3 Things Successful People Do Differently

3 Things Successful People Do Differently

Sir Richard Branson. Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates.

What makes them so successful? All of us start out with aspirations of greatness, but why is it that only few of us actually succeed? Here, we take a look at three of the things successful people do that most of us don’t.

3 Things Successful People Do Differently

They exercise regularly

Sir Richard Branson gives ‘exercise’ as his best business tip. Mark Zuckerberg works out three mornings per week with his dog. Bill Gates runs for an hour each morning before work.

These highly successful people understand that to function well, you need to take care of your body. And, they have all cultivated consistent exercise routines to help them perform at their best.

Why it works

Regular exercise helps you to feel more confident, gives you more energy, improves your mood, and leads to a better quality of sleep. It psyches you up to face any challenges you might face during the day.

What can you do?

  • Carve out 30 minutes in the morning to do a quick exercise routine. A quick search in your phones’ app store should be enough to find a great companion app to get the most out of your morning workout.
  • Set up a run club with your colleagues – running can help to boost your confidence, improve your mood, and relieve stress. Share these benefits and build rapport with your colleagues.

They set clear goals

Highly successful people know the importance of setting clear goals. Former Mrs. Corporate America, Sonja Fisher, has led a very successful life – achieving her dream of being a nurse, earning her doctorate in Business, becoming a published author, speaking at the Women in Business Conference in Tuscon, starring in many TV shows, movies, and commercials, and of course, winning the national beauty pageant, Mrs. Corporate America. In an interview with The Huffington Post, she revealed how setting goals helped her to achieve all of her accomplishments.

Why it works

Goals give you a clear target and measure for success. They help you to determine the kinds of activities that you need to invest your time in.

What can you do?

  • Allocate 15 minutes in the morning (or before your bedtime) to set your goals for the day and make plans to reach it. Be sure to leave buffer time in between your schedule so as not to rush and add unnecessary stress to your plate.
  • Have a vision for your life and set milestones to get there. By setting S.M.A.R.T goals, you ensure that your goals are realistic and achievable, taking the duration to achieve them into consideration. It also ensures that they’re manageable.

They optimise their time

Highly successful people understand that they have limited time and don’t give it away so easily. Hence, they live by the Pareto Principle and identify tasks that drive the greatest results, focus on them, and ignores the rest.

Highly successful people acknowledge the importance of teamwork and work delegation. As much as they keep track of the task’s progress, they do not micromanage. If they feel that the task could get done more efficiently by one of their team members, they delegate it to them.

Why it works

The Pareto Principle is an observation that 80% of results are produced by only 20% of the work. By identifying this 20% of effort, time can be saved by eliminating unnecessary workload off your plate. Even better, that time saved can be invested into something more meaningful to further produce results.

When it comes to work delegation, imagine a team of five people working on a project. Instead of getting these five people to acquire the skills needed to complete the task, transform the time meant for them to pick up the new skills to time spent improving on their individual strengths to further benefit the task at hand.

What can you do?

  • Identify the more important tasks and focus on those.
  • Learn to say “no” to prohibit your workload from piling up unnecessarily.
  • When working in a team, identify each individual’s strengths and leverage them to complete the task.

Best Practice? Yes. Shortcut to Success? No.

Most of us have the know-how to be successful, but are reluctant to start on it because we feel there’s a better/more efficient and easier way to get there. The answer is no, and there is no better time than now to begin.

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