Habits are the foundation of what makes the difference from one individual to the next. A more successful person isn’t successful because they got lucky or have something that other people don’t.
From my experience and perspective, a person is more successful based on the habits they exercise on a daily basis.
I’m intentional about my habits for a reason, I want to achieve big scary goals. My philosophy has always been if you want to achieve big thing, you must first become the person who is capable of achieving big.
Just like the great Charlie Munger said:
To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want. The world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people.
A good way to start deserving what you want is by cleaning up your habits. Create habits that put you in that upward spiral toward your goals.
I put together a list of habits that have impacted me across the board. Make more money, live healthier, have better relationships, and live more of that good life.
Take control of your habits. Take control of your life.
I suggest as you start to implement new habits, you track them and get somebody close to you to hold you accountable.
Small wins can be achieved by concentrating on small important tasks. Once a small win has been achieved, the second one is set in motion. No one said creating new habits is easy.
Habit #1 – Exercise
This list is not in order but I am going to say this habit is number one. There is so much science behind the benefits of exercise, yet people still do not make exercise a priority. Make it a habit to perform at least some form of exercise every day. Engrain this into your lifestyle.
We can get into what type of exercise to do another time. This is about making it a habit every day to set aside 30 – 60 minutes a day to move your ass, sweat, lift your heart rate, and push yourself. However, if you’re wondering I CrossFit, PowerLift, Olympic Lift, and mix in Yoga in-between.
The results will be far greater than looking better. You’re going to be more successful everywhere in the long run because you have more energy, have a more of a positive outlook, and more discipline built into your life.
You’re also going to have better relationships because exercise increases self esteem and makes you more attractive. That’s just a start.
When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, opportunities seem to present themselves.
Habit #2 – Reading
Reading is how you improve your mind. Make it a daily habit to put great thoughts and ideas in your head. You’re mind and body work together all day long, you need to keep both of them sharp.
Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.
Readers are leaders. Improve your mind and watch your world change.
A good goal to track is read 25 pages a day. That’s 9,100 pages a year, that’s a shit ton. If you ever have any questions as to what books you should read, please contact me.
Habit #3 – Drink 1 Gallon of Water/Day
Really this is something you should focus on? I found it to be.
This is the easiest hack to start with huge reward. Your body and mind runs 20% more efficient when it’s hydrated. People have fresh clean water right next to them all day long and I still see them go for the Diet Coke.
Quick list of benefits being well hydrated: Prevents overeating, improves skin, flushes out toxins, burns calories, boosts your metabolism, decrease headaches, helps muscle recovery, and increases energy naturally.
Long term results: Everything good in life.
This is so simple, make it a habit to drink 1 gallon of water throughout the day every single day.
Habit #4 – Create A Morning Ritual
Every morning when you wake up, wake up with a purpose. Have a goal and go make it happen.
Create a morning ritual so that every morning you wake up, you ground yourself and set yourself up for solid rest of the day.
Everyone has a different situation so you should experiment until you find out what morning routine works best with your situation. You can use my morning routine as an example. I suggest at first you keep it simple and do something you know you can accomplish every morning.
Conquer the morning, conquer the day.
Habit #5 – Mindful Eating
Mindful eating is eating with intention and attention.
Eating with the intention of caring for yourself. Eating with the attention necessary for noticing and enjoying your food and its effects on your body.
The habit you want to form is a constant awareness. Don’t be a black hole and eat whatever is in front of you. That’s a recipe for disaster. When you eat ask; Why? Where? When? What? How? How Much?
Awareness starts with documenting what goes into your body. One amazing resource for this is using one of my favorite apps. There is no excuse anymore thanks to MyFitnessPal.
One way I ensure I stay accountable to eating mindfully is meal prepping.
We all know what the mindful eating habit will do and how it will effect our lives. It’s been said probably a billion times on the internet.
Habit #6 – Mindful Spending
Just like mindful eating. Mindful spending is simply cultivating the habit of spending with intention and attention. Why are you carrying loads of credit card debt or living paycheck to paycheck? If you’re not then are you saving the amount of money you would like to? Are you building wealth or just covering the cost of living?
I encourage you to work out a budget for every area of your life. Plan your work and then work your plan.
A budget is about giving every dollar a purpose. – Dave Ramsey
Personal finances is one damn important part of life and I can’t tell you how much easier your finances become when you’re mindful about the way you spend and save your money. Half the shit we own, we don’t need or even use.
Have you noticed how easy it is to make a purchase online today? Thank you Amazon. You are bombarded daily with thousands of adds and opportunities to be sold, it takes a lot of will power to say no to these temptations. Be strong and stick to the plan. Cultivate the habit of mindful spending.
Habit #7 – Text Message or Phone Call to Friend or Family
Make it a habit one time a day to take the time out YOUR day and reach out to a close friend or family member.
Shoot them a message of gratitude or just say what’s up. A simple genuine message of gratitude is pretty rare to find nowadays, so when people get it they light up.
The result: Really really really strong relationships.
Relationships lead to good times, opportunity, and happiness. In my opinion, relationships are the most important thing in the world.
Habit #8 – Create Your #1 Critical Task For The Day
Every single day, usually the night before, make it a habit to intentionally think about the ONE thing you want to get done today or the next day.
This is the one thing that holds the highest priority. The one thing that if you were to get it done, the day would go down as a win and you advance one step forward toward your goals.
Habit #9 – Complete Your #1 Critical Task For The Day
Every single day, take the #1 critical task for the day and GET IT DONE.
Do NOT make a habit of talking about things, writing them down, and NOT taking action. You (and I) want to become someone who executes and gets things done. Those are the people I want on my team. The only way to get good at executing is to practice and make executing a habit.
If you get 1 high priority task done per day, over the course of a year I think you’ll be amazed on how much you’ve accomplished.
If you can join the 1% of people who can actually focus and get high priority tasks done you will move up fast and have all the money, health, and relationships you can imagine.
People over-estimate what they can get done in a week and under-estimate what they can get done in a year.
Habit #10 – Sleep For 7 hours
Make it a habit every night to get at least 7 hours a sleep. I find that 7 hours is the optimum amount. 6 hours is on the short side and 8 hours is necessary when your body requires more time to recover.
Any more than 8 hours of sleep is a waste of daylight. Life is lived when you’re out and about. We have to get out of bed and get after it!
When getting the right amount of sleep every night, you set yourself up to do everything above.
Benefits of Sleep: Live longer, more creative, less irritable, better memory, better performance, better attention, lower stress, weight control, and much, much more.
These are the habits that I focus on and invite you to experiment in your DAILY life.
These habits in the long run will bring you more money, more health, and more great relationships.
I’m probably missing some good ones too. Do you have any other healthy habits that are not mentioned above?
All the best,