11 Habits Highly Successful People Have

Want to know what makes some people more successful than others? They practice the same habits every single day. These are the habits highly successful people have.

Not All Habits Are Bad

When you hear the word habit you tend to think of something bad, such as drinking too much alcohol or eating junk food. But there are good habits too and you should be making sure to include some in your daily life.

Read through the list below and see what good habits you can start doing today.

Stick With It

Once you’ve decided which of these good habits you’re going to implement you need to keep doing them until they become a habit. Research from the University of London shows that it takes 66 days for something to become a habit. So for 66 days you’ve got to ensure that you do the same thing every day. Then you’ll have the same habit highly successful people have.

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11 Habits Highly Successful People Have

1. They Practise Gratitude

Everyone should do this, regardless of whether you want to be highly successful or not. Taking time each day to write down 3 things you are grateful for will make you find joy in your life that you didn’t know was there.

You will focus on the good parts of your day and you will say thank you for it. Even if it is as basic as your cup of coffee in the morning. Once you start being grateful for what you have you will find yourself focusing more on the good stuff and less on the bad.

2. Morning Routine

Every time I read about the habits highly successful people have, they all say that the same thing. They have a morning routine and they stick to it.

By starting the day the same way every day it gets them focused on what they need to do next, in order to reach their goal.

3. Go To Bed Early

Rather than staying up late binge-watching the latest Netflix must watch, highly successful people go to bed early. They know that in order to be able to give 100% each day they need to sleep and rest their bodies and minds.

4. Stay Hydrated

One of the most important habits highly successful people keep, and a habit that everyone should have, is they stay hydrated.

Drinking plenty of water each day keeps your mind fresh and awake and your body feeling good.

5. Eat Healthily

Just like staying hydrated is important for the body, so is eating the right food. Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

It’s ok to have some junk food once in a while, but not every single day. Your body gets very little nutrition from this type of food and you will feel sluggish and tired, with less energy.

6. Work Out Regularly

Exercise doesn’t have to mean joining a gym. So long as you are doing something that gets the blood pumping each day then you’re getting some kind of exercise.

If you’ve never really done any exercise before, or you don’t feel that you can cope with doing much then start small. A short walk, vacuuming the house, a simple yoga workout at home will all get your body moving.

I follow Yoga With Adriene on YouTube and find her videos easy to master, even as a beginner.

Once you feel like you’ve got the hang of the simple stuff you can move on to do something a little harder. Don’t push yourself to do too much too soon, remember that something is better than nothing.

7. Read Every Day

All highly successful people will tell you that they read every day. Sometimes it will be a book that teaches them how to take the next step in their business. Other times it might just be a fiction book that helps to relax their minds before bed. This is an easy habit highly successful people have that you can start today.

If you want to get into reading, have a look at my Reading Challenge.

8. Practice Self-Care

You can’t give 100% to your business or people around you if you’re not giving 100% to yourself. Make sure you take time to look after your mind and body by practicing self-care.

A list of 11 habits highly successful people have

9. Give More Than You Take

This is a habit highly successful people have that you probably don’t even realise is a habit. They all make a point of giving more than they take.

Yes they might charge you to download something from their website. Or it costs money to see them at a conference. But I guarantee that their website, book or any other platform they use to share their message is full of free information.

It’s so important that you aren’t constantly asking for something from your customers or clients, because if you are, eventually they are going to go elsewhere. If you don’t have a business, are you always asking friends to do things for you but never offering anything in return?

Be generous and the rewards will be huge.

10. Visualise Your Goals

This is such a good habit to practice.

If you really want to achieve something you have to visualise it happening. Is there a house you have always dreamed of owning? Close your eyes and picture what it would feel like to walk through the front door knowing it was your house. How does it smell? What does it look like? What sort of furniture do you have? How do you feel when you walk in there?

Spend 5 minutes every day visualising whatever your dream or goal is. The feeling you get from doing this will fire you up and push you towards the next step that you need to take.

11. Surround Yourself With People That Are Better Than You

You are the sum of the 5 people that you spend the most time with. Are these people motivating you? Supporting you to move towards your dream or goal? Are they positive people? Are they better than you?

If you only surround yourself with people who are at the same level that you are, or who are further behind their ‘journey’ than you, they are not going to push you forward. Likewise, people that focus on negativity are not going to help you move forward.

You need to have people in your circle who have already gone past the stage you are at. They will give you the drive to reach the next level like they have. They will (hopefully) share their advice on what they did to get there and they will support you.

It’s easy to see why this is included in the habits highly successful people have.

A Bonus Extra One Of The Most Important Habits Highly Successful People Have!

They never give up!

No matter how many times they get told no. Or their product fails. They pick themselves back up and try a new angle. They make changes and refine their ‘product’ and try again. And they keep trying until they achieve whatever it was they set out to achieve.

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Habits For All Of Us

I truly believe that no matter what your goal or dream is – whether it’s to be an entrepreneur, or the best Mum, or a great friend – there are habits here that everyone can do that will make their lives a little better. Whilst these 11 habits highly successful people have may look a little out of your league right now, I’m sure there’s at least one you can start.

What changes are you going to make today?

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