8 Habits of Successful People

Most successful people started with very little resources but with high energy, passion, and consistent good habits. They know that the little things they do have a big effect in reaching the goals they have set for themselves. In the long run, their attitude and habits may just be the key factors that led to their success.  If you think that your grit and persistence haven't taken you anywhere yet, maybe you have to oil the little gears that move you forward. Check out the eight habits of successful people below:

1. They rise early:  They want to maximize the time spent on building their dreams so they wake up early each day. According to research, the brain is sharpest two to four hours after waking, so it's best to start early so you can accomplish more. If you aren't used to waking up early, you need to adjust the time you sleep so you'll get enough night's rest for you to feel refreshed when you wake.

Tip: Read a motivational quote or story every morning before starting your day. This will help you gear up for the challenges up ahead.

2. They regularly set goals: Successful people set goals each day and strive hard to meet them. They get things done even if a project is too big and daunting by breaking it up into smaller, specific goals. Attaining success is not something that could be done in an instant, but through goal-setting, you can build up to it slowly but surely.

Tip: Make each goal different and challenging so that work won't feel like a monotonous chore.  

3. They maintain a well-balanced life: From daily exercise and meditation to the quality time spent with their friends and loved ones, successful people make sure that work isn't the only thing on their agenda all the time. The right mix of social interaction and time for themselves are important to ensure work-life harmony.

Tip: Don't let yourself be burned-out. Social interaction is an excellent breather if you are under stress.

4-5. They have a plan and they know how to prioritize: They don't work for the sake of doing something. Instead, they work to accomplish and finish a plan already set beforehand. Successful people analyze business opportunities and create a sound plan. This involves researching data, analyzing, and making conclusions based on findings. Then, for the plan to be successful, execution should involve prioritization and a whole lot of organization.

6. They reflect on the results of their actions: It doesn't matter if an action ended up succeeding or not. Successful people reflect on the results of their actions in order find ways to improve it. At the end of every work day, reflect on the lessons you have learned and take it as an opportunity to do better. As Microsoft founder Bill Gates said, "It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."

7. They take risks: Successful people would not be where they are if they have not taken a few risks here and there. There are great and unforeseen opportunities in risk-taking and if these people didn't plunge into the uncertainty, they wouldn't have discovered these. Even though the result of taking a risk doesn't come out as planned, you will learn from it and these lessons may just become your guiding light to a new path. 

8. They keep up with technology: The use of technology is essential to every business. It connects people, streamlines the business, improves efficiencies, and many more. Successful people know that the ever-changing technology has taken over the work process for the better so they have to embrace it and keep up with it.

Reaching success is a long journey that can be achieved by taking one step at a time while learning things along the way. And once there, successful people don't stop. They will keep on improving and refining themselves to be ready with new challenges ahead.

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Nikki Hernandez
Nikki Hernandez Staff

Wired and Inspired | Content Coordinator, Freelancer.com

I'm the coordinator of Freelancer's Case Study Program. I write inspirational success stories of employers and freelancers. When not busy writing, I play video games.

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