Focus, ambition, drive and determination are all important factors on the path of success. In order to succeed, you must embody what you want to become. Your habits and mindset are a key part of that equation cuz you can’t achieve success with bad habits and an unhealthy mind. If you’re not happy with your current situation and desire something different, you have to do something different, after all insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time. But I’d like to think we’re not all insane out in these streets (even though low-key we kinda sorta are). So today, I’m going to be sharing my favorite actionable habits that support success that every health and wellbeing conscious, successful & motivated person should strive to have on lock. So, let’s get right into it.
1. Get Loads Of Sleep.
The average person needs about 7 – 9 hours of quality sleep every night to function at optimum levels, and let’s face it, a majority of us are average and don’t get that much sleep. Let’s not kid ourselves that we need any less and do our best to get as much sleep as we need to. Cuz what happens is that when we’re asleep, our bodies use that time to recharge, repair and regenerate itself. Lack of sleep results in the inability of the body to heal which in turn leads to fatigue, decreased productivity, lack of motivation and over time sleep deprivation which could lead to insomnia and other chronic diseases. My point is you can avoid all that by catching those Z’s.
2. Start Eating Right.
We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat” and anyone who took a basic computer class understands the concept of Garbage In Garbage Out aka GIGO. These facts are so very true. If you consume unhealthy things, you will not only LOOK unhealthy, but you will FEEL unhealthy and BE unhealthy. And why would you want to look, feel and be all that when you can just not? Food for thought…. The better you eat, the more energy you’ll have and you’ll also look and feel great to boot, and we all know that good things come to people who feel good. So do yourself a favor and eat better. Your overall wellbeing will thank you for it.
3. Get & Stay Active.
Research shows that active people live longer, are more productive and have a better quality of life than inactive people. And I know that some of y’all are her for a good time not a long time, but if the option of being here for a good time and a long was on the table wouldn’t you take it? I know I would. If you get your body moving, you will be happier and more productive, it’s since and logic so don’t argue, and that also doesn’t mean you have to go HAM on the whole thing or do extreme things. The little things over a long period of time make the most lasting difference. It’s as easy as talking more walks, dancing to your favorite songs for a couple of minutes a day. Stuff like that. As long as it gets your heart pumping and cam be sustained as part of your lifestyle, you’re good. Plus it’s recommended to mix up your activities so you have options based on whatever it is that you like.
4. Get Some Sunshine.
Spend more time outside! It’s so beautiful and healing legit just give it a try. Nowadays majority of us spend our time indoors getting little to no fresh air and sunlights and barely even interacting with nature. That’s just not acceptable, we were not designed to exist as separate from mother nature who feeds & nurtures us. Plus indoor air, air conditioning and the likes can be unbelievably toxic and polluting. Getting outside will help clear your head, relax and reliev you of stress. Plus you get a healthy dose of natural God given vitamin D which the deficiency of has been associated with a host of diseases including heat disease, depression, osteoporosis and many others. It’s much easier to spend 20 minutes of your morning outside getting some sunshine than to spend your life dealing with any of these diseases. You can do it I believe in you. Get that D!
5. Meditation & Yoga.
I cannot count the number of times I’ve heard someone say I’m so stressed out. In fact of super guilty of this myself but I learnt that speaking and thinking and dwelling on things only attracts more of it, and that applies across all boards. Chronic stress kills and stress becomes chronic without us even realizing when or how it became that way. It leads to a myriad of other chronic diseases so you know that this plus one you need to avoid and participating in stress reduction activities and techniques such as yoga & meditation can really reduce how stress affect your body. It will allow you to pause and be present, clear your head, eliminate noise and enable you to focus on your priorities with focus, precision & attention to detail. Need I say more? Guys get your meditation and yoga fix ASAP!
6. Take Those L’s!
Learning to accept failure and rejection is so important and will change your life. Truly. I know this cuz bro, this one was a hard pill for me to swallow cuz I believe I’m the best thing since oxygen, how could I possibly fail at anything? Who could possibly have the audacity to to reject me? But I tell you in all my grace and majesty, I’ve failed on countless occasions and I’ve been rejected severally. But it’s fine cuz you know what? We can never know success if we don’t fail, and we will never appreciate acceptance unless we’ve been rejected. It’s human nature, the lessons adapt. It’s up to is to recognize and accept that failure and rejection as part of the journey and to learn from the experience, doing our best not to repeat things we’ve already learnt and experienced. Fool me one time shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
7. We All Need Help Sometimes.
It’s important to understand that sometimes you simply need to ask for help. We cannot do it all alone. I know this cuz I’ve tried severally and failed severally. I’m the goddess of I can do it by myself, but let’s be real, that shit is just not sustainable. It is what it is. We need each other whether we want to accept that or not. I know that many of us have the fear that needing and asking for help makes us look weak but it really doesn’t. It makes us human, it’s part of our design. And I think that it’s high time we collectively start embracing the nature of who we are and catering to our natural inclinations which of course will be different for everyone. Cuz you know what? God wasn’t mad when he made us with them, okay maybe a little bit, but let’s be honest aren’t we all mad here? Knowing your limitations will help you to build your network & relationships and become successful. By not asking for help, you are sure to struggle with life cuz when you don’t ask, you don’t receive and even worse you might deprive someone of the joy of showing you that they care about you & want to help out and be there for you. That would be quite unfortunate.
