1. Setting good daily habits.
Good habits are the foundation of wealth building. The difference between successful and unsuccessful people lies in their daily habits. Simply put, successful people have many good habits and few bad ones. If you understand that your bad habits may be preventing you from becoming wealthy, that realization will be the first step in your improving your circumstances.
In his book, Corley invites you to take out a sheet of paper and list your bad habits in one column and then invert each one to place under a new column for good habits. It should look like this:
Bad Habit/Good Habit
I watch too much TV. I limit myself to one hour of TV per day.
I don’t remember names. I write down names and remember them.
Then for 30 days, follow the guidance of your new good habits list. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish.
2. Regularly creating goals.
Successful people are goal driven. They create goals all the time. They plan their day the night before with to-do lists.
People who are headed for success think for the long term. They have daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. But what’s a goal without a plan to reach them? So not only do successful people have goals, they also come up with ways to achieve them and hold themselves accountable.
3. Engaging in self-improvement daily.
Successful people are always looking for ways to improve themselves. They read every day and are students of their profession. They don’t spend their time on activities that don't bring them closer to their goals.
I recently attended an event hosted by author Brendon Burchard, who said he consistently blocks out time to create. Successful people like Burchard know that time is too valuable a commodity to waste. They spend their time on the things that will move the needle for them in their business: Being committed to self-improvement means you engage in activities every day that will stretch you.
Seek ways to expand your knowledge. This won’t always be easy, but people grow from things that pose a challenge. Once your knowledge grows, opportunities appear.
4. Regularly taking care of personal health.
Each and every day successful people make an effort to eat right and exercise. Eating right is of utmost importance. Exercising daily can become a regular habit, just like taking a bath. People who exercise routinely have more energy to get things done. How are you doing in this area?
5. Often making time for relationship building.
People who are successful are other-people focused. They take time out of their day to strengthen the bonds of friendship and form long-lasting relationships with others. Networking is something they do all the time. They reach out to their contacts and look for ways to help them with no expectation of in return.
The most beautiful sound on Earth, I once heard someone say, is your name. So make it a goal to learn the names of every contact you meet. Aren’t you impressed when someone remembers your name? I know I am. So stand out as different and start remembering names.
6. Doing things in moderation.
You live in a balanced way if you do activities in moderation. This means having a balanced approach to work, eating, exercise, consuming alcohol, watching television, surfing the Internet and so forth. As a result, people will enjoy your company. If people like being around you, then you will be more apt to collaborate or find the new business partner that you need to take your business to the next level.
7. Getting things done.
Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today: Accomplish things. All people have fears, but successful people push past them. They don't procrastinate. They get the important things done, no matter the cost.
In Rich Habits, Corley explains that when the thought of putting off something enters the mind, immediately shed notion by saying, “Do it now.” He says repeat these words 100 times if necessary. Just don’t stop till the task is done.
8. Keeping a positive outlook.
Consider the most successful person you know. Is that person positive or negative? Most likely this individual is positive, enthusiastic, energetic and happy. This person chooses to see the good in others and in himself or herself. To this person, problems are just opportunities waiting to be uncovered.
Every day people are bombarded by news of bad deeds and doings. Successful people minimize their exposure to this type of thing and instead opt to fill their minds with positive ideas from books and magazines.
9. Regularly saving money.
According to Corley, successful individuals put away about 10 percent to 20 percent of their gross earnings in a savings, investment or retirement plan. Not everyone can afford to do so, but what percent are you putting away?
10. Rejecting self-limiting thoughts.
Successful people command their thoughts and emotions. As soon as bad thoughts intrude, they cast out anything that challenges their ability to succeed at the task at hand. They do not dwell on negative notions. Their self-talk is positive and not overly critical. They replace bad thoughts with good ones.
Because successful people engage in self-improvement daily and are constantly involved in positive things, they don’t allow themselves time to indulge in negative emotions.
11. Living within means.
Wealthy people avoid overspending. Among many of those struggling financially, some are living above their means. They spend more than they earn, live from paycheck to paycheck and are drowning in credit-card debt. If this is you, resolve today to turn things around for you and your family.
12. Reading daily.
Many successful people read 30 minutes or more every day. Reading can increase your knowledge and know-how. When you read, often you are seeking to improve yourself. This automatically sets you apart from your counterparts. You will stand out from the competition.
13. Limiting TV watching.
Did you know that many successful people limit the amount their TV time to one hour or less a day? How much time do you lose in front of the television that you could be spending doing something more productive?
