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7 Habits You Should Learn From Successful People

7 Habits You Should Learn From Successful People

According to Winston Churchill, “Success is ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” Many people who want to be successful think that success happens accidentally and they lose connection with the fact that it takes individual consistency and persistence to reach goals.

Steven Spielberg, a world- renowned filmmaker, was met with rejection by the University Of Southern California School Of Cinematic Arts multiple times- while Dr. Seuss had his first book rejected by 27 different publishers.

But today we consider these people successful. Success is more about routine than moments of chance. Here are some of the habits that have helped highly successful people to achieve their goals:

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They work hard

“I have always believed that if you put in the work results will come” – Michael Jordan

To be successful you have to forget about those empty get-rich-quick stories. You have to focus on what will truly make you successful, and that is hard work. You have to put in the hours and the toil before you meet success. Persistence, discipline, and a willingness to work hard takes you to many places you otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach.

They plan

“Take your time in deciding what opportunity to pursue and then pursue it like a crazed pack of wolves.” – Neal Goldman, CEO and founder of RelSci

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Famous people like Eminem and J.K Rowling keep a journal to remind them of their progress and keep track of where they are in relation to their goals. You have to have a strategy that will keep you going and illuminate how to reach your destination.

They take action and don’t procrastinate

“We could either watch it happen, or be a part of it.” – Elon Musk

Dreaming and thinking, without execution, will not take you anywhere. Successful people have mastered the habit of taking action. Sometimes they do so boldly- even before they feel fully ready or emotionally prepared.

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They have clear goals

They know where they want to be and they focus on this. They don’t dilly-dally or try chasing multiple things at once. No, they focus on goals that they know are attainable within a realistic time-frame. This methodical approach encourages them to build the mental toughness that reaching their desired destination requires.

They take risks

“I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times you failed. You only have to be right once. I tried to sell powdered milk. I was an idiot lots of times, and I learned from them all.” – Mark Cuban

Why take risks? Well, successful people would rather risk success than conceal their intentions and ambitions by only dreaming about their ideas. Successful people are willing to fail. They don’t mind this because they know that they will gain experience in the process. They also know that it is possible to fail forward. They consider this preferable to acting cowardly and not taking any risks at all.

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They read a lot

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein

Not every person that reads a lot is a leader. But every leader is a reader. You can’t really attain your goals if you do not learn or take the time to study. Successful people read and broaden their horizons through this habit. They also know the importance of acquiring knowledge through learning about the experiences of others.

They do what they are passionate about

“Do not do things because someone else succeeded while doing them; create your own path. It’s far more fun.” – Karim Abouelnaga, CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, Inc.

Every successful person is passionate about their particular craft, field, or talent. They don’t do it simply because of the money. Rather they do it because of the love they have for it, and the joy it provides them. Because of this, they make sure that their daily habits are centered on activities that will bring out the best in them- and drive them further towards success, in the process.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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