Successful people share many common habits. Persistence, resilience and determination being just a few. But there are some practices among business leaders,that are so easy for you to start implementing straight away and can make all the difference to how you preform. And they don’t cost a cent.
- They practice Meditation
An uncluttered mind is a focused mind. Think about it: If you didn’t have multiple threads going on in your mind at once, you’d find it much easier to get things done and not get distracted. Practicing meditation trains your mind to do just that. You don’t have to go to a class, nor go to a retreat to learn some simple techniques. Simply find a quiet area, sit down and either close your eyes or focus on one spot. Concentrate on your breath, and mentally say ‘in breath’ on breathing in, and ‘out breath’ on breathing out. Give yourself just ten minutes a day to think about nothing else but your breathing, and you’ll really begin to love the benefits of clarity it gives you.
- They get up early.
Getting up early is almost something cliché that’s trotted out among the successful. While everyone is different, with some people being night owls, who come to life in the later hours, the commonality with the most successful people in the world is that they are early risers. Doing so allows them to fit much more into their day. That’s not to say that they sacrifice sleep, but think about it – if you skipped the tv in the evening and went to bed at 9 instead of 11 each night for each workday, you’d be gaining an extra 10 hours where you could be productive each week. And if you want to succeed, that matters.
- They realise the importance of networking.
Of course you’ve heard the old adage, that ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know’. But being exposed to others in your field serves multiple purposes: It allows you to establish connections which can open all types of opportunities, and moreover lets you see how your competition are doing – and seeing this in person keeps you sharp and motivated.
- They keep themselves busy.
Successful people are rarely idle. Elon Musk is quoted as working 80-100 hours a week and states : “That’s the type of work ethic an entrepreneur needs to have.” Now it follows that for you to put in such hours, you really must have a natural passion, almost bordering on obsession, for your work. Cultivating this passion is something the wealthy do very well.
- They say ‘no’ more than yes
Warren Buffet’s famous quote highlights this:
“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”
Basically, this is a productivity rule. Saying yes to everything will kill your time and ability to focus on what needs to be done. Be very, very selective in what you become involved in, and stay very much on the path that leads to the most progress.
- They don’t watch TV, they read.
According to Thomas Corley, Author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals,
“67 percent of rich people only watch TV for one hour or less per day” Corley also states that only 6 percent of the wealthy watch reality shows, while 78 percent of the poor do
In addition to this, 86 percent of the wealthy love to read with an impressive 88 percent claiming that they read for self-improvement for 30 minutes or more per day.
This really highlights that what you expose yourself to, really does matter.
- They write daily to-do lists, each night.
Not only does this help you have a much better sleep each night, by taking the tasks off your mind, and onto paper, but it gets you incredibly organized. Prioritizing tasks is essential to getting things done, and a daily to-do list at the end of each day, is key to this.
- They visualize and set goals
Becoming successful is highly dependent on knowing what you want, and how you’re doing to get there. Making long term and short term micro goals is key to this. It allows you a clear focus, and more importantly it keeps you monitoring yourself along the way, and checking your progress against where you want to be. Setting clear goals, and visualizing how to get there, helps you to become your own mentor.
- They manage their money.
Successful people are planners, and that means planning for the good and bad times. Saving and keeping funds reserved when times are good, in preparation for less affluent times is playing the game smart. Tying up your money in fast depreciating assets is not the way most wealthy people get and stay wealthy. There’s a key question that one should ask themselves, and that is “How can this money, make me more money.”