Today, let us discuss what is the secret of successful people? Is it their luck? Or their efforts? Or did their habits prove to be fruitful? Most of the time, the habits also matter most. We are all slaves to our habits, but ever have we wondered what are the habits of Bill Gates, Ratan Tata, Amitabh Bachchan, or Sachin Tendulkar led them to the pinnacle of success & fame? Now we will be discussing the habits of a successful person. But for starters, let us ponder upon why habits are important to success.
Why Habits Are Important To Success
We must remember that Success is a result of daily habit which is not once but a lifetime transformation.
1. Success & Habit
Familiar with the term ‘Overnight Success’? Let me assure your success cannot come overnight, it is a process. A person who gets success is the effort he/she puts consistently into his/her work, even when it seemed no positive outcome will come out of it. That consistency and continuous effort became his /her habit that eventually lead to success.
2. Targets Vs Individuality Vs Habit
Significant targets are fine but what inspires us to move forward to that target? A crucial source of motivation is when a habit becomes part of your individuality and you start taking pride in it. Habit is not about having something, it is about being something. Your habit figures your individuality, and your individuality figures your habit. It’s a two-way street. A habit can be started because of some influence or motivation but the reason you don’t drop it is because it becomes part of your personality.
3. Forming Habits for own personal Benefits
Own well-being, is quite a motivation, isn’t it? Most of the time we develop habits beneficial for our Professional/Personal life. Suppose you develop a habit of punctuality, as an outcome you start valuing time. Not a single day you ran late to the office or arrived for a meeting in dot the time you promised. People start appreciating your habit of punctuality & start seeing you as a responsible person. Presume you developed a habit of waking up early. As a result, you will have more time to start a day, you can invest time in exercise, and it will make you more fit. You can have time to read the newspaper and stay updated about the recent & important events. All these are beneficial to stay ahead in life.
What Are the 10 Habits of a Successful Person?
Now, let us have a glimpse of the 10 habits of a successful person & see if we can implement those in our own lives.
One of the most commonly mentioned habits of successful people is organization. Such organization includes planning as well as setting priorities and goals. Most of them keep a To-Do list & often check them to see what can be done next or what hasn’t been done yet. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said, “Sunday is an important day for the organization getting ready for the rest of the week”.
While on the fast track of life, it is absolutely necessary to take a break, to relax. Otherwise, we will burn ourselves out even before reaching our goal. Most successful people think ‘Taking a breath’ prepares them for what comes next. We must always be careful not to exhaust ourselves & take care about it. Taking a little break is necessary to charge ourselves, so we can perform more efficiently & run faster.
3. Taking Action
It is quite essential to plan, organize, to set priorities. But without action, all fall flat. Successful people act swiftly & often. Others may come up with thousands of reasons to not act but successful people always act. Even if there is a single reason to act & hundreds of reasons for not to act, successful people will always stick to that single reason. Because sitting idle & watching is not in the habit of successful people.
4. Personal Care
Another habit of a successful person is that he/she takes care of himself/ herself. It may be in form of exercising, having a proper diet, or maintaining personal hygiene, they all take care of themselves to stay fit, to stay at the top of their health. It is of utmost necessity to stay fit & refreshed to perform to one’s optimal capability. If you are not feeling well physically, your performance will naturally be affected which will be an obstacle to your path to success.
5. Positive Attitude
According to many successful people having a positive attitude is not a byproduct of gaining success but the root cause of success. That Positive attitude comes from believing in yourself, believing in your skills no matter how hard you have fallen down before, no matter how many times you have failed before. A Positive and ‘Can-Do’ attitude goes a long way, it will ultimately lead you to the most sought after the success you are aiming for & to a more fulfilled life.
This habit can be seen in many successful people. Most of them are voracious readers. They treat the habit of reading as not just a form of relaxation, but also a technique to stay updated. Not only newspapers, books, journals, magazines, or any form of readable material. More knowledge means more insights & gaining experience from other experiences. For anyone who needs motivation about reading, just adhere to the words of the author of the Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling “Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading”. She is a billionaire now, who was so poor once that she wrote a Harry Potter Novel in a cafe because she could not afford a heating system in her home.
7. Being Calculative
Being calculative is a habit of being thrifty, with money and resources. It is a habit of being economical. The habit of being economical prevents wastage of money/time/ resources whatsoever. There is an old saying, “Waste not, and want not”.
8. Rising Early
Most successful persons are early risers. They invest their morning time in exercising, meditation, and reading. It is also a part of their personal care. It is a habit that develops in people who are doing well in life.
It can be about conducting a charity or sharing ideas, successful people have a habit of sharing. They know the value of sharing and most believe their success should result in something more than the growth of wealth for themselves. Some of the most well-known successful philanthropists include Bill and Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey & Ratan Tata. They also share ideas & invite ideas from others too. The exchange of ideas can result in positive outcomes.
Most Successful people criticize themselves heavily despite their success. Not to demean themselves but to see their inner flaws & to rectify themselves to be more successful. This habit reminds us we all have flaws, there is nothing to be ashamed of it. We just should always try to rectify them.
There are thousands of successful people around the world. All of them are unique in their fields and have unique habits that lead them to the position they are in now. But aforesaid are the most common 10 habits of a successful person. If we can adapt themselves within us as an integral part of our characteristics we will surely reach the destination of our dream.