All men’s natures are alike – It’s their habit that carry them far apart – Confucius
That statement from Confucius says a lot about the power of habits. Good habit is the language of creation and achievement.
What are the key habits of success? What are the habits that separate remarkable people from the rest of us?
In my study and observation over these year, I have found following habits that really stand apart:
Habit #1 : Solitude & Silence
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
― Aldous Huxley
Practicing solitude and silence allows you to get connected with your ‘self’ and reflect upon life. It allows you to be in company with the person who wants to be with you the most – “yourself”. It is the fertile ground of great accomplishments and a fundamental habit to live an extraordinary life.
Habit #2: Mental Clarity
Mystification is simple; clarity is the hardest thing of all.
― Julian Barnes
Developing clarity is like weeding your mind of unnecessary and irrelevant to what really matters. All remarkable people have the habit of developing mental clarity by writing thoughts, ideas and experiences and reflecting upon them.
Habit #3: Deep Focus
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. – Alexander Graham Bell
Great ideas and inspirations are a result of deep focus. Once you start practicing the habit of deep focus, you will remain unfazed by any internal and external distractions. It’s the habit that has produced great inventions, original writings and innovation in every field.
Habit #4: Well-defined Goals
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
A majority of remarkable people I have seen are clear about what they want to do with their life in next one year, two years or five years. All their personal and professional goals are well thought and they keep refining them as things morph.
Habit #5: Consistent Actions
Small actions compounded (over time) reveal massive results – Martin Grunburg
To reemphasize the power of habits – successful people take consistent Actions aligned to their Goals. Consistent actions have exponential effect and help achieve goals quickly and easily, while inconsistent actions can quickly turn into a set of wasted efforts.
Habit #6: Early Risers
I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning. – Jonathan Swift
Rising early when the world is sleeping and working your way through the freshness and silence of early morning is an unbeatable experience – something never to be missed. I owe to my early morning blogging to Darren Rowse after watching his inspiring video!
Habit #7: Balanced Diet
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. – La Rochefoucauld
What you eat is what you become, says Deepak Chopra, the renowned spiritual guru and modern expert of eastern medicine. Mindful eating habits can impact your mind, body and spirit in profound ways. Eat fresh, eat healthy and let go your urges. The fruits of mindful eating are rewarding and fulfilling.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list and neither do they apply to everyone. There could be many more but the idea is universal – “great habits create a great life”.
A good way to start is to pick up one habit from the above and try practicing it daily at a fixed time.
Perhaps my favorite one is the one I practice based on inspiration from Darren Rowse – “The habit of writing early morning”.
Try doing it even for a week, reward yourself for doing it and the results will be magical!
What has been your experience with practicing a good habit?