18 Life Changing Habits Essential For Success (Part 1)

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Success is the most sought after need in human psychology. In fact, this has been true for centuries. The most popular model that helps us understand this concept is Maslow’s hierarchy of Needs.

We obviously crave achievement.


Why is it that few people are massively successful where the majority of others fall short?

Good question! I’m glad you asked.

The short answer is that desire isn’t enough. There is more to the story.

For example:

I’ve had the desire to be an entrepreneur since I was a teenager. Why did it take me eight years before I had any real success?

Although I did some things right, sneaking into an art exhibit to score some free wine and goofing off with my friends wasn’t getting me any further ahead (even if it was hella fun).

I didn’t have the discipline, focus, and level of commitment required to reach the next level. Frankly, I wasn’t doing the right things consistently.

I had to become the person I aspired to be, not the person I was. And that’s true for anybody.

Essentially, you need to make drastic changes to your mindset and your habits.

That’s exactly what we’re talking about today; developing the necessary habits that are essential for life-changing success…

Doing these simple things will allow you to flourish. You will become more positive, laser-focused, and ready to attack life with more passion and energy on a daily basis.  Adopting these habits into your life will completely change how you think.

Ready to learn?

Let’s dig in…

For conclusion: (If I only knew then that I would be working an online business and traveling the world, I would’ve started much sooner.)

1. Meditation & Self-Hypnosis

guided meditation back at home

There are two different types of meditation.

The first, which we’ll call meditation, is more focused on mindfulness, concentration, and being present.  It’s about creating emotional positivity by “shutting off your brain” and paying attention to the breath.

This is commonly put into practice in certain types of yoga retreats, martial arts, holistic healing, and is deeply embedded in eastern culture.

The second form of meditation is actually self-hypnosis.  This is what I’ve been practicing for years.  Self-hypnosis or guided meditation is really just a form of heightened concentration combined with the use of autosuggestion.

Autosuggestion is literally anything we tell ourselves to do with our words whether we realize it or not.

For example:

You’ve been complaining about how you’re sick and tired of something (job, spouse, doing the dishes, etc.).  Then all of the sudden you come down with a cold and have really low energy levels.

This is no coincidence, you literally made yourself sick and tired by using autosuggestion.  This type of subconscious behavior is discussed in the popular books Think and Grow Rich and The Secret.

They refer to autosuggestion by its more popular name, The Law of Attraction.

The point of Self-hypnosis is to put you in a mentally and physically relaxed state to allow for autosuggestion to take place.  This is necessary for the use of affirmations to change you by installing positive habits or eliminating negative ones.

Practicing it consistently will allow you to be more productive.

The more you do this, the more you’ll realize the power behind your words.  Both meditation and self-hypnosis can help set goals and alter your habits over time.

My Recommendation: 

Try meditation and self-hypnosis, they are both good practices.  See which one you prefer and do this at least once a day.

For more information on meditation:

2. Surround Yourself With Positive People


Having people in your life that can motivate and encourage you who are on the same path isn’t just good advice; it’s necessary.

If your goal, for example, is to be a successful real estate agent, surround yourself with other positive people in the industry.  This will allow you to exchange ideas, network, brainstorm, and possibly even collaborate.

If done correctly, this will foster rapid growth and collapse time frames. Networking in this manner should get the results you want in less time.

You’ll also have a source of constant motivation by finding others who are just as passionate as you are in your field.

I’m currently in Chiang Mai  (at the time of this writing) which is the hub for digital nomads and online entrepreneurs.  I’ve honestly never felt so inspired.  I’m learning a lot from the network of people who travel the world and work online.

My results have been positively affected by this environment as a result.

Imagine your results by taking this approach. You may think to yourself “what was I thinking before?” If you have access to such a network, take full advantage of it.

And remember it’s a two-way street. Like anything else in life, you’ll get out of it exactly what you put in.

If you don’t yet have access to a community of like-minded people, it’s time to start building one.

My Recommendation: 

Join 2-4 networking events in your area of interest and select the one that is the best fit for you.  Network with this group at least once a week.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always try meetup.com

Important Note: These events can occur either online or live and in person. Since COVID-19 occurred, more of these events are available online and popping up everywhere on any topic or category imaginable. It is my recommendation to use the internet as a resource until we have recovered from this global crisis.

3. Watch Inspiring or Motivational Videos


Finding motivation is essential to success.



It’s simple really. Every day when you walk out that front door of yours, you will be hit with a massive surge of negativity.

There are thousands of marketing messages constantly thrown at us.  These communications are subtly attempting to convince you that you (or someone you know) are anxious, depressed, in danger, etc. All in an effort to sell their products.

And don’t forget the endless negative messages that are presented as “news” daily.

Don’t believe me?

Think back to the last positive thing you saw on the news…

Can’t remember?

It’s because it’s quite rare in the sea of disaster, corruption, and incompetence that plagues our computer screens, television sets, and radio stations regularly.

So how do we fix this?

We need to overcompensate by feeding our brains with positive messages.

