I started reading Robert Ringer’s Million Dollar Habits this afternoon and just got inspired to make a list of success habits myself, before even reading any of his own. Only one came to mind at the time I started writing, which was to rise early. Then the rest of this list just sorta… rolled out onto the page. But I think they’re good habits that compound, especially if one is consistent over several days or weeks. I tried to be practical, with pragmatic advice that anyone can implement immediately (and I myself need to start implementing my own advice, for most of these).
I’ll just leave with a Robert Ringer quote from the intro to the book:
Put in metaphorical terms, success is not a grand-slam home run. Rather, it’s a matter of consistently hitting singles and doubles day in and day out. The individual who makes it to the top concentrates on staying at bat and avoiding the big mistake. Then, when that perfect pitch comes across the plate, he hits it out of the park.
(Just to re-iterate, this is a list that I made up, not from Million Dollar Habits.)
- Rise early. Wake up at 5 AM.
- Make your bed first thing every morning. It gets you started taking action and instills good habits.
- Some physical exercise, every day. Yoga, bodyweight exercise, walking or light jogging to start. Maybe some weight and/or resistance training.
- Eat healthy. The less animals, the better. The closer to nature, the better (including raw foods). Treat your body like a temple.
- Just say no. To intoxicants, toxic things. Cigarettes, alcohol, greasy/fried food.
- Clean environment. No toxic people or unhealthy thoughts. Healthy mind = healthy life. Healthy music too. Don’t hurt your eardrums.
- Learn every day. Read books, learn languages. Use audio courses, self-study from books, even YouTube courses. Just learn something.
- Get 6-7 hours of healthy sleep each night. Be consistent with sleep habits.
- Produce meaningful work, and try and contribute to society. (Grow a garden. Make music. Prepare healthy meals. Help old ladies cross the street. Get paid for some of it. Do some for free.)
- Stop trying to look cool. You know if you are. This includes music, clothing… social choices. Worry about achieving the goal, not appearances.
- Take care of yourself. This means caring about yourself, and loving yourself. How can you love others if you can’t even love yourself?
- Don’t make excuses or rationalize. About 99% of the time, the phrase “I don’t have time” really means “It’s not a priority”. You do have time — that’s why you wake up at 5 AM, right?