10 Powerful Habits of The Ultra Successful

10 Powerful Habits of The Ultra Successful

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“Successful people are simply those with successful habits” – Brian Tracy

We often run through life, envious of all the people who “made it”. Not being able to recognize exactly why they are where they are in life. We’re confused as to what trickery or black magic these people have applied in their life that has enabled them to rise to the top of their industry. Unfortunately we’re never able to distill this “special ingredient” or “secret” that has kept us in doubts for so long. Eventually it can even drive us to the brink of insanity But I’d say we’re searching for the wrong things.. How so?

  • What’s the one thing that made him so much money?
  • What’s the one thing that allowed him to have so many friends?
  • What’s the single source of his great health?

We’re primarily focused on certain events whilst almost every (if not all) successful aspects we recognize in a person is the sum of different processes. These processes are basically different habits that have been built up over time which have compounded in the results they’re experiencing in their life. I call this habit-stacking Habit-what? ——————————————————————————–

 

What Is Habit Stacking?

Habit stacking is the process of incrementally (meaning gradually) implementing new, empowering habits in your day-to-day life. These daily, high-leverage tasks will “stack up” over time which will in turn improve what I call your “success-level” For illustrative purposes, here’s fancy infographic I made; Untitled Report (1)   The quantity and quality of every success habit performed, will define the altitude of your success-level. I’ve seen this pattern recurring in many different successful people I’ve observed the past years. People like Warren Buffet, Anthony Robbins, Elon Musk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Owen Cook and many more. The people who obviously “have their stuff together” The stacking of these habits creates an immense amount of control over their life and therefore yields the compounding results they have acquired.

By analyzing and defining their different habits, I’ve compiled a list of what I believe are the 10 most potent habits to implement in your life.

 

Ten Essential Success Habits

(Speed) Learningold-books-436498_1280

I’ve seen this habit recurring time and time again. The wealthiest people of the world are avid learners. In an interview , Warren Buffet and Bill Gates were asked if they could have one superpower in the world, what would it be? They both argued that being the worlds fastest reader would be HUGE Why is it so effective?

Reading allows us to skip (partially) the process of trial and error by simulating the future in our mind, based on the knowledge we’ve acquired from other peoples’ mistakes. Why make your own when you can learn so much from others?

It allows us to “stand on the shoulders of giants” by acquiring information that enables us to avoid many failures.

How to start? Start by reading 15 pages every day (non-fiction)

 

Visualization

Often in life we harbor dis-empowering thoughts in our head;

  • I’m not good enough
  • I’m not good with women
  • I don’t deserve to be rich
  • I’m not able to lose any weight

These are all perfect examples of limiting beliefs that become self-fulfilling prophecies and basically rob ourselves of everything we want out of life. People are not limited to these perceptions and are actually able to change these for the better (however, not many realize they can do this) How you perceive yourself and your surroundings literally sets the boundaries of your individual accomplishment. It basically defines what you can and cannot do. This is a social theorem defined by W.I Thomas and D.S. Thomas;

“People react not only to the situations they are in, but also, and often primarily, to the way they perceive the situations and to the meaning they assign to these perceptions. Therefore, their behavior is determined in part by their perception and the meaning they ascribe to the situations they are in, rather than by the situations themselves. Once people convince themselves that a situation really has a certain meaning, regardless of whether it actually does, they will take very real actions in consequence.”

So what should I do? Improve your self-image and your image of the world and likewise will your accomplishments grow to greater heights. The way I do this is by writing down how I want to perceive myself and visualize in detail how I will act in certain situations. Repetition is key! Eventually it will become real. This might sound like the black magic I referred to earlier, but it goes much deeper than that. You could argue that this is yet another pseudo-scientific trick to justify positive thinking but I personally believe (from several experiences and observations) that this “trick” works.

How to start? Read books like “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill and “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen (FREE DOWNLOAD)

 

Exercise & Dietstrawberries-272812_1280

Our body is probably the single most important investment we can make in our life. And the only one we’re 100% convinced off that we’re always going to need it. Yet I see so many people gulping down fast-food, copious amounts of alcohol and neglecting any form of exercise. Everything you operate needs maintenance from time to time. You can compare your body to driving a car. If you don’t take care of your car, guess what’s going to happen? Buy a new one? Nope, game over buddy!

