11 Habits of the Wealthy that Anyone Can Adopt…
What sets the 99% apart from the wealthy other than just their money? It’s their habits.
The wealthy take care of themselves and success tends to follow.
If you are starting any new venture or just want to improve your current situation these 11 habits of the wealthy can get you started off on the right foot.
Steve Covey, who wrote “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” calls this sharpening the saw. You cant work with tools that have become dull with neglect.
No matter what your end goal is, you are the saw.
Recharge by taking a few of these (or all of these) and implementing them today. What do you have to lose?
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THEY WAKE UP EARLY
This one doesn’t mean that you need to wake up at 3:00am.
But it does mean that the earlier you rise the more time you have in the morning to contemplate your day and to deal with any potential “wrenches” in your plans.
Early risers like, Richard Branson, Thomas Corley, Jack Dorsey and Barak Obama get more done before most people ever wake up.
But even the “late” morning risers like Warren Buffet (who wakes up at 6:45am everyday) have plenty of time for breakfast, exercise, contemplation or some reading before getting to work.
THEY READ RATHER THAN WATCHING TV
Netflix, Hulu and Youtube.com have introduced a whole new way to watch TV, binge-watching.
While this is a great pleasure, it can rob you of precious hours that you could be spending learning about or working on your trade. I have definitely been guilty of this one.
Less than 33% of wealthy individuals spend more than an hour a day watching television.
Less than 6 percent watched reality shows, while almost 80% of the poorest classes watched reality TV.
And, according to Thomas Corley, author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals,” a whopping 86% of wealthy citizens love to read and 88% read at least a half-hour per day for self-improvement.
THEY SET GOALS
Without a plan, there is no goal…those are just wishes. You might as well be playing the lottery.
Write down goals and start implementing a plan.
The most successful among us write down goals and take action. By taking steps towards the end goal they reach the finish line.
THEY LEARN TO SAY NO
This is an important one.
You have to learn how to say no and to prioritize your time.
I am not saying that you need to be anti-social or ignore your relationships, which is actually addressed on this list, I am saying that you need to learn to say no to those who will set your agenda for you.
You cannot let others make your schedule. You have to control your own time, we are all given the same amount of time each day.
And, according to Warren Buffet, the difference is how we choose to spend it.
Spend it wisely and make time for what you want to do and how you want your story to end.
Practice with me… “No, I cannot help you plan your dog’s birthday party”, or ” I cannot sew your cat’s wedding dress” etc. You get the gist.
Eighty eight percent of the wealthy believe that relationships affect their wealth, whereas only seventeen percent of the poor agree.
Surround yourself with successful, positive people. Network online, at work and in your community whenever you get a chance.
THEY HAVE GREAT ETIQUETTE
This sort of ties into networking but goes a step beyond.
The most successful manage to remember birthdays, send holiday cards and thank you notes.
They dress properly for social occasions, and use their table manners.
You will rarely see someone who is trying to build their reputation acting like a drunken lout among business contacts. (They save this for once they have made it).
THEY MAKE TO DO LISTS
They make to do lists so that goals can be accomplished.
Creating success is a formula and taking the necessary steps requires some preparation.
Plus, when inspiration strikes, you can add it to your list for further implementation or research.
The biggest lie we ever tell ourselves is “No need to write it down, I’ll remember that”. Use your smartphone and talk to text to make it quick and painless.
THEY PRIORITIZE THEIR RELATIONSHIPS
Making time for family is important to your success story.
Forty three percent of people who make time for family dinners make over $100,000 per year.
Putting effort into your romantic life and family spill over into your success in business.
THEY TAKE CARE OF THEIR BODIES
Not all millionaires are super-jacked health-nuts. But they do take care of themselves.
They make time for exercise.
They DO NO SMOKE and for the most part, eat healthy,, whole food.
Skimping on your health means you will have less stamina than your wealthy counterparts for completion of your visions.
Even 15 minutes a day can keep your brain functioning better than just straight up couch potatoes.
THEY GO TO THE DOCTOR AND THE DENTIST
It’s no secret that the wealthy tend to live longer. It’s been this way for hundreds of years.
They have less stress about money in general but they also visit their healthcare providers regularly.(Don’t get me started on our outrageous healthcare costs in the US. I’ll save that rant for another post.)
Keeping tabs on their health keeps potential problems in check.
If you’re over 50, check out these medical tests that you should ask for…
They also visit the dentist. No one wants to go around with a jacked-up grill and halitosis.
And, no one wants to talk about money with someone who doesn’t take care of their personal hygiene.
Take care of your teeth, make it a priority. Find a free or low-cost clinic, but do it before you have too many problems to fix.If you have a cavity, check out this post about how you can heal it before you need the drill.
THEY CONTROL THEIR EMOTIONS
The wealthy tend to be more reserved and employ their “filter” more often than those who struggle financially.
Knowing that it is important to control your emotions and remain level headed is a major key to financial success.
If you have to voice your opinion, wait until you are calm and collected. Your views will be taken much more seriously. No one listens to a ranting and raving lunatic.(Who couldn’t use some improvement in this area?)
Whether it’s fear or anger that’s getting your proverbial goat, you need to keep it checked when you are dealing with people.
Let go of your limiting belief’s, you can do it. Find your confidence and believe in yourself, or no one else will.
Need help controlling your temper? Check out this post by Lifehack.