How you treat your body has a direct impact on your success and prosperity;
Dedication, ambition and drive are all important, but in order to have success, first, you must be what you want to become. You cannot build success with bad habits and an unhealthy mind.
17 Small Actionable Habits for Success
If you are not happy with your current situation and desire something different, you must change your current mindset. Here are the best habits that every, health conscious, motivated, successful person should strive for.
1. Get Plenty of Sleep
The average person requires seven to nine hours of good quality sleep per night, period. Do not kid yourself that you will need less.
During sleep, your body recharges, regenerates and repairs.
Lack of sleep leads to decreased productivity, fatigue and lack of motivation. Over time, sleep deprivation contributes to the development of chronic disease.
2. Eat Right
I know you have heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”
This is so very true.
If you consume unhealthy food, you will look, feel and be unhealthy. The better you eat, the more energy you will have. This will head to increased productivity and motivation, which will ultimately lead to success. I can relate to this personally.
When I changed my dietary habits, I felt incredibly better, had more energy and motivation, which allowed me to help more patients.
3. Stay Active
Research shows that you will live longer and be more productive if you exercise. Shoot for at least 10,000 steps per day and between 30-45 min of activity per day. For optimal results, mix up your activity. This is essential for and stress relief.
4. Get Outside
The majority of Western society is inside all day, getting little sun exposure or fresh air. Indoor air quality is unbelievably toxic. Getting outside will help “clear your head” and allow you to breathe cleaner air.
It is unbelievably relaxing and a great stress reliever.
Vitamin D deficiency affects about 80% of the population. Sunlight is the best and most natural method to get vitamin D. Deficiency has been associated with a host of diseases, including heart disease, depression, osteoporosis and many more.
You cannot be productive while dealing with these health issues.
5. Stress Reduction
We have all heard “stress kills”.
Chronic stress leads to heart disease, strokes, heart attacks, anxiety, depression, pain syndromes and is a contributing factor to many others.
Participating in stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, yoga, and tai chi, can really reduce how stress affects your body. It will allow you to clear your head and eliminate the “noise”, providing for better focus and attention to detail.
6. Accepting Failure
We do not know success if we do not know failure. Recognize that failure is part of success, learn from it and do not let it happen again. Understand that most businesses do fail and many great ideas never make it off the ground. It is a war out there!
7. It’s Okay to Ask for Help
You cannot do it alone! Many of us have a fear that asking for help makes us look weak. Knowing your limitations will help you build your network and become successful.
By not asking, you will struggle more and might actually deprive someone the joy of showing you that they care and want to help.
8. Lose the Ego
Just because you are an expert in a particular area, do not mean that you still cannot learn from others. The more you respect others for their knowledge, the more you will get respect.
It is great when you achieve success, but not when you gloat or brag. Enjoy it, you earned it, but do not take it to the next level.
9. Have a Support System
Personally, my wife has been my biggest fan and supporter. She has been there for me during the tough times and the good ones as well. Building a support system that includes personal and professional contacts is very important.
Whether it is online or in-person, the more support that you have, the greater confidence you will have. The support system does not have to be big, but you do need to have mutual trust and respect.
10. Have a Plan B
I always have a plan B. Many times, things do not go as planned and you need to resort to the backup plan. In several instances, the backup ends up being better than the original.
Not only should you have a plan, but a method of quickly putting it into action quickly if plan A gets derailed by the unforeseen.
11. Accept Change
Change is part of life. You cannot control it. Accepting and understand that life or business will not be exactly as you planned will help you adapt and make the best of a given situation.
12. Look at the Positive
There is always positive in every situation, no matter how bad things may seem to be. You just have to find it and focus on that. Negative feelings and emotions do not produce success.
13. Avoid Unhealthy Habits
Smoking and alcohol kill productivity. If you have to go for a smoke break or make a trip to the bar, you are not focusing on your goals. Using that time kills productivity and creative thought, in addition to your body and mind.
14. Avoid Stressful Situations
Stress saps your energy and motivation. It fills your head with unhealthy thoughts. By avoiding these situations, you will be able to be more productive and have more energy to move forward.
15. Stay Away from Toxic People
Steer clear of toxic people and nay-sayers. Identify the ones who are toxic and un-supportive. Avoid them like the plaque. They suck all the life and goodness out of you slowing productivity and self worth. Nothing is more demotivating.
16. Be Realistic
Success takes time! It is a marathon, not a sprint. Set small achievable goals leading to a long-term goal. Do not overestimate time. It will take longer than you expect and the road will be bumpy.
17. Stop Dwelling on the Past
We all make mistakes and what we “should’ve done…”
Do not focus on that, but focus on how you have learned from past experiences. I always say never make the same mistake twice. Learning from your mistakes and failures makes for a strong businessperson.
Success is defined in many ways, but YOU have the ultimate control whether you succeed or fail. These tips have helped me along my personal journey. I hope they are helpful and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.