5 More Habits of Successful People
In Part One of Habits of Successful People, we looked at routine and why it’s important, prioritising your to-do list and maintaining your physical, mental and spiritual health. If you missed Part One, read it here.
In Part Two, we’ll look at some further habits that have been associated with people who are perceived as successful. Remember, to benefit from these activities, they have to become a regular part of your daily or weekly routine. Achieving success in any way demands commitment. However, if you can maintain three or four of these habits, research says you are more likely to be successful in life.
6 Successful People Communicate
How many times have you missed something by not keeping in regular contact with someone? If you’re anything like the majority of us, it’s happened to you! Make it part of your routine to check in with the people who are involved in your projects and activities. A simple text or email to ask for an update on progress can mean potential problems are avoided and improvements made without delay.
7 Successful People Question
It’s mentally helpful to question. Don’t be content that what you are doing is the best way of doing something, question what could be improved. Write down any worries or potential stumbling blocks and work out solutions to the problems before they occur. Complacency is never indicative of a successful person. Successful people are constantly looking to improve and adjust. Even if it’s only once a month, ask yourself what you could be doing better and implement any changes needed.
8 Take Time Out
Taking time out to relax is of paramount importance. Just like a battery, we need to recharge and this means time away from work and challenges. Time out is not time wasted, far from it, it’s time to regroup energies and build focus. Find something you enjoy doing and devote regular time to it. That might be walking in the countryside, holidaying or craftworking – anything relaxing that you enjoy. As much as some of us would like to be, we aren’t machines. Our bodies and minds need regular downtime to function at their optimum level.
9 Learn to Say No
Being able to say ‘no’ without feeling guilty is empowering. If you find that you regularly say ‘yes’ to tasks you really don’t have the time to do, or feel out of your depth attempting, saying ‘no’ is the best way forward. Be honest with yourself about your abilities and your available time (remember your routine!). If someone asks you to do something that you don’t have time for or aren’t able to do, it’s fine to tell them you can’t do it. Of course, we can always put a positive slant on a ‘no’. For example, “Sorry, I don’t have the time to complete that this week, but perhaps I can do it next week for you?” or, “I think one of my colleagues would be better placed to complete that task for you as it’s not my speciality.” Learn to say no, but be warned – it can be quite addictive!
10 Reflect and Re-Align
The only thing guaranteed in anyone’s life is that things change. New circumstances arise and different situations happen. Make reviewing your goals and progress a regular event. Look at your progress in view of the current circumstances and don’t be afraid to change your focus, or even scrap your plans. The most successful people on our planet have pulled out of deals or changed their plans. Just because something seemed like a great idea last month, doesn’t mean to say it will remain so. Keep on top of your activities and ensure they are aligned with your current best path to success – even if this changes on a regular basis.
We all want to be successful people – if you decide to commit to some of these simple life changes, Illumine would love to hear about your success!
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