5 Habits Critical To Success
by Jeremiah Jens | on May 1, 2012
5 Critical Habits To Develop That Will Help You Accomplish Anything In Life!
I’ve been thinking a lot about success lately…why do certain people continue to hit their goals and seemingly accomplish more in life, while others simply fall short?
Over the course of my life I’ve developed several habits that I know have been a huge contributor to my success both online and offline.
I truly believe that you can accomplish anything that you want in life – whether that’s make a billion dollars, lose 50 pounds, travel the world, get out of debt or just be happy.
Developing positive habits changes your life dramatically and for the better. Positive habits enable you to consciously and deliberately accomplish anything you want in life
I’ve put together a list of 5 habits that I use in my own life that have helped me to achieve anything that I have put my mind too.
By adopting the habits below you are increasing the speed and likelihood of achieving not only your financial goals, but simply getting more satisfaction out of every aspect of your life.
I suggest for each habit that you commit to adopting that you undertake a 30 day challenge.
Focus on just one of the habits at a time, and practice that habit every day for 30 days in a row.
Write it down on paper, along with your motivations and obstacles and commit to that habit publicly.
Here’s an easy way to keep track of your habit and help keep you motivated. Print out a 30 day calendar and place it somewhere you’ll see every day. Next mark an X on the calendar every day you successfully practice that new habit.
The goal is to create a chain of 30 X’s in a row. Don’t break the chain. After a few days you’ll have several X’s in a row and you’ll not want to see that chain break.
If you miss a day – don’t sweat, don’t give up..just get back on that horse and focus on trying to complete 30 days in a row of developing that new habit.
Okay so here are my five habits that are crucial to reaching your financial goals and helping you achieve more in your life:
Positive Thinking: This might seem really simple, but I’m constantly surprised by how many people are quick to turn negative when they hit a roadblock in life. A good mindset, in my opinion is the most important tool that you can have in order to achieve your goals. Life can be hard, not everything is easy… you’re going to hit bumps in the road, but if you can just acknowledge the bumps as part of the journey and allow yourself to keep going you’re going to be much better off for it.
Learning: Again pretty straight forward but I spend several hours a day reading and learning from other people from a diverse variety of backgrounds and industries. This helps develop the ability to put yourself in another persons shoes, and see a situation from several perspectives which is very important when you’re trying to develop a business. It also helps you relate to other people, develop more meaningful relationships and understand and bring clarity to what it is that you actually want out of life.
If you hate reading but are open to the concept of learning I suggest you had to your local book store or amazon.com and check out some of the bestsellers, writing the authors names down and heading over to youtube.com and see if you can find recorded interviews from the author. This way you get the benefit of learning from a best selling author, without actually having to read.
Try and start with a goal of developing the habit of incorporating 30 minutes of learning into your day.
Single Tasking: The opposite of multi-tasking —Why is it life-changing? A couple powerful reasons:
- You’ll be more effective with your tasks and get more done. It’s hard to achieve important things if you’re constantly switching tasks and distracted by other “urgent” things.
- You’ll be less stressed overall and (in my experience) happier throughout your day.
- It helps stop the ‘shiny object’ syndrome jumping from one business opportunity to the next.
Focus on one goal: Just as focusing on one task at a time is more effective, and focusing on one habit at a time is more effect, so is focusing on one goal at a time. While it might seem very difficult, focusing on one goal at a time is the most powerful way of achieving your goals.
What if you have 5 goals you want to achieve? Pick one to focus on first. Break it into a mini-goal you can accomplish this month, if it’s a longer-term goal. Pick an action you can do today. Keep doing this until the goal is accomplished — do an action every day, finish the mini-goal, pick the next mini-goal to work on. Then, when your One Goal is completed, focus on the next goal.
Some goals are ongoing ones — like blogging every day, or exercising every day. In those cases, turn them into habits— focus exclusively on turning the goal into a habit, until the habit is ingrained. Then focus on the next goal.
Dedicated Work Time: This one is a biggie. Schedule in at the very least 30 minutes of dedicated work time. I usually spend two hours first thing in the morning working on pro-active business building tasks. Things like creating ad campaigns, developing joint venture partnerships, working on products.
These are tasks that are pro-actively going to help build my business. For you this might mean that you’re committing 30 minutes a day to building your online business – this might mean writing email auto responder series, creating a sales page, setting up an ad campaign.
The point is this is work time scheduled every day. It’s not for Googling things, it’s not for researching things, it’s not for chatting or Facebook. It’s for working! Even 30 minutes of focused work a day is a game changer (I’m willing to bet it’s more than you do right now)
I’m a really big believer in constantly developing and improving myself. So in the spirit of growth I’ve decided to undertake a one year habit quest. Over the course of the next 12 months I plan on developing 12 new habits. And I encourage you to follow along with me!
Stay tuned for tomorrows blog posts on the 12 habits that I plan to develop over the next year and how I’m going to make it all happen.
To your success and happiness