How to start? Make sure you get the recommended physical activity every day (if you can do more, do so!). Do this first thing in the morning and just get it over with. The consequences are far more detrimental.

 

Goal Setting (In Writing)

Writing down your goals has been proven time and time again that they can make a huge impact on your life altogether! A study about goal setting at Harvard University in the book “What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School” by Mark McCormack discovered the following truth about goal-setting and performance;

“Only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing; and a whopping 84 percent had no specific goals at all. Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings, while somewhat predictable, were nonetheless astonishing. The 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all. And what about the three percent who had clear, written goals? They were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.”

The truth is simply this; without goals you don’t have any direction in life and nothing really tangible to work towards. Result? You get nowhere. Pretty obvious stuff, right?

How to start? Set some goals! Here’s how I do it.

 

Planning & Prioritizationhook-76785_1280

Do the most important things first. This is such a simple concept talked about by many high-achievers. I’ve read about this in “The One Thing” by Gary Keller, “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey and “Think And Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill What they all basically say is that you should find your one, most important focus for every single day (aligned with the goals you’ve set out for yourself) and consequently annihilate that goal in the morning until it is finished – everything else is a distraction. Simple, yet not easy.

How to start? Find your one, most important task for the day and execute accordingly. Also set a time limit on these goals, so you don’t get stuck in saying things like; “I’m done at x hour” or “my work gets done when it’s done.” Limitations create urgency. Urgency gets things done.

 

Money Management

Another big pillar in success is shifting from the consumer mentality into the investor mentality. See your little dollars as seeds. By spending your hard-earned money in a smart way you’ll be able to grow your investments into bigger pay-offs over time

  • Don’t buy ridiculously overpriced smartphones
  • Don’t amass great amounts of debt
  • Don’t live above your means

Basic stuff like that makes a huge difference over time.

How to start? Read some great books on financial beliefs and money management like “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” By Robert T. Kiyosaki, “The Millionaire Fastlane” by MJ Demarco and “The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham.

 

Waking Up Early

clock-20013_1280 Our time on earth is limited. With our average life expectancy of 78.6 years (as of 2014) we spent 25 years of that sleeping! Tai Lopez (who became a self-made millionaire in his 20’s) says that we only have 50 000 valuable hours to really dedicate to doing our greatest work. The rest of the time is spend in disability, sickness, sleeping, old age, young age and so-forth.

Imagine that I give you a check of $50 000 in the beginning of your life, how scarcely would you spend those dollars?

How to start? Start waking-up an hour earlier everyday! That’s 365 hours extra a year which equals more than two weeks! What are you waiting for? Tick-tock.

 

Build On Strength

We’re all born with our unique sets of strengths and talents yet we rarely develop those to our natural capacities. We fall into the trap of believing the “you can be anything you want” fairy-tale that has been fed to us by our surroundings. The truth (IMO) is this: We can only perform optimally from strength. Talent and investment serve as amplifiers for your achievement level. TALENT X INVESTMENT = STRENGTH Investment can be self-generated whilst raw talent is incredibly difficult to add.

While it may be possible, with a considerable amount of work, to add talent where little exists, our research suggests that this may not be the best use of your time – Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

My take on strengths is the following; Build your life on what you’re good at, but improve your weaknesses to the degree that they don’t hold you back.

How to start? A great way to get started and gain some priceless self-knowledge is by taking the personality test at 16Personalities.com. I found the results disturbingly accurate yet amazingly insightful.

 

Networking & Social Skillsteam-386673_1280

Many successful people are not where they are solely because of their many skills and talents (which they have) but because they made themselves known to others. Ever heard the statement; It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know? In terms of success this certainly rings true. Mostly it’s not you that rises trough the ranks by your own effort. People rise to success by others lifting them up.

Additionally, by surrounding yourself with these “high-achievers” your own performance level will be increased. This is because the people we see regularly set the standard for what is appropriate and therefore we’ll adjust to that environment.

