3 Habits of Highly Successful People

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By: Gabi Bilbo, Social Media Consultant at Braven

 

What makes a person successful? Is it discipline? Is it luck? What about finesse? These all definitely help, but being successful requires more than good fortune. It involves cultivating certain habits and sticking to them. Do you have the 3 habits of highly successful people?

 

Routine, routine, routine

Whether you work a 9 to 5, take classes full time, or balance different freelance jobs, a routine can provide structure and improve efficiency. I, personally, enjoy mixing things up and just going with the flow some days. But, having a routine keeps me organized and drastically improves my productivity.

Following a daily routine lets you know exactly what tasks to complete that day and reduces the amount of decision making you need to do. Successful people understand that time is precious and sometimes hard to come by — having a routine in place can free up time that would otherwise be spent planning.

Routines help us create structure in our lives by giving our brains a logical sequence to follow. This familiarizes us with our tasks and makes us more comfortable completing them (because we expect them!).

When we have routines, we get better at daily tasks and build good habits because we’re doing them on a regular basis. This helps with prioritization and reduces procrastination. I can speak from experience — I currently have two jobs and am taking classes toward multiple certificates. It sounds impossible (and crazy, I know), but it’s manageable because I’ve been following a routine that has helped me improve my time management skills and reduce my procrastination. By having structure and a regular routine in place, I’m able to balance my jobs while pursuing professional development.

5 Reasons to Keep a Consistent Schedule

 

Continuous improvement

Successful people constantly look for ways to grow and improve, whether it’s in work, relationships, or at home. Continuous improvement comes in many forms — maybe it’s taking a class at your local community college to refresh your business skills; maybe it’s seeking feedback from your boss on your performance; or maybe it’s asking the right questions.

Seeking continuous improvement doesn’t mean you’re constantly “hustling” and working 80+ hours a week, though. It can easily be confused with working long hours, but it really just means that you are trying to be better every day.

Your journey to growing and developing could merely be keeping up with the latest trends in your industry or becoming more knowledgeable about your field. It could be as bold as getting your MBA. It could also be as simple as reading a book or watching a video on Lynda.com.

Remember that continuous improvement comes in many forms. People who are truly successful seek opportunities to learn and gain new skills, but they also understand the importance of taking a step back to recharge when they need it.

The 5-Hour Rule Used by Bill Gates, Jack Ma, and Elon Musk

 

Mindfulness

Just like exercise is good for the body, mindfulness is good for the brain. Practicing mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety, sharpen our focus, and increase positive thoughts. Successful people recognize this and understand that every day is an opportunity to be mindful.

Mindfulness doesn’t require you to visit a shrine — it can be done anywhere at any time. Take a walk outside. Practice your breathing. Take a nap. Meditate. Find little pockets of time in the day to reflect and find solitude.

Life can get really busy, really fast. Know your limit and take a step back when you need to. To be successful, we must learn that in order to be our best, we need to take care of ourselves and push “pause” when we need it.

Five Simple Mindfulness Practices for People Who Hate to Meditate

 

The bottom line is that most people have habits — good and not-so-good. Cultivating these three positive habits (routine, selfimprovement, and mindfulness) don’t require a major life overhaul — just small tweaks to your everyday life.