45 Habits of Highly Successful People

Here's what successful people do that lets them stand apart


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One person might say that having financial freedom is said to being successful while another person might say that having a healthy body and mind to function the way we want to, is real success. Thereby, the definition of success varies from one individual to another. But habits play vital role to achieve their goal.

So firstly, define what success means to you. Once you find out what let’s your soul on fire you’ll not need any extrinsic motivation to maintain that momentum as the burning desire to bring your dreams into reality will guide you throughout. The below mentioned habits are how the most successful people are wired to function like. Cultivate these habits into your life to see yourself transforming into the best version of yourself.

1.Waking up early: Most of the successful people irrespective of the field that they belong to, are early risers. They wake up early so that they can leverage the head start time to do things that are of high priority to them.

2. Read a lot: These people develop and maintain the habit of reading regularly as that improves their knowledge and keeps them updated with the current trend in the industry they work into or to seek wisdom in the topics they are interested in.

3. Spend time with people who inspire them: They spend time with purpose oriented and the like minded people to keep themselves inspired as they believe that the environment into which they are exposed to, will shape their life accordingly.

4.Pursue their own goals: They don’t compare themselves with others since they understand that every individual’s journey of life is unique. Hence they are very much focused in pursuing their own goals instead of looking into what other people are up to in their life.

5.Sufficient and uninterrupted sleeping patterns: Adequate amount of sleep helps in accelerated productivity when you’re awake. Not just that, good sleeping pattern improves emotional and social interactions, makes you more receptive to learning, reduced risk of accidents and so on.

6.Multiple income streams: Money cannot buy happiness, but it acts as a tool that can be of use to do what we find meaningful and that in turn will bring happiness. The better the income streams you generate, the better you can make use of it in the new ventures as you’ll have some source of cash flow to back you up.

7.Avoid time wasters/toxic people: Successful people know that as they evolve to become the best version of themselves they have to leave certain people those who don’t align with their interest and are not driven like them. If they find anybody who waste their time they’ll withdraw from contacting them and they are very much capable of understanding people’s intent when they turn into mental health destroying leeches, so they’ll ignore them as well.

8.Talk less and do more: It is all about taking action for people those who want to be successful or the one’s who want to retain their success in their respective fields. These people are keen on showing progress rather than simply posting about it on social media every now and then to feed their ego or to gain publicity.

9.Network management: Successful people understand that their “Network is their Net Worth”. Networking leads to more good things namely better oppurtunities, lets you exchange fresh ideas and impact people by being of help when they need it.

10.Positive mindset: No matter the trials and the turbulence they face in the process of accomplishing their vision, these people never give up and will stay positive throughout the course. Even if they fail in their attempt to bring their dream into reality they’ll set themselves up for different methods and tweak their strategies to accomplish the act.

11.Personal care: These people take good care of their body and mind since it is the only thing that they’ll be with throughout their life. Hence they keep themselves fit physically and feed good thoughts and do meditation for regulating their mind muscle.

12.Organizational skills: They are good at organizing as they have the clarity of what they want to do in their life. They will organize things and will follow routines as they know what works best for them.

13.Time to relax: These people don’t slog 24/7 to increase their productivity to be successful. They take regular breaks to do something refreshing which is in no way relevant to their goals to recharge them. It can be anything from playing golf, taking up music classes, taking kids to school etc. They give equal importance to down time usually.

14.Persistent and committed: These people are vigorously committed to what they have started and are persistent in taking up action. Discipline is the one of the key factors that sets them apart from the people that end up being mediocre.

15.Think long term: While taking decisions they think whether what they choose will be of help in the long term. They don’t easily give in to temporary pleasures as they know that the emotions they feel are just momentary and will lead to no good in future.

16.Confident in their abilities: Whether they have people to support their ideas/ vision or not, they’ll keep working on it until they find the desired outcome.

17.Contribute generously: These people give for the sake of giving, They don’t expect anything in return from the people they aid. That is, they don’t give for the sake of personal gains. These people help the less fortunate people when in need.

18.Patience: They know the importance of the asset called Patience. Their vision to make their desire a reality will not make them to act in a rush. More than anything else, they’ll stay committed to the goal they have set up for themselves and are aware of the fact that if anything done consistently over a period of time will pay back in many ways.

19.Cognitive flexibility: They are not rigid with the way they execute their plans. If one way doesn’t work, they think of another way to make it work else they’ll create a way of their own.

