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11 Habits to Achieving Greatness in Your Life

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Do you know what makes some people stand out from others? Do you know what habits are essential to achieve greatness in your life? Do you know why some leaders stand taller beyond their lifetimes? The answer to all these questions is that they possess some unique habits and adopt unconventional approaches and practices.

There is a pattern of unique habits that convert ordinary individuals into extraordinary individuals, and extraordinary individuals into inspiring individuals. When you understand and apply them you can unlock your hidden potential to achieve greatness in your life. Here is a distilled list of habits, tools, and techniques to help you stand out: 

1. Be an early riser

Rise early in the morning as it is the time the human mind is highly productive and creative with fresh thoughts. It is like starting on a clean slate. You find total tranquility and peace in the morning. You don’t find any distractions. Hence, you can concentrate well. It helps schedule your activities to roll out effectively as you have a fixed time at your disposal.

2. Exercise regularly

Do exercises regularly. Invest your time to go to the gym or a walk or do meditation. You must burn calories during your walk to energize your body. It can elevate your body with new spirits and you can fill your mind with new ideas and thoughts during exercise. Regular physical activity maintains a good appetite; ensures free motion; and provides sound sleep. 

These three are the symptoms of good health. Invest your time in maintaining your health. If you are healthy you can encounter any kind of challenges in your life and come out with flying colors.

3. Follow your heart

Find out your passions and follow them. Unfortunately, people follow others’ passions and fail miserably. You must find out your strengths and concerns, capitalize on your strengths and overcome concerns to achieve big in your life. Passion can take you to greater heights of success. 

When you work in your passionate areas, you don’t know how you spent your time and life. Your work doesn’t become boring but it becomes inspiring thus getting the best out of it. Some people chase money ignoring their passions and fail finally. The truth is that when you follow your passion the money will follow you automatically.

4. Acquire attitude

In the twentieth century, a lot of research was done on successful people to understand what made them extraordinary achievers.  It showed that the attitude was the main thing. It is your attitude that determines the altitude of your success. People can support you if you have the right attitude. Employers prefer attitude over experience during employment interviews.

5. Visualize yourself

Understand the power of visualization. Learn how to visualize success. You must visualize yourself as a successful person. It is rightly said that a battle is won twice — first in mind and second in reality. 

That means you will have a mental script first and then roll out the real script. Hence, visualization is the crucial thing to achieving great success. You can become the way you want to become if you visualize yourself the way you want to be.

“Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.” – Blaise Pascal

6. Equip with positive affirmations

You must always visualize positive affirmations.  Positive affirmations are like goal setting as they improve your positive attitude and the way you look at your life. They help you stay focused on your goals and manage your time. They enhance your longevity as you feel to live for a longer time with optimism. 

Whether you want to succeed or fail, it is in your hands as your thoughts will lead to actions. When your thoughts are positive your actions will be positive.  

7. Discover your biological clock

Every human body is unique and when you discover your biological clock, you can achieve greatness. You can also call it ‘moods’. Every human body is productive and creative at some point of time during the day. If you understand the time when you are highly productive, you can do important tasks and achieve optimum outcomes. 

It is the time when your body and mind connect quickly and creates amazing chemistry to achieve the outcomes the way you want. For instance, if you identify the ideal time to read in a day, and read the book, you can absorb and assimilate the content quickly. You will be able to apply it effectively and achieve great success. 

Hence, instead of reading at the wrong time for ten hours, and if you read one hour at a time when your body is highly productive, you can achieve the desired outcomes easily, quickly, and smartly.

8. Strengthen your subconscious mind

We operate 95 percent from our subconscious minds and 5 percent from our conscious minds. To strengthen your subconscious mind, give positive commands 30 minutes before you go to bed. A study shows that when we go to sleep our conscious mind clicks off and our subconscious mind clicks on and begins to entertain itself during the rest of the sleep. 

What we did in our last 30 minutes we replay 15-17 times during the night. Hence, you can understand the importance of giving commands and giving instructions on the way you want to become in your life. If you want to win Nobel Prize, daily give commands before you go to bed that you are bagging Nobel Prize. 

When you do so regularly, you strengthen your subconscious mind and you start to think and change your behavior accordingly and work hard to accomplish your goal.

9. Improve your concentration

Light the candle in a dark room, and observe the flame for a few seconds without any distraction to you to enhance your concentration. When you practice this for a few days, you will be amazed to find yourself with an improved concentration.

10. Use your inner dialogue effectively

All human beings have dialogue within themselves throughout the waking hours which is known as ‘inner dialogue’ or ‘self-talk’. This is the most powerful one when you use it effectively. However, it becomes a noise when you don’t listen to others during the conversation. We can use it effectively throughout the day by practicing or thinking about good things. You can use your inner dialogue during your leisure time and traveling time on your goals to succeed greatly.

11. Write and burn the paper

It is often tough to forget unpleasant experiences and events. But here is a solution where you can get out of them. When you get negative thoughts frequently or when you are angry with someone, write it on a piece of paper and burn it. When you write on paper, you vent out your feelings and relieve yourself from negative people and thoughts. When you burn, you put an end to them. 

To conclude, the human mind is very powerful and you must know how to exploit and channel it effectively. By acquiring these habits and adopting these time-tested tools and techniques you can unleash your hidden power to achieve greatness in your life.

Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is an International Leadership Guru with forty years of experience and the author of fifty books including the award-winning ‘See the Light in You’ URL: https://www.amazon.com/See-Light-You-Spiritual-Mindfulness/dp/1949003132. He is a C-Suite advisor and global keynote speaker. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications.

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