Muhammad Ali was once training in a gym, doing sit-ups alongside a sportswriter. The sportswriter asked him “How many sit-ups do you do?” Ali responded “I only start counting once it starts hurting.”
A journalist followed Oprah Winfrey around for a week to observe the routine of one of the most successful women in the world. She was surprised when Oprah relayed to her “I have never set an alarm. I put the time in my mind, and I wake up before that.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger said, in his now famous “Speech That Broke the Internet”, “Imagine you read 1 hour a day about history, how much you would learn after 365 hours in one year.”
Many seek to emulate what the highly successful do, yet their daily habits remain largely unknown to most people. There’s an erroneous belief that we could become just as successful as our role models without doing the work they’ve done to prosper.
So, what do the most successful people of our time do with their time?
1. Meditate/deep thought
Spending 15-30 minutes a day in a deep, reflective state of thought will help you decompress, even in the midst of a troubling workday. However, this habit is best practiced in the morning time when our heads are at their most clear and serene. Take this time to analyze your health, your relationships, your career; everything important to you for a more stress-free start to your day.
2. Early risers
Arnold, in the aforementioned speech, also stated (to a somewhat incredulous audience) that we have 24 hours in a day and 6 of them should be for sleeping. Noticing the crowd’s uneasiness as the prospect of not sleeping their usual 8 hours a day, he declares “Well, just sleep faster.”
This may seem contradictory to our advice on taking care of your body this winter, but if you truly are struggling to find time for all your projects during the day then just try sleeping 6 hours a day for only 2-3 days per week. Compound this with going to sleep and waking up around the same times every day and you may notice a huge boost in your work output.
3. Avid readers
A survey by Tom Corley of 233 wealthy individuals found that 88% of them spent at least 30 min a day reading to learn or self-improve. Most reported not reading for entertainment; preferring biographies, history, and self-help books. Don’t worry though, reading for pleasure can still lead to a boost in brain function that can further propel your career.
Bill Gates reportedly starts off every morning with a run. Dwayne Johnson has boosted his own career by routinely posting videos of his early morning/daily workouts to his InstaGram. The prosperous of America find the time to cater to their health through exercise routines and proper nourishment. Studies have even shown certain foods like processed meats and refined grains lead to more inexplicable anxiety and heightened stress.
5. Share their time with inspirations
Tom Corley also found a shared sentiment amongst the wealthy applicants interviewed was “You’re only as successful as those you frequently associate with.” Join groups for people who share your interests, motivations, and goals to grow your network. Soon, you’ll find yourself in the company of those very successful people you wish to join.
6. Don’t waste time on time-wasters
“Be choosy about who you spend your time with,” continues Corley. “Successful people also make a point to limit their exposure to toxic, negative people.” It helps to begin to understand that money isn’t the most important resource for people. Time claims the title of most important resource for those pursuing lofty dreams. When you invest your time into something, that time is forever spent and never returned. Invest your time wisely, whether it’s in people, your hobbies, or even the very apps on your phone and TV you spend the most time on. Be wary of those who seek to take your time without any return on your investment.
Do you know any other tips & tricks from highly successful people in your life? Share the wealth of knowledge by letting us know in the comments, so we can all grow and be our best together.
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