7 Habits of Highly Successful People
What’s the key to turning your vision into a reality? What's the difference between people who achieve their dreams and people who don’t? Consistency.
It’s not a coincidence that the most successful people in the world are the most consistent. They have incredible self-discipline and habits that bring them closer to achieving their vision.
Change starts within, and if your goals don’t align with your beliefs, you won’t have the motivation to follow through. And the only way to change your beliefs is to change your mindset.
This is where consistency comes in. Through repetition, positive habits become ingrained in your mind. Here are habits from some of the most successful people in the world:
- Tony Robbins: Take cold showers in the morning
“I do it because there is nothing that can change everything in your system like a radical change in temperature. Every organ, every nerve in your body is on fire.”
While jumping into a pool that’s 57 degrees Fahrenheit may sound a bit crazy, it’s a habit that Toby Robbins swears by. Cold showers have proven health benefits, and he’s a testament to the positive and long-lasting changes.
- Oprah Winfrey: Practice gratitude
“Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.”
While some people are naturally grateful for the simple things in life, many of us need a reminder. The more you can cultivate a sense of appreciation, the better you will be able to handle life’s challenges and setbacks.
- Bill Gates: Read daily
“Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.”
Bill Gates credits his success to his reading habit. Every book you read provides valuable insights that not only make you smarter, but give you a broader perspective on the world.
Readers are naturally curious and have a learning mentality. Curiosity is the birthplace of innovation and creativity, so if you want to unlock your inner genius, follow Bill Gates’ lead and start getting curious!
- Deepak Chopra: Meditation
“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there - buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.”
Before his head leaves the pillow, Deepak Chopra meditates to get focused and bring his mind and body into balance. He believes meditation is the most effective way to start your day on a positive note.
- Steve Jobs: Set an intention
“If today was the was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?”
Every day Steve Jobs ask himself this question. He sets an intention for how he wants his day to go. An intention makes you more aware of who you are and what you want. It forces you to look at your beliefs. Positive beliefs lead to positive behaviors and positive outcomes.
For example, if you say to yourself “I can’t get a promotion” then you are letting fear lead the way. Even though this is happening unconsciously, your brain will find ways to reinforce that negative belief.
Try changing it to: “I work hard and I earned this.” Surround yourself with people who motivate you and experiences that will strengthen this belief. Over time, this new positive way of thinking will replace the negative, and your behavior will reflect it.
- Mark Zuckerbeg: Exercise
“Doing anything well requires energy, and you just have a lot more energy when you're fit.”
Zuckerberg makes staying in shape a priority, working out at least three times each week. Exercise tends to have a positive ripple effect on other areas of your life.
In fact, studies show people who exercise often are more productive and happier overall. Keep in mind that exercise can take many forms – even something as simple as 15 minutes of yoga in the morning can make a major difference in your health and well-being.
- Gretchen Rubin: Disconnect from your devices
“Turn off your email; turn off your phone; disconnect from the Internet; figure out a way to set limits so you can concentrate when you need to, and disengage when you need to. Technology is a good servant, but a bad master.”
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Be honest. It’s probably check your phone and scroll through your email and social media.
Gretchen Rubin believes that we need to disconnect in order to reconnect – reconnect to ourselves and reconnect to others. One of the best ways to calm your mind and get centered is to turn your phone off. You’ll return refreshed and recharged.
Do you practice any habits that aren’t on this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you!