Success is built on the habits we create in life and the qualities we instill within ourselves.
The good news is that once they’ve been created, they tend to happen on autopilot.
That’s why successful people do certain things that help them to win at life every day, without even realizing it.
Let’s take a closer look.
1) They take 100% full responsibility for themselves
A lot of people spend their entire lives feeling totally out of control.
It’s true that we don’t always get a say in the hand we’ve been dealt.
Sh*t happens, and it can leave us feeling thrown.
But the difference between so-called winners and losers in life is how they handle those things.
Successful people move through their day with self-responsibility.
No matter what happens, they refuse to play the victim.
Instead, they accept that they are the ones who are responsible for their thoughts, feelings, and actions — and no one else.
This has a powerful effect. Because, as we’ll see next, it means they don’t waste time blaming life for any challenges they face.
They roll up their sleeves and are proactive.
2) They take action rather than make excuses
Having dreams and ambitions is the easy part. Seeing them through is where it gets very tricky.
Because a plan won’t do you much good unless you act on it.
Successful people take imperfect action every single day.
It’s this that assures they are always moving in the right direction — forward!
Because even when something doesn’t quite work out the way we may have hoped or expected, we can still learn from it.
So in the long run, it still helps our progression through life.
Rather than find excuses, they are honest enough to know that it’s down to them.
The reason I say imperfect action is because it’s tempting to want to wait until conditions are “just right” before we make a start on things.
But that’s just a delay tactic. The reality is that conditions never are perfect. It always demands a slight leap of faith and willingness to simply give things a go.
And that’s often going to demand we look fear in the eye.
3) They push fear aside for the sake of growth
Let’s get one thing straight:
Only foolish people are fearless in life, as fear is there to try to keep us safe.
The key difference is that successful people take a balanced approach to fear. That way it doesn’t hold them back.
Fear can silently steer our lives if we don’t become more conscious of the hold it has over us.
It tempts us to give in when we should keep on going. It encourages us to pass up opportunities because they are outside our comfort zone.
One thing that pretty much all successful people have in common is their increased resilience and tenacity.
But they didn’t just get lucky, they earned these traits.
And the way they built their confidence was through actively pushing fear aside for the sake of their overall success.
4) They say “no” to the things that don’t matter
American business magnate Warren Buffet once said:
“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”
People-pleasing tendencies can have us saying yes to far too many things.
But as a result, we stretch ourselves too thinly and give too much time and effort to the things that don’t really matter to us.
Successful people are great at focusing their attention to important areas, and blocking out the rest.
Learning to say no is an important part of this.
All too often we end up saying “yes” to things that may not be in our interest, but simultaneously “no” to things that are — such as opportunities and chances.
As we’ll see next, real wisdom is knowing what to say no to in life and what to say yes to.
5) They prioritize the things that do
Every morning, successful people get to work on the things that will move the needle forward.
When we’ve got a to-do list as long as our arm, it’s essential to do the most significant things first.
You won’t catch them procrastinating with inconsequential tasks.
They are happy to delegate or outsource the things that lie outside their area of expertise and skillset.
Instead, they ask themselves:
Where do I most want to achieve today?
What are the actions that need to happen for me to get this done?
Those become the priorities of the day, and the rest can wait.
6) They set themself up for success
How do they do that?
By adopting supportive habits that turn us into winners.
Yep, that’s right, winners aren’t born that way, They are created.
Although plenty of factors contribute, there is no doubt that positive habits also play a part.
Many of us are looking for a magic formula for success, yet the reality is that some of the firm foundations it stands upon are pretty simple.
We’re talking about things like:
- Getting enough sleep — which promotes cognition and memory, helps learning, and recharges us both physically and mentally so we can get the best out of our day.
- Exercising — which has been shown to improve work performance and is something billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson claims has doubled his productivity.
- Eating a balanced diet — which improves energy levels and brain power, enhances wellbeing, improves concentration, and even helps you better handle stress.
7) They back themselves
Self-belief is everything if we want to be successful.
Yet it’s not always something we give much thought to.
It just sits there quietly in the background of daily life.
As silent as it can seem, whether it’s present or not will make a world of difference.
Backing yourself means you believe in yourself.
And when you do that gives you:
- The courage to take opportunities
- The optimism to chase your dreams and believe they’re within your grasp
- The tenacity to keep on going, even when you face knockbacks
Some people seem to be born with greater confidence, but others simply build in.
8) They don’t take no for an answer
Okay, that’s not strictly true.
Successful people do literally take no for an answer. But what I mean is that they metaphorically don’t let it hold them back.
They see it as one step along a much longer journey.
So it doesn’t phase them in quite the same way.
Meanwhile, some of us hear no and we take it to heart.
We think it spells the end of the line.
But successful people hear no and they think, ‘OK, now what?’
Rather than give in they are looking at ways to adapt and improve.
If successful people seem a bit pushy sometimes, it’s only because they’ve developed a tough skin.
Instead of seeing defeat, they look for solutions to problems when they arise.
9) They avoid unhelpful distractions
Successful people don’t have a lot of time for timewasters, whether that’s certain people or certain activities.
The hours in their day are precious.
So unlike me, they don’t wake up, roll over and grab their phone, then proceed to mindlessly scroll through social media for the next 45 minutes.
Neither do they decide to get home from work, flick on the TV, and put their feet up with a beer.
As entertaining as these things can be, successful people are more mindful about their choices and what will serve their greater good.
According to the book ‘Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals’ 66% of rich and successful people limit their TV time to an hour or less a day.
So how do successful people spend their free time?
By prioritizing the things that help them to grow, as we’ll see next.
10) They learn something new
Successful people are lifelong learners.
They certainly don’t leave school and think that’s them finished with their education.
But learning doesn’t have to be formal. You don’t need to take a course or study something intently.
For successful people, much of it happens throughout their day without even realizing it.
It could be through a vivacious reading habit, like that of Bill Gates.
The former Microsoft CEO reportedly reads one book a week on subjects ranging from public health, disease, engineering, business, and science.
It may be through Networking and learning from your peers. It could be a new hobby or skill.
But in the words of Scott Lee, founder and CEO of Gooroo, learning is investing in yourself:
“All learning essentially boils down to self-improvement. Whether you’re improving an academic skill, picking up a new hobby or trying to expand your business, your efforts lead to meaningful personal growth. Your knowledge is an investment because it helps you become a more well-rounded person. It helps you connect with others. It gives you the confidence you need to succeed in other areas of your life.”
We can all bring greater success into our lives
So there you have it. Those are the all-important things that successful people do daily without realizing.
Adopting a similar outlook can help us all to inject even more success into our lives.
Because as the famous soccer player, Pele once reminded us: