Daily habits are not a separate entity as most people think. If we don’t nurture our daily habits then they will affect our work and success too. Success is subjective but for most people, it likely involves some level of achievement, career, financially secure, etc. Discipline is probably the one trait most associated with success. It’s because accomplishing great things involves consistently doing the right things time and again even when it is hard. So, start by building a daily habitual morning routine to help you start each day in the best way possible. Check out these 9 daily good habits to trap success:
1. Find a hobby that keeps you competitive and in shape
With stress and travel at the forefront of a busy executive’s life, you have to spend a lot of concerted effort looking after your health. While I am constantly short of time and often in a different time zone, I practice tennis every weekend with much younger and better players to challenge myself.
2. Color-code your calendar
Every day, strive to ‘live in your flame and not in your wax.’ When you live in your flame, you are energized and excited. When you live in your wax, you are doing things that are sapping your energy. To discern between the two, I color-code my calendar for everything I do throughout the day. Discipline is probably the one trait most associated with achievement. It’s because accomplishing great things involves consistently doing the right things over and over again, even when it’s hard
3. Break your habits
A lot of my success is based upon avoiding complacency. Think about the same meal, the same exercise routine, the same route to work. While they may work well, they become boring and that can kill creativity. To stay a step ahead, I make a deliberate effort to try something new on a regular basis.
4. Stop thinking about work
Thinking about work 24/7 won’t help you get more done. In fact, it will achieve less. It’s exhausting and leaves you feeling uninspired. It’s important to find something else to focus your mind on the outside of your career. Mine is music. I play keyboard in a rock band. It’s a great way to unwind and it allows my mind to work through all the day-to-day challenges.
5. Say yes to stress
My go-to stress navigation technique is to connect with my deepest life purpose/passion–my quadriplegic, special-needs son. He reminds me how grateful I am to walk and talk daily and that makes everything in my world more tolerable. If you can understand your stress and determine your level of proficiency in dealing with challenges in life.
6. Get up early and exercise
Three years ago, I made a commitment to myself to start my day with exercise and it has paid unforeseen dividends in body, mind, and spirit. Starting your day with a regular wake up time and exercise routine helps to reset from the previous day and energize for the day ahead.
7. Have a consistent morning routine
For years, I’ve gotten up at the same time every day, ate the same breakfast, and arrived at the office at roughly the same time. I hold a quick morning meeting with my team, set my to-do list, and give myself some time to get stuff done first thing when I am rested and capable.
8. Say yes when an opportunity presents itself
With the hustle and complexity of our daily lives, it’s easy to turn down opportunities waiting for the perfect fit or ideal timing. But I’ve found that in both my professional career and in my outside life, saying yes to opportunities has led to more open doors and a lot of great adventures.
9. Start the day with meditation
I start every day with a short meditation session and a run (preferably not on a treadmill). Making this commitment helps me to begin each morning with a clean slate, remembering who I am and why I do what I do.