What does it take to become a highly successful person? Is it the ability to convince investors to place their faith and money into a product?
Is it the ability to create a work of art or musical piece on which millions of people are willing to spend their hard-earned money? Is it the ability to invent products that change lives? Clearly these are things that are examples of talents that successful people might have, but what if the true path to success is tied more directly to daily habits than anything else. As it turns out, this may really be the case.
Here are ten daily activities that can lead to a successful life:
1. Write something meaningful
Folks often complain that they lose great ideas simply because they don’t have a way to write them down when they become inspired. As it turns out, this is actually true. Many successful people have credited their success to an idea that they were able to jot down. It’s no wonder that successful people often carry a pad and paper with them. Is the effort wasted if a day goes by without inspiration of a new idea? Absolutely not! The daily writings of accomplished people also include affirmations, reasons for gratitude, or simply reflections about the day.
2. They make every moment at the office count
Successful people know how to maximize their productivity while they are on the job. They don’t waste time on personal matters, social networking, and communications that aren’t directly related to their business.
3. They communicate with others
A successful person wants feedback from the people around them. They don’t hide from communication, even if it is not always easy to receive or flattering. Successful people know that they must listen to their colleagues, underlings, family, and mentors. They also know that they should listen to their detractors as that can be a great path to improvement.
4. They prioritize their own well being
Successful people don’t view their physical and mental well-being as something that can be minimized or put off to a later date. They realize that their health and wellbeing are priorities. To accomplish this, they engage in daily physical activity. They take breaks to de-stress and decompress. They make an effort to get a few hours of restful and restorative sleep every evening. Finally, successful people also take time every day to engage in a hobby or activity that brings them joy.
5. They set daily goals
People who go through their days without a purpose are often very busy, yet they accomplish very little. Successful people write down a list of goals for each day, and then they make accomplishing those goals a priority for the day. If they do not accomplish every goal at the end of the day, they commit to continue working towards that goal the next day. This gives them a sense of accomplishment about their day, and something to look forward to the next.
6. They delegate
Successful people understand that their time is best spent in activities where they can use their skills and talents. When they are faced with tasks that are outside of their skill set, they delegate those tasks to others whose skill sets match the job at hand. By taking this approach, they make sure that their time is spent in the most productive way possible, and that those who work with them are also as productive as they possibly can be.
7. They learn something
A successful person is infinitely curious. To them, the idea of going a day without learning something new is appalling. A successful person spends some time each day dedicated to learning.
This can include:
- Reading for education – Such as industry related material, biographies, news articles, or technical journals
- Receiving advice and insight from a mentor
- Taking a class
- Attending workshops and other educational events
The point is that they value knowledge and education and make a daily effort to learn new things.
8. They spend time with the people they love
One of the key characteristics of a successful person is the willingness to prioritize what is important to them, and to make time for that. A successful person values their friends and family, and they carve out time each day to spend with them. They know that taking this time makes their loved ones know that they are a priority. They also know that they receive a positive boost from this time as well.
9. They meditate
Whether they choose to incorporate meditation into their morning routines or their evening routines, many successful people meditate daily. This relaxing, centering, and mind clearing exercise is a great way to prepare oneself for the day ahead, or to prepare for a restful night of sleep.
10. They work towards new accomplishments
A successful person doesn’t just spend time enjoying the trappings of their current accomplishments. They have a list of personal and professional accomplishments that they wish to accomplish, and they dedicate time every day, working on achieving those goals.