Have you ever thought about how the most successful people in the world get to where they are?
How do 6 Figure Coaches, Influencers, Business Leaders, and Thought leaders start with an idea or a small investment and turn it into a life of freedom from financial worry and access to a lifestyle that most people only dream about?
The answers will of course be different for each person, going anywhere from being really lucky to having a vision for their lives and having the belief that they can make their dream into a reality.
But if you look more closely, these people weren’t just waiting for the right opportunity to come along, they were ready for success before they found their niche. That’s because they were already practising success habits.
Why Are Success Habits so Powerful?
If you want to achieve success, the best way to start is by implementing habits that will lead you to success. Habits are the things you do every day that you don’t have to think about doing like brushing your teeth.
Habits remove the thinking part of every activity and are replaced with automatic action. When these habits are good ones like working out every day you have the ability to make your life easier, healthier, and happier.
When habits are bad like eating chocolate every time you get stressed out, then these habits can make your life unhealthier and unhappier in the long run.
What Determines Success in Life?
To determine what habits will give you the success you want in life you first have to determine what success looks like for you. And how do you determine what success looks like for you?
Well, you have to decide what you want your life and your business to look like. When you know what you want from your life you can determine what success likes like for you. Not anyone else but you.
For you, success may be a small business that makes $50k a year for someone else what success looks like is a business they’ve scaled to multi-7 figures.
What Are The 7 Success Habits of Effective Leaders?
Habit #1: Go After What You Want
What’s the major difference between successful people and those who aren’t successful? Successful people go after what they want. They don’t wait around for opportunities to come and find them. They go out and find opportunities for themselves.
Successful people aren’t waiting for someday they focus on what they can do today to make their dreams a reality as quickly as possible.
Successful people aren’t happy to live life and wait for something good to fall into their lap – because they know that it’s not going to happen.
So if you want success, then you need to start going out there and looking for opportunities and making it a success habit. This doesn’t mean that you do it once or twice, but you’re always actively seeking opportunities, putting yourself out there and finding ways that you can improve your situation.
Ways to become more successful can be found almost anywhere. From books, movies, newspapers and magazines, to the ideas that you hear from friends, family, co-workers and the crowd surrounding you as you walk to work. Be open to new ideas and always be thinking of how you can take something and make it your own.
Habit #2: Prioritize Self Care
Another thing that successful people understand is that they need to take care of themselves. People on top of their game understand that the only way they will stay there is by making self care a priority.
There are certain things that successful people do to take care of themselves that varies very little from one to another. In fact, if you look at a sample group (and there have been studies that have done just that) you find that a majority of them get more sleep than the average population does, exercise more often than the average person and have a better diet than most other people.
So, how can you model the behaviour and the success habits that these successful people have? First of all, you need to get enough sleep at night. This means that you should get at least 6 hours, which is about the minimum for most of the successful people studied, but many of them get 7,8 or even 10 hours of sleep.
You also need to start exercising if you don’t already. Exercise has several different effects on your body and mind. First of all, when you exercise first thing in the morning, the rest of your day goes better because you have released endorphins that make you feel good for a few hours. You also improve your health and you look and feel good too.
Finally, diet is just as important as everything else listed here. When you eat fast food and other unhealthy foods, not only do you feel guilty about it, but you actually feel worse because of the chemical makeup of the food. Whereas with fresh fruit, veggies and healthy foods, you feel good and your body systems work better too.
Habit #3: Make Goals for YOU
If you want to be successful, you’re going to have to start making goals for yourself. Successful people make all kinds of goals. Sometimes they even create lifetime goals of things they want to accomplish before they die, but the more short-term ones are more common.
Here are some goals that you might want to start making if you want to create success in your life.
Lifetime Goals: Things you want to accomplish before you die. For example, buying a home, raising a family, starting a business, writing a book.
Period Goals: One year, five years or even ten-year goals work well when it comes to period goals. When you set a big goal for a large period of time, it allows you to work on it for that period of time, and break it down into smaller goals.
Short-Term Goals: These are goals that you are trying to accomplish in order to complete the larger ones. All of your short-term goals should be structured and planned out so that they lead up to the larger period goal.
Daily Habits: Finally, successful people teach themselves daily habits that will lead to their success. These are your success habits. This may cover everything from working out to writing a page or two a day on a book.
Habit #4: Develop Multiple Sources of Income
The average millionaire has about 7 streams of income. Fact! How many do you have? If your answer is one then you need to implement success habit number 4 right now.