One powerful motivation source that changes your entire attitude is watching YouTube videos.  Not just any videos though…

These videos are designed to emote a feeling of empowerment and are action-packed with positivity.

Having a morning routine helps.

I spend the first 20 minutes of my mornings watching these inspiring videos. This is done while drinking my coffee, before reading and after listening to a guided meditation. Then it’s time to hit the gym.

This a powerful tool to tap into your emotions and help to increase productivity and the way you see the world.

My Recommendation:

Watch a few motivational YouTube videos in the mornings to kickstart your day, preferably just before a workout. Do this at least every couple of days to amplify your drive and motivation.

4. Work Out Regularly


There is certainly truth to the old saying “a healthy body breeds a healthy mind.”

There are many benefits to moving your body every day. Having some sort of consistent fitness routine; yoga, running, lifting weights, etc. will allow you to reap the rewards of your efforts.

This makes it easier to focus and stay motivated on your life goals

After a few workouts, you’ll see a noticeable difference in your confidence. Not to mention the added health benefits of better sleep, more energy, and improved memory & flexibility.

Working out at least 3 times a week can do wonders for your focus, and therefore, your productivity.

If you’re not already doing something active on a consistent basis, start now!

See what happens after a few weeks and compare the results.

I’m certain that you’ll be happy you did.

My Recommendation: 

schedule a workout routine at least three times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes each.  You can find some beginner ideas for your routine in several different places:

Regardless of where you find your information, do some research, and find something that works for you and start immediately! Then, you can build on that as you progress.

5. Find Your Passion


So many people go through life accepting a job, house, car, and even a relationship that they feel obligated to stay with out of necessity.  You can either design the life you want or accept the life you get and simply exist.

If you’re reading this blog, I’m assuming you’d prefer not to settle for a life of mediocrity.

There are a lot of people in today’s society that are simply lost without any real purpose or direction in life.

This is why constant motivation, positivity, and meditation are so important.  They will give you a heightened sense of focus and mental clarity.

I’d really like to inspire you to find your passion in life…

Imagine waking up every day ready to progress toward your ultimate goal instead of scarfing down breakfast, chugging some coffee, and rushing out the door just to make a paycheck. As the old adage goes “find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Don’t allow money to be your motivation either. Let your passion drive you to success and money will be the added benefit.

I accidentally discovered my passion when I found Digital Marketing.  When I learned how to travel and work remotely, it was a total trifecta of business, passion, and happiness.

Whether you decide to make an income traveling and working from anywhere in the world or you decide to pursue your passions at home, examine your options and give yourself a purpose by exploring what truly makes you happy.

My Recommendation:

Explore your options. Find something that allows you to do something you absolutely love and genuinely makes you happy.  If you are looking for something that you can do as a business or hobby that can generate an income for you, the money will come naturally due to your passion.

Couple your passion with something you can do online from anywhere in the world and you’ll be able to pursue travel as well as remote work.

This route isn’t for everyone (you can also work from home), but I would like to inspire others to travel as well.

Here are some resources to turn your passions into profits for aspiring digital nomads & remote workers:

6. Plan & Organize Your Time

Planning may sound boring, but it’s absolutely essential to success.


Consider these statistics:

The overwhelming majority of people, about 77%, fail at completing their new year’s resolutions (or almost any goal for that matter). Most of them give up in under two weeks and only 5% see their goals all the way through.

What happened?

They failed to plan.

Consider this quote:

“For tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

– African Proverb

Or this one…

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

– Abraham Lincoln

And one more to drive the point home:

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

– Mark Twain

I mentioned before that you can either live your life by design or settle for whatever comes your way. And I meant it. 

Think about it; Success isn’t an accident. It’s methodically planned out step-by-step.

Let’s examine the main goals people set at the start of a new year. They typically want to:

  • Lose weight
  • Read more books
  • Increase their personal income or business revenue
  • Get out of debt
  • Create a meaningful relationship with a significant other

There are many others, but you get the point.

You can’t accidentally make a million dollars.

You can’t accidentally read 50 books this year

You can’t accidentally pay off your $87,543 worth of debt.

These are real goals accomplished by successful people who planned for their achievement.

These things take effort, purposeful intent, and a plan.

My Recommendation:

Planning may seem daunting but it’s not. If you frontload the work and outline your major goals and break them down into small steps, anything is possible. Productivity happens not by taking major leaps but by baby-stepping it. Here are some resources to help you plan for success:

2 thoughts on “18 Life Changing Habits Essential For Success (Part 1)”

  1. Great list of habits to pick up — and thanks for linking to Money Nomad! Finding your passion is incredibly important
    (and remembering that it can change every few months/years is also worth pondering). I’ll definitely have to keep an
    eye on your site and plan to share this article right away!

    • Thanks so much Rob. Still writing the content to launch my blog. As a Digital Nomad myself traveling for the last 6 months I found a lot of valuable content from this post that my readers can enjoy. I’ve also met, followed, or used some services from some of your Entrepreneurs mentioned in this article! Great stuff! Keep in touch!

      – Ron


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