How to Develop Habits That Set Your Mind Up For Success
Having extraordinary success can feel like a great mystery. For some people it seems to come naturally while for others it feels like it’s beyond reach. While luck and genetics may play a role, there are certain learnable behaviors which make success more likely. These are called ‘success habits’. While there’s no proven formula, there’s no denying that people who we admire, share certain traits that helped them get ahead.
Over the past years I have studied the success habits of some of the most influential dominators in the world today. Nearly all successful people have similar habits. So, what sets highly successful people like Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Tony Robbins apart from the rest of us?
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Well, successful people have developed daily routines overtime that has formed the direction and helped them get closer to their goals in life. These can be simple habits such as getting up earlier at a specific hour, or exercising each morning before you start your day, listening to inspiring podcasts in your car, going to bed at a certain hour, being punctual for appointments, and planning every day in advance. You’ll notice that none of these habits require major life overhauls. Instead, it’s about making small tweaks to your daily routines that could potentially result in huge payoffs.
Developing New Useful Habits
If you are not aware of current habits that don’t serve your purpose, you may never experience real success. So do you dreams to become successful one day? According to the experts, it takes about 21 days to break or form a habit pattern of medium complexity. This means these are habits of medium complexity that can be quite easily developed in 14-21 days through practice and repetition.
So, how do you start developing better habits instantly? By writing your desired ‘success habits’ down on a piece of paper. I recommend you to write down no more than 5 new habits in your first year because if you have too many goals happening during the same time it can cause an overkill and will set your challenge up for failure. Also, consistency is critical if you want to make any habit stick.
If you want to start exercising, go to the gym every day for your first 21 days. Going a couple times a week will make it harder to form the habit. Because activities you do once every few days are trickier to lock in as habits. Especially because success doesn’t come overnight. On the contrary, it’s discipline that gets you to your end goal. Over time, you will find it easier and easier to develop the habits that you want to incorporate into your personality. You can develop any success habit that you desire.
Jerry Seinfeld’s Tracking Habits Trick
To help you get started, I will share a simple trick that I have picked up from the famous comedian, Jerry Seinfeld. Years ago when Seinfeld was a new television show, Jerry Seinfeld was still a touring comic struggling to put himself in the spotlight. He used a unique calendar system to pressure himself to write better jokes every day. He leveraged a technique he used on himself. Here’s how it works:
Get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. Next, get a big red magic marker. For each day that you complete your ‘new daily habit’, put a big red X over that day. After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain. Over the years you can use his technique in many different areas. I’ve used it for exercise, to get out of bed at 5:00 am everyday, and to learn how to prepare my task list for the next day.
Overtime, if you repeatedly work on developing new habits that are aligned with your goals, they become part of you, and it will set your mind up for success. I’ve learned that when you fall in love with the process, your life moves forward. Your business moves forward. The process will lend clarity and perspective, it gives security and a steadiness to things.
Everybody wants fast growth but I’m starting to think that steady growth is more effective and definitely more fulfilling and sustainable in the long run.
Question…How do program your mind for success?
Have your habits helped you?
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Rob Zweerman is rising entrepreneur from the Netherlands. He’s an speaker, business coach and digital marketing consultant. He specialises in helping people and corporations position their brands by using the power of the internet to build strong relationships with present, past and potential customers.