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8 Things Successful People Do Day By Day

8 Things Successful People Do Day By Day

We all think about success, and we should, because the road to self-improvement comes from within, not from some exterior source. It is a good idea to be introspective and to strive to pinpoint bad habits as well as good ones, not just in a business sense, but also in private life situations. Still, introspecting only gets us so far. Trapping yourself inside your head and trying to figure everything out by yourself is usually not the best approach.

This is why we study our role models and strive to see what it is that they do in their everyday lives that makes them so successful. We are all aware that success doesn’t happen overnight (except in some extreme cases) and we want to pinpoint things that we can apply to our everyday lives in order to improve our chances for success. Here are some great examples.

1. Don’t just think, act

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

Like mentioned in the introduction, don’t get stuck inside your head and forget to move forward. There are thousands of people with great ideas floating around their heads, but their inability to act on them is what ensures that they never go further than the fantasy stage. This doesn’t mean that you should set off without planning things out, but if you wait for the conditions to be perfect, you will never move beyond the starting line.

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Always remember the famous words of Walt Disney: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

2. Persevere in the face of adversity

It is very easy to live under the illusion that the famous and successful don’t make mistakes. I mean, if you want an example of famous failures, I’ll give you three: George Lucas’s Star Wars episodes I, II, and III. Still, he managed to pull the whole thing off and turn a profit in the end.

Everyone makes mistakes and has difficult situations during the work day, which can sometimes turn into long-term trouble. Reminding yourself: “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” This is the philosophy behind the success of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, basketball players of all times, Michael Jordan. It is a simple thing, but has tremendous impact if you adhere to it.

3. Keep confident with daily effort

This is what gets people confused a lot. In order to be successful, you need to be introspective and self-analytic, but you also need to avoid doubting yourself too much. Naturally, when you dwell on a problem for a long time, you are bound to come up with more than a few ways that things can go terribly wrong. This is where people choke up and fail to meet the challenge.

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“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not,” wise words by Oprah Winfrey, one of the most successful people in history, and she couldn’t be more right. Integrity is the road to confidence.

4. Research and read as a part of being

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.” — Bill Gates

This quote has really set the standard for the age we live in. You need to be informed, up-to-date, and constantly focused on news and innovations in order to remain competitive in the fast-developing environment that we are a part of. Reading books, articles, being interested in various media, studying — all of these things make you better and more capable of dealing with adverse situations, which will open more opportunities. So, pick your way to work on self-improvement, and see how it enriches your life.

5. Don’t shy away from exercise

More and more modern work environments are actually desk jobs, and although it may not seem so, having a desk job comes with its fair share of health threats — the biggest issue being sitting in a chair for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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The body can’t function properly when not exercised properly. That’s the way we are wired and we need to deal with that. If a busy woman like Anna Wintour, Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, can find time in her schedule to play tennis for one hour a day, so can you. I’m not saying you can’t succeed without exercise, but if you decide to avoid it, your success might seem hollow as you sit on your throne with an aching back and a tired body.

6. Calm your mind and banish stress

Yes, work equals stress. Truth be told, some work environments are less stressful than others, but each and every one includes stress. If you do not manage it properly, it can turn into anxiety and other, more severe, psychological conditions.

Arnold Schwarzenegger had problems with anxiety when he was starting to make it big, and his answer was transcendental meditation, but that was the 70s. Don’t get me wrong, meditating can be great, but it is not the only way to vent stress. Playing a videogame to chill out and relax has become a broadly accepted way to deal with stress.

7. Be mindful of your reputation

If you want to be a professional, you need to be mindful of your image and strive to maintain it. This may seem easy to do, but in the words of Warren Buffet: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

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The true sign that you are on the right path to success is when you start worrying about your reputation, since it may directly impact how you progress.

8. Always look for something new

In the end, you can always start something else. Even if things go bad, always strive to leave a clean slate and don’t lose hope. Sir Richard Branson said it best: “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming,” so don’t despair. The path to success is filled with many dead ends.

Attitude can be the most important thing. I mean, none of these people had to push themselves throughout their entire lives or needed to reach the peaks they reached in order to live well, but they did it anyway. They enjoyed the struggle and welcomed challenge. That’s what it’s all about!

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Last Updated on September 22, 2020

How to Wake Up Early: 6 Things Early Risers Do

How to Wake Up Early: 6 Things Early Risers Do

You have probably heard the success stories about people who wake up early. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey, and Olympic medalist Caroline Burckle all talk about the positive impact of waking up early on their lives.

Even though many assign a portion of their success to waking up early, many find it difficult to make the switch. While most people know what needs to happen to change their life, they find then difficult to implement consistently. To understand how to wake up early, you need to tap into the wisdom of those already doing it.

Here are the 6 things early risers do:

1. Stop Procrastinating

The first thing you need to do when you want to learn how to wake up early is to go to sleep earlier. Stop procrastinating. You will find it much easier to wake up when you are getting the proper amount of sleep. Set a bedtime that allows you to get 8-hours of sleep and hold yourself accountable.

