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10 Things Successful People Do Every Day To Improve Themselves

10 Things Successful People Do Every Day To Improve Themselves

Success is something many people work very hard for. Achieving it is difficult enough, but keeping it going is even harder. That’s why truly successful people never stop improving themselves and work on their positive habits all the time. Everyday rituals are what make us who we are. Developing rituals that will work for us and make us better is one of the keys to success. So, let’s see that many successful people do every day to improve themselves.

1. They wake up early

Even Aristotle was saying that a habit of waking up before dawn contributes to achieving success, wealth and good health. Researches show that our brains work most effectively during the first 2-4 hours after we wake up. Early hours are the most productive for majority of people. Waking up early, you’ll feel vigorous, fresh and ready to conquer new summits.

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2. They exercise

Physical activity matters! You may think that it is all about the brain work that makes people successful. However, the majority of truly successful people exercise on a regular basis. It is not only about keeping you healthy and in a good shape. Constant experiences of overcoming yourself and achieving new results are very useful for any other scope of activity. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, works out with a personal coach five times per week. In his interviews, he often says that working out doesn’t only help him feel good, but also stimulates him to think of new business ideas.

3. They have a plan

Successful people realize how important everyday tasks are. Benjamin Franklin asked himself every morning what good things he was about to do this day. Having a plan helps you remember everything and get rid of all the things you procrastinate with. Take 10 minutes before sleep or after you wake up and make a plan for the whole day. It would be even better if you write it down somewhere.

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4. They find time for hobbies

The biggest investor of the 20th century and successful entrepreneur, Warren Buffett loved to play ukulele between his big business meetings. Most often, successful people are interested in certain activities. A Saturday golf game can be a great way to establish good contacts. However, even the small “alone” hobbies such as knitting (Meryl Streep) or drawing (George Bush) can help to succeed by releasing from stress or waking up one’s creative side.

5. They are active

Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, assigned herself with a task to play tennis for an hour every day, and she is not the only one. Richard Branson loves kite-surfing. The fourth richest man in India is a regular marathon runner. Successful people understand the importance of the active life. The more active your body is – the more active your brain works. Weekends are not an exception, by the way.

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6. They learn

People need to get new information every day to keep the brain trained. Successful people always find the way to learn something new. They read books and articles, they communicate with smart people, they go through trusted websites, etc. You should always have your brain working and eventually it’ll work out some idea that can make you as successful as those people you admire today.

7. They analyze

A great thing successful people do is analyzing their day before going to sleep. Was this day productive? Did I do everything I had planned? What shouldn’t I have done today? What should I improve in the next day? When you think of the good things you did today, it helps you move on doing them tomorrow. When you think of your mistakes, it prevents you from repeating them the next day. Analyzing is a great thing to do at the end of the day.

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8. They meditate

Oprah Winfrey is one of the busiest women in the world and still she manages to spend 20 minutes sitting in quiet two times a day. Even the most successful and the toughest businessmen, entrepreneurs and celebrities admit the value and the importance of meditation. Meditating improves productivity, lowers stress level and keeps a body and soul in shape. Finding time for that can definitely help on the road to success.

9. They spend time with people they love

Of course, successful people work really hard. However, many of them say that forgetting about their work and spending some time with beloved people is what helps them continue working even harder. You shouldn’t think of your work 24/7 because your brain will be too tired to work and to generate new ideas. Being around people you love can make you happy and careless for some time and that is a great rest for your brain.

10. They sleep the right amount of time

There is surely no rule on how many hours a person should sleep to feel good and fresh. We are all different; some of us can sleep four hours per day and feel great and others need 8-10 hours of sleep not to look like a zombie the whole day. Successful people know how much time they need to have a good night’s rest and they sleep no less than that.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

“We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

1. Take a step back and evaluate

When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
  3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
  4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
  5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

4. Process your thoughts/emotions

Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

  1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
  2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
  3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
  4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

5. Acknowledge your thoughts

Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

6. Give yourself a break

If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

As Helen Keller once said,

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

  1. What’s the situation?
  2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
  3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
  4. Take action on your next steps!

After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

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