We live in a competitive world, and it takes focus and vision to come out ahead in everything including sports, our career, our health, and our finances. In order to reach our goals physically, mentally, and financially, we must be intentional about our daily habits. Our routine, pattern, or lifestyle may be organized and profitable in some areas, yet not in others. The key to crushing poor habits is to first acknowledge them, then intentionally swim against the current of our old behaviors, or even our culture, and conquer them so we can succeed in life.
Most would agree that billionaires are successful people, although money isn’t a comprehensive or conclusive barometer of success. If we look at some of the habits of billionaires, it will help us pinpoint little areas in our lives that—when conquered—can help us win big changes that affect other areas of our lives.
If our lives were represented by a body of water, any rock or movement within the water will ripple out and affect the rest of the body of water. Likewise, if we acknowledge our bad habits, we can replace them with those that have proven beneficial—like the habits of billionaires—and reap the rewards. Here are some daily habits of billionaires:
They get up early.
One reason to get up early is for the peaceful quiet morning offers, giving you time to yourself so you can spend the day productively. There are no distractions in the morning, so you can increase the efficiency of your day by waking early. You can also have a great start to the day by adding exercise or quiet time to your morning routine—both of which pay off richly throughout the day. Waking early gives you time to have a great breakfast and plan your day, keeping you focused and aligned with your goals.
The value of exercise is incalculable. Starting the day with exercise can literally buy you more time throughout the day by increasing your productivity. It also sends endorphins throughout your body, bringing a pleasant mood to the forefront. Regular exercise helps you prevent things like heart disease, diabetes, and depression. And it helps you look and feel younger! Consider getting up and getting moving to help your blood circulate and sharpen your focus, improve your mental clarity, and help you be your very best. Engaging in personalized coaching through the help of a personal trainer makes exercise even more individualized and fruitful.
They practice mindfulness, meditation, and stillness.
Like physical health, our mental health impacts every day of our lives. Sitting still and clearing one’s mind can increase your ability to have an appropriate stress response. A few deep breaths bring oxygen to every cell in your body and help you prepare for a productive day. Even 5-10 minutes of mindfulness in the morning can produce fruitful results all day long. It helps lower your stress levels, decrease your risk of depression, and improve sleep quality.
They find a way even if they’ve been told no.
At some point in everyone’s life, they are told “no”. The difference with billionaires is that they keep going in spite of setbacks or rejection from others. They don’t allow the paradigms of others to derail them from their goals and dreams. And you don’t have to either! Billionaires strive with forward momentum no matter what they encounter. They turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones, and keep the negativity of others in perspective.
President Harry Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Today’s billionaires are lifelong learners who spend significant time daily reading, studying, and learning in their fields—continually. Rather than adopting a passive attitude, thinking they have arrived, they keep learning—daily.
They live below their means.
Wealthy people live frugally. Although they could indulge themselves and their pocketbook in endless trends that constantly emerge from our culture, they often choose contentment with the house (Warren Buffett’s 1956 home), vehicle (Sam Walton’s 1979 Ford F150 pickup), or even wardrobe (Mark Zuckerberg’s grey T-shirt he wears to work every day) that they’ve had for a long time. They seem to just flat-out have their priorities right, their focus anchored in daily choices to be themselves, and don’t feel they have to indulge in purchasing things to be happy. It appears, in general, that they have the habit of investing rather than indulging. Not to say they don’t enjoy life; they just have things in perspective and keep their priorities straight.
Wealthy people take time to invest in self-care such as sleep. They are keenly aware that their focus and productivity are directly affected by the quality and duration of their sleep. So they prioritize it! If you think about it, there’s nothing particularly heroic about sleepless nights, and if you consider your productivity the following day, why stay up super late or pull all-nighters? The better quality and quantity of sleep we get (preferably 8 hours), the more focused we can be on our goals. Creativity, productivity, leadership, and daily choices are all impacted by our sleep. Perhaps the old proverb is true, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
In conclusion, it appears billionaires make time for themselves, take care of themselves, stay focused, and accomplish much as a result. We are human just as they are, so perhaps if we can adopt some of their daily habits and crush any sloppy habits we’ve had in the past, we too can reach our goals and be the best version of ourselves as possible.
A fruitful life is a disciplined one. It’s a new year, so why not crush the sloppy habits of our past and replace them with proven daily habits of success and see how far we can go in life!
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