10 Habits You Need To Start Doing To Be A Winner

“Habit my friend, is practice long pursued, that at last becomes the man himself.” (Evenus)

Your life today is the sum total of your choices and actions up to this point. For that, changing your future depends on changing your behavior today and creating new good habits because everything you think, feel and do is the result of habit.

Put simply, highly successful people have better habits than unsuccessful people. The good news is that habits are learned, they’re the result of practice and repetition. With discipline and willpower, you can shape your character in every way you desire. So here’s a list of good habits to start having in your life that will make you live your ideal reality:

1. The habit of taking control of your life

It’s been proven that people feel happy, strong and confident most when they are in control of their own life. This means that they make their own decisions and that everything that happens to them is a result of themselves and their own behavior. On the other hand, when you feel like your life is being controlled by others, you’re most unhappy and helpless. As a result, you start building a habit of blaming others and making excuses.

2. The habit of positive Self-Talk

Talking to yourself positively even when you least believe it and repeating I will make it your reality. Your outer world will mirror your inner world and you’ll start attracting opportunities and people that are aligned with the way you speak to yourself. Most importantly act and behave as if it’s your reality. You’re not fooling yourself by doing so, you’re actually shaping your reality because your life is exactly the way you want to see it.

3. The habit of “long-time perspective.”

Imagine how you want your future to be like, then ask yourself what will it take for me to get there and start acting in a way that is aligned with your perspective. The clearer your vision is, the better decisions you’ll make in the present moment. This habit not only prepares you to success but also is a good practice to become an optimist.

4. The habit of committing to lifelong learning

If you want a shortcut to success, never stop learning and reading in your field. While it might look like a time-consuming activity, learning and improving your ways can save so much time and effort in your work. Arise earlier every morning and read in your field or read at night, take notes and think of how you can apply what you’ve learned to your work. Pay attention to your results, this will help you identify what can be improved.

5. The habit of surrounding yourself with the right people

Make sure you surround people you like, respect and look up to. The people surrounding you will influence the way you think and feel, for that you need to be selective when it comes to spending your time with others.

6. The habit of taking action

In a study conducted by the American Management Association, it has been concluded that the difference between successful and unsuccessful people, was taking initiative on to try new things in new areas. This is what we call action orientation, it means that you would move quickly when you have an opportunity or an idea. Moving quickly doesn’t imply acting recklessly. It means that you have enough courage to get out of your comfort zone.

7. The habit of reaching out

“It takes a bigger man to walk away from a fight than it does to stay and fight.” If you’re afraid of being bullied or hurt by someone, just try to think of how you can help someone. This will not only make him nice towards you, but also will take your mind off your problems and often times that’s all it takes for us to live blissfully. Over-thinking about ourselves often causes worry and fear and the truth is, happiness is contagious. By giving, you receive as well. Helping others is a lifestyle, it doesn’t have to be something big. Putting a smile on someone’s face is already something big.

8. The habit of breathing deeply 

It’s been proven that breathing deeply can cure a lot of our diseases, it can lower our stress level and make our minds clearer. The good news is that we don’t breath consciously, it’s something the subconscious mind does, but what you can do consciously is prompt yourself to breath deeper. The best way to do this, is to breathe in and before you let out, breathe more and some more, that way your lungs will expand and it’ll become natural for them to breathe deeply and take in more air.

9. The habit of resting before you get tired

The thing about fatigue is that it accumulates rapidly. So before trying to find ways to reduce your fatigue, prevent it by resting as often as you can. Resting isn’t about not doing anything, it’s a repair. So if you can work when you’re stretched, why work sitting, if you can work sitting, why work standing. Still, this isn’t about moving less.

10. The habit of counting your blessings, not your troubles

“I had the blues because I had no shoes,

Until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet."

About 90% of the things in our lives are right and 10% are wrong, yet we focus and the wrong and keep worrying and complaining about it. Seldom do we think about what we have and not about what we have not. What you have to do instead is to focus on the right in your life and ignore the rest. That doesn’t mean not to make the effort and solve those issues, but if you did what you can and there’s nothing left for you to do, then you’ll have to ignore it and not worry about it.

“The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act, we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably in thought and act.” (Orison Swett Marden)

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