There are many factors that influence a person’s trip along the road to success. Some of them simply can’t be controlled. Fortunately, some can be, and those are the ones that you need to concentrate on if you want to be successful at whatever venture you pursue. One success factor that you can control is developing daily habits that allow you to make the most of your limited time and resources. Here are five daily habits that successful people have.
They Hunt Worms
To be a successful worm hunter, you have to beat your competitors to the hunting grounds by getting up early. One reason early risers are able to get so much done is because so many people hate getting up early. This means fewer distractions. Once you develop this habit and get into the groove of waking early, you’ll find that this time quickly becomes your most productive part of the day.
Plan to Work and Work the Plan
If you find yourself wandering through the day switching from task to task, you’ll end up doing a lot, but accomplishing little. Successful people start the night before by outlining a plan for the next day’s tasks. Upon waking, they review the plan and are off and running. Pick one important task to complete each day. If you can do more, that’s great, but it’s better to completely finish one important job a day than it is to dabble in a dozen.
There’s No “I” in Team, but There’s an “I” in Win
It’s easy to get so caught up in your work that you forget about the most important asset you have: yourself. Successful people are fanatical about self improvement in all its forms. Exercise, education, mental health, and relationships are all investments in yourself that will improve your ability to focus on and complete your work successfully. An hour of exercise, followed by fifteen minutes to cool down and re-focus, can feel like a full night’s sleep. Make sure you do not develop tunnel vision; learn something new every day. If this approach is good enough for a successful person like Bill Gates, it must be important.
Think Like A Child
While a child’s brain might be more elastic and conducive to learning new things, their biggest advantage is not being afraid to ask questions when they don’t know something. Always take advantage of other people’s knowledge by quizzing them incessantly. Ask your coworkers questions, ask your superiors questions, ask your employees questions, ask people on the subway questions, ask the person at Subway questions. Asking questions is the quickest way to gather information and learn something new, and it also shows people that you do not think you know it all.
Race to the Future by Living in the Present
Successful people know that things will go wrong. In fact, they will likely go wrong a lot more often than they go right. Resilience, a key component of success, requires the ability to keep moving forward despite setbacks or even disasters. Acknowledge the mistake, analyze the mistake, learn what you can from the mistake, and then, à la Frozen, let it go.
Success requires focus, and the best way to stay focused is by developing useful habits. Regardless of your field or specific situation, the five habits described above form the basis of a successful person’s way of life. Start right now by doing a self-assessment to see where you stand with these habits. If you find yourself lacking in any of these five areas, develop a plan to implement them into your life ASAP.