3 Habits of Very Successful People

Acordar as pessoas: há um novo dia!It is difficult to identify the three most important habits of very successful people but John Addison hits on three of them that are very good candidates in his Success.com post last July.

First, the three habits:

  1. Winners get out of bed early
  2. Successful people set daily goals
  3. Successful people focus

These may not sound too difficult, but for many people they are. As difficult as these habits may be to form initially once they become your habitual way of conducting your day you will see results.

#1- Rising Early

I have done this for years. I admit it may be easier for me because I am naturally a “morning person”. In the morning my energy is at its peak for the day. But even if you are not naturally a morning person you can gradually rise earlier each day until you are up by 5 or 6 AM. That will give you two or three hours before you need to be at work to do important things you are not likely to have time or energy to do later in the day.

I use that early morning time to exercise, think, plan, read and write. I am writing this post in fact at 6:10 AM. A little over an hour ago I got up and walked for 30 minutes. At this hour there are no interruptions. It is totally my time and I love it.

#2- Daily Goals

If you do not set goals for the most important things you need or want to achieve today it is very likely they will not get done. This is especially true if you work during the day. The day will be filled with interruptions, distractions, problems that need solving and other barriers to getting done what you need to get done. Set one or two important goals each day and you will achieve more.

Either the night before, or first thing in the morning you need to set aside just a few minutes to think about what you want to get done today and write it down as goals you can refer to throughout the day. That should come before the email in box or the news feed. It should come first.

I usually get to the office by 7, make coffee, and then set my daily goals.

#3- Focus

Setting goals is important but if you do not focus on them it will not make any difference. You must focus on what is important. Successful people understand this. It does require some discipline to do each day. Sufficient focus will get results. You do not want to end your day wondering what you accomplished that day.

Addison says: “Look, I’m not going to lie to you: Winning and success is quite often boring. It’s doing the same successful thing over and over again. But there is a scoreboard in life and business, and establishing repetitive habits that lead to effective performance is the key to winning results—and results are what matters”.

Like it or not he is correct, results matter and following these three habits will improve your results.

Read Addison’s entire post here.
Learn how to formulate goals correctly to gain control over your life and achieve your dreams in my book, Goal Power!

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

Bouncing Back from a Major Setback

great_idea2What do you do when you have a major setback to regain positive momentum? Recently Michael Hyatt, blogger, author and consultant, posted on his blog about this. He suggests six things you can do. First five specific steps to bounce back and then one larger contextual step to avoid unnecessary negativity in our lives.

Hyatt’s Five Steps to Bounce Back

  1. Acknowledge what happened. Hyatt says you cannot move past a setback if you do not first acknowledge it.
  2. Empathize with those who suffered.
  3. Put the setback in context.
  4. Point out the positive. What have you learned from this setback? Is there a silver lining?
  5. Keep moving forward. The difference between succeeding and failing is how you respond to setbacks. Successful people move on. They do not accept any setback as final defeat.

Avoiding Unnecessary Negativity

I learned a lesson from my very smart wife many years ago that apparently Michael Hyatt has also learned. Avoid TV news. TV news is hyped negativity. They make their money by creating fear and anxiety. They capitalize on human suffering and tragedy. Who really needs a steady diet of that?

What benefit is there to you to see video of thousands of auto accidents, house fires, murder scenes and other horrific things day in and day out throughout your life?

This steady stream of hyped negativity is depressing and saps your spirit. To succeed in life we must be positive. To maintain positivity, we must focus on the positive, not wallow in the negative.

I do think it important to be informed. I read news in newspapers (both the paper kind and on line), internet feeds (selectively) and the radio.

Do yourself a favor and avoid the hyped negativity of TV news most of the time. Get your news more selectively. When a serious setback does befall you try Hyatt’s five steps to move on.

Read Michael Hyatt’s post here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

Your Most Precious Resource – Time

ETMLook around your house or your business. Look at all your stuff. How valuable is it? Add up all the assets you own? How valuable is it all?

The most valuable asset you have is not any of that stuff or all of that stuff added together. The most valuable asset you have is your time. Each of us is given the same amount of time each day – 24 hours. The richest people, the most successful people, the most influential people – all have the same 24 hours a day that you and I have. You can trade, sell, buy and create things – you cannot buy or create time.

Get my free Effective Time Management (ETM) lessons. Learn how to take control of your time and achieve more. Get these free lessons here.

