Do you ever wonder what fuels the success of those high-achieving individuals around you?
I did some digging and found out that they have a few habits in common. And guess what? It’s not about being a workaholic or sacrificing sleep for productivity.
If you’re eager to know what these habits are and how you can incorporate them into your routine, stay with me as we delve into the “7 things high-achieving people do at least once a week.”
1) Reflect on their progress
High-achievers are reflective individuals. They don’t just plough through their work week without a backward glance.
Rather, they set aside time – at least once a week – to reflect on their progress.
This isn’t about dwelling on mistakes or wallowing in self-pity. It’s about understanding where they are, where they’re going, and how they’ve moved closer to their goals.
Reflection gives them insights into what’s working and what’s not. It’s a powerful tool that helps them adjust their sails, make necessary tweaks, and continue their journey toward success.
So, are you reflecting enough?
2) Unplug from technology
I learned this the hard way.
A couple of years ago, I found myself glued to my devices; constantly replying to emails, attending to work messages, and scrolling through social media. My productivity was dipping and I was feeling drained.
Then I decided to unplug – at least once a week. No emails, no social media, no screens. Just me and my thoughts or a good book.
The results were astounding. My focus improved, stress levels dropped, and I started enjoying my work more.
High-achievers understand that technology, while useful, can also distract and drain us. They make it a habit to disconnect regularly, recharge themselves, and return with renewed vigor.
3) Nurture their relationships
A personal experience comes to mind.
I was so engrossed in my work that I almost forgot about the world outside. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and before I knew it, I had unintentionally distanced myself from my loved ones.
Then, one day, my best friend pointed out how I had missed out on several hangouts and family gatherings. It struck me hard. I realized that amidst chasing my goals, I had completely overlooked my relationships.
I made a conscious decision to dedicate quality time to my loved ones at least once a week. Whether it’s a dinner with family, a coffee date with a friend, or simply a phone call to my grandma – I ensure to keep this habit.
And guess what? It improved not just my personal life but also gave me a greater sense of fulfillment and happiness in my overall life.
High-achievers realize that relationships matter. They fuel our journey and enrich our lives in ways nothing else can.
4) Exercise regularly
They don’t view exercise as just a means to stay physically fit, but as a way to boost their mental sharpness and productivity.
Whether it’s a morning jog, yoga session, or even a quick workout at home – they make sure to get their body moving at least once a week.
Exercise helps them blow off steam, clear their mind, and recharge themselves for the challenges ahead.
When was the last time you broke a sweat?
5) Prioritize learning
High-achievers are life-long learners. They understand that in a rapidly evolving world, staying stagnant is not an option.
Did you know that Warren Buffet, one of the most successful investors of all time, spends about 80% of his day reading? He believes that knowledge builds up like compound interest.
It’s not just about reading books though. It could be attending webinars, taking online courses, or even engaging in thoughtful conversations.
The key is to keep learning and growing.
6) Practice gratitude
Here’s something I’ve found incredibly transformative – practicing gratitude.
There was a time when I’d constantly find myself focusing on the negatives, on what was missing, what wasn’t going right. It left me feeling unhappy and unsatisfied.
Then, I started maintaining a gratitude journal. Every week, I’d note down things I was grateful for – big or small.
This simple habit shifted my perspective. I began to see the positives, appreciate the little things, and it significantly improved my overall happiness and satisfaction.
High-achievers understand the power of gratitude. It helps them stay grounded, appreciate their journey, and fosters a positive outlook towards life.
7) Set clear goals
If there’s one thing that sets high-achievers apart, it’s their ability to set clear, actionable goals.
They don’t just have a vague idea of what they want. They know exactly where they’re headed, what they need to do to get there, and they consistently work towards it.
Setting clear goals gives them a roadmap, a sense of direction, and keeps them motivated even during challenging times.
Have you set your goals for the week yet?
Wrapping it up
Remember, these habits didn’t develop overnight. It took time, patience, and consistency.
High-achievers aren’t born, they’re made. They make choices that align with their goals and continually strive for improvement.
If you’re feeling inspired by these habits, don’t dive headfirst into all of them. Start small. Pick one or two that resonate with you and integrate them gradually into your routine.
Reflect on your progress. Notice how these habits influence your life and your pursuit of success.
And always remember what Albert Einstein once said: “The only source of knowledge is experience.”
So go ahead, experiment with these habits, learn from your experience, and carve your own path to high achievement.
Because the most exciting part of this journey isn’t just reaching your goals – it’s the person you become along the way.
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