A lot of people wonder how successful people have achieved such great things, and often attribute these to 'good ideas' or 'being in the right place at the right time'. While there is always some truth to this, you will often find that successful people have habits and daily disciplines that significantly contribute to their amazing effectiveness. If you want to be successful, starting with some instilling some discipline in your working life is a great place to start.
Here are a few of the best:
1 - They get up early.
Getting up early provides you with an advantage over everyone else. An early start nearly always provides you with uninterrupted time for focus and thought, an opportunity to keep your health in line with some exercise, and the best of your productivity. Jack Dorsey of Twitter,, Tim Cook of Apple and Barack Obama are some well known champions of this daily structure.
2 - They are focussed.
Successful individuals have goals, targets and objectives that they set for themselves. Having an aim, in everything you do, forces you to think about the effectiveness of all of your work and be disciplined about staying on track. Going day-to-day without a clear goal is incredibly demoralising, and results in greatly reduced output.
3 - They delegate.
Trying to do everything is a sign of an inexperienced leader. Those that the most effective have the self-awareness to know their own level of ability and also understand what is the best use of their time. A good leader will always delegate tasks that are better done elsewhere, and not micro-manage. The mantra of "The right person, doing the right job, with the right information" remains true.
4 - They are supportive.
Power often gets to the head of an executive, but those that are the most capable always find time for those at a lower level in the organisation. Realising that everybody, regardless of position, plays a role in the success of the business is really important. Being able to nurture and support more junior employees as they develop is a fantastic attribute of successful leaders.
5 - They make decisions.
'Decision paralysis' is one of the greatest killers of success. So many people are unsure of what course of action to take, and as a result take none at all. Successful individuals take decisions, measure their success and aren't afraid to change course. To a successful person, every decision, regardless of outcome, is a learning opportunity.
As ever, there are many more habits that successful people demonstrate, but we feel this is a great place to start.
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