Do you often wonder, what it takes to be successful? What is it that ultra successful people do differently? What are those peculiar habits?
If the answer is ‘Yes’, then this article is for you. Successful people from every walk of life, be it a technology mogul or a celebrated artist, do not have anything different than others. What is different about them is their vision, their passion, and their habits.
Take a look at the habits of the famous:
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise!
For a regular human, a day consists of 24 hours. But, for these people, there does exist a 25th hour. And when the world sleeps, they toil. To command success, make it a habit to get up early. Waking up early in the morning will not only make you more creative, but the tranquility of mornings will gear you up for the day ahead. Research has shown that people who get up early are optimistic, more cheerful and more analytically profound. A clear head in the morning will provide you with that extra zeal boost and planning your day attentively, will reduce your problems. Do not forget to sleep for eight to ten hours for a beautiful and fresh start to another productive day. As Laura Vanderkam, in her book, ‘What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life‘ explains, “mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives.”
It is widely believed that drinking coffee in the morning makes one energized and fresh for the day. But did you know, that the man who changed the way we drink coffee doesn’t sleep past 4.30 AM. Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, wakes up at 4.30 AM every single day.
Meditate and exercise
It will come as no surprise, that a number of successful people are health freaks. While for some fitness is a profession, for several others it is a necessity. Go for a jog or run, if you will, cycle, swim, gym or perform any other form of exercise that catches your fancy, but do it. Sweating pulls out toxins from your body, making you healthier. Meditate regularly, as this is the exercise for your mind. A restless mind is the biggest enemy of a visionary man. Calm and relax your mind to arrange your thoughts, and see how good the creative juices will flow. Every morning, take time to smell the roses, walk bare feet on green grass, listen to the birds chirp or simply sit on a bench and watch a sunrise. Nature is the best anti-depressant A sedentary lifestyle must be avoided and one must work his body as well.
Aaron Patzer, the founder of mint.com, indulges in a heavy work out of lifts, run and climbing. “You cannot work, in this instance, 14-hour days without getting a good workout in as a break”, he reveals to Business Insider.
An Apple a day, keeps the doctor away!
It has often been observed that many people skip their meals, mostly breakfast, to catch up with deadlines or a meeting. Do not do that! A healthy mind and a fit body requires a balanced diet. Consume green vegetables, fruits and calcium on a regular basis. Keep yourself hydrated. Plan to take a meal with your family. Numerous researches have shown that eating a meal with loved ones around, does not only make one more attached to his family but also releases Endorphin ( also called ‘Happiness Hormones’ ) making you satisfied and pleased with life. And, as we all know it, a happy mind is the key to success.
Bob Greene, the dietitian that Oprah Winfrey swears by, in his book titled ‘Oprah’s Seven Day Food Diary‘ writes about the benefits of eating healthy. A foreword written by none other than the chat show queen, reveals her secrets, diet regime and how eating healthy has not only made her fit, but more satisfied in life as well.
Everything happens for a reason. Let go and move on!
There has never been a success story without failures. For every success, there have been a hundred failures. Do not let your past mistakes hold you back. Clogging your brain with failures and disappointments will only make matters go worse and reduce your productivity. Believe in yourself and seek courage from your inner self to pull out of miseries. Make your failures your stepping stones to success. A rational and hassle free mind has done wonders and make sure you have one, to outgrow the hindrances on your glory path.
Deepak Chopra, the world’s renowned public speaker, and an alternative medicine advocate, suggests, “Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go and it will be yours forever.”
Invest in your passions
While you may be creating marvels at your workplace, your passions and interests require your attention as well. Indulge in what makes you feel gleeful; read a book, listen to music, travel the world, make new friends, test your taste buds or simply, take a day off doing absolutely nothing. Hobbies stimulate the creative part of your brain and declutter your mind.
Sony would have never been born, if Akio Morita, did not have the courage to quit his family business and pursue what he loved. Born in a worn torn country and smitten by electronic gadgets, Morita’s vision and hard work established Sony, as a multinational conglomerate corporation.
Farewell Your HUGE task
Often, then not, we find ourselves stuck at solving one particular problem. The time devoted to this problem will never return and for a successful person, time is of essence. Prioritize your tasks and keep this ghastly task at the top of your list. Doing this task with a rejuvenated mind and body will increase your efficiency levels for the day and stir a sense of relief, making you more welcoming to other tasks.
Warren Buffet, the invincible czar, has finally revealed his secret to success. He once again, certified the fact that prioritizing your tasks is the ladder to the pinnacle.
Quitters never win and winners never quit
Each day when you begin with a task, make it a habit to finish it. Leaving tasks undone will lead to a pileup and subsequently, will get you frustrated.
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else” advises Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx.
Despite being rejected for her brilliant idea, she stood her ground only to become one of the wealthiest self- made woman.
Dress to impress, it is the key to success
The first impression is the last impression. Buy a decent and smart wardrobe. Your clothes speak a lot about yourself and one must always dress suave. It is not essential to buy expensive brands but put in an effort to look appealing in whatever you wear. Also, mind your mannerisms and a well-behaved person with pleasing personality, will always be welcomed with open arms.
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Success is a journey, which is taken one lesson at a time. Patience is the master key. Do not rush in or rush out of matters as Rome was not built in a day. For your empire to flourish, stand strong to face strong winds, and you shall emerge victoriously.
Work hard in silence. Let your success be your noise.