Successful people have a regular routine of daily or weekly habits that reinforce the things that are most important to them.
By practicing a set of personal success habits, they maintain a positive outlook, keep focused on their priorities, have more energy, and a greater sense of satisfaction with life.
As you read this list of the top ten personal habits, you might think that most of these are nothing new.
And you’re probably right.
These are pretty basic habits – not rocket science.
The key to personal success habits is that you do them consistently.
How many of these habits do you do on a regular basis?
Create a morning routine
How you start your day has a tremendous impact on how your day unfolds. Even when life brings you unexpected chaos, a positive start to the day allows you to roll with obstacles and complications with greater ease.
Consider your current morning routine. Does it set you up for success? Try setting an intention for the day or practicing some form of grounding ritual like meditation, journaling, prayer, quiet reflection, or walking.
Practice the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the time, make very good nutritional choices. The rest of the time go ahead and indulge yourself.
Move it or lose it. Choose physical activities that you love keeping in mind that a well balanced exercise program includes flexibility, strength and cardio components.
If you can, take your activities outside. Being outdoors helps reduce stress.
Practice personal reflection.
In quiet moments you are more able to hear your true self speaking. Take time to create a regular practice of reflection through meditation, journaling or prayer.
Connect with your local or global community to contribute your time, energy, and/or resources. You get to feel good making a difference and others reap the benefits. We’re all part of the same interconnected world.
Studies show that random acts of kindness have a positive impact on our sense of happiness and satisfaction in life.
Get enough sleep.
Most people are in a state of sleep deprivation. During sleep your body rests and repairs itself so you are better able to take on the joys and challenges of life.
Declutter physically & emotionally.
Clutter depletes your energy. Regularly sort through and get rid of stuff that is getting in your way. This includes relationships that are no longer satisfying and fulfilling.
Create a success circle.
Surround yourself with people who will support, encourage and challenge you to be your best. These are the people you can go to for brainstorming, advice or a good old kick in the pants when you need it.
Expand your mind with both fiction and nonfiction books. Even if you are not a “book” person, you can still get the same intellectual stimulation through audio books.
Create an evening routine.
How you end your day has as much impact on you as how you start your day. It’s an opportunity for celebration and reflection, for re-connecting with your priorities and counting your blessings.
Take time to acknowledge and celebrate all the things that you did accomplish instead of focusing on what is still left on your to-do list. Keep a gratitude journal and then release the day.
And here are a couple of bonus habits…
Listen to music.
Music has the power to relax, entertain and heal. Build your music library and use it to support your other success habits.
Indulge your creativity.
Besides being a way to express yourself, creativity increases your problem solving abilities. You can explore your creative self not only through the arts, but also through activities such as cooking, gardening, photography or decorating.
Laurel Vespi, motivational speaker, certified life coach and the creative energy behind stone circle coaching, ignites businesses & individuals to new levels of CHANGE. Laurel works with clients internationally, providing transformative yet practical tips that make the seemingly impossible… possible!