The level of success you achieve in your life is largely a result of the things you do without thinking–your habits. So what exactly are the daily habits of successful people who seem to always make the most of their days?
From the moment they wake up until they climb into bed, they operate for efficiency. And because of that, they succeed along many different dimensions of life—their friendships, their physical and mental health, their families, and their jobs (which they are not only good at but also enjoy).
These habits can make any of us more successful if we use them every day. Give them a try and see where they take you.
1. Morning Ritual
They all start their day at the crack of dawn, gaining a leg up on the competition. Studies prove that willpower is the strongest in the morning before exhaustion and other priorities get in your way.
They get up early, start their day with lemon water instead of coffee, get a morning workout, practice stillness or reflect, and enjoy a healthy breakfast before heading out to meet the day.
Adopt a morning ritual and you will start to see BIG results.
2. They’re Calm and Composed
Highly successful people are persistently calm and composed because they constantly monitor their emotions, they understand them, and they use this knowledge in the moment to react to challenging situations with self-control.
90% of them are skilled at managing their emotions in order to stay focused, calm, and productive. These super successful folks have high emotional intelligence (EQ), a quality that’s critical to achieving your dreams.
3. They Read a Lot
Highly successful people know more than others do because they’re constantly working to increase their self-awareness. They vow constant growth. Whenever they have a spare moment, they fill it with self-education, and they do it because it’s their passion.
If you want to up your intelligence levels in all aspects of life — whether it be vocab, general knowledge, or even creativity — picking up a book is the simplest, most effective way to stimulate your brain.
4. They Take Their Health Very Seriously
When asked for his best productivity tip, Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Group, which is comprised of over 200 companies) simply responded “I work out.” He estimated that keeping fit adds about four hours to his daily productivity.
Working out regularly and maintaining a healthy diet are not only great for your physical health with benefits like weight loss, combating disease and illness, and promoting better sleep, but they are proven to boost energy levels which works wonders for your career.
5. They Choose Their Friends Wisely
The successful surround themselves with positive, like-minded people. They understand that there is nothing more expensive than a negative thought.
They also know that if you surround yourself with 10 successful, high performance people, you will likely become the eleventh.
6. They’re Logical and Deliberate
Highly successful people reach decisions by thinking things out, seeking advice from others, and sleeping on it. They know that (as studies show) impulsively relying too much on gut-instinct is ineffective and misleading.
Being able to slow down and logically think things through makes all the difference.
7. They Use Positive Body Language
Using an enthusiastic tone, uncrossing your arms, maintaining eye contact, and leaning towards the person who’s speaking are all forms of positive body language that highly successful people use to draw others in.
First impressions are tied intimately to positive body language. A strong posture, a firm handshake, a smile, and open shoulders help ensure that your first impression is a good one.
8. They Focus on Their Strengths
The most successful people in the world maximize their potential by focusing on their strong points, and strengthening them.
This way, they use what they have been given in an effective and efficient way, to get the most out of what they have.
9. Weekend Habits
What do most successful people do on their weekends? It’s the same thing that they do every other day.
Their weekends involve getting up early, staying active, having a plan and prioritizing what’s important, making time for hobbies, practicing stillness, reflecting back on the week, giving back and getting ready for the next week.
Success is a 24/7 lifestyle choice — weekends included!
10. They’re Grateful and Appreciative
Truly exceptional people are able to achieve so much because they know the importance of slowing down and appreciating everything they already have. They know that it took a lot of ambition, passion, and hard work to get where they are in life. They also know that their mentors, colleagues, families, and friends all played a huge role in their success.
Instead of basking in the glory of achievement, super successful people recognize others for the wonderful things they’ve done for them. They know that a huge amount of their positivity, grit, and motivation comes from their ability to stay grounded and appreciate the opportunities that life has given them thus far.