7 habits of highly successful people
Here is why achievers always have their act together
Success can seem like a great mystery -some people are destined for it while others aren't. But that's probably not the case. While luck and genetics may play a role, there are certain learnable behaviours which make success more likely. On Quora, there is a thread dedicated to sharing some of those learnable behaviours. Here are seven interesting ones:
1 THEY TALK TO THEMSELVES
Quora user and author Michal Stawicki says, during research for his books on success, he discovered: “At the highest level of professional sports they consider skills and techniques a given. What allows them to beat their opponents is not more time spent honing their skills, but more focus on perfecting their internal dialogue.“
Research suggests that talking to yourself like you'd talk to someone else in the same situation can help you deal with stressful experiences.
2 THEY KEEP A JOURNAL
Stawicki points out that several historical figures kept journals, including Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. But you don't have to aspire to world domination to benefit from keeping a diary. A recent study found that journaling about thoughts and emotions helped college students deal with stressful events.
3 THEY SOLITUDE VALUE
In a since-deleted answer, Quora user Amy Yeole mentioned that successful people “have some `me-time' every day“. According to psychotherapists, mentally strong people don't fear alone time as it's a chance to reflect and replenish their energy.
4 THEY'RE SELF AWARE -OR AT LEAST THEY'RE NOT OVERCONFIDENT
Entrepreneur and blogger Dean Yeong says successful people are self-aware: “They know who they are, they have defined vision, and they know their strengths and weaknesses.“ Interestingly, research suggests that leaders who underestimate their own competence are the most effective and have the more engaged employees.
5 `DEEP THEY MAKE TIME FOR WORK'
Successful people also block out time for `deep work'. They have `rituals that help them maximise concentration', such as taking walks in nature, and `work in an environment undisturbed by distractions'.
6 THEY CAN SAY `NO'
Quora user Tobias Greener writes, “The progress comes from saying no to things that do not matter and do not add value.“ That observation recalls what psychotherapist Amy Morin had said: “Every time you say yes to something, you're really saying no to something else.“
That something else might be the more important thing.
7 ALL THEY DON'T SPEND DAY IN THE OFFICE
Digital marketer Atu lit Shankar points out that successful people aren't in the office all the time. Shankar says, it means they've found somewhere else they can be really creative and productive. A survey says, 80 per cent is the ideal proportion of the work week to spend in an office -the rest should be spent working remotely .