Myths and misunderstandings about the wealthy abound. They are thought of as lucky, manipulative, pretentious and any number of other misinformed attributes. The reality, however, is often very different. In fact, many millionaires attribute their success to discipline, a positive outlook on life and a desire to live abundantly with themselves and others. They are generally happy people and enjoy sharing happiness with others. There are a number of positive and healthy disciplines embraced by "millionaires". Below are 8 that I have chosen as being both significant and doable.
1. They Make Exercise a Priority
Exercise is the number one activity of most successful people. Many rise between 4:30 and 6 for daily routines involving aerobic exercise and weight lifting. Some have more elaborate and disciplined routines. Richard Branson is one of the more exuberant and disciplined exercisers and he credits his exercise of alternately swimming, kite surfing or other to giving him a full 4 hours more of productivity per day.
Author Tom Corley ( Change your habits, change your Life) did a survey if 233 wealthy people, self-made millionaires for the most part and found that 76% take 30 minutes or more per day for some kind of aerobic exercise such as jogging, walking or biking.
So it seems that maintaining a healthy body is an integral part of being or becoming financially successful.
2. They Get Enough sleep
Successful people know that sleep time is not wasted time. They understand the benefits of giving both their mind and their body the down time they need to recuperate and refresh. The benefits of getting enough sleep are clear:
Increase in creativity
increased receptivity to learning
Increased ability to problem solve
Increase in productivity and decrease in errors
Decrease in emotional decision making
Increase in receptivity to the ideas of others
"Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" (Benjamin Franklin)
3. They Get Up Early
Successful people understand the amazing benefits of starting their day early. The early hours of the day are quieter, offering fewer distractions. The brain has had time to recuperate and is fully charged ready to work, so productivity is enhanced. People who begin their day early are usually better at decision making and problem solving. They generally have a more positive outlook on life. Early risers tend to take advantage of the relatively peaceful hours to exercise, read and arrive at work earlier (thus avoiding the stress of traffic) to enjoy quiet time before the rush of the day begins.
4. They Spend Time with People Who Inspire Them
It has been said that who we surround ourselves with is who we will become, for better or for worse. So, if we want to become motivated, successful, healthy, happy and inspired, then we should be associating with inspiring people who embrace these characteristics.
"People inspire you or they drain you - pick them wisely. " (Hans F. Hansen)
"Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions and bring out the best in you." (Roy Bennet)
"Surround yourself with those who lift you higher." (Oprah Winfrey)
5. They Read a Lot for Seif Improvement
"How do you build a rocket?"
"I read books." (Elon Musk)
Successful and wealthy people know the benefits of making reading a regular part of their daily routine. Many of them attribute this habit to having contributed to their financial and social success. An important note is that, generally, they tend to read for self-improvement rather than strictly for entertainment. Some of the many benefits are that reading:
Reduces stress, depression, anxiety and dementia
Increases the power of concentration
Improves writing and speaking skills
Improves problem-solving and decision-making abilities
6. They Spend Time Alone Thinking
Successful, wealthy people make a point of incorporating 15-30 minutes of alone time into their daily routine. They use this time to brainstorm with themselves about areas of their life (careers, family, finances, friends goals etc.). Spending some alone each day to reflect and brainstorm helps to:
Clear the mind
Rest and increase energy levels
Calm the spirit
Be more strategic in thinking
Find new solutions to old problems
Be more creativity
7. They Help Others Succeed
"The key to any business success is making someone else successful, so always look for ways you can help someone to succeed." Patrick McGovern (Data Group)
An abundance mentality recognizes that there is enough for everyone and that sharing information, inspiration, feedback in order to help others succeed will go around and come around again. The more we give out, the more we receive. Successful wealthy people understand this principle and put it into practice on a regular basis. All relationships (business, social and personal) benefit from embracing a mindset of abundance for all.
8. They Avoid Wasting Time on Distractions
Distractions do just that - distract us from what is really important and what we should be focusing on to get where we want to go. A characteristic of successful wealthy people is their ability to not be derailed by anything that could take their mind off their goals. Of course, the obvious distractions are social media and cell phones, but there are others that the wealthy do not allow to distract them. They don't listen to their excuses and welcome failure as a necessary step. They are not concerned with what other people think or with trying to be perfect. Successful wealthy people stay away from procrastination and other people"s business. They set their priorities and persevere, saying no whenever necessary.
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Diana's passions are family, travel, self-improvement, living a debt-free/financially free life. She also loves hanging out with family, friends and being with her dog, Skye. You can connect with her through livingandstuff.com.