In all the countries worldwide, there is one thing which is absolutely common and found in every nook and corner of the world. This aspect of life is none other than inspirational stories. A lot of fiction and non-fiction has been written till date dealing with inspirational aspects. The basic entity of a role model is based on the fact that the successful people are successful because of some reason or the other. Be it a successful actor or a revolutionary politician, a brilliant orator or a multi-millionaire, all the people who have climbed the success ladder in a swift and not so swift manner, have inculcated something or the other in their lives that has helped them become what they are. If we are able to accommodate these habits in our daily lives, no wonder our efficiency would be increased manifold in every sphere of life. Through this list, we aim to provide you with a handy list of habits that should be incorporated in our lives.
The top 10 good habits that successful people follow are:
When we aim towards our goals and our dreams, we are often faced with numerous obstacles. These deterrents are generally strong enough to dissuade us pursuing our dreams and becoming successful. However, the difference between unsuccessful and successful people in the world is that the successful people maintain perseverance within them and do not get distracted from the path of success. The quality of perseverance and having a headstrong approach towards one’s goals is one that the successful people follow. With this habit, the successful people have for ages, been able to maintain a steady success ratio.
2. Stress Management
Being successful comes with a lot of baggage. In order to be able to deal with the hectic schedule and loads of responsibilities, all the successful people employ some methods to channelise the stress into a manner that is more efficient and productive. This constructive approach has been the right hand of all the people who have made their presence felt in their respective fields, to say the least. Come to think of it, how would have Steve Jobs managed to make a dent in the universe had he been burdened under the debris of workload and corporate pressure? Stress management has been the key to success for all beings whatsoever.
3. Being Proactive
This is one habit that has made its way to the top most position in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. When a self-help book strongly advocates in the favour of a habit, it is not a thing to be overlooked. Being proactive is a stock feature of the successful people worldwide. Being able to take initiative and having the capacity to be on one’s toes all the time yet maintaining a steady balance is a habit that is innately good and has been serving the successful people all over the globe consistently. Being proactive also involves being accountable for one’s actions and deeds. If we recall Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility. And we all know, with great fiction comes great message indeed.
The thing that most of us attach with successful people, based on our prejudices as well as common experience is arrogance. We tend to believe that all the rich and famous are filled with ego. However, when one interacts with them, one observes that they are very humble and down-to-earth. For instance, the great painter M.F. Hussain never wore shoes in his life. Some humbling aspects are always there in a successful person’s life. Being humble is to acknowledge and appreciate those below you as well as those above you equally, without any bias. And most importantly, not to boast of one’s achievements and having a strong belief as Paulo Coelho says, that man is nothing and when you fail to realise that, stand in front of a sea and see that you will be silenced immediately.
5. Maintaining Health
We all know how conscious actors are about their bodies. This obsession with bodies is not based on only the external form. It has at its base, an overall mechanism to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining health includes eating right, sleeping right and exercising right. A healthy mind is the abode of healthy thoughts and actions. As they say, health is wealth! The hectic work schedule of any successful person is bound to get affected if that person falls ill. They just cannot afford being sick. Thus, they always make it a point that they maintain good health in order to prosper.
6. Getting Up Early
In our teenage days, we all have loved sleeping for hours without having any sense of day and night. Life in those days used to be a laid back, carefree one. However, as time passes, one realises the need to get up early every morning. The great painter Picasso is also said to have endorsed the idea of being a morning person. Greeting mornings gives one a delight and is a very pleasing experience that revitalizes and rejuvenates the dull body and breaks away the slumber that has been withholding our success.
7. Keeping a tab on money
Being successful in today’s world has to do at least something with money. They say that money is like sand, you cannot hold it within your fist. However, one can always train oneself not to lose the money that one has acquired over the years. Invest it somewhere good. Deposit it in the bank. One should always save money so that if one fails terribly in future, then one should have something to fall back onto. All the successful people make sure that they deal with money in a most efficient manner. The best example would be that of Warren Buffett. He talks about two rules.
Rule #1 Never lose money.
Rule #2 Never forget rule number one.
8. Maintaining a diary
This little high school-ish habit goes a long way in helping a person keep a record of his/her growth as a person, in both private and professional lives. As the public life becomes more and more strong, the private life starts taking a back seat, creating a disproportionate fragmented life. If one indulges in the habit of maintaining a diary, this helps a person to introspect and clear out the mess that may create hindrance in future endeavours. And no wonder, such diaries have been converted to autobiographies or been used as a chief reference for biographies. “Once it is writ, it is writ.”
In schools and colleges, we are often told to be disciplined. The instinctual response to deadlines to back home at night is that of irritation and annoyance. Human mind is such that it wants to run wild and wander off in the unknown lands. However, if this is not restrained, we are easily prone to get distracted from our goals. In order to avoid this chaotic framework of life, all the successful people are noted to imbibe a certain sense of self-discipline. Discipline has to come from within. Discipline that is imposed from external sources gives a sense of negativity. Thereby, this habit of self-discipline is one that all the successful people cherish.
When proverbs are made, they are definitely made for some substantial reason and are not used merely for literary content. One such proverb is, time and tide waits for none. All the most successful people in the world abide by this golden rule. Having your life guided by a clock is a habit that should be kept under strict vigilance. It is a known fact that if we respect time, time would respect us. Being punctual is required of every person, no matter which field is that person specialised in.