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Study the life of any successful person and you will know that they have big goals that they are pursuing and are written down. More importantly they don’t only focus on the goals but on developing the right habits that will move them towards the realization of their goals.
Here’s a guide that you can use as a starting point to learn some of the habits that they develop to live a life of excellence.
A life without communication with God soon dies because He created you to have a relationship with him. When I listened to TC Stallings’ story about how he went from professional football player to professional actor he spoke about how he had to spend time in prayer and have real conversation with God to make changes in his life.
He is a successful person because He took the time to pray to discover God’s purpose for his life when he was in a space when his life wasn’t making sense. Had he not taken the time to seek those answers in prayer he probably would not be who he is today. Successful people living God’s purpose for their lives seek the Lord with all their hearts and listen closely to what He tells them to do.
Never underestimate the power prayer has on determining the direction of your life. It will change you forever.
2. Studying the word of God
The Holy Bible is the word of God with instruction with how you ought to live your life. Studying the Bible helps you understand the mind of God that he wants you to adopt as well. It is profitable for teaching and instruction, inspiration, wisdom, and even warnings of the consequences of disobeying God’s commandments.
When you live your life according to God’s principles instead of your personality you can be assured that your ending will be successful. Study the word in your quiet times such as in the morning before you leave for work or in the evening with your family.
Reading a scripture from the book of Proverbs to start your day can be the difference between making a game changing decision at work and a decision that loses you an opportunity to a competitor. When you make time to listen to God being successful will be a lifestyle instead of a one-time occurrence.
3. Physical exercise
Most people don’t understand the value of daily physical exercise and they short change themselves. I have found that it helps me to shed off negative energy, refreshes my mind and renews my strength. According to science the body releases endorphins that trigger positive feelings in your body and reduces your perception of pain.
You may want to research more on this to get a deeper understanding. Recently I went through a bit of depression having lost an asset and refrained from exercising. My problems were blown out of proportion through all sorts of negative thoughts that ran through my mind.
After getting back to exercising I came back to a realistic perspective of my problems and they didn’t seem as big anymore. Physical exercise keeps your body and mind in good shape and indirectly lifts your spirit helping you get through difficult times. When you feel stressed take time to go jogging or do some aerobic exercises and after you take a shower you will feel like you’re on top of the world.
4. Reading daily
The Bible tells us that we must study to show ourselves approved and it speaks of the importance of improving yourself. Personal development is imperative for successful people. They don’t settle on the success of today but are always pushing their boundaries to get better and better all the time.
It’s important to keep upgrading yourself because every day there is new developments taking place in the world. In order to stay relevant in an ever changing world reading books and learning from other sources related to your life’s purpose is critical. Businesses that go out of business, like what happened to Nokia some years ago, is due to failure to adapt quick enough or not adapting at all.
If you don’t already make time to read and study look for books and listen to audios, podcasts and any other kind of personal development material that will get you closer to your potential. Start by reading 10 pages a day per day which is manageable. Each day that you do you learn something you can apply to make you better than yesterday.
5. Exercising your gifts/skills
Every day make the commitment that when you’re at your job or running your business to effectively exercise your gifts and sharpen your skills. Top professionals that are considered gurus in their fields have invested at least 10000 hours in developing their skills. Successful people understand this and that’s why they look for opportunities to get to that level.
If you work 8 hours a day, for 5 days a week and 50 weeks a year you can accumulate 10000 hours in a matter of 5 years. You don’t become proficient at anything over night or by accident. You must intentionally invest time and effort into becoming the successful person you want to be.
Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers” speaks about this concept and helps you understand that it’s not a complicated process. You just need to be committed and consistent at sharpening your game. Don’t be afraid to take the steps, you can do it.
Being thankful for what you have shows God your gratitude for what He has already done for you. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like you don’t have much and start complaining about it. When you take time to see the good things God has done you will realize that you have more than you thought you had.
Expressing gratitude for what you already have and using it faithfully moves God to bless you with more of what you need in your life. Gratitude keeps your heart in a good place and gives you peace of mind.
Imagine you do someone favors and they never take the time to say thank you for acts of love. Would you be inclined to keep doing them favors or not? Or if you have children that don’t thank you for what you do for them it makes it difficult to want to bless them with more.
Successful people speak life into their own lives and those around them because they understand that life and death is in the power of the tongue. Affirm yourself using Biblical promises and personalizing them to your particular situations. Speak life into seemingly dead situations because your words have the power to turn them around.
God literally spoke the world into existence when you read the first chapter of the book of Genesis in the Bible. Use your mouth to declare God’s promises over your health, career, finances, family, relationships, etc. God’s promises cannot be revoked because Jesus Christ won the victory for us on the cross.
Affirm your spouse if you’re married and your loved ones. They can be the difference between them becoming confident and having a poor view of who they are as people. This is especially true for children as they grow up into mature adults. Words have the power to affect the direction of your life.