7 Success Habits Made Simple

(Part 3 of 3)

Success Habits
Here’s what Stefan and I wrote together on success habits when we combined the tips that we thought would be most helpful for you.

In Part One of this 3-part series August 31st I posted, “What Can You Say About Your Success Habits”, I mentioned 7 routines from my own personal list of Success Habits.

That list was:

  • Get Up Earlier
  • Have a Morning Routine
  • Exercise
  • Read
  • Visualize
  • Write it Down
  • Set time limits

I actually have more success habits than what I posted in Part 1; but the main 7 are what I wanted to emphasize for you.

PART 2,Where Did You Get That Habit?” was posted 9/28/16 expands on those habits to give you more explanation and tips on how they can be helpful for you. I asked a colleague of mine Steffen Becker to collaborate on these blogs with me. Steffen is a success habits coach.  Steffen lives in Dresden, Germany and we have worked together on this and a few other projects.

Here’s what Stefan and I wrote together on habits when we combined the tips that we thought would be most helpful for you.

 7 Success Habits

Get Up Earlier

Sometimes the people our point of view, this is unnecessary.  Everybody have the same time, the same 24 hours a day, and the same seven days a week. The way we handle that time is the difference. What will it mean to you, if you would get up just half an hour earlier?  Think how much more you could do with 30 more minutes a day. This means over 180 hours a year, which is more than a month of work. Just reading about how much we accomplish in 30 minutes a day, makes us feel better!

Have a Morning Routine

Now that you’re up earlier, what you do with that time has to count.  Make it to your benefit.  It sets the tone for the rest of the day, including the frame of mind you create for yourself and the outlook by which you’ll handle the day’s work and events.  Though work colleagues Steffen and Stephanie are on two different continents, they found they start their days the same way:  head to the kitchen for a big glass of water. With good hydration, they’re ready to go.

That’s where the rest of the routine comes in.  Continue reading for more.


It isn’t news to anybody that regular exercise is extremely important to physical and mental health.  A person who regularly exercises feels more alert more ready for the day, and ready for everything that happens during the day. We’ve all heard the Nike® slogan “Just do it”. That is so true. Even if you start by walking once around the block every day for a week, then next week you can add twice around the block and the next week 3 times around the block. Whatever it is; just start with something. You will find that you can’t imagine your life without exercise. People who begin a regular exercise routine find that everything else comes to them more easily; they’re happier, they feel better about themselves, and somehow they just seem to attract more business. It’s the most wonderful phenomenon you can have in your life. So just start somewhere – but start.


Years ago friend of Stephanie’s said, “When you stop learning you start going backwards”. That’s something that Stephanie never forgot. There are so many amazing business books out there. There are shelves and shelves of self-help books, there are books on meditation, there are books on how to speak more easily in public. There are books on every subject imaginable. How can you stop feeding your brain?

(If you’re interested in a list of Stephanie’s favorite business books and business authors feel free to send her an e-mail she’d love to share with you her favorite books.)


Visualizing makes things happen. For example, if you’re about to give a presentation sit quietly and just imagine yourself on that stage looking at the faces of the audience.  Imagine yourself connecting with each person and making contact eye contact with different people around the room, letting your eyes hold one another’s for at least two seconds before you look to another person. Visualize yourself relaying the message that you want to get across. Visualize what you want them to think and feel as a result of your presentation. It will happen almost exactly the way you visualize it.

Visualize the income that you want to make by the end of the next year visualize it coming to you visualize it happening and it will.  When you visualize success and visualize attracting business, attracting customers, and attracting good relationships they happen because that’s what you draw to you. Similar to exercise it’s something that you have to work at every single day. For many people it’s a change in the way they think.  And it becomes a new habit.

Write it Down

Some people have an aversion to writing. That’s a curious thing as it seems that just because we’re in the digital age people can no longer write.  Yet there is something amazingly therapeutic about taking a pen to a piece of paper and just writing for 20 to 30 minutes without stopping. You will be amazed at how your thoughts begin to flow.