The problem most of you will have at first is how tired you will feel. If you are someone who goes to sleep after midnight, waking up by 6 a.m. will not be easy. The reason you need to push through that initial difficulty is that you are going to be very tired at the end of the day. Realistically, you probably would fall asleep at your desk or doze off on your lunch break. Either way, waking up early no matter how you feel will motivate you to go sleep at the proper time that night.

Think of it as someone who procrastinated until the night before their project was due. Having done this myself, you do what you need to do to complete the project, whether that means working all night or cutting some corners because you don’t have time to triple-check your work.

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After you turn in your project, you feel both exhaustion and jubilation. After you make it through the workday and crash at home, you promise yourself you’ll never wait until the last minute again. This same feeling will happen when you force yourself to wake up early no matter what time you went to sleep. You are going to promise yourself you will go to bed at the right time.

Most people don’t go to bed when they should because they know they will ultimately make it up in the morning.

2. Pace Yourself

If you want to start waking up a couple of hours earlier each day, you may not be able to make that change all at once. It stands to reason the more drastic the shift, the more difficult it will be.

So, instead of trying to adjust your sleep pattern by several hours, start in 15-minute or 30-minute intervals.[1] If you wake up 30 minutes earlier each week, you will be a morning person by the end of the month. This may feel like you are drawing out your goal but in reality, you are accomplishing it much quicker than most. Most people who are naturally night owls find it difficult to completely change their sleep habits overnight.

Think of it as someone who is trying to quit drinking coffee. Outside of the fact you may enjoy the taste of coffee, your body is used to operating with a certain amount of caffeine and sugar. Some will be able to quit overnight and their body will adjust accordingly. And if you are one of those people, then do what works for you.

However, if you were to take an incremental approach, then you may first start drinking your coffee black. Then, you could switch to decaf before slowly lowering the amount of coffee you drink each day. As you can see, this approach will help minimize the feeling of withdrawal while getting the results you want.

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3. Watch Your Lighting

Light reduces your body’s production of the sleep-inducing melatonin hormone. In practical terms, your body naturally wants to be awake when the sun is up and go to sleep when the sun is down. This is called your circadian rhythm.

In the technology-driven world we currently live in, you likely look at a screen or two before bed. Studies show television and phone screens trick your body into thinking the sun is up. As a result, your body starts producing less melatonin. To help you fall asleep, you should stop looking at screens at least an hour before bed.

This can also mean that if you want to wake up before the sun, looking at your screen when you wake up can help you to stay awake.

Peter Balyta, the President of Education Technology for Texas Instruments says he wakes up at 5:20 a.m. and scans his emails before starting his day. This is also true for M.I.T. president L. Rafael Rief. He wakes up around 5 or 5:30 a.m. and checks his phone for anything urgent.[2]

4. Make It Worth Your Time

Have you ever woken up early but went back to sleep because you didn’t have a reason to stay up? To put it another way, have you ever fallen asleep because you didn’t have anything better to do?

If you want to be excited about going to sleep and waking up early, then you need to give yourself a reason to be excited. You can accomplish this by listing the three things you want to accomplish the next morning. Notice I said “want” and not “need” to accomplish. You don’t want to be dragging yourself into the next morning kicking and screaming.

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Your list should not only include what you want to accomplish but also why you want to accomplish it. If you want to take it a step further, list the consequences of not waking up early.

People who have figured out how to wake up early are shown to be more successful, persistent, and proactive in their life. They tend to be happier and handle stress better. It is also shown that people who wake up early procrastinate less.[3] If you find any of these benefits something you want to add in your life, then waking up early is shown to help.

5. Avoid Binging

There is a difference between sleeping and getting a good night’s sleep. Sure, you can drink alcohol and fall asleep, but you will not be getting quality rest. You will wake up feeling as though you slept for only a couple hours.

It is best to stop drinking at least 4 hours before bedtime. Binge drinking is known to impact your sleep-inducing melatonin hormone levels for up to a week. The same holds true with eating a large meal right before bed. It is not that your body can’t process food and sleep at the same time. The main concern has more to do with the possibility of indigestion or heartburn than anything else.

If you find yourself dealing with either of these symptoms, then you may want to stop eating at least two hours before bed.

6. Get the Blood Flowing

Those who have mastered the technique of how to wake up early tend to start each morning with movement.

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Your first movement is to get out of bed. To help you get out of bed, have your alarm far enough away that you need to get up and turn it off. Before you allow yourself to contemplate going back to sleep, take a moment, and do 10 push-ups or 10 jumping jacks. Think of each exercise as you taking one step further from being able to go back to sleep.

Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments wakes up at 4 a.m. each morning. She starts each day by exercising. Her exercises include running, weight lifting, swimming, and cycling.

You decide for yourself how you want to get your blood flowing. Whether you want to go on a walk, workout at the gym, or do something at home, make sure you are scheduling time to exercise.

Final Thoughts

The key to understanding how to wake up early is to recognize that it is heavily driven by the actions you take the night before. You will wake up early if you go to bed at a good time and get the proper amount of sleep.

By taking the time to prepare yourself both mentally and physically each night, you can ensure you are positioned for success the next morning. Once you have taken the proper actions the night before, make sure you use that momentum to start your day, on time.

The goal is to make the actions you want to take as easy as possible. The key to changing your life is to discover a way to have the wind at your back, going in the direction you want.

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