Successful people understand that they need to create multiple income sources and then work on improving them.
This can come in the form of an e-commerce website, investments, brick-and-mortar businesses, online businesses, interest or royalties from books or other media. There are thousands of ways to generate a solid income stream out there and successful people take advantage of as many as they can.
So, what can you do to generate a few extra income streams? That depends upon what you have to offer. The ways that you generate extra income will be unique to you and depend on the money that you have available to initially invest, how much expertise you have, how well you can outsource and whether you have a great idea.
Here are a few ways that you can generate extra income that will be sustainable and grow if you continue to work on it.
- Start an eBay or Amazon FBA business
- Monetize a Blog
- Start a YouTube Channel
- Invest in stocks or bonds
- Start a home-based business
- Start a physical store business that fills a need in your town
- Write a book
- Start building a reputation and giving motivational talks
- Use Clickbank and other affiliate sites to build niche websites that you monetize with affiliate marketing
Habit #5: Help Others Succeed
Successful people help others out. You’ll often notice especially online that the most successful players in any field all seem to know each other. They help each other out and in turn achieve more success.
Some people have the idea that there is only so much wealth and success to go around. They’re afraid that if they help others out, then they won’t be able to have the success of their own. Of course, this isn’t true and there are quite a few reasons why you actually should help people out rather than keep all of the ideas, techniques and other information you have learned, to yourself.
For one thing, when you help other people out, it helps you down the road. You can look at this in the form of karma, or you can just consider the possibility that someone you helped might be in a position to give you a hand up later on. Either way, these are good reasons to help people.
Also, you would be surprised how often going out of your way to help someone results in some sort of opportunity or door opening up for you that you never even considered.
In addition, you’ll be much happier and fulfilled when you’re helping other people. In fact, careers where people spend their lives helping others have some of the happiest and most satisfied people in the world working in them. (Hello Happy Coaches)
So, how do you help others? It can be as simple as giving them some good advice that someone once gave you or it could be giving someone a job, helping to connect 2 people or sharing your story with others who are hoping to be successful as well.
Habit #6: Keep Reading
Talk to any successful person and ask them what they do in their downtime, and reading will be part of their answer. Almost every successful person out there will tell you the habit of reading is one of the reasons they are successful.
Most of the time they are reading books on motivating, goal setting and other self-help type books, but entrepreneurs and business leader also read books that help them succeed in their own particular niches as well as business in general.
For example, this year I’ve read books on business planning, marketing planning, niche selection, coaching business, Linkedin Marketing, Funnel building, copywriting and leadership, just to name a few.
The key to creating this success habit is to set a goal that you’re going to read a certain number of books in the next year. Decide which books you’re going to read in advance by doing some research and finding out what other people recommend. Many of the richest entrepreneurs in the world have revealed their reading lists and you can get some great titles from them.
You can also look at the skills you want to develop and work on a read 3 – 5 books on that subject to develop your knowledge in that area.
Habit #7: Never Stop Learning
Finally, successful people make it a point to continue learning as long as they are alive. This kind of goes hand-in-hand with reading books, but it goes far beyond that.
Successful people tend to have a lot of humility and they are willing to learn from other people as much as they’re willing to teach. Successful people have learned that there are a lot of things that they don’t know and the longer someone has been striving for success, the more willing they are to learn.
If you want to create success in your life, then the first thing that you’re going to have to do is humble yourself and realize that others may know more than you. Ever hear the saying “you don’t want to be the smartest person in the room.” You want to be always learning from others by surrounding yourself with people who are smarter than you.
You might also want to study other subjects that interest you. Some people stop learning once they graduate college, but researchers have found that the most successful people are interested in all kinds of subjects and watch documentaries, read books and even take classes to find out more about them.
What should you do everyday?
These are the seven success habits that successful people tend to have. Learning these seven success habits and starting to practice them every day will move you closer to your goals faster. They may not all be the easiest habits to develop but they are valuable for your success in business and life.
You’ll be amazed at what kind of opportunities start to show up in your life, how differently you see the world and the impact you’ll start to make in the world when you’re practising these success habits daily.
Just pick one and start implementing it everyday. It doesn’t matter which one as long as it fits in with one of your goals.
If you’re looking to get started with any of these steps, check out the Build Your Business Vault – where you’ll find templates, worksheets and checklists that will help you get started!