Want to be more successful? Follow in the footsteps of great examples. From top business owners to politicians, actors, philanthropists, and more, successful people tend to be habit-driven and dependable. Here are seven daily actions that can be big contributors to success:
Wake up early
A five-year study of nearly 200 self-made millionaires found that almost half of them woke up at least three hours before the start of the workday. People like Oprah and Tim Cook wake up before dawn to start their days off on the right foot. Waking up early allows people to be successful and productive without the distractions of meetings, phone calls, and constant interruptions. No matter what else happens in the day or what unpredictable things come up, at least the few hours in the morning were productive. “Getting up at five in the morning to tackle the top three things you want to accomplish in your day allows you to regain control of your life,” says author Thomas Corley. “It gives you a sense of confidence that you, indeed, direct your life.”
Exercise on a Regular Basis
It’s no secret exercise can transform your body, but the endorphins and power it has on your mind and emotional wellbeing can’t be overstated. Some of the world’s most successful people, from Barack Obama to Jennifer Aniston, start their days with exercise. Getting moving first thing in the morning puts you in the mindset for productivity and success all day. A study of 5,000 successful people by socio-economist Randall Bell found that people who exercised for even just 15 minutes a day dominated in every statistical measure of success.
Just because successful people have had great accomplishments doesn’t mean that haven’t experienced failure. One of the biggest differences is that they stay positive and own their failures. Instead of making excuses and trying to pin a mishap on their circumstances or other people, successful people learn from their mistakes and move on to try something new. Being responsible for your failures teaches self discipline and makes it possible to make progress and move on to the next goal.
Learn to Meditate
A huge majority of successful people have at least some kind of meditation ritual, be it a regular yoga practice or a habit of spending 10 minutes to themselves every morning. Meditation can look different for each person, but the key is to focus your mind and control your brain. Starting or ending the day with meditation allows you to visualize success and help control even just one aspect of the day.
Keep Your Spaces Clean
People who keep their homes and offices clean tend to have clearer minds, which can lead to greater success. “Those who do their chores and keep their living space tidier tend to make more money,” writes Bell. “For example, those who make their bed in the morning are up to 206.8 percent more likely to be millionaires.” Even regularly performing a simple cleaning chore like making your bed can help you stick to other goals.
Increase Your Knowledge
The old adage that knowledge is power is true. Warren Buffet recommends reading 500 pages a day, and other top business leaders and politicians read dozens of books a year and start their days by reading the news. Being well read showcases education and gets the brain moving and engaged towards successful endeavors and positive thinking.
Successful people didn’t get to where they are on their own. Being kind to others, having good manners, and reaching out can make a world of difference and set an average person apart from someone who is wildly successful. Surround yourself with people who support you and make you happy, and then work to support them as well. People who value romantic relationships and make time for family dinner tend to make more money, just like people who prioritize friendships and are generous towards strangers look outside themselves and tend to have more perspective, which can be invaluable for success.