20.They know their why: These people know why they do what they do. In the sense they have a drive which lets them to act the way they do. So they don’t expect any external motivating factor since the passion is invoked within.

21.Take calculated risks: When they set their eye for something they’ll analyse the task from all dimensions. They’ll make themselves aware of both best and worst case scenarios. If they don’t have any clue about something they’ll reach out to people who are established and walked that path already, to have a clear picture on the whole.

22.Excellent communicators: They are excellent communicators basically. They make sure that what they speak is understood by the people on the receiving end. They would have the natural ability to communicate properly or would have developed it in the course of time.

23.Never play the blame game: “Their life is their responsibility.” This is how someone who’s successful in his life is wired to think. So they don’t blame anybody for their misfortune instead they’ll stay focused and committed on accomplishing their goals no matter how easy or tedious it is.

24.Highly resourceful: They would have developed the tendency to be proactive. Their ability to learn without any limitations in their mind, sets them apart from others who would have felt enough of learning. They are very compassionate people who want to see other people succeed in their respective fields, so they’ll come out of their way to help others who are less fortunate than them.

25.Think winning thoughts: Even before achieving what they want to, they think winning thoughts. This perspective in thoughts gives them the push that is required to accomplish what they have set their eyes on.

26.Don’t complain: They know that simply complaining about what didn’t work the way they want it to will get them nowhere. Hence they embrace the fact for what it is and do the needful.

27.Maximize their strengths: Like any other individual, these people too have weaknesses. But they pay their attention to maximize their strengths even better instead of dwelling on the things that they are not good at.

28.Value their time: Successful people are aware of the fact that the time once gone can never be brought back. Therefore they are very concerned on what they spend their time into.

29.Open to learning: These people would have cultivated the habit of being open to learning from anybody and anything that they encounter in their life. They don’t restrict themselves from others way of thinking.

30.Always look for the silver lining: Their optimistic nature lets them to look past everything that happens to them with a silver lining. That is, they’ll consider it to be a lesson if things didn’t happen the way they wanted them to.

31.Master their emotions: With each passing day and experience they would have learnt to master their emotions. They are not controlled by their feelings rather they control them.

32.Plan their work and work their plan: Strategic planning will guide them to act in a way that will bring the end results they have desired.

33.Loves to be out of their comfort zone: They are constantly hungry for growth. Hence they would look out for oppurtunities hopping into which they can elevate their life.

34.Live by core values: They’ll never compromise on their most significant beliefs. This will make them look stubborn in the eyes of others but they least likely care for what others think of, in this regard.

35.Inspire people and make them grow as well: Since successful people are open to learning they would want to pay it forward to the people in need in some way. This sheds a light on them for bringing the best out of others.

36.Open to constructive criticism: These people are open to adapt and admit their shortcomings. Their ability to accept their drawbacks and work on that leads them to succeed in the things they do.

37.Value their solitude time: They take this alone time to refuel themselves by engaging in their other area of interests besides their main goal. This switch over lets them to accelerate their productivity.

38.Set their own standards: They’ll not accept anything that is less than their expectations. These people are very firm on their goals but flexible in the strategies they use to accomplish those goals.

39.Goal oriented: Highly focused and committed to their goal. Their purpose is what drives them to equip themselves and behave accordingly.

40.Consume good food: What we consume have a direct implication on our health. Only when we are healthy we’ll be able to live life the way we like. Hence these people are very conscious of what they feed themselves with.

41.Let go of the past: These people don’t dwell on the past. Their optimistic nature lets them to welcome the goodness that’s ahead in the future.

42.One thing at a time: They’ll focus all of their energy into one thing at a time. One of the foremost admirable quality is that they live in the present moment keeping in mind the long term vision.

43.Pay attention to details: They develop a proper plan and analyse it from all perspective before taking up the work. They keep plan B ready in case of failure of plan A.

44.Gratitude: These people are very grateful for the things they have in their life already. This positive attitude breeds success after success when accompanied with the execution of the tasks at hand.

45.Deprioritize oppurtunities which doesn’t fit their short term/long term goals: At a regular interval, these people keep self assessing to know if they are moving in the right direction. If not they’ll see what can be done to direct their progress in their desired path.

Author: Naveenya Gunasekar is a Content Writer and a Digital Marketer who loves to write about personal development, life and technology. To see more of her Write-ups, visit https://medium.com/@gnaveenya 

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