If that’s not your style you can always type. But know that “writing it down” makes things happen.  Write your goals; what exactly do you want to achieve by the end of next year?  Clarify it in writing if you are currently earning, for example, $60,000 a year and your goal is $100,000 write it down.  If your sales are half a million and your goal is to make them 100 million you have to write it.  There’s a saying, “A goal that is not written down is only a wish”. We believe that writing things down even – if it’s brief, makes things clearer, more concise and more easily achieved.

Even if you start with just a few minutes a day writing becomes one of the most powerful and success have one of the most powerful success habits you can have.

Set time limits

L’Oréal® commercials made the phrase, “Because I’m worth it” famous, recognizable, and on the tip of everyone’s tongue.  Here, we suggest setting time limits because we encourage the ability to accomplish each of the success habits we discussed above.  Each habit requires no more than 10 to 30 minutes a day.  To make them happen, set time limits with yourself.  Like scheduling meetings with yourself.  Because you’re worth it.

As Steffen puts it, we have to change our habits to create a better environment for ourselves.

And a final thought from Stephanie: If you want something in your life to change; you have to change how you live your life.

Samuel Smiles put it best:

“Sow a thought, and you reap an act;

Sow an act, and you reap a habit;

Sow a habit, and you reap a character;

Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”



How Mastermind Groups Help You Solve Business Problems

How Mastermind Groups Help You Solve Business Problems

As you climb the corporate ladder, you’re also climbing a triangle to the peak. The higher up you get, the fewer people there are at the top. When things are running smoothly, all is well. Things just tick along as they normally do. But how about when you run into a problem? Then there are fewer people to share ideas with. That’s how Mastermind Groups help you solve business problems

It gets even stickier when you are self-employed – you have no corporate headquarters to rely on for advice, and you have no peers in senior management to bounce ideas off of and to ask advice from.

Welcome to the world of High Stakes positions. Sometimes, it may feel like you are operating in isolation. But it doesn’t have to feel that way.

When you’re at the top, joining a Mastermind Group is recommended. When you’re part of a group, you’re instantly surrounded by peers who think big and act on their ideas, just like you. Let’s face it – when you’re at the top, it can be lonely. You’re working with people on the ground level – and while those people are useful cogs that are part of the machine and are needed to get the job done, they won’t help you to get ahead. They won’t give you ideas or solutions to the business problems your company is facing. They are looking to get ahead for themselves, to earn a paycheck, and to survive from day to day.

Realistically speaking, you are operating on a whole other level. In order to grow, you need to surround yourself with people who are smarter and more successful than you – that’s what will help you get ahead. They are vested in helping you to solve business problems.  Why?  Three reasons; 1. Because that’s one of the cornerstone reasons High Stakes was founded on, 2. When you succeed all members succeed, and 3. Your Mastermind partners know that you will do the same for them.  Win, win, win.

The question to ask yourself is, “Am I committed to my own goal achievement?”  If the answer is yes, read on.

High Stakes Mastermind Groups are made up of some of the smartest, strongest, and best thinkers and leaders in your industries. These people will help you to achieve your specific goals, come up with thoughtful, useful and timely information, teach you best practices and lead you to success. Ultimately, the members of these groups will add value to your life, and to the lives and careers of our group members.

These people didn’t get to be tops in their executive roles for no reason. They have much to contribute. Imagine if you had them act as each other’s allies, colleagues and collaborators? These people will give you ideas for solving problems in your business, energize you and give you the momentum to reach your goals, whatever they are. They will improve your communications skills, introduce you to other people and to new ideas and methods you can apply to your company.

If you consider yourself to be a High Stakes thinker, surround yourself with like people. After all, you become who you associate with. And it’s these people who will understand your issues, support you, provide you with ideas for solutions, help you with brainstorming, and challenge you to become a better version of yourself.


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