Habits For Success

What habits work for you? What habits work against you? What habits are seen to be part of a successful person’s day? Are there some common threads that seem to be contributing factors to their success?

One important habit that many successful people have is focus. “Putting First Things First” as Steven Covey wrote in his book, Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, is about having a focus. What is that over-arching goal you have for yourself, your career and your company? Keeping your focus is one of the key elements in achieving the success you desire.

Following focus, another key habit is to minimize distractions. Distractions and interruptions often derail you from what is important. What are you doing that keeps distractions or interruptions to a minimum? Sometimes it involves carving out some time for yourself by closing your door, turning off the phone, and letting people know that you do not want to be disturbed at certain times.

What are your intentions for the day or week? What do you wish to accomplish and why is it important? Planning your day and even your week ahead of time is another key habit worth pursuing. Taking the time to write down what you want to work on ahead of time allows you to focus on the important/urgent and important/not urgent things on your to do list. By writing down your intentions and following them, you are another step towards achieving your goals for success.

Often, having a morning routine is helpful in creating a successful life. What does your morning look like? What happens when things don’t go according to your routine? How does it affect your day? By looking at your routines you can see what is working for you and what is not working. Are there patterns that you need to change for the day to be positive and productive?

What are your habits for better health and fitness? Taking care of yourself both physically and emotionally is important to your success. Often a person with improved health and fitness is less stressed or better able to handle stress. It is reported that getting into a habit of working out 3 – 4 times per week will greatly improve your health and outlook on life. If you take care of yourself, you are better able to take care of others in your personal and business life.

Finally, getting into a habit of reflection is as powerful as writing down your intentions. Taking the time each day, to look back on what was accomplished, what went well, and what you might have done differently, allows you to grow and learn on your way to achieving the success you envision. What would it look like for you to state your intentions prior to the day and then take a little time at the end of your day to reflect?

Habits are important in the lives of successful people. What habits do you need to incorporate in your life?

This was first published in my Motivated Coaching eMagazine in August 2016.