What is it that makes successful people successful?
Almost all people would love to be able to drive over to the local supermarket and get a bottle of success. But let’s look past that fantasy and discover one of the most basic reasons why people become successful.
At this moment, think of someone that you know personally who is successful. Can you picture their face in your mind? Good.
Now ponder this question, “Does this person have a successful routine or set of habits that drives them to be successful?” I would be bewildered if they didn’t.
Often the only difference between being successful and being mediocre is having successful habits. A few examples of successful habits could be getting up earlier, doing things when they need to be done, always being prepared, or effective time management.
How do you start to build these success habits in your life? Here are 4 keys to creating successful habits.
1. Identify – Find the areas in your life that need changing. When you have finished your analysis, write down the new habits that need to be formed. Don’t become overcome at trying to figure out how you are going to form all of these habits.
2. Pick 2 – Most people undermine themselves by trying to change everything at once. Alternately, pick one major and one lessor habit that you want to form. For the next 30-90 days these will be the success habits that you will create.
3. Start small – Now that you have your two success habits, create a daily or weekly routine that is easily followed. For instance, let’s say that you want to wake up an hour earlier so that you can get more productive things done. Rather than setting your alarm an hour earlier right at the beginning, only set it 2-5 minutes earlier every morning until you reach your goal. This way it would take you 30 days to 12 days respectively to gain your success habit.
Remember, “the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.”
4. Duplication – Now that you have created your new habits proceed to the next 2 success habits that you want to create. I won’t be long until you will have created a whole new life full of success filled habits.
Just think where you will be in one year if you follow these four disciplines to developing successful habits. Should it takes you only 60 days to create 2 habits, you can have created 12 success habits in just one year!