We All Have the Same Amount of Time

Leonardo da Vinci, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Carnegie, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln… they all have or had the same amount of time each day as you do. They all had 24 hours a day – which is exactly what you have.

We do not know how many days we have on this earth. We only know that it is a fixed number. We all have a limited amount of time in a day, in a week and in a life time to do what we want to do, to accomplish what we want to accomplish.

You cannot buy, steal, borrow or create more time. We are all given the same amount of time each day for however many days we will have on this earth. It is therefore vital that we learn to use that time and manage that time as effectively as we can.

So it is no longer an excuse to say we do not have enough time. We all have the same amount of time. It is not about how much time you have – it is about how you use it. How you use your time is controlled entirely by how you manage it.

Effective Time Management

It is more important to manage your time effectively than to simply manage your time. You can create the most detailed schedule of how you use your time. You can manage it hour by hour or minute by minute, but if you are using that time effectively all that management of your time is meaningless.

By effective I mean that your time must be organized so that you are most productive. Productive does not necessarily mean the use of time that will produce the most income, wealth or money. It can mean that. Being productive to earn more is a part of good time management. But it is not all there is.

Effective Time Management means organizing how you use your time so as to meet all your needs in a balanced life. It means organizing time to eat a proper diet, get enough sleep, further your education, nurture your relationships, do your job, be creative, get sufficient recreation to recharge your batteries and meet your spiritual needs.

Get my free Effective Time Management (ETM) lessons. Learn how to take control of your time and achieve more. Get these free lessons here.

Time management is certainly in part about how you organize your day, week and month. It is about schedules and appointments. But all that time organization is merely a set of tools to help you effectively manage time to get the most out of life.

The first step to gaining control over your time is understanding these immutable laws about your time:

  1. Time is limited. You cannot gain more time or lose it.
  1. We all have the same amount of time in a given day, week or month.
  1. The most successful people, including the super-achievers of this world, have no more or less time than you do. The secret to their use of time is how they manage it so that they can achieve the most in the given time.

The Good News

Everyone can benefit from these lessons. It does not matter how old you are. It does not matter what you do. You could be a full time parent. You may work from home. You may work a traditional job. You may be an independent contractor. You may be a student.  You may be retired.

No matter what you do you can accomplish more and have a richer life if you effectively manage your time.

Do you have enough time to get everything done you want to do? Would you like to get more done in less time? Get my free Effective Time Management (ETM) lessons. Learn how to take control of your time and achieve more. Get these free lessons here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

What Can I Do For You?

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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
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Beyond Words by Carl Safina

(What Animals Think and Feel)

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Once in a while I just have to write about an important book that does not easily fall into the categories I usually write on here. This is one such book. It will move you, inform you and delight you. It is important, now and then, to read a book like this that tells us something important about our world.

Safina examines what we know, what we think we know and what we do not know about how animals think and feel. He traces our misguided ideas from the past including the beliefs that allowed the barbaric practice of vivisection to the newest discoveries of the present.

As a scientist Safina has struggled with what science is able to prove to the satisfaction of many scientists and what he finds undeniable if we will observe and interact with animals. The more closely we examine animal behavior the more undeniable it becomes that they do think and feel. One an even see behaviors in animals that are human like. Here he must struggle with those who warn against anthropomorphizing animals. He does not favor doing this and maintains they are their own species and they think and feel their own way, though there are often surprising similarities to humans.

He closely examines work being done with wild elephants in wildlife refuges in Africa, wolves in Yellowstone Park and finally Orca whales (which are actually dolphins) in Puget Sound. We see how all these highly social animals behave, interact and obviously feel. He brings us the great joy in seeing these animals express happiness, sadness, grief, and other powerful emotions as well as how immensely smart they can be. However he also brings us the deep sadness in seeing how we are killing these animals at such a rate that they face almost certain extinction.

This book is highly informative and moving. It will make you smile and it will make you cry. It is an outstanding book.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

Today and Tomorrow

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Seth Godin always has interesting things to say and I admire his use of few words to say it with. In a recent post he observed how today and tomorrow are linked. Godin writes:

“Everything you’re working on is an investment in tomorrow.

“While we can choose to enjoy the process, the end result is always at the end of an arc, always the result of many steps, of earning trust, of building a connection.

“If you view any particular day without context, it is almost certain to be a failure. Because now never happens. The results always happen later”.