How to start? Read some books on basic social skills like “How To Win Friends And Influence People” by Dale Carnegie and get some great resources on networking! One website I’d definitely recommend is SmartBusinessRevolution.com by John Concoran (he has a GREAT free ebook).

 

Character

And last but certainly not least important: Character! By setting for ourselves a certain standard for acceptable behavior, we’re able to connect with other people on a genuine level. Things like; being honest, keeping secrets, having integrity, not cheating, not stealing and so-forth. People automatically want to connect with the ones who don’t have hidden agendas and are pure of heart. Immorality breaks relationships.

How to start? Write down for yourself a certain set of rules (a code of conduct) you will live by that will lead to a successful life (whatever that means to you). Be sure to include the essentials like integrity, honesty, responsibility and so-forth. Read these values when you get out of bed and live accordingly.

 

Essence

I know this can be a lot to take in and therefore I highly recommend building up each habit until it has become a natural part of your day-to-day routine. (don’t take on more than one at a time – two at max) New research shows that the formation of a new habit can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days (66 on average). So consistency is key here. Start with small steps and slowly build them up. Notice also that almost all the habits I’ve mentioned above are short-term sacrifices that will result in long-term benefits.

By overcoming forms of instant gratification like cheating, watching tv, splurging money, binge-eating and whatnot we set ourselves up for a great future. Delayed gratification is your ticket to success! (Which doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to enjoy life – within reason 😉) Anyway, that’s all I have to say on success habits for today. I hope I’ve been able to spike your curiosity to try out a new habit (or improve the quality/quantity of an old one) So, that leaves me with just one more question;

 

What other “success-habits” do you know?

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Thanks for taking the time to read my post! I really appreciate it.

If you’re having anymore thoughts or questions about this topic, feel free to share them with me in the comment section below!

Take care, Simon

I’m Simon! Fitness-fanatic and self-development addict. I’m on a quest for happiness and fulfillment in my life to become everything I’ve set out to be, and so are you! I write about Creating Yourself on BasicGrowth.com

78 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Simon, thank you very much for this great article. One of my personal development principle’s is to integrate 2 new success rituals every 60 days. I would like to add the ritual of recording gratitude to this article, which I am currently working on. It has been 25days since I’ve started this ritual and it has helped me stay positive and calm during challenging days. Once again, thank you very much for this wonderful article.

  2. Take responsibility, believe in yourself, develop great habbits and character and finally dont expect magic to happen in couple of days, remember ‘delayed gratification’. I have started my journey and sometimes its really hard to stay focused, but from now on I will definitely remember the phrase ‘delayed gratification’and continue working hard.

    Really great article, I can feel that you have written this with your heart and based on your experience. Cheers.

  3. Thank you Simon for this nice article. Love the idea of habit stocking and the advice to stop chasing one magic ingredient of success. I am also a big advocate of challenging limiting beliefs, and think actually that doing The Work is a better method than visualisation.
    Thank you for this thoughtful and well written article.

  4. Simon,

    What a fantastic and insightful post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and now I am on the right path to micro-managing the little things I do on a daily basis that holds me back from being successful. I started doing a registry for my checking account and became more organized by using a daily planner to schedule work hours, overtime hours, and when bills are due.

    One thing I really wanted to ask you is in your step of networking and social skills, you state the following:

    People rise to success by others lifting them up.

    My question to you is this… Do you have a Twitter account? I got rid of Facebook because I found it distracting from my goals. Or better yet, would you be able to email me some more ideas. This was a really awesome post! I was hoping I could talk to you about my goals and what I hope to achieve.

    Jpotts2nd@comcast.net

    Jake Potts

    • Hey Jake,

      I’m glad you liked the article! 😀 These are the big things Imo, not the little ones. I’m available at my blog basicgrowth.com and manage most of my content/ideas from there. Twitter is @BasicGrowth

      Hope that helped!

