Successful people don’t just drift off to the top. Getting there requires focused action, personal discipline and lots of energy every day to make things happen.
The important thing to remember is these are all skills that can be acquired through habits. And the best way to bring about this change into your life is by creating new routines and sticking to them until they become habits.
Good habits can take time to create, but once you’ve got them down, they can completely transform your life. How you go about it is entirely up to you.
But here are some helpful steps you can take along the way:
• Develop a Quality Morning Routine
A quality morning routine is a make or break if you want to be successful. The great thing about a morning routine is that you can design it around your personal needs and preferences.
One thing you should make sure is that you wake up early every morning. Give yourself enough time to get your routine in before starting your work day.
Maybe you like to go for a run. Or, maybe you like to meditate or enjoy a healthy breakfast. Whatever it is that makes you feel supercharged, kickstart your day with that habit. Establishing a meaningful morning ritual helps you start your day on a positive, proactive note.
Sure, exercise is healthy and all that, but how exactly is it life changing? Here’s how:
It makes you feel better about yourself, and more confident. That leads to better success with other positive changes.
It reinforces the positive thinking habit — you need to think positive in order to sustain exercise.
It relieves stress and gives you time to think — this leads to better mental well-being in your life overall.
It helps with creativity. The best ideas and brainstorming sessions come from when you exercise.
Mediation has been shown to help with everything, from boosting productivity and focus, to reducing stress and anxiety, enhancing self-awareness and promoting better sleep.
All of these are key aspects to becoming successful and more prosperous in one way or another.
With so many thoughts (positive, negative, rational, irrational, stressful, joyful, and everything in between) constantly bombarding our minds, it’s important to be able to control them and sit in silence with yourself each day.
• Read, Read, Read
If you want to be enhance your life, continued learning is essential. One of the best ways to keep your mind sharp and get your creative juices flowing is by reading.
Reading books is a great way to gain knowledge and stimulate creativity. Immersion reading also improves focus and has a calming effect similar to meditation. Moreover, reading before bedtime can help you sleep better.
Non-fiction books, in particular, are an excellent tool to broaden horizon, develop new ideas and seek motivation.
Additionally, they also offer actionable advice on how to overcome all kinds of challenging situations through real-life examples.
• Mute (or Unfollow) Social Media Accounts
You may be the sum of the five people you spend your time with, but you’re also the sum of the five people you consume on Instagram.
Unfollow or mute all the accounts that do not make you feel inspired, happy, or confident, and then crowd out the accounts that aren’t serving you with accounts that inspire you.
Follow those whose careers you admire, and find accounts that will bring you positivity whenever you are tempted to scroll.
• Maintain a Gratitude Journal
Grateful thoughts help to keep pessimism and worry at bay. Numerous studies have linked gratitude to greater happiness, satisfaction with life, and optimism.
Practicing gratitude is a great way to create positivity, reduce stress and improve your physical health.
You can practice gratitude in different ways, and one of the ways that works best is a gratitude journal. Write down and recognize everything good you have.
Focusing on what you do have and what you’re grateful for is an instant mood booster and provides you with so much perspective.
• Take Time to Recharge
Life is often very go-go-go, and that’s why it’s so important to take time to recharge. If you’re always hustling, it’s likely you’re going to hit burn out eventually, and it’s hard to come back from that.
Taking some time off to unwind can do wonders for your mood, mental health, and self-esteem.
Seek out ways to give yourself a few moments of solitude. Schedule time in your week that you’ll use to recharge.
Whether this means detoxing from your phone, cooking or baking, reading a new book, watching Netflix, going on a date night, getting into nature, or anything else that refuels your soul, do it!