot achieve and then fall into the feeling of failure, all in which we can avoid! With SMART goals, you are more likely to start and finish because the goal/s in which you set yourself CAN be completed.
For more information surrounding setting up your own SMART goals visit: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/smart-goals.htm
Studies have proven that meditation reduces stress, increases focus, and helps to regulate your emotions. Successful business leaders can quickly process and learn new information, and recall that knowledge when needed. Meditation is a good way to give yourself a boost in this area. Researchers have found that meditation stimulates areas of the brain association with memory, concentration and learning (Patel, 2018). Researchers also found that Buddhist monks who regularly meditate perform far better on concentration tests than the average person. Those who do so regularly not only increase their ability to concentrate, but also boost their attention to detail and level of accuracy.
The benefits of physical movement and exercise are undeniable. There are obvious physical benefits from exercising, however the intangible benefits include reduced stress levels, increased mental toughness, improved self-discipline and the momentum of accomplishment. Exercising regularly creates a peak physical and mental state that positively affects all areas of your life. This is creating a habit of discipline and a ritual for success. When you exercise you release endorphins, which are ‘happy hormones’. Once you’ve finished some form of exercise, you’ll be likely to tackle tasks which require creativity, and you’ll have more energy to follow them through to completion. Heightened focus will be experienced during and after a work-out - make sure you take advantage of it!
● Lufkin, B. (2019) Is waking up early good or bad? BBC Worklife. [Accessed 5 May 2021] https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20190213-is-waking-up-early-good-or-bad
● MindTools. Smart Goals. [Accessed 6 May 2021] https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/smart-goals.htm
● Patel, D. 7 Proven Ways Meditating Prepares You for Success. Entrepreneur Asia Pacific. [Accessed 4 May 2021] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/316801#:~:text=1.,a%20boost%20in%20this%20area