Godin makes a point here that I’ve thought so many times when people sing on about the importance of living in the present. I agree that one should not always live in the past or the future. Enjoying and experiencing the present is an important part of life. We probably have the most influence over our life today.

A part of what we do today is for today. We eat today because we are hungry today and we need nourishment today. The same may be said for many of today’s activities.

A mature understanding of our lives must acknowledge that tomorrow just does not happen. Well it does just happen, but it may not happen the way we want it to. While we cannot control tomorrow, we can influence it for good or ill by what we do today. Much of our most important work today will only see its fruits tomorrow.

Today is important. Tomorrow is influenced by what we do, or fail to do, today.

Read the rest of Godin’s post here.

Learn how to formulate goals correctly to gain control over your life and achieve your dreams in my book, Goal Power!

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

Part 12 – The Habit Swap

12 Habits That Take You To The Next Level

successWe are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

Geese fly north every summer and south every winter. They do this every year without fail. We have no evidence that they ponder this, that they debate whether to do so or that they make any effort to change their migratory habit. It is instinct, which is an ingrained habit hard wired into a goose via its DNA.

We are different than a goose in this way. In fact we are different than most animals in this way. We do have instincts (such as protection of our young), but most of what we do is within our control.

Like the goose we have habits. We have them because it is a much more efficient way of going about the day’s business. If we had to stop and think at length about everything we did we would not get much done.

Some habits are good, like buckling your seat belt before driving off or brushing your teeth every night. Some habits are not so good and some are self-destructive. The wonderful thing is that we can change our habits. We can replace bad ones with good ones.

We can change the way we react to what others say and do. We can spend less time watching TV and more time reading and exercising. We can eat less cake and more fruit. We are in control. It takes a decision to change and then some work, and often some hard work, to make the change.

Here are some tips on swapping bad habits for good ones:

  1. Change one habit at a time. Do not take on too much change at once, it can be too difficult. One at a time.
  2. Allow yourself at least 30 days to make a habit change. The more ingrained the habit the longer it may take to change.
  3. If you fail just start over. This is not a race. You are not perfect. It is a process and if you are persistent you can make changes.

All you have to do is to firmly decide you will swap a good habit for a bad one. Decide it. Then do it. It may be challenging but you can do it. Once you succeed in changing one habit you will have more confidence to change the next.

This is the 12th of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.

You do not have to be brilliant or extraordinary to achieve more. Most people who achieve at higher levels are not smarter than you are and do not have more innate talent than you do. It is now about their abilities; it is about how they use their ability to do more. This series is about just how to do that. It is about how to develop 12 key habits that will enhance your level of achievement on all levels.

This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement.

You read the rest of Tomas’ article here.

Learn how you can achieve more and realize your goals in my book, The Success Essentials.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

Jim Rohn’s 5 Money Principles

Pretty PennyThe late Jim Rohn attained financial success. He then taught others the basic principles he used to do so. He first learned those principles from a wealthy mentor.

The principles are time-proven. You will find them in most good books on personal finance. They are worth reviewing.

  1. Develop the right mindset

View debt as your enemy and oppose it ruthlessly. Get out of debt and avoid debt. Save money and invest it. Build wealth over time. It is not a sprint, it is a long distance run.

  1. Gain more understanding

You have to know where you are before you can get to where you are going. You need to study your finances and keep constant track of your income and expenses. Once you know where you are then you can map out your goals for where you want to be.

  1. Seek help

When you are sick you see a doctor. When you have financial problems you need to seek help as well from a good financial advisor.

  1. Get control

No one else will fix your financial problems or make you successful. You must take control. You must limit your purchases and eliminate your debt. You must save for the future.

  1. Create a plan

To get out of debt and to build wealth for the future you need a plan. Once you create the plan, write it down and then work that plan. Refer to it constantly. Use it to guide your financial decisions. Financial success does not just happen, it must be intentional, it must be planned and executed.

Read the rest of Rohn’s article here.

Learn how to manage your money, eliminate debt and build wealth in my book, Your Financial Success.

Learn more about Jim Rohn and his teachings on personal development and creating wealth here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

Billionaire Principles

money_bagAlex Charfen posted an article on Success.com’s blog called The 10 Principles of Self-Made Billionaires. Charfen writes: “I’ve spent a significant amount of time with billionaires. I’ve studied them extensively, and here’s what I’ve discovered: Billionaires are billionaires because they all follow a set of unique perspectives, or principles, that help them persevere where others find challenges.”

