If you want to be successful, you need to understand that it doesn’t happen overnight. Successful people build themselves up brick by brick. Each step towards success is reinforced by good habits that help to put you in a better position. Exercising regularly? That is a great habit that will help give you more energy and keep you feeling happy and mentally rejuvenated. Eating junk food? That is a bad habit that is going to drain your energy and make it harder for you over time. Building successful habits takes time, and you have to be patient and compassionate with yourself as you learn to become a better version of yourself. But once you develop successful habits, you’ll find that it is much easier to reach your goals.
Which Habits Are Associated With Success?
When you think of successful people, which habits do you envision? Successful people usually have positive habits which provide them with more energy, more knowledge, and better connections. These people generally read more books, eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and seek out people who are smarter than they are. Successful people aren’t afraid to ask questions when they don’t know the answer. They often are empathic and understand how to put themselves in the shoes of another person. These are the kinds of positive habits that you want to build on over time.
Which Habits Are Associated With Stagnation?
Certain bad habits are associated with failure and stagnation. Think of someone who hangs out with people who do not challenge them intellectually. Or worse, people who get in trouble with the law. Or maybe someone who procrastinates on a regular basis. These are traits of people who are unreliable and who do not put forth the effort necessary to be successful. The good news is that habits aren’t static. They can change over time.
How Can You Change Your Habits?
Habits get changed through hard work and discipline. Changing your habits is as much of a job as going to a 9-5. You have to stay disciplined and understand that success means repetition until your new habits become second nature. You need to identify where your habits need improvement, and then focus on how you can change. Studies have shown that doing something every day, for about 30 days, can make it into a habit.
Developing successful habits is going to take time. You aren’t going to stop waking up late, procrastinating, or staying on social media too long in one week. You will need to make a lifestyle change and identify which bad habits are holding you back. Then you’ll want to figure out which good habits you have that you need to amplify, and which new habits you want to start. You have to stay disciplined over time and be comfortable with holding yourself accountable when you aren’t getting the job done.
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.
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