5 Essential Habits that Success Can Be Built On

If you’re chasing success in your career, life, or financial landscape, there are a number of different routes. That said, successful people across disciplines tend to have similar core habits.

Joe Cecala · 12 Dec 2019
Financial Landscape

These five behaviors and ways of thinking will serve you well on your path to success:

Be frugal

Being frugal is not the same as being cheap. Frugal living means getting the most out of everything and not spending more than you need.

Invest in skills and learn to repair things to make them last rather than throwing them out and buying a replacement. Look for good quality first and make careful financial decisions to get the most out of everything you do. Invest in things that will last, and your money will go further. Successful people know how to find good quality items (and services) and then stick with them.

Related: 6 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming a CEO

Take risks

You won’t get anywhere new by staying home and perpetuating old habits. Success comes from taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone. This doesn’t mean you should be foolhardy, but sometimes you need to take a leap before you think you’re totally ready. Gather the data you need, look carefully at the situation and make the best estimate with the available data – then jump. It’s the best way to keep moving forward.

The worst-case scenario is probably unlikely, so go ahead and do it, even if it’s not a sure thing. Push your boundaries further than you are initially comfortable with, and the experience will take you further, even if it doesn’t work out the way you planned.

Organize yourself and your thoughts

Successful people start with the basics. Keep your work and home spaces organized, so it’s easy to find the things you need. An organized workspace leads to a smoother, uncluttered flow of thoughts. It is also essential to take time to keep those thoughts organized. Use a daily written plan to keep yourself on the right path. Give yourself time to replenish your spiritual direction before you make big plans. You can stay more organized if you have the long term goal always in mind.

Find your people

Surround yourself with other successful people who hold the same values as you do. This doesn’t mean to look for people who’ll tell you what you want to hear, but rather to make it a priority to keep company with others who share your goals.

If you’re working with a team of encouraging people with a shared vision of success, you end up amplifying each other’s voices and helping to make each other successful. Seek out colleagues who see life the same way you do, and spend your time with friends who lift you up.

Related: 5 Questions That Reveal Whether You’re an Effective Leader

Take care of yourself

Take the time to take care of yourself. Carve out some space in each and every day to do something for your own health and well-being. Make and keep a regular gym date or go swimming every morning to maintain your own good physical and mental health. Go see your dentist and health professional regularly to keep your body in good working order. Good health is success.

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