The principles are these:

  1. Simplicity of Purpose – those who have attained success that rates them as billionaires have simple but highly focused purpose. They build a company, an empire, a product… and that is all they focus on, at least most of the time.
  2. Simplicity of Plan – most of these very successful people did not start out with some complex plan. They kept it simple. Simple is easier to manage. It is easier to grow.
  3. Limit What You Will Tolerate –
  • They don’t tolerate incompetent or unhelpful people.
  • They don’t tolerate an absence of results.
  • They don’t tolerate social pressures—they’re willing to embrace the isolation, solitude and suffering it takes to build something truly great.

Henry Ford was an example of the third of those on the bulleted list. He was repeatedly scorned and ridiculed for his idea of building an affordable automobile. He ignored the scorn and the social isolation it initially caused. He pursued his dream.

Charen notes: “Billionaires are the 1 percent of people who tolerate what 99 percent of us avoid, and generally avoid what 99 percent of us tolerate. They are constantly optimizing their lives. They are asking themselves on a daily basis, Where’s the operational drag in my life? What can I get rid of today to make tomorrow better?”

  1. Absolute Reliance on People – they understand that no one achieves success alone. Success is a group effort.
  2. Absolute Dedication to People – they do not all get this right all the time, but generally because successful people understand that they must depend on others to succeed they equally understand that they therefore must be dedicated to help their people.
  3. Rely on Communication Systems – this is vital to working effectively with other people. It is essential to success.
  4. Require Push Communications – to maximize communication they do not wait for others to communicate. They demand that others communicate with them and they step out and communicate as needed.
  5. Be Intentional with what you consume – “Billionaires are incredibly intentional with their consumption of resources, and no resource is more thoughtfully consumed than information. Typically the information they need is relevant to a highly specific issue or decision. If there isn’t a need, billionaires tend to ignore the information.”
  6. Make Decisions based on data and narrative – they understand they need reliable data to make good decisions but they also understand that not everything can be reduced to data. Narrative is a key way to stay connected with people and learn from them.
  7. Be proactively transparent – “Billionaires proactively communicate with intention to avoid misunderstandings and eliminate any type of drag on their organization. They know that vague goals and an unclear purpose can stop momentum in its tracks, so they don’t wait for people to approach them with questions. They understand the importance of actively showing up and sharing what they need with the people around them.”

You may never be a billionaire. You may not want to be a billionaire. That is quite alright. But no matter what you set out to achieve you can learn from the billionaires what makes them achieve so well. You can apply those principles in what you do and how you do it.

Read the rest of Charfen’s article here.

Learn how you can achieve more and realize your goals in my book, The Success Essentials.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com

Habit #11 – Exercise

12 Habits That Take You To The Next Level

Tomas Laurinavicius writes:

“According to David J Linden, intense exercise can bring about short-term euphoria, reduction of anxiety, and increases in pain threshold. More than that, I exercise in the morning, right after my morning routine and get that feeling of achievement and motivation to take up other challenges.

If I had to leave only one daily habit in my morning routine it would definitely be exercising. It leads to numerous physical and mental health benefits.

Improve memory and thinking skills. Many studies have suggested that the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory (the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex) have greater volume in people who exercise versus people who don’t.

Increases productivity. Exercising increases the amount of endorphins that are released into your body and increases productivity.

Exercising boosts self-confidence. Exercising can help ease your mind and rejuvenate your body. Working out will make you feel great and boost your confidence.

Working out helps you sleep better. If you are someone who has trouble sleeping or staying asleep then working out is your answer. Exercise helps to clear your head and helps you feel relaxed.

Improves your mood. Exercising lifts your emotional state and as mentioned before reduces stress and anxiety.”  You read the rest of Tomas’ article here.

Unless you are an exercise junkie it is often hard to find the time and the motivation to do it. Tomas admits in his article it has been at times a struggle for him. But he has developed a habit. He shows his exercise schedule to give you an idea of what he does. He also mixes things up a bit by trying new activities like Yoga and surfing.

It is most important that you maintain some degree of activity and not be sedentary. How much you exercise may not be as important as just doing some every day.

This is the 11th of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.

You do not have to be brilliant or extraordinary to achieve more. Most people who achieve at higher levels are not smarter than you are and do not have more innate talent than you do. It is now about their abilities; it is about how they use their ability to do more. This series is about just how to do that. It is about how to develop 12 key habits that will enhance your level of achievement on all levels.

This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They do however capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com
www.books2wealth.com