14. Doing more than what’s required.
Successful people regularly go above and beyond the call of duty at work. Even if something is not in their job description, they will volunteer to do it. Wealthy people make themselves invaluable. As an entrepreneur, you may not have a boss. But in what ways do you go above and beyond for your clients? How do you wow them?
15. Talking less and listening more.
When you listen, you learn. And as the adage goes, that’s why people have two ears and one mouth. When you take the time to really pay attention to what another person is saying, it can truly help not only you but your bottom line as well. When you listen, you are in a better position to help others.
16. Not giving up.
Don't give up when the going gets tough. Successful people hang in there. They pivot. They try something new. They persist. They may have to change their direction, but they keep moving forward.
17. Spending time with like-minded ones.
There's a saying that goes, “Show me who your friends are and I’ll show you who you are.” I believe that. People are only as successful as those they choose to surround themselves with. Good associations can help you more quickly achieve your goals.
18. Finding a mentor.
Many people who have had a mentor have attributed their success to that person. Mentors can help you achieve your goals faster and keep you accountable. They can share valuable experience that can cut your learning time in half.
19. Knowing your why.
When you know why you're doing something, you will get what you what quicker than if you don’t. Having a purpose is essential to being successful in business and in life. Why do you want to be successful? Why do you really want to be wealthy?
20. Not giving fear the upper hand.
Everyone has fears. Successful people don’t allow their fears to limit or define them. Fear inevitably keeps you in the same position and stunts your growth. Recognize your fears and seek ways to overcome them. Interview someone you admire and ask that person how he or she overcame a fear or pick up an autobiography and take notes.
21. Upgrading skills.
If you want to get ahead, there’s only one way to do it: Become better at something than you are today. What's the one thing you can focus on for the next 30 days that will catapult you to rock-star status in your industry? Focus your attention on that. I heard John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire define "FOCUS" like this: Follow one course until success. Will you?
My alarm is set to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. It’s impossible to not smile when this song plays. This, combined with the other habits below, set the tone for a productive, happy and healthy day.
1. Drink A Glass Of Water As Soon As You Wake UpThis rehydrates your body, revs up your digestive system, and gets things flowing. You may notice positive changes like clearer skin and better digestion. Bonus points if you add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
2. Do Not Check Your Email Or Phone For At Least An HourDo you sleep with your cell phone next to you and grab for it first thing when you wake? This is not a good habit. If you choose to resist the temptation to check your email and Facebook feed until at least an hour after waking up, you'll find that your mind is more clear, focused and happy.
3. Think Of One Thing For Which You Have GratitudeThis sets the stage for positivity throughout the day. If you come up with three or five things, even better.
4. Step Outside And Take A Deep BreathFill your lungs with fresh air. Even if it’s cold outside. This only takes 10 seconds! It reminds you that you are alive and breathing.
5. Move Your BodyYou don’t necessarily have to do an intense workout before breakfast, but moving your body even a little is a great way to get the blood flowing and shake the body into wake-up mode. Simply doing a few stretches is a great option. Or turn on your favorite song and dance like no one is watching.
6. Take Time To Eat A Healthy BreakfastRather than reaching for a box of cereal, focus on getting real foods in your body. Eggs, soaked oats, and smoothies are all great options. (And they really don’t take that much time to prepare.) Try it out.
7. Say Your AffirmationsLook into the mirror and say something positive to yourself. Some ideas:
So are you up for the challenge of incorporating these healthy habits? What about you? What helps you start the day off right?
The difference between successful people and the people who live mediocre lives is the courage to take life by the reins and DO something about it! Dare become the truer version of you.
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Every dream is launched with a swell of excitement. But after bursting from the starting blocks, it doesn’t take long to realize you’re running a marathon and not a sprint. Indeed, it’s a journey of a thousand miles—and you’re feeling every single step.But just as marathon runners pass by water stations to replenish themselves, every ambitious soul needs to be replenished with the spurring truths of living out your dreams.1. If You Want Success, Start Failing. Because failure and losing has the unique ability to uncover your blind spots. Significant improvement comes not from studying your strengths, but your weaknesses.
Michael Jordan said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
It’s called iteration--the act of repeating a process with the aim of progressing toward a desired goal, target, or result. It’s one thing to simply repeat a process, it’s another to do so with progress.
Failure enables iteration.
2. You Can’t Please Everyone.Everyone has an opinion and will give their advice. And they’re not all going to be supportive of your dream. While it’s in our nature to love and be loved; to make friends, not enemies, striving to live your life according to someone else’s blueprint will only create bitterness.
