10 Daily habits of successful people

Here’s a 20 min live video explaining the 10 Daily Habits… or if you’d prefer the short version, keep reading.

1. Read.

“If you don’t like reading, you haven’t found the right book.”

J.K Rowling

Why is reading a daily habit of successful people?

  • Expands your mind and increases your knowledge.
  • Encourages creative thinking.
  • Improves concentration.
  • Helps reduce stress.
  • Improves your vocabulary…. amongst many, many other benefits.

How do we make it happen?

  • Make it part of your night time routine.
  • Listen to audio books when you’re travelling.
  • Join a book club – you may even like to join mine (it’s free): SBF BOOK CLUB

2. Do the hard things first.

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning, and if it’s your job to eat 2 frogs, eat the biggest one first.”

Mark Twain

Why is doing the hard things first a habit of successful people?

  • You’re making progress toward your big life goals early in the day.
  • You’re working on the hard things when you’re most motivated.
  • You don’t procrastinate!

How do we make it happen?

  • Write a “To Do” list each day and then circle the thing that’s going to have the biggest impact on your future.
  • Make a rule to do this thing before ANYTHING else – including checking your phone or emails!

3. Meditative practice.

With realisation of one’s own potential and self confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.

Dalai Lama

Why is a meditative practice a habit of successful people?

  • Increased ability to focus.
  • Improved creativity.
  • Improved patience and tolerance.
  • Reduction in negative emotions

How do we make it happen?

  • Option 1: Set aside 20 mins per day and use a guided meditation app (for a more traditional meditation practice).
  • Option 2: Engage in a practice that allows you to focus 100% on the present – this may be gardening or walking … or whatever relaxes you.
  • Option 3: Weave little snippets of meditation throughout your day eg. 30 sec deep breath in whilst at your office desk.

4. Exercise.

Why is exercise a habit of successful people?

I’m not going to teach you how to suck eggs… everyone knows that exercise is a must for many, many, many reasons. However, did you know that…

Science is starting to realise that if we are sedentary for long periods of time, our fascia loses its supportive, elastic qualities. This impedes our mobility, increases our risk of injury and ages our body.

How do we make it happen?

  • Join my FREE: 3 Day Kick Start and enjoy the workout videos.
  • Go for a walk on your lunch break.
  • Join a gym.
  • Set your watch for hourly intervals and do some pushups or squats etc.
  • Ride to work.
  • Take the stairs

5. Extreme ownership.

Leaders must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame.

Jocko Willink

Why is extreme ownership a habit of successful people?

Because it gives you control of your destiny!

If you don’t have control, you could end up anywhere – and most likely in a place where you never intended to be.

How do we make it happen?

  • Don’t place blame on anyone.
  • Accept responsibility for ALL your problems – even the ones you don’t think are your “fault”.
  • Don’t look back, look forward. Focus on the solution.

6. Family dinner.

“In villages all the people are equal and it means you are never alone.”

Why are family dinners a habit of successful people?

  • Strengthens family bonds.
  • You make healthier food choices.
  • You become emotionally stronger and improves your mental health.
  • Research shows lower rates of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse amongst teenagers who eat regular dinners with their family.

How do we make it happen?

  • Make it a priority – schedule everything else around meal time.
  • Plan ahead – keep a family diary of who’s doing what and when you can all sit down together.
  • Be realistic – aim for 2 or 3 nights a week.
  • Create family traditions eg. Saying grace before the meal, allowing each person 5 mins to talk about their day, Taco Tuesdays etc.

7. Plan the day.

“…If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run…”

Rudyard Kipling

Why is planning the day a habit of successful people?

  • Allows us to be efficient with our time.
  • Reminds us of important tasks that need to be completed.
  • Allows us to prioritise according to our goals and core values.
  • Minimises procrastination.

How do we make it happen?

  • Write a “To Do” list.
  • Get a planner – either hard copy or online.
  • Refer to your list and schedule the hard things first (refer to point 2).
  • Set yourself reminders for important tasks.
  • Stick to your plan!

8. Do the basics brilliantly.

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Bruce Lee

Why is doing the basics brilliantly a habit of successful people?

  • Perfecting the fundamentals leads to increased discipline.
  • When we practice good daily habits, it impacts everything we do – “The way you do anything is the way you do everything.”
  • We incrementally get better… at everything!

How do we make it happen?

  • Keep things simple.
  • Don’t be late… EVER.
  • Do the extra rep, don’t start after the buzzer, be reliable, rely on your discipline not your emotions, get up when your alarm goes off, choose the salad, train even when it’s cold dark and raining, take the high road…

9. Choose education over entertainment.

“The most successful people in the world healthy, wealthy or wise, choose education over entertainment.”

Jay Shetty

Why is choosing education over entertainment a habit of successful people?

  • Better decision making ability.
  • Quicker problem solving.
  • Better communication skills.
  • Greater control over life events.

How do we make it happen?

  • Spend more time with your face in a book rather than looking at your face in the mirror.
  • Listen more than you talk.
  • Ask lots of questions.
  • Use a variety of learning media – books, podcasts, online courses, friends etc.
  • Create a night time ritual which doesn’t include TV or scrolling through social media.
  • Enrol in an online course – whatever you want to learn more about.

10. Start each day with positivity.

“What am I looking forward to today?”

Me – Sally Brouwer

Why is starting each day with positivity a habit of successful people?

  • Priming your brain and body for more positive moments throughout the day.
  • Increases your productivity and overall health.
  • Improves memory and cognition throughout the day.

How do we make it happen?

  • As soon as you open your eyes each morning, ask yourself “What am I looking forward to today?”
  • Focus on what you can control.
  • Focus on solutions not problems.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my 10 Habits of Successful People, however before you go there’s one other very important habit:

Successful people take action!

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