Seven Daily Habits of Success
Change your routine, change your life.
In his best-selling book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life, Tom Corley interviewed hundreds of self-made millionaires about their daily habits and compared the answers to 128 individuals with incomes less than $35,000. In his book, Tom defines 7 specific habits that are essential to setting yourself up for success.
1. They read. At least 88 percent of wealthy people in Corley’s research spend thirty minutes or more reading each day. Most of them read self–growth, biographies or history books. But science shows that even reading a good novel helps a person’s career. There are crucial life lessons embedded within other people’s stories, and we can learn a tremendous amount from different perspectives, challenges and ideas. If we are learning, we are growing.
2. They exercise. Seventy-six percent of successful people devote at least a half hour or more to aerobic exercise. They bike, jog or walk and find that working out clears their minds and reduces stress in their lives. If we are pushing our physical limits, we will learn to push the limits in other areas of our lives too.
3. They build positive relationships. Successful people find a way to make connections with other highly motivated people. They volunteer or join groups who share the same professional or personal interests. And across the board, they limit their time with negative people. “You are only as successful as those you frequently associate with,” Corley writes. We become the average of the five people we are around the most.
4. They pursue specific goals. Most wealthy people make detailed plans for every day and even every hour of their day. Eighty percent of them are “obsessed with pursuing goals” and focus regularly on both daily and long-term goals. “I’m here to tell you to avoid putting your ladder on someone else’s wall and then spend the best years of your life climbing it. Find your own wall, your own dreams and your own goals and pursue them,” Corley writes. Without a target, we will miss every time.
5. They sleep well. Einstein slept for at least ten hours every night. Eighty-nine percent of successful people make sure to sleep at least seven or eight hours a night. Sleep is crucial to success; it impacts our creativity, our memory and our moods. If we aren’t awake, we won’t see the many opportunities given to us each day.
6. They develop many strategies and streams of multiple incomes. Sixty-five percent of millionaires had at least three different streams of income before they made their first million dollars. “Self-made millionaires do not rely on one singular source of income, because diversifying sources of income allows you to weather the economic downturns that inevitably occur,” Corley writes. If we only have one way out, we will give up before the door is even closed.
7. They avoid wasting time. Successful people value their time even more than their money. Time is a crucial resource and most people who reach their goals do not spend hours watching Netflix or scrolling through Instagram. “When you see time as the greatest risk of all, it will force you to become more aware of exactly how to invest your time,” Corley writes. If time matters to us then we will make time matter.
These seven habits are not limited to attaining financial success; they can be used to reach many other kinds of goals and even to change our unwanted character traits. Finding a way to live our lives with these seven habits can lead to significant changes in every area of our lives. As Mike Murdock says: “The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”