five habits of successful people

There is so much written on what makes someone successful.  Whether it’s their mindset, their daily habits or their morning rituals.  In fact, if you google five habits of successful people you will get hundreds of different lists of what those five habits are.

When you read the many lists, and filter them down, they basically boil down to the following five habits:

  1. Goal oriented
  2. Take massive action
  3. Set standards
  4. Flexible
  5. Learning machines
1. Goal oriented:

One of the first habits of successful people is they start with the end in mind.

Success means different things for different people.  In order to be ‘successful’ you need to know what success means for you and the way to do this is to start with the end in mind (your goal).

Once you know what your goal is, you can then determine what steps you need to take, daily, to get there.  If you don’t know what your end goal is, how do you know you are spending your precious time on the right things?

This applies to all facets of life:

Your health and fitness – what is your end goal and what do you need to do to achieve that?

Your relationships – what do you want your relationships to be like and what do you need to do for them to be like that?

Your career – what is your career goal and what steps do you need to take to bring that to life?

Your finances – what are your financial goals and what do you need to do differently to reach those goals?

Those that are successful set high goals that are both realistic and measurable.  Once they have those goals, they plan and prioritise, consistently, and work on their goals every day.

2. Take massive action:

The truth of the matter is that nothing happens until you take action.  One of the key habits of successful people is their ability to not only take action but to take massive action.

To be successful you need to overcome procrastination (read how here), push aside your fears and launch 100% toward the achievement of your most important goals.

You need to work on the things that will have the biggest impact on achieving your goal, no matter how hard they are or how much they take you out of your comfort zone.

You need to be honest with yourself here and ask yourself, is the action I’m taking really leading me towards my goal or is there something else that would be more effective?

Ask yourself, what’s the one thing I can to do today, that will have the biggest impact on me reaching my goal, and do that thing.

3. Set standards:

Standards are things in our life that are non-negotiable.  Brushing my teeth every morning is a standard.

To achieve different results in your life, to what you have now, you will need to do things differently.  Set standards around those things so that they become non-negotiable.

If your goal is health and fitness focused?  If so, what standards do you need to set around the number of times you exercise each week.  Is it three times a week?  If so, don’t say you ‘want to’ exercise three times each week.  Set it as standard and say ‘I will’ exercise three times each week.  Then hold yourself accountable to this standard.  Make it a non-negotiable.

Are your goals financial? What standards do you need to set to hit your financial goals?  Is it saving $x per week?  Is it taking your lunch to work instead of buying it?  What ever it is, set is as a standard and stick to it, no matter what.

Change your mindset so that the actions you need to take towards your goals are not only actions, they are standards.  Standards, maintained consistently, will result in change.

4. Flexible:

The fourth habit of successful people is their ability to be flexible in their plans and approach.

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how well you plan something, roadblocks, obstacles and crisis can still happen.

To be successful, you need to be flexible as you work towards your goal.  If something doesn’t work as planned, or you get feedback that isn’t quite what you expected, don’t let it derail you.

Instead, learn from it.  What do you need to do differently to still achieve your goals?  Yes, it may look different to what you initially planned, but, if you are flexible and take another approach you’ll still get there.  It may take longer, it may look a little different in the end, but, if you let the feedback or roadblock stop you, you’ll never get there at all.

5. Learning machines:

Being committed to continuous learning is another habit of successful people. Continuous learning opens up opportunities for success in all aspects of a person’s life.

There are no excuses not to learn.  It’s never been easier for anyone to learn with everything literally at the click of a button.

Therefore, make the effort to learn something new every day, whether that be from a book, a podcast, a web article or just by asking questions or paying attention to conversations you are in.

One of the easiest ways to learn, effortlessly and each day, is to remove ‘I know’ from your vocabulary.  During your day to day conversations, be open to learning from others.  The minute you say “I know” to someone or something, you cut yourself off from learning anything else about that topic or that person.  Instead, be curious and rather than say ‘I know’ ask a question or say ‘tell me more’.

Which of these habits can you work on? The more you can embody them in your life, the more you will see success-what ever that looks like for you.

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