It’s never too late to establish habits that better serve you in your business endeavors. In fact, why not make a conscious effort to replace those you consider bad with a few likely to nudge you closer to success? The Good and Bad Habits of Smart People infographic by Online-PHD-programs.org provides food for thought. Here are 3 habits you just might want to develop:
- Make a habit of writing your goals down and sharing them with people who support you. According to the infographic (below), only 43 percent of students who failed to write their goals succeeded in meeting them. 64 percent of those who wrote their goals and 76 percent of those who shared their goals with friends accomplished them.
- Get in the habit of reading more. Reading helps you become more articulate and provides knowledge you can use in your endeavors. It also helps you remember more, concentrate better, and become a good problem solver.
- Be persistent. Too often, people get scared away from their goals by setbacks or even outright failures. The only way to succeed in your endeavors is to keep trying. Need some role models? Bill Gates refused to give up when his first business failed, and Beethoven was encouraged to believe he’d never succeed. Thomas Edison? Well, he took more than 100 stabs at his light bulb.
Of course, this infographic also attributes a number of unhealthy habits to smart people. Avoid these like the plague not only to improve your chances of meeting your goals but also to ensure that you can enjoy your success once you get there:
- Sleep Deprivation: Many smart people are night owls. If you are too, make sure you get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to health problems like heart disease and obesity.
- Drinking and Doing Drugs: Imbibe in moderation. The rest is a no-brainer: skip the drugs.
- Anxiety: Smart people are more prone to chronic anxiety. While this isn’t always avoidable, try things like meditation and exercise to keep the anxiety at bay. Regular downtime might help as well. Make time to spend with friends and family members, watch junky television, take walks, and just do nothing.
What other habits have you observed in smart, successful people? Share with us!
Liked this post? Subscribe to our newsletter for more tips!