Successful people aren’t born successful. Becoming successful requires grit, determination, self-discipline, time, and a lot of energy. If what you are currently doing in your life isn’t propelling you to the places that you want to go, then you need to start implementing new daily habits that will change your life.
Remember, you are in control of your own destiny. Nobody else is going to achieve your dreams for you. Whatever you want in life is already out there, but it’s up to you to go and get it.
From where I was a little over a year and a half ago to where I am today, I will say that I feel like a completely new person. And for the better! I am happy, I am motivated and driven, and I feel as if my life actually has a purpose to it.
If it weren’t for these daily habits that I am about to share with you, I don’t know if I would be as happy, energetic, optimistic, or successful as I am today. And the best part is that every new day, I am only getting becoming a better me than I was the day prior.
Here are 8 daily habits that have changed my life, and ones that I believe will do the same for you as well.
1. Create a morning ritual.
How you start your morning matters. Whether it is waking up at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., or whenever you want to wake up, create a morning routine that will help set to set the rest of your day up for success.
Having a good solid morning routine helps you start your day on a positive, proactive note. Quit rushing around and stressing yourself out in the morning. Create some structure to your day to help eliminate stress and mental fatigue.
2. Read more.
I never used to read. After graduating from college (which I didn’t buy books my senior year because textbooks are a scam), I didn’t read one book from start to finish for four full years. Instead, I watched TV, played videogames, and did other unproductive things with my time.
Reading books is a great way to gain knowledge, and knowledge is power. Start your day off with reading something uplifting and motivating to set the tone for the rest of your day. And when you go to bed, do the same.
A little side note that many don’t realize – reading before bedtime can help you sleep better. It helps to calm your mind from outside stressors while allowing your imagination to run wild.
3. Surround yourself with positive people.
I talk about this tip so often because it is something that truly works! Whatever you want your life to look like, surround yourself with those who have achieved the success that you envision of achieving. The more you surround yourself with individuals who have achieved the success that you want, the more you pick up on some of the habits that they have used to achieve that success.
Plus, it helps to keep you motivated. Humans are naturally competitive individuals. You don’t want to be less successful than everybody else around you. When you surround yourself with individuals who have achieved more than you have, you are more likely to push yourself to eventually achieve the same, if not more than them.
4. Be grateful.
Learning to be grateful is huge! Practicing gratitude is something that will only increase your positive thinking, your happiness, your success, and your love for life.
Every morning when I plan my day (that will be a tip as well), I also write down 5 things that I am grateful for from the previous day. Some of the things that I include are my family, my new job, my house, my freedom, my overall happiness, really just anything that makes me want to smile.
By starting my day off focusing on things that I am thankful for, it helps to put me into a good state of mind as my day progresses. I am less irritated, more energetic, and genuinely want to make a larger impact in the world.
5. Plan your day.
Whether it is using a planner, the calendar app on your phone or computer, or just writing a list of things that you need to get done, plan your day.
As you go through your day, take note of when it is that you have the most energy. For me, I am more energetic in the mornings than I am in the evenings. Because of this, I tend to prioritize my most important tasks for the beginning of the day when I know that I will have the energy to accomplish them.
Most of the time it pays to start small and to work your way up, but not when it comes to planning your day. Start at the top (or when you have the most energy) and work your way down to the tasks that don’t require as much attention and focus.
6. Set a daily intention.
When you wake up in the morning, set a clear and concise intention for the day. It can truly be anything you want, such as to find the time to work out, to read a chapter in your book, to crush that presentation that you have, to be kinder to those around you, to act out of kindness, etc.
When you start your day off with a single intention, that thought will then be on the top of your mind throughout the rest of the day. It gives your day meaning and purpose, and it also helps you to act on your thoughts and to take a chance.
Action and taking chances is a crucial part of any and all success.
7. Move your body.
Your body is your temple. Move it, take care of it, treat it with respect, nourish it, and love it because it is not the same as anybody else’s.
This is something that I have struggled with in the past and still do struggle with to some extent. I can tell you that when I learned to treat my body better, I started to find more happiness.
You don’t need to go to the gym every day and put yourself through a vigorous workout if you don’t want to. Instead, take 30 minutes out of your evening and go for a nice walk around the neighborhood. Get some fresh air, get your blood flowing, and move! You will feel less stressed, happier, and if you stay consistent, you will start to feel better about your image.
8. Surrender to what was.
If you haven’t read the book The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer, I highly recommend you do so. It’s a perfect example of how your life can change when you learn to let go of the things you can’t control, and when you learn to find peace and stillness in your mind.
As difficult as it is to do, let go of the past. You are not going to be able to change what has already happened, so good or bad, learn from it and move on. Life is all about progression, not perfection. So progress forward and let go of whatever is behind you.
These are 8 tips that I use on a daily basis. If you ask anybody who knows me, they will tell you that I am not the same person that I was a year and a half ago. A large part of my success and my love for life is because of these 8 tips.
Surely there are additional ones that I could have included, but I feel that these are 8 of the most important ones.
Whatever stage you are at in life, keep your head up and move forward. Your past will never define you if you don’t allow it to. It’s never easy to create change in your life, but just know that it will always be worth it.
Yesterday’s post: Finding Yourself Procrastinating? Here Are 8 Tips To Help You.