Healthy habits are synonymous with success, so what habits are most important? The habits themselves are not the most important more so the consistency of keeping them. In order to take advantage of your full potential in life one must take ownership of all of their time. In the act of taking ownership one is completely honest with oneself creating a foundation of goals and principles.
Now this is great on paper but can be hard to follow, the best way to start living life as a disciplined and successful individual is to establish a set of personal principles. For myself, some of these principles are timeliness in all acts of life, hard work, and treating everyone with respect. In order to execute these principles one has to have healthy habits:
Wake up early
Many of the most successful individuals are know for waking up very early. Famous day trader Jim Cramer is known for waking up between 3:15 and 3:45 am! I believe waking up early gives you a psychological edge on the rest of the world. You have the time to eat healthy and properly prepare yourself for the day ahead of you.
Meditating is becoming more and more common in the western world. Originally only popular in buddhist cultures, meditating is now used by many of the world’s most successful people. Hedge fund manager David Ford says “I react to volatile markets much more calmly now,” “I have more patience.”
Many people don’t know where to start or that meditating is for hippies. I challenge you to meditate 10 minutes a day for 10 days, and see the affect it has on your life. A good place to start is by using the app called Headspace. The app provides a 10 minute guided meditation that is free for the first ten days.
I have found meditating to have a profound affect on my life, I can think clearer, work more efficiently and find myself thinking more creatively. I try to meditate once a day with the goal being to meditate twice daily, once in the morning and once before bed.
Reading is essential to grow as an individual. I hear a lot of people say they don’t have time to read. I like to carry a kindle with me so whenever I have a moment where I have nothing to do I can read. It is essential to be constantly reading and expanding one’s knowledge, it aids in memory and vocabulary.
Warren Buffett is known to spend up to 80% of his time reading, once saying to “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge builds up, like compound interest.” The content of your reading is not as important as the act of reading, and should be a consistent part of your day.
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