This is the 3rd and final part of this blog series on success habits that breed motivation, drive, and productivity. I started implementing these activities years ago into my routine and the results allowed me to aggressively go after my goals in a way that I never had before. I talk a lot about the mindset necessary to succeed at online business while traveling. Here are more habits that we’ll hopefully put you on a long-term path to success.
13. Get a Coach or Mentor
I have always said in order to be successful at anything you need 3 things; theory, application, and coaching. The reason for this is simple. Once you have the education (theory) and experience (application), getting a coach or mentor is only going to collapse your time frames and allow you to achieve your goals quicker. In my Amazon FBA business, I simply sought out somebody who has already done what it is that I’m trying to accomplish and followed in their footsteps. There’s never a need to reinvent the wheel, the foundation has already been set for you.
Obviously, you’re gonna want to do your due diligence if you’re doing a paid mentorship or coaching program. You want to find someone who is active in the field you’re pursuing. For example, if you’re learning how to invest in the stock market than the person mentoring you should be actively investing and winning in the stock market. If their primary source of income is teaching other people to invest, I’d look elsewhere. Hiring a Coach or Mentor is an investment that will always pay itself back a few times over.
Join at least 1 group (online or in person) and surround yourself with other successful people in the field or endeavor you’re looking to pursue (music, e-commerce, blogging, etc.). Hang out where they hang out. Network and soak up as much information as you can. Just be selective in which ones you choose because they are not all created equal and some will just push you to buy things whereas others will give you the practical advice and motivation you may need. Forbes wrote an article on how to formally find a mentor in this article or you can choose to mentor yourself.
14. Find a Hobby
Having a hobby is important in order to maintain a proper work-life balance. Take up something that gives you a break from your daily routine. Maybe it’s swimming, running, biking, camping, fishing, table tennis, golf, playing cards, boating, or any of a number of things. It distracts from your daily grind and can give you a feeling of inner peace before returning to life as usual. For me, it’s the gym. Doing this on a regular and consistent basis really gives me a calming effect and helps me to rebalance myself (not to mention the other benefits involved).
We sometimes make excuses as to why we’re too busy to take this much-needed break. Put your work or your projects aside and take some very important “me time.” If you are having trouble figuring out what kind of hobby you might enjoy or want to take up, not to worry. Here is a list of potential hobbies for you to choose from. Whether you know what you plan to do or not, pick a hobby and practice/do it 1-2 times a week. You’ll be surprised on how much your mental health improves.
15. Eat Healthy
Eating healthy can make a drastic change in your life. Not too long ago I eliminated processed food, cut back on refined grains and sugar and began portioning my meals. There was an enormous difference in how I felt and what I got accomplished. I’ve tried so many different things throughout the years but I feel like this works best and allows me to be disciplined, but find what works best for you. By simply changing your eating habits, you’ll look and feel better, be more confident, have higher energy levels and a noticeable boost in productivity. The point is eating healthy and feeling good will help you accomplish your goals with more determination.
Do some research and find a diet that works for you. Remember that every body is different and what’s popular or what worked for someone else may not work for you. Once you’ve found it, implement it into your life by writing out a weekly meal plan and sticking to it. Discipline is essential here so give yourself an incentive by coming up with a reward for every mile stone you hit without cheating on your diet (1 week, 3 months. etc).
16. Consistent Self Development
By now I would hope you’ve realized that the theme of all these new successful habits you’re adopting is to create motivation, inspiration, drive, and ultimately give you a purpose in life. In other words, you want to be developing yourself through consistent self-improvement and education which in turn will produce the skills and motivation necessary for you to thrive in any field. Constant self-development is what separates the winners from the losers and the wildly successful from the average or mediocre.
If you’re reading this I’m assuming you don’t need much convincing, but this is something very near and dear to my heart. I owe everything I am to learning in this manner. The key is the consistency. Once you stop it’s very easy to shift your mindset back to where it was and to lose sight of your goals. Don’t do it! Stay focused and you can accomplish anything.
The key to self-development is to constantly progress and to continue moving forward. I recommend doing the following activities at least once a week (preferably more) in order to sharpen your skills and to develop your mind:
- listen to a podcast
- do a few modules/lessons from an online course (Educate yourself)
- read a book
- run/workout/do yoga
The outcome should give you a driven and positive mindset. Which brings me to my next point…
17. Eliminate Negativity
Just as it’s important to have positive influences in your life, it’s equally, if not more important, to rid yourself of any negativity. We encounter an abundance of negativity in our lives on a daily basis. This can be detrimental to our mental health and our goals. Mindset is absolutely everything! We bump heads with negativity in many forms. This includes negative people such as whiners, complainers, dream crushers, and anyone trying to hold you back. There are negative messages in music, television shows, movies and especially the news. I would cut out any type of mainstream media. It’s been documented that people who watch the news are way more depressed than those that don’t.
It’s also important to be cognizant of the way we talk to ourselves. If we don’t have a rock solid mindset about our dreams and goals, it’s just not gonna happen, at least not at the level you might expect. Think positive and talk to yourself in a way that will keep you focused and keep your belief system in check. For example, saying “I know I can make this happen” or “this is how I’m going to do it.” (it helps to have a plan) is infinitely better than saying “I’m not sure if this is possible” or “I’ll give it a try” or even worse, “I can’t do this.” Negative self-talk can be detrimental to your accomplishments, avoid it at all costs.
Do these things to rid yourself of the negativity in your life:
- Replace Negative Self-talk with self-loving positivity
- Eliminate mainstream media
- Alienate yourself from the negative people in your life
- Limit or be more selective on entertainment until you’ve created a strong, positive mindset (Music, Television, Movies, etc.)
These are just a few tips, but I think you get the point. Surround yourself with positivity and eliminate the success-crippling negative influences in your life.
18. Take Action
I’ve saved the best for last because I think this is the most important point. Everything else would be for nothing if you don’t actually implement what you learn. So many people have a HUGE fear of the unknown. Since they don’t know what to expect, they stay right where they are in their cozy little comfort zone. You know the place where there’s no growth happening and your dreams continue to linger in your head until you step out of it.
So many of us get stuck in information overload acquiring more and more knowledge because we’re afraid to take the first step. I’d far prefer to take action and know absolutely nothing and fail every step of the way than to acquire all of my knowledge and completely understand every last intricacy of what I’m learning before applying it. After all, knowledge isn’t power. The APPLICATION of knowledge is power. You will also learn far more from failing than you will from everything going perfectly according to plan.
In reality, nothing goes according to plan and you must adapt. No more hesitation, procrastination or second guessing yourself or your dreams and goals. If you’re going to do something, go after it with everything you have and TAKE ACTION! Not now, but RIGHT NOW! I certainly didn’t know everything before starting my Amazon FBA business, but I’m glad I didn’t. It’s been an amazing process and I can attribute everything I’ve learned and the success I’ve had to taking action instead of waiting until I knew everything.
So go ahead and build that business, lose that weight, take that trip, write that book, run that marathon. Stay focused, don’t lose sight of your goals and most important of all, enjoy the journey on the road to success!
- Start with your ultimate goal
- break down your tasks into yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily tasks.
- Adapt & learn as you go
- START RIGHT NOW despite your fear
- Celebrate your victories no matter how small they may seem
- Live in the moment and enjoy the process
What are you still doing here! Go make it happen! Let me know any goals you’re working towards by leaving a comment below.
This is the third and final part of a 3 part blog series on successful habits, check out the other posts here: