Do What Successful People Do: 8 Habits

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be successful? After speaking with and interviewing hundreds of people who consider themselves to be successful, there are eight habits that they practice that stand out. If you want to be successful, do what successful people do.

1.    Put Thought Into Action

It’s one thing to always think about what your next step is or what you want to do next. It’s another thing to put thought into action. The first step is usually the hardest.

2.    Persevere Against the Odds

Persevering against the odds means that you have a goal and you’re determined to meet that goal – no matter what. Everybody experiences setbacks. It’s almost as if plans were made to be broken. However, nothing ever gets accomplished without a plan first.

3.    Maintain Confidence

Maintaining confidence can be a daily struggle. You have to look inward and be mindful of your limitations – but don’t dwell on them.

4.    Read

Read articles and do research. Even if it takes away from your daily tasks, by reading articles, you’re exercising your brain and becoming a little smarter every day.

5.    Exercise

Exercising your body is just as important as exercising your mind. This is best done in the morning. Take a 30-minute walk before you hit the office or simply take the stairs instead of the elevator.

6.    Meditate

When your mind is constantly going all the time, it’s important to schedule downtime. Schedule some time so that you can meditate. Calm your mind, turn off your cellphone, and step away from the computer.

7.    Watch Your Reputation

Warren Buffett said this best when he said, “It takes 20 years to build your reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Always be mindful of what you do and what you say. Reputation is one of the few things that you cannot buy. It has to be earned. If you ruin it, your only choice is to salvage what’s left.

8.    Think Outside the Box

Always be open to new opportunities. Many business opportunities will end up at a dead end. Even successful people experience failure. If something isn’t working out, abandon it and start something new. Don’t waste your time, money or effort.

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