5 Habits of Successful People

habits of successful people

The most successful people in the world did not arrive there by accident. Truly successful people, whether they are millionaires or have just found their true life purpose and get to enjoy living it every day, are in that position for a specific reason: their habits.

You can work, and work, and work at becoming successful until you are completely burned out. But if you don’t develop the specific daily habits of successful people, it’s unlikely you’ll ever get there.

I’m going to share 5 of these successful habits, and I hope you’ll consider integrating them into your life.

1) Successful People Believe in Themselves

If you’re going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen. Believing in yourself is a choice.

Of the hundreds of super successful people I have interviewed throughout my career, almost every one of them told me, “I was not the most gifted or talented person in my field, but I chose to believe anything was possible. I studied, practiced, and worked harder than the others, and that’s how I got to where I am.”

Successful people assume in favor of themselves and act as if achieving their goals is completely possible.

2) They Set Goals

Experts on the science of success have revealed that the brain is a goal-setting organism. And successful people know that if they give a goal to their subconscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve it. They set high goals that are both realistic and measurable, and they make an effort to work towards those goals every day.

3) They Go the Extra Mile

Successful people know that if they want to really excel in business, school, and life, they have to go the extra mile. They give the people around them -- their customers, team, family -- more than is expected and, in return, they’re handsomely rewarded with loyalty, referrals, opportunity, and money.

They don’t focus on the “What’s In It For Me” policy. They don’t put stock in whether something is fair or whether they’ll be compensated or recognized for more effort. Instead, they focus on exceeding expectation, paying extra attention to detail, and providing quality work above all else.

4) They Take Action

Successful people know that the world doesn’t pay you for what you know; it pays you for what you do. They make a point to create a vision, set goals, break them down into small steps, visualize and affirm their success, believe in themselves, and then get out there and go for it. They are keenly aware of the fact that nothing happens until they take action.

When you take action, you trigger all kinds of things that will inevitably carry you to success. You begin to learn things from your experiences that cannot be learned from listening to others or from reading books. And you begin to attract others who will support and encourage you.

5) They Practice Appreciation

Successful people know that when they show appreciation to the people in their lives -- such as their employees, loved ones, or colleagues -- they not only make those people feel better, but they themselves feel better and more successful. This is one of the biggest factors in how people become successful.

The fact is, people are more likely to help you achieve your goals if they believe that you appreciate their efforts. There is no downside to this. Appreciation costs nothing, and no one has ever complained about being over-appreciated.

Keeping these 5 habits in mind, I want to leave you with a bit of homework to complete. Write down 2 of the habits that I listed above that you feel you can -- and should -- incorporate into your day-to-day life.

To hold yourself accountable, leave a comment below with the habits you plan on adopting. I’ll follow up with you to make sure you’re staying on track!

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  • Milton Aldana

    I have written my goals and will continue to follow them. And practice more appreciation in my daily life . Keep me honest Jack,

  • Jaime Arroyo

    Jack, thank you very much for your support in life and I am working in Believing in Myself and in Practicing Appreciation!!

    • Thanks, Jaime. Affirmations are an extreme help to believing in yourself. I have some for you to implement into your daily routine here: http://bit.ly/2kx7oVD

  • Vishal Patil

    Successful People Believe in Themselves ....They Take Action...

    • They do! They take responsibility over their lives.

  • Hoomaluhia

    Ua heluhelu au i keia palapala me kuʻu kaikamahine. Ewalu ona makahiki. Ua koho oia, "They go the extra mile and take action." Koho ʻia, "Successful people believe in themselves and they practice appreciation." Mahalo nui loa.

  • Gopinath Goud

    Believing in Myself and setting goals and Taking Action

  • Mia

    Setting goals (so big that it scares me) and taking action toward those goals! Thank you this mail!

  • Lyn Faith

    Thank u so much Jack..I am really appreciating this..well the 2 habits that I can practice are the 1st one and that is believing in myself that I can achieve anything and the 4th habit which is to take action.

    • Kathy Raybould

      Hi Lyn, me too. I need to really work on believing in me. We can do it! Best wishes!

      • Lyn Faith

        Thanx Kathy..best wishes to u too :)

    • Thanks Lyn!

  • Great article. I think appreciation is often overlooked in lists of this type. I think it is so important to recognize the things and people you have in your life. Seldom does success come without the support of others.

  • Kathy Raybould

    I think my procrastination is based on not believing in myself. That thought just came to me as I was reading this. Wow!

    • Hi Kathy. Glad you were enlightened with my blog post. Here's a tool to help you access self-wisdom and begin believing in yourself: http://bit.ly/2kx2bwX

      • Kathy Raybould

        Thank you, thank you!

  • Erica Hammon

    Hi Jack,
    First, I think it's really cool that you, Jack Canfield, may just reply to this post.
    I really liked the article! I have listened to almost every video you have on youtube, and if you look closely at my picture, I am holding the teaching book (signing and Barnes and Noble) about student engagement that you inspired me to write! I've also written a children's book (BALD) since then
    The funny thing is, I still feel stuck in my position in life right now--a resource classroom teacher.
    So the two I need to do right now is 1: set goals and 2: Practice Appreciation
    I have overcome many hurdles of my own with your success strategies and determination. THANK YOU! My goal in life now is to inspire others to overcome their hurdles and be successful...much like yours. Please, please, let me email you? ehammon100@gmail.com

    • We all feel stuck at times, Erica. It's the push through and action during these times that matter most. I like to start with re-affirming myself to continue on. Hope this helps you: http://bit.ly/2llqaw2

  • Nicolas Rodriguez

    Hi Jack, I loved this article! Is very solid and I can really feel whether is reading his article or watching your webinars that you really know what you are writing about and the years of experience, books read, seminars done, etc. I would like to hold myself accountable by saying that I will adopt the habit of believing in myself (Success principle #5) and Exceeding expectations (Success principle #24). As a further commitment I have put them as the best success principles of June and July on my monthly planner. I really appreciate the fact that you read this comment. Thank you and I hope you have an excellent month of May

  • Cynthia White

    I am committed to making specific and measurable goals. Simplifying emails and setting a schedule for cold calling. In the sales world your efforts are often ineffective unless you have the right perspective. Jack, I'm getting on YouTube now to "test drive" some of your videos. Really like this article! Looking forward to checking out more books and seminars.