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10 Really Powerful Habits of The Highly Successful

10 Really Powerful Habits of The Highly Successful

The highly successful have a lot in common. The habits that they keep are some of the most significant factors in their massive success. Want to know what some of those habits are? Look no further! Here are the traits CEOs and industry leaders and all-star creators have ingrained in their days to become highly successful.

1. They Exercise

Charles Soule, a super-prolific writer of comic books and a partner at a law firm, wrote that he solves most of his story problems while going on runs. It’s amazing how simple exercise can open you up to new ideas and huge potential. Follow Soule’s example by getting physically active to solve more problems and reach new levels of success.

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2. They Eat Well

Highly successful people do so well because they have the right fuel powering their bodies. For example, Richard Branson has a ritual of eating a fruit salad and muesli, a granola-like dish with high fiber, and he does pretty well! Learn about other highly successful people’s eating habits in this Business Insider article.

3. They Keep Their Brains Busy

Steve Jobs of Apple fame did a few things better than almost anyone else. One of them was always keeping his mind working. The wheels were constantly turning in his head, giving him the opportunity to come up with the many revolutionary ideas he did in his lifetime. Keep your mind busy to have similar success.

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4. They Position Themselves As Experts In Their Fields

A ‘thought leader’ is defined as an individual or firm recognized as an authority in a specialized field  whose expertise is often sought out and rewarded. The highly successful Michael Hyatt is a perfect example of a thought leader because of the posts he writes about getting the most out of the digital notebook Evernote. Follow his example by making a habit of demonstrating your knowledge about subjects you’re adept in.

5. They Think Long Term

The highly successful know that the present inevitably passes. Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com has run his business for years based on that fact. Amazon sells a lot of products cheaper than any of its competitors because that will attract more buyers and extremely loyal customers. Learn to follow a similarly forward-thinking model in your daily life.

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6. They Spend Their Time Doing What They Love

Billionaire entrepreneur and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban worked with computers because that’s where his passion lied. In his own words, “”More importantly no, most importantly I realized that I loved working with PCs. I had never done it before. I didn’t know if this was going to be a job that worked for me, or that I would even like and it turns out I was lucky. I loved what I was doing.” Do something you love and maybe you’ll be rewarded for it.

7. They Keep Their Heads Out Of The Clouds

While it’s good to have big dreams, it’s a bad idea to dwell on them. Another Shark, Kevin O’Leary, recommends setting goals you really believe you can achieve. If you set your heights too high, you’ll never get off the ground.

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9. They Maintain Healthy Relationships

Good relationships have the power to help us get through the bad times and make the good times great. To cite a dramatic example, the tight-knit yet wide-reaching relationship Oprah Winfrey has with her audience is awe-inspiring. I’d say she’s highly successful, wouldn’t you? Follow her lead by making sure the relationships in your life are in good places.

8. They Find Out What Works For Them

There’s a lot of research that shows that the daylight is good for you and that mornings are when you’re most productive. However, those statistics don’t hold true for 100% of the population. Brian Michael Bendis, scriptwriter and member of the Marvel Studios braintrust, writes through the night when his kids are asleep, then sleeps while they’re at school. There’s probably no one as prolific and few as highly successful in his field as Bendis. He writes for comics, animated shows, movies and a television show based on his series Powers is going to be the first drama from the PlayStation Network. Mirror his success by not sticking straight to what studies tell you and do what’s best for you.

10. They’re Habitual

Everyone can benefit from more positive habits in their lives, so more important than any one habit on this list is that you become skilled at developing them. Bill Gates reads before bed every night not just because he’s determined to be mentally fit. He does it largely because that’s the habit he’s gotten into because he turned it into a ritual that’s easier to follow then ignore. Get yourself into a zone where you can make habits become second nature to you so that you will become as successful as the people on this list! Good luck.

Featured photo credit: Ontario Chamber of Commerce via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems.

In this article, you will learn why it isn’t easy to build new habits, and how to change habits.

What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

The Biology

Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

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Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

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Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

The Psychology

Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

1. Identify Your Habits

As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

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2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

3. Apply Logic

You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

4. Choose an Alternative

As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

5. Remove Triggers

Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

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6. Visualize Change

Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

Final Thoughts

Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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