Successful people lead their lives ‘on purpose’ with strong principles and empowering habits. Their success is a direct result of their conscious choices. Here are 15 habits that successful people make it a point to do:

1. Define Success with Happiness

Most successful people define their success with happiness, inner peace, and positive happenings rather than money. Being financially secure certainly helps to give you more opportunities and relieve stress, but successful people realise that all the money in the world will not make you happy if you are unable to feel it deep inside.

2. Have a Purpose or Plan

Not only do successful people have clear short and long-term goals, they also know exactly what they must accomplish each day to feel fulfilled, as well as bring them closer to their goals. They take full advantage of the first hour after they wake up in the morning. What you do mentally, physically, and spiritually during this first hour, sets the tone for the entire day!!

3. Make Little Steps

Successful people practice progress over perfection. The danger in focusing on perfection is that your work remains forever unfinished and imperfect. By understanding that it’s not about achieving one perfect goal, but the skills you develop from reaching several goals, you allow yourself to make constant improvements while living a life of accomplishments you can learn from and be truly proud of.

4. Be Around Fabulous People

There is energy in everything, and that includes human beings!! As such, it’s fairly easy to absorb negative energy when you are around toxic people who are always complaining, making excuses or being plain evil…. We’ve all met them I’m sure!! Instead, successful people surround themselves with decent, positive, proactive folk who inspire and motivate them to achieve great things and live 100%.

5. Focus on the Good Stuff

Successful people don’t entertain negative thoughts. They accept that failures are opportunities to learn and grow. When faced with difficulties, they identify the benefits from the experience and remind themselves they’ve successfully overcome many hurdles before, so they can certainly overcome it again. Successful people don’t focus on what “could” go wrong, but on what they must do to succeed. They focus on solutions, knowing that no matter how many times you’re knocked down, as long as you get right back up and use your new strength and knowledge to improve, you never really fail.  

6. They Judge Themselves Based on Their Own Values

Successful people do not base their worth on how others think of them because they’ve set their own values, goals, and principles without having to depend on anyone to validate them. Everyone sees through the eyes of personal life experience and individual interpretation. As such, successful people understand that somebody else’s judgement about you or your life, doesn’t matter…….. unless you agree with it!!

7. They Don’t Make Excuses.

Successful people are proactive – they get things done. While they realise that outside forces may interrupt their flow, successful people take full responsibility for the attitude they choose in situations over which they have no control. They look forward to the pleasure and benefits of accomplishing their daily tasks and their life goals and they do whatever it takes to avoid the pain of giving up on success.

8. Jealousy of Others Doesn’t Exist

Successful people know that the more happy people there are on our planet, the stronger, more positive energy our world will be filled with. If another person succeeds at something they have not yet been able to achieve, successful people will be pleased for them because it can now serve as added motivation to reach that goal too!

9. They Don’t Take Their Loved Ones for Granted.

Successful people agree that work is important, but never as important as experiencing life with the people you love most. Make time to give your attention to those who mean most to you – and don’t forget yourself!

10. The Power of Fun

Successful people know how to relax and have fun. They know the importance of taking breaks to recharge their batteries by enjoying all that they have in their life, right now.

11. Don’t Neglect Your Health.

With good health comes the freedom and energy to fully enjoy life. Successful people are aware that unless they’re mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy, they cannot perform at their very best when serving those who count on them.

12. They Set SMART Goals

Successful people set clear, specific, and measurable goals. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there, and crafting a clear plan of action helps organise your thoughts and relieve stress as you get the results you want. Having clear goals also allows you to measure how far you’ve come and how much more you have to go, so you’re not left wondering where you are in the task

13. Live for the Future

If you suffered in the past, try to recognise that you are here today, and you are OK. Your past does not define you or limit what is possible for you to achieve from here on. Practice your power to design a better future that you deserve.

14. Change is Important

Plans, strategies and tactics might change, but instead of getting upset and frustrated, successful people shift paths because they know there is more than one way to reach their goal.

15. The Big One for Me???? Don’t EVER Stop Learning

Successful people have mentors or coaches to inspire and motivate them when challenged, and to keep them accountable to their decisions and goals. They are always learning and keep themselves open to making improvements in themselves and their lives.

Can you think of others??