(Part 3 of 3)
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
- 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.”