Everyone has habits; both good and bad. These are behaviors undertaken every day automatically. Successful people intentionally create success habits that enable them to achieve the life they desire.

They are prepared to invest their time in creating these habits as they understand that they will help them to reach their goal.

Creating new habits has to be an intentional process and generally takes 21 days for the new behavior to be assimilated into daily life and routines.

Successful people tend to adopt the same habits. These success habits become part of their daily lives and help to keep them successful as they understand that the journey to success is not final. It continually moves as they need to keep growing in terms of achievement.

An entrepreneur may set his goal of achieving success at selling services worth 5 figures in one year. However, once that goal has been achieved, he will re-evaluate his definition of success and set another goal for the following year.

Generally, the following five habits will be key to gaining success and maintaining it.

6 Key Habits of Successful People

A Positive Mindset:

having a positive mindset is one of the key habits of successful people

Having a positive mindset can be learned. It will require mental programming (changing your thinking patterns). There are various ways to create a positive mindset including using positive affirmations, visualization, self-hypnosis or coaching.

One of the most crucial factors in succeeding in anything is to believe that you can achieve it.

Adopting A Wealth Mindset:

A key habit of successful people is adopting a wealth mindset.

Have you ever heard the theory that if you gave a group of people 1 million dollars, within a certain time the money would end up in the hands of those who had been financially successful before?

There are many examples of successful people who have ‘failed’, only to bounce back and build international businesses.

Sir Richard Branson’s first venture was not financially successful, but led to him forming Virgin records.  He has even started and folded companies while he was having huge success with Virgin.

If you have a passion or talent  that you want to turn into a career; research people who have become successful in that field.

Exercise and Healthy Eating:

key habits of successful people - exercise

Taking care of the body through exercise, diet and good sleep routines is another crucial component.

Research has shown there is a strong mind-body connection. By taking care of your body you are preventing ill-health from causing you problems on your way to achieving your goal.

The four major ‘feel good hormones’ (dopamine, endorphin, oxytocin and serotonin) promote positive feelings.  They are a reflection of how you live your life – in other words by changing your habits, you can change your mood.

Prioritization:

key skills of successful people - prioritization

Successful people plan and they prioritize. They decide what the essential elements or tasks are each day and act on those first.

By knowing which tasks will help them achieve their goal they are continuing to act on the plan for success that they created.

Delegating inessential tasks ensures that they get completed but do not detract from your ultimate goal.

Goal Setting:

key habits of successful people - goal setting

All successful people know what success means to them and plan how to achieve it.

Identifying the end goal and creating a plan is another essential habit. Without a goal you won’t know what you are aiming for.

Personal development planning is the process used to keep you on course to achieve those goals.  Creating a Personal Development Plan is the start and can be the most important part of the process.

If you haven’t got a personal development plan (pdp) you can download your free plan report with more advice now.

Life-long Learning:

key habits of successful people - lifelong learning

Whether it is reading, taking a course or listening to audio recordings, successful people understand that knowledge is power and a crucial aspect of helping them to achieve their goals. They stay up-to-date on relevant industry information, new trends and innovations.

You can build this into your daily or weekly routine.  Subscribe to relevant podcasts that you can listen on your journey to or from work.  Take online courses that will improve your life and career.

Remember, just like being physically fit if you want to keep mentally fit, you have to exercise your brain.

These are just six of the key habits of successful people. By adopting these success habits into your daily routine, you will be creating a stronger, healthier and more successful version of you.