How to Develop the Habits of Successful People

habits of successful people

Do you want to develop habits of successful people?

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”Pablo Picasso

Have you had great ideas that have never come to fruition? Maybe you had a great idea for an invention, book, or unique business proposal, but for whatever reason you never got around to it?

That’s the reason most people don’t accomplish great things, they don’t consistently take the action needed to make their great idea a reality. For example, you might have the inspiration to lose 20 pounds so you can look and feel great. But for some reason or another you never get started on your exercise routine and your life remains the same.

You might be too busy or just too tired after a long day’s work. Life just seems to get in the way. Everyone has excuses for not taking action, don’t they?

Those people who put see their great ideas come to live follow the habits of successful people to get them up and taking action. Here are some simple tips you can use to get you tackling those great goals you have:

  1. Put it in your calendar

Do you keep the times for important meetings in you head? Of course not! You put all your important meetings in your calendar where you’ll be reminded to be there.

The same thing goes for your great goals. In order for them to be important in your mind you need to create space in your day for them. Whatever your goal is figure out how much time it’s going to take to accomplish and schedule that into your day.

  • For example, if you’re planning to run a marathon, schedule an hour, 4 days a week to train for it and put one 2-3 hour block once a week. To make running a marathon a reality you need to make it part of your routine.
  1. Start small

Don’t try to do too much too fast, take baby steps. If you haven’t done something before instead of scheduling an hour for the activity schedule it for 15 minutes and then add 5 minutes each week.

  • Going back to the example of running a marathon, if you haven’t been running, start by running for 15 minutes 3 times a week and then extend the time by five minutes for the next few weeks while your body gets used to running again.
  1. Hold yourself accountable

There are always going to be those days where you just don’t want to do what you’ve promised yourself you would. On those inevitable days when you don’t feel like taking action, instead of letting yourself off the hook, take a moment and think about all the reasons you are working on your new endeavor, and then get back to the task at hand

  • For example, back to running the marathon, when you start hearing yourself give excuses, think about why you decided to begin running in the first place and then put on your running shorts and get to it!
  1. Develop positive triggers

We all have triggers that cause us to run certain routines. For example, when you see yourself in the bathroom mirror in the morning you may be triggered to brush your teeth.

Do the same thing for your new habit. Generate triggers until you develop a habit. While you may have the best of intentions it’s easy to forget something every once in a while. If you miss enough days it’s easy to lose your momentum.

  • Develop triggers to remind you of your new habit. Set your alarm on your phone, put a rubber band on your wrist, or put a sign in your car. Use anything that will trigger you to think about your new behavior that causes you to take action.
  1. Figure out your negative triggers

What triggers pull you off course? Is it Facebook, the shopping channel or some video game?  Once you figure out what your negative triggers are then make every effort to avoid them.

  • Find ways you to deal with these types of distractions.
  1. Measure how you are doing

A great saying is “What gets measured gets done.”  When you measure your progress you’re likely to stay on track.

  • By measuring how you are doing you are motivating yourself to stay the course.
  1. Be outcome focused

It’s hard to get motivated when you are up to your eyebrows in difficulties and problems. When you start thinking about how cold it is you might find it hard to get out the door and start your run. But if you focus on the feeling of finishing the marathon, getting out the door and starting your daily run is a lot easier.

  • Create an image of you reaching your goal. Then when the going gets tough, you can call on it to provide you with the motivation you need.
  1. Conditions will never be perfect

If you would wait until all the traffic lights are green before starting off to work, unless there are only 2 lights between you and work you’ll never get to work. Conditions are never going to be perfect. The best thing is to get started now.

  • Like the old saying goes “The best time to plant a tree was last year. The second best time is right now.”

Action is one of the best habits of successful people

Successful people don’t spend a lot of time learning, planning, and thinking. One of the habits of successful people is after coming up with a decent plan is they work their plan with enthusiasm.

Learning to take action is one of the most valuable skills you can develop and one of the best habits of successful people. Stop thinking – start doing!


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