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11 habits that will improve your wealth, success and productivity

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“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” —Jim Rohn

When we think about creating sweeping change in our lives, it often seems like a distant dream. When life gets in the way, it’s easy to think it’s “too late,” or that we won’t be able to restart because we are so set in our ways, whether it’s our career, finances or exercise plan.

Instead of sticking to the same old routine, realize you can change your life in meaningful ways that will make you happier and more successful, starting today. If you want to, you start reinventing your life in just a month — that it’s possible has been scientifically proven, and plenty of entrepreneurs have done it before.


So, how should you start?

Try integrating these 11 habits into your daily life to spurn massive improvement over time:

1. Create your own life mission

Self-improvement begins with a vision. What do you want to become? What will you do to make this happen? What/who are your inspirations? Do you have a specific deadline?

Remember that defining success is subjective and could vary from one person to another. It is also unfair and counterproductive if you measure success by comparison. However, if you want to fully embrace success in life, you have to be able to set your own goals, meet your objectives, fulfill your vision, and simply be contented with the results of all the hard work.

2. Start early and plan ahead

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.”  —Richard Whately

Mornings are critical because they dictate your entire day.

Liberate yourself from laziness the moment you wake up by having the willpower to start ahead of the pack. It gives you enough time to focus on the things that must be done.

Uber-wealthy people also make it a habit to maintain fitness routines like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey who jogs six miles every morning and Apple CEO Tim Cook who wakes up at 5 o’clock in the morning to get exercise. You don’t have to copy their routines, but finding the time to take care of yourself in the morning is well worth the investment.

3. Become a constant learner

Do not underestimate the power of constant learning because in order to grow, you have to be open to new ideas. If you shut your doors to new things life could offer, you remain the same throughout the years, and it is the total opposite of what you are aiming for — self-improvement.

This is also applicable in moments when we face failures. As failures come, it also brings new learnings that we could turn into ideas, and then later on tactics, to do better next time.

Bonus tip: If you want to gain knowledge, learn new things, widen your understanding, there’s clearly one thing you have to do — read! Even wealthy and successful individuals believe in reading as a tool to self-improvement.

4. Find yourself an accountability partner

One hack to stay motivated during these challenges is to find yourself an accountability partner. Comparable to peer pressure, when we share goals with another person there is a force to push and empower you to do what needs to be done, rather than doing it on your own.