Updated: Nov 14, 2019
7 Habits of Highly Successful People
Here are 7 habits that most successful people follow, these are things they do consistently to ensure they stay balanced and in a positive and productive frame of mind.
1. Write Your To Do List The Night Before & Prioritise
Writing a to do list can really help if you struggle to unwind in the evenings and also of you struggle sleeping. The brain isn't a very reliable place to store information and if you can get this out of your head and onto paper or into your phone it will help with prioritising.
Many people experience feelings of overwhelm, often this is because they have too much going on in their heads and cannot think clearly, so they end up procrastinating and doing nothing.
Looking at what you need to do for the next day and what is or is not urgent and important can really help you to focus and spend time on the things you really need to be.
Time blocking is a helpful activity to get into the habit of doing also, you'll be amazed how much time you actually have.
For example: we often see that people do not make time to go to the grocery store to prepare food, this doesn't get time blocked and prioritised therefore they resort to either not eating or making an easy choice like purchasing fast food. The same goes with the gym, if training sessions are not time blocked ahead of other things then people won't hit their goal of 3-5 sessions a week and will only end up making 1-2.
We have found Covey's 4 Quadrants helpful in prioritising:
2. Mind, Body & Soul
Becoming more present can alleviate stressful feelings especially anxiety and depression that interrupt productive momentum, being present brings us back to now and a place of gratitude.
What ever your personal way of relaxing is, use this daily to ensure you stay grounded.
- Meditation for at least 10 minutes a day
- Gym sessions
- Reading a book
- Having a bath
Looking after your mind and soul is just as important as looking after your body, ensure you are eating a healthily to fuel your body and that you are exercising regularly.
Sleep and recovery are other factors that need to be looked after in order to allow your mind, body & soul to function at a higher capacity.
Neglect of looking after the mind, body & soul is something we see all too often, and as a result people end up getting sick or burnt out meaning they are taking steps backwards from achieving their health goals.
3. Goal Setting & Visualisation
Not having your goals written down is like driving to a new destination without gps or a map, you have a rough idea what the end result is but no idea of how to get there and winging it really doesn't help.
Setting a long term SMART goal and working backwards from this is something we follow which creates a road map, a theory that Peter Voogd recommends, this makes things less over whelming if you are focusing on action points daily by taking small steps.
Make sure you reward yourself along the way with things that are going to help you to stay motivated as you hit your goals.
- Set a 12 month goal (E.g. loose 10% body fat and increase your Squat PB by 20kg)
- Break this down into 6 month goals (Loose 5% body fat and increase your Squat PB by 10kg)
- 3 month goals (Loose 2.5% body fat and increase your Squat PB by 5kg)
- Monthly goals (Loose 1% body fat and increase your Squat PB by 1.5kg)
- Weekly goals (Loose 0.25% body fat and increase your Squat PB by 0.5kg)
- Daily goals, you could write a script to recite daily as if the goals have already been achieved, (Eat healthily and enough, train strong today... meditate for 10 mins, ensure meals are prepped, podcast to and from work, priority to do list before bed, in bed by 9:30pm, up at 5:30am to do gratitudes and script, touch base with accountability partner)
Visualising your goals perhaps through meditation, as your phone or computer screen saver, on your fridge, on your vision board, even drawing a picture of them can help to anchor the process even further.
4. Gratitude & Positive Self Talk
We mentioned gratitude already, when we come from this space we think abundantly and from a space of love.
For example: Writing down the things you are grateful for and why each day, will help you to stay in this frame of mind.
Gratitude links in with positive self talk, if you are thinking of the things you are blessed to have in your life you are automatically going to speak to your self more positively, as opposed to focusing on what you don't have (there is no point in wasting energy on doing this) and comparing your life to others.
As personal trainers, again, we see neglect of this all too often in the form of self sabotage!
People telling themselves if they had a bad day or a good day that they should eat less nutritious food or take a day off training which in turn causes their results to go ta less desirable way. Or when it comes to strength training, comparing themselves to others, telling themselves they can't lift the weight, something happened at work or they weren't able to get a decent sleep so in focusing on this and the negatives of the day this puts off their training.
5. Self Development
Our businesses/careers, relationships, opportunities and most things in life will only grow to the extent that we grow ourselves, the more uncomfortable we become the better.
There is an abundance of resources out there readily available at our finger tips.
- Books: audio, ebooks, paperback
- Free online webinars or seminars in person
- Coaches and mentors
- Special interest groups and communities
These are only to name a few...
Immerse yourself in self development, it's the best investment you can make, trust me you do have time to fit this in, especially if you are time blocking.
Do you commute? Whether you catch public transport, drive or walk to and from work, you have time to listen to a podcast on your phone. It's that easy.
Self development is the missing link in between where we see clients struggle to reach their goals, they can stay consistent for a certain amount of weeks with training and nutrition, however the old way of thinking creeps back in, they go off task and end up back where they began.
A special tip I would like to make here is that you can do all the self development in the world, but the key is implementing what you are learning into your life, you'll get out what you put in.
Your environment is everything, at home, at the gym, at work and your family, you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with and this is in all aspects of life.
Think of the 5 people you spend the most time with, think about how much they earn, their current health and even body weight, their habits, their debt, their occupations, how they spend their time, things they find challenging, all aspects, isn't that surprising?
If those around you aren't on a similar path to the one you are on and are putting you down for trying to get ahead, they aren't living a healthy lifestyle, they dislike their jobs and they are in unhappy relationships, then we advise you distance yourself from these people and start spending more time with those who you aspire to be like. Your whole world will start to change.
We love creating a space at The Tribe STM of positive reinforcement, non judgement and support, bringing together like minded individuals who may have once been strangers, but end up becoming good friends as they want for similar things in life.
Try something new, perhaps theres something you've been wanting to do but have been putting it off like a new class or workshop, visiting a new yoga centre, get outside of your comfort zone more often and hang out in places where you would like to spend more time.
7. Meetings and Accountability Sessions
It's one thing to set goals, but is there anyone holding you accountable to these and challenging your daily habits? If you don't currently have a circle of influence that is uplifting then I doubt your friends and family are there by your side, encouraging you to do the right thing, in fact they may be encouraging you to do the opposite.
Find an accountability partner who is on a similar path to you, who may be slightly ahead of where you are. Speak to them on the phone or in person at least once a week and ensure that you are checking in with each other most days. Follow the same structure each time.
This works better if they aren't someone who you are overly close with, that way you are going to be able to be more open and honest with them, in a constructive way.
We've found this works well within The Tribe STM, or doing accountability between members or members with coaches, again because they have similar values and goals.
One of the biggest themes here is that it's what you do daily that matters, through implementing more structure and consistency.
No matter how boring this may seem, the most successful people are those who 'do the do' no matter what and they never ever give up even when they feel fear or face failure!
It's not necessarily that they are smarter than the rest or that they are a special breed, they just do the things that most people don't want to.
Training 5 days a week may loose it's appeal in time, eating healthy may also loose its appeal in time, listening to podcasts might become a mundane task, but if you really want to successfully achieve your goals you'll keep on going, or you will find a way to make things more interesting to ensure you stick with it.
Thanks for reading,
Peter Voogd - Six Months to Six Figures