Habits, as Aristotle noted many centuries ago, are the mark of excellence.
The modern man is subject to distractions on many levels. Apart from the growing demands of a global workplace, we have social media obligations, social commitments, family and friends who all want a piece of our time and attention.
The only way we can manage to excel at anything is to create disciplined habits.
Interviews with highly successful people reveal a few common trends. They seem to all have a mindfulness practice, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy diet, and are focused on their goals. That’s not new information. So, here are some additional habits that successful people incorporate which do not get as much attention in popular media channels:
Make Giving A Habit
An ancient Hebrew proverb says that the world of the generous man gets larger while the world of a sting person gets smaller.
Successful people understand that money is like manure. When you spread it, things grow but when you pile it up in a heap, it raises a stink.
Generosity is a habit that needs to be practiced when you have little. Don’t wait until you are wealthy to start being generous – it will be too late.
Learn To Control How You Spend Your Time
Happiness is determined by 3 key factors, according to award-winning researcher/writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Daniel Kahnemann. Factors like your health, your friendships and family relationships, and above all – a feeling that you are in control of how you spend your time.
How do you generate the feeling that you are in control of how you spend your time? A certain level of autonomy at work and home gives you the liberty to choose the projects you want to pursue. You can also choose to spend less time in creativity numbing activities like social media browsing and put that time to better use.
Choose to spend your time and attention wisely. These are limited resources that are necessary to build a prosperous life.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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