      Take care,

  5. hi Simon..I really enjoyed the article especially the waking up early part. Really I am amazed at how much happiness those two extra hours brings to the whole day and yes your take on visualization is great. I have my own experiences where I imagine the worst before a presentation or exam and guess what it is a self-fulfilling prophecy!!simply just what I hope for. so now I practice not to imagine anything negative just give the best possible I can and wait with prayers.

    • Hey Rashmi,

      That’s a big thing; changing our focus from the things we don’t want to the things we do want in our life. Our mind uses the “blueprints” available to execute upon. If we provide crappy blueprints, it’s going to give a crappy result. I’m still learning more about visualization at this point,

      I found it pretty difficult though.

      Take care,

    • Hey Matthias,

      There’s definitely more where that came from 😉 But I’m on a hold atm due to financial obligations.

      Take care,

  6. I strongly believe that habits shape our actions and results. I adopted some “morning power questions”, e.g. “what are you grateful for in your life?”, “what are you committed to right now?”.
    In the evening, my husband and I have a habit I recommend for all couples: we share what we learned this very day. First, our conversations go much deeper than usual, and second we inspire each other and have the opportunity to also learn from the other.
    Cheers
    Stefanie

    • Hey Stefanie,

      Those are cool things to apply – and def. make an impact imo. It’s actually a proven practice to increase your awareness of the positive things in your life! I do gratefulness journaling & asking myself what is going great/exciting at the moment.

      It helps to shift focus on positive things.

      Take care,

  7. “Our body is probably the single most important investment we can make in our life. ” So true. If you are tired, sick, sluggish, moody, etc because you are putting junk in your gas tank you will work less and earn less. Look at nutrient and water rich foods as fuel for success.

  8. I would like to express my gratitude for this article. I have an obsession with the idealized version of myself wanting to be an ultra successful gentlemen. The issue that I face is that I do not have an example of what it means to be ultra successful. I beat my strengths and crafts in hopes that one day success will manifest itself; ignorant to the fact that there is much more to being ultra successful than being a talented artist. This article just opened doors to another world, books I can read, and habits I should adopt. Hopefully I will inspire others to do the same. Spreading the ideas which is worth more than money.

    • Hey Jason,

      I like your choice of words. What you’re talking about is definitely something worth pursuing. I’m glad I was able to help man.

      Take care,

  9. i love the bit of visualizing…i am turning my limitations to self fulfilling prophecies…i have to see good things happening to me!!! thanks alot! this is profound!

  10. This is profound! i was just thinking on how to make my life better in terms of self investment and this is it! i have to begin with keeping fit and writing down my goals as well as working on my networking skills…Thanks alot and God bless!

  11. Really appreciate this! I jot down on my notes and gonna stick it somewhere near my bed so I can read it as soon as I get up. Thanks!

  12. Wow. Absolutely amazing. This is an incredible article filled with golden nuggets of wisdom. A must read for sure. Simon thanks for writing this post, you make everything so clear, simple and precise. Extremely well written!!
    Thanks

    • Thanks Gabriel,

      I’m glad you liked it man. I love the feedback on this article – it’s what keeps me going 😉

      Definitely will keep writing!

      Take care,

    • Hey EJ,

      I haven’t been in your situation but what I would recommend you to do is improving your financial knowledge. You can sign-up for the free newsletter at richdad . com and you’ll get a boatload of information on money management and paying off debt.

      Hope that helps,

      Take care,

  13. Wow wow wow! Simon,I wouldnt say this was good but an exellent article of motivation,self improvement and a way to success.I agree with you from point 1 to the finish.And about the books you recommended they are so good to read if one wishes to be successfull.One problem with the article is that it ended when i was learning something,am hoping for a book next time.VERY EDUCATIVE

    • Thanks James 😀

      I’m glad you feel that way man. I appreciate that more than you think.

      I’ll definitely keep writing haha,

      Take care,

  14. Nice one Simon! Awesomely concise summary of what actually works. I would add practicing mindfulness, as it increases attention and focus abilities over time, allowing a person to get so much more productivity out of each hour.

    • Thanks Dan, I’m glad you liked it man!

      Good addition. I agree that we can’t just keep beating at it and need to recharge our minds from time to time.

      Take care Dan!

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