Before David fought Goliath, he was instructed to put on King Saul’s armor. It was so uncomfortable that he could barely walk. Only when he stripped off the armor, and picked up the sling he knew so well, he was able to defeat Goliath.
It would’ve been a different David & Goliath story had he taken on King Saul’s advice.
There’s nothing wrong with seeking counsel and taking on advice, but you’ve got to be able to filter the advice that propels you, from that which derails you. It’s wise to have an inner-circle of people you respect to speak into your life and act as a second filter. But ultimately, you have the clearest and best vantage point for what excites you. The sooner you realize you cannot please everyone, the better.
Bill Cosby said, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
3. Keep Dreaming The power of the human brain and imagination continues to baffle scientists. Visualization exercises are used by elite athletes with incredible results. In a studycomparing pianists, those who simply imagined playing a melody performed almost identically to those who physically practiced. Your imagination—creating a vision, has effects that blur lines with reality.
Writing down your goals and dreams is a practice involving your imagination, and likewise has profound effects.
A fascinating 1979 Harvard study asked students whether they had clear written goals for their future. Only 3% of the group responded positively. Ten years later, that group was interviewed again with astonishing results—that 3% who had clearly written down their goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the 97%.
Practically living out your dreams is fueled through impractically dreaming out your dream. Write your goals down often. And the next time someone calls you a dreamer, that’s a great sign.
4. Quality Will Beat Qualifications. Every Time. You’ll question whether or not you’re qualified to do the work. Inevitably, you’ll run into someone with more degrees, more initials after their name, and you’ll put your tail between your legs.
It’s a good time to think of Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark who never attended college; Anne Beiler, co-founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels who dropped out of high school; and of course, Richard Branson who left school at 16 to start his first entrepreneurial venture.
Don’t mistake what’s valuable, for what’s essential. At the end of the day, if your product or work absolutely rocks, nobody will care what piece of paper hangs on your wall.
That being said, there’s no question over the necessity of education—the issue is between traditional institutions vs self-education. It’s not that these individuals decided to cease education altogether, they simply pursued it through their own efforts.
Their successful product became their framed diploma.
5. Don’t Just Make A Dollar, Make A Difference.Inspirational men and women are renowned because their dream wasn’t simply about making their pockets bigger. Their vision extended beyond self-gratification.
Let’s be real—money is important. It’s a powerful resource that can bring great change. And when ambition turns into success, wealth is sure to follow. What you choose to do with that wealth will reveal much about you. Money can tear down bridges as quickly as it can build them.
Much like the ring Frodo carries, money has an all-consuming power. And if the scope of your dreams are as wide as blinders on a race-horse, your fulfillment will be as narrow. Just take a look at the tragic ending for almost every major lottery winner.
Money without meaning is worthless. Create a grand vision for your success that extends far beyond confines of your own life.
6. It’s Who You Know.Nobody leaves a campfire without smelling like smoke. Subconsciously, we cannot help but take in information from our environment. After prolonged exposure, it manifests in our behavior.
Some of the most profound maxims are so widely used they cannot be attributed to a single person: “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future;” “You’re only as good as the people around you.”
It was Jim Rohn however, who said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with.”
Indeed, we’re deeply impacted by the people we allow into our lives. It’s for that reason “Mastermind” groups are so popular and effective among entrepreneurs.
It’s a good time to take inventory of the people closest to you. Are they lifting you up or bringing you down?
7. Ain’t No Valley Low Enough.Your dream isn’t going to be presented on a silver platter. There’s yet to be an accomplished person quoted as saying their success was without struggle.
One of the most celebrated authors of our time, JK Rowling, chased her dream from the age of five. But before the Harry Potter series became an ‘Everest’ in the literary world, Rowling spent many years deep in the valley. After losing her mother, and enduring a failing marriage whilst raising a daughter, Rowling reflects, “I was as poor as you can get without being homeless.”
Of course, depression and turmoil aren’t prerequisites for success, but sacrificing your comfort zone is. And by definition, that isn’t a pleasurable experience. Transitioning from your present reality, toward that future dream, is much like moving into your dream house—packing and sorting through junk isn’t easy, but necessary.
But just like the paradox of giving and receiving, there is sacrifice and reward.
Endure, persist, and you will surely celebrate.
Dean A. Sweeney
I aspire to to attain my true nature: pure, unadulterated freedom, joy and bliss. This I will achieve by inspiring others to see not who they are, but who they can be...
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