When I think about the most successful people I know, they all have one thing in common: They strived to live a great life.
The big question is: What did they do to make that great life a reality? Did they sit around waiting for a big break? Did they wait for someone to guide them in everything they did?
The reality is this: A big break or a guide wasn’t the key piece of the puzzle.
The key piece of the puzzle was an internal commitment to making their time on earth count.
In this article, we’ll take a brief look at six tried and true techniques that some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs have used to live a life worth living:
1) Wake Up Earlier (Or Stay Up Later) Than Most
The best way to wake up earlier is to stop making excuses for why you’re not moving.
Set 6 alarms on your phone. Tell your spouse to turn on all the lights. Make it obvious that you don’t want to sleep in and that you really want their support to get you up.
If you don’t have a partner, it’s likely you have a phone or computer. If you do, set an alarm to go off at 6AM, 6:10, 6:11. 6:14 and 6:17. Make sure the volume is as high it can go and move the device to a place that forces you to get up out of bed in the morning to turn it off.
Don’t make the mistake of placing it next to your bed. That approach will simply give you the ability to press mute and keep on sleeping. Avoid the trap. Move it out of reach and force yourself to get up and moving.
2) Read More Books (Fiction & Non Fiction)
The more you learn, the more you earn.
It’s a simple and cliche saying but it’s one you should take seriously. Some of the most influential people in business and the world are avid readers. It’s not easy to take up reading but if you force yourself to make the time for it, overtime, it can become a very enjoyable and relaxing pastime.
Not to mention: Productive.
Reading can allow you to learn new things, stimulate your imagination and give you a much more dynamic vocabulary. After a long day, a book is something that can help you escape your surroundings and be in a different place. You can do it regardless of where you’re at. Whether you’re in the back of an Uber or on a plane – books give you the ability to escape, gain perspective, change your mood – the benefits are truly plentiful.
3) Identify The Goals You Have For Your Life
Lots of people want to be successful but don’t actual define it for themselves.
What does success look like for you? Is it a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence and two kids? Is it a job that forces you to be uncomfortable and do things that challenge you daily? Or maybe your goal is to pack your bags, travel the world with the person you love and eat exotic dinners under the sunset.
It doesn’t matter what your dreams are – all that matters is that you’ve defined them.
4) Keep Your Eye On The Prize
Now that you know what your goals are for life, it’s time to reverse engineer what it will take to get there and start taking steps day in and day out to help you get closer to turning that into a reality.
Keeping your eye on the prize will allow you to put in the late nights. It will allow you to struggle a bit without feeling discouraged. Keeping your eye on the prize will keep you moving forward even when you don’t feel you have the energy to go on.
That’s why goals are so important. Goals keep us moving in the right direction.
5) Stay In Shape (Physically & Mentally)
One of the easiest things to ignore when you’re constantly pushing yourself to be successful is your health. We make excuses for why we need to be wired into our computers instead of at the gym. We tell ourselves it’s okay to eat out because we’ve been working so hard. We make up a plethora of excuses that lead us to a physical state that isn’t optimized for productivity or success.
No matter who you are, exercise is good for you.
Exercise has the ability to improve your mood. It allows you to maintain dexterity. Exercise can prevent things like obesity, diabetes and more. You know the saying:
Use it or lose it.
The choice is yours…
6) Take Responsibility For Your Actions
Realize that every single day you have the ability to make a choice.
A choice to go for a jog. A choice to read a book. A choice to email a colleague. A choice to wake up earlier. A choice to call a family member. A choice to watch Netflix. A choice to browse Facebook.
You get the point.
Choices are made each and every day. The choices you make today will determine the future you have tomorrow. Yes, some things are not going to change overnight. In fact, it’s likely that most of your choices will have a very small return. But what you need to realize is that some of your choices can change the rest of your life for the better.
And you need to own that. If you want to live a better life; start by realizing who is in control.