8. Drop The Big Ego.
Learning is not something you can ever stop doing. I’ve heard it said that if you’re ripe, you’re rotting. But if you’re green, you’re growing and don’t we all want to be green? Constantly learning, constantly growingand enjoying this eternal life of ours. Just cuz you’re an expert in a certain area, doesn’t mean you can’t still learn from others. You can experience a piece of knowledge twice and get a different lesson each time. Not because the knowledge has changed, but because you have changed and learnt and grown. The more you respect others for their knowledge, the more you grow and learn respect. Success is great but not when you’re constantly gloating and bragging or being an asshole about it.
9. Cultivate A Support System.
I used the word cultivate intentionally cuz this particular habit is one you’re going to have to spend time tending to, because it’s where you will gain strength from when you have no more strength of yours left to cling to. I’m not sure I’ve quite mastered this one cuz I’m still trying to master other supporting habits, but just know I’m working on it and from what I’ve achieved so far, I can say that this is a life essential. Building a support system that includes both personal and professional contacts & relationships is very important and a must. They provide a a safe haven and a soft landing during difficult times. The more support you have, the greater confidence you develop. Your support system need not be large but must include but are not limited to the elements of mutual trust and respect.
10. Master The Art Of War.
Life is war, and war is strategy. Most of us go through life not knowing what we want, or how to achieve it. When that’s the case, it’s going to be impossible for you to come out victor with the spoils. And no one is saying you need to have it all figured out, but it’s important to at least know what direction you want to go, know the next right step you need to take to achieve that goal, and of course have a backup plan for if the original one doesn’t work out. Sounds like a lot but it really isn’t once you’ve gotten into the habit of doing it. Plus it’s a logical thought process so the habit should be easy to learn. Life is unpredictable and quite often, when you have no strategy and life hits our world’s are turned upside down and we fall into bouts of infinite misery and distress, which could have been avoided if we had simply taken the time to strategize our moves from the beginning. Quite often we may find that the backup strategy proves even better and more effective at reaching the desired outcome that the original. If also like to add, that not only should we have a strategy & backup strategy, but also a system and method of quickly executing said strategy.
11. Look For The Silver Linings.
In every situation, there is and will always be a silver lining. But quite often we get so caught up and spend all our time and focus all our energy on the things that happened that we weren’t thrilled with, and flat out ignore the blessings in the situation. I’d like to let you know that no matter how bad or difficult things may seem to be, there is always a silver lining. Always, meaning without exception. You just have to pause, shift your focus and shift your perspective. Negative feelings and emotions do not produce success.
12. Embrace Change.
Considering it’s a part of life and basically unavoidable, it surprised me how humans at this point in our existence and evolution and considering all that we know about life , are still resistant to change. We cannot control it, so since it’s out of our scope of control, perhaps maybe we need to start cultivating the habit of embracing and flowing with it instead of constantly paddling upstream against an unyielding current that we can and never will be able to overcome. Food for thought. Accepting and understanding that life will never be exactly as you planned, will help you adapt quickly and make the best of any given situation you find yourself in.
13. Skip The Unhealthy Habits.
The mindless eating, the couch potato-ing, consuming meaningless & mindless content that is diminishing your capacity bit by bit. Yeah those habits, the ones that are countless and I would never get to the end of the list even I i tried. All this unhealthy habits that we as individuals spend our time and energy cultivating that don’t support our growth and progress in this life experience. Those are the ones I’m talking about, I’m sure a couple came to mind for you. For me it’s being a perpetual procrastinator, not being really fully able to let go of control and of course doing the absolute most. An unhealthy habits is anything we repeatedly do that takes away time and energy, deteriorates our health & wellbeing, and distracts us from focusing on our life and achieving our goals. Using our limited time on our bad habits kills productivity and creative thought. That’s of course in addition to the deterioration of your mind and body.
14. Avoid Stressful Situations.
Just don’t do it. Decide that that’s not going to be your thing and stick to it.i don’t believe that there is such a thing as have to, so don’t confine yourself in a self created prison. Stress zaps your energy and motivation, fills your mind with unhealthy thoughts and is just straight up bad and unnecessary in high doses. By deciding to avoid situations that you knowstrss you out, you’re setting yourself up for joy, success and happiness galore. You’ll be able to breathe again, and with that breath of life comes more productivity and more energy to move forward with your life.
15. Stay Away From Toxicity.
This include toxic people, places, foods etc. Google the meaning of toxic and then take the time out to identify anyone and anything in your life that manifests itself as such and rid yourself of it. Create your boundaries and avoid these things like the plague cuz once they get on you, your going to have trouble getting them off. They suck all the life and goodness out of you till you become a shell & shadow of your original self which in turn murders your concept of self worth. Nothing is more demotivating than toxicity.
16. Have Perspective.
Like alot of things in life, success and prosperity take time. It’s a marathon and not a sprint, so you need to pave yourself and keep that concept in perspective. Set small and achievable goals for yourself over a period of time that compound and lead to larger long term goals. Don’t underestimate time and don’t overestimate your abilities. Keep the full picture in perspective and act accordingly.
17. Leave The Past In The Past.
I personally don’t believe in worrying over things that have already happened and that I have no control over. So should have, would have and could have are just what they are but not what is. We all make mistakes but try not to dwell on them and beat yourself up about them. Instead look at the situation objectively and pick out the valuable lessons from it. The important things from the past are learning and growth.
Success can and is defined in many ways, it’s unique to the individual experiencing it. Just remember that you have the ultimate control over your life experiences and habits, so it’s up to you to use that control and steer yourself towards success. These are the habits I’ve had to actively cultivate and I’m still working on cultivating on my personal journey. I can say that the change & growth I’ve experienced so far has been immense. I hope these habits help you on your journey as well and if there are any habits I’ve failed to mention please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post kindly like and share with the people you want to see achieve success. Until next time.
Yours truly, Chalya.