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Life is 10% what happens and 90% of how you react to it.

I will share with you 31 habits of successful people and how they react.

Welcome to another edition of Hospitality Property School.

I am your instructor, Gerry MacPherson.

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Here’s an interesting fact,

Nearly all successful people have similar habits.

You may not have recognized them, so I’m going to share with you a list of twenty-one of the most common habits of successful people.

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  1. Be Decisive

I have mentioned this before – When you have a decision to make – make it!

Big or small, this will affect your success remembering that these decisions complement your values.

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  1. Set Daily Business Goals

Anyone who’s serious about achieving monumental success in business needs to set business goals. But not just long-term business goals. They need to set goals for their business every single day. These act like markers or milestones on the way to the bigger, and more out-of-reach goals that seem so far off.

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  1. Be Responsible

Being responsible means taking control of the events happening in your life. It’s the difference between success and failure and will influence your success.

 

  1. Be Focused

Focusing on the goals that you set will help you become successful. Without focus, you will be unable to do the things that you need to accomplish for your success.

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  1. Achieve Inbox Zero

Studies confirm that clutter results in a loss of focus. Not just physical clutter. Today, it’s also the virtual clutter in our lives that helps to decrease our ability to focus. And, more often than not, our email inboxes are a complete disaster, cluttered with a million things that range from spam all the way up to important items that require our attention.

Make it a habit, organize and discard emails as soon they come in.

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  1. Break Down Goals into Smaller Pieces

A major source of stress in life comes from the feeling that there is an impossible number of things to do.

Success in each step triggers the reward centre of the brain releasing a feel-good chemical known as dopamine leaving you feeling motivated and inspired take another step.

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  1. Wake Up Early

Most who are successful in life, cultivate a habit of waking up early. If you have difficulty with waking up early, use an alarm clock.

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  1. Hour of Power

Many consider the initial part of the day as being the most important, time for pure focus and clarity. Once you achieve the habit of waking up early, you need time to yourself in order to get your health, wellness and mind in sync.

Take the time to interlace a powerful early morning routine into your day where you can focus your efforts on the tasks ahead and enact some kind of exercise and incantation routine. Start with just 10 minutes per day with this habit and allow it to grow and morph into your hour of power over time.

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  1. Exercise

Any form of exercise from yoga to aerobics elevates your mood and increases feel-good chemicals in the brain. Exercising also acts as a type of meditation focusing the mind on a particular task and clearing any doubts as well as lowering stress.

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  1. Avoid Distractions

Drugs, alcohol, bad company, social media are examples of distractions that can lead to failure.

To help avoid distractions, make sure you have a to-do list and work on completing the items on your list before your workday ends.

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  1. Be Patient

Patience pays. If you do things in a hurry, chances are that you won’t do them the right way and you could fail. Take your time.

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  1. Focus on Positivity

It’s important to stay positive in business. The fact of the matter is that anything we focus on we move towards. However, in business, it’s very easy to focus on negativity. It’s easy to worry about the financial problems, the lack of sales, the lack of an advertising budget, the lack of good employees or anything else for that matter. But focusing on negativity will only beget more negativity.

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  1. Listen More and Speak Less

Those who are successful use most of their time listening instead of speaking. By listening more and speaking less you have time to digest what you are listening to and that gives you the time to make sound decisions.

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  1. Be Respectful

Respect is the key to success. If you show respect you’ll be amazed at how you will get respect in return.

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  1. Network

Success in business has very much to do with networking. It’s not always about what you know, what you have, or what you’re even capable of, it’s who you know that can really make the difference. Clearly, most people understand this, but not everyone enlists the habit of networking into their daily routines.

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  1. Connect with People

Seek out ways you can connect with people that are already in your life along with finding others that aren’t already in your life. Listen to them when they speak. Be inquisitive. Be curious. Learn about their lives. Figure out what makes them tick.

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  1. Ask Questions

To truly succeed, you need to ask questions. Lots of questions. Make it habitual. Ask questions about everything. And listen to the answers. Listen to the perspectives of others. Don’t simply ask the question for the sake of asking them. Heed the advice given. Understand and learn from the firsthand knowledge of others.

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  1. Always Make the First Move

Be bold in life and always make the first move. This is how you stay ahead of the crowd.

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  1. Manage Time Well

Time is money. If you are not able to manage your time, don’t expect success.

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  1. Consult with a Mentor

In business, you need a mentor. You need to find someone who’s achieved the success that you’re after. Plain and simple. You need to consult with that person every single day or as often as you can. You need to have a brief conversation and tell your mentor the challenges that you’re experiencing and how you’re feeling.

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  1. Imitate Success

I am a huge fan of imitating success. To find someone who was already successful in the industry, and I would try to learn from their successes. This is one of the so-called hacks that you can implement in business to succeed.

Keep in mind the imitation is important but you still need to be unique. Look at what others are doing to achieve success. How are they approaching the market? Where are they advertising? How much value are they adding? Be a constant sleuth and seek out the best of the best, and make these successes yours.

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Do these make sense? Let me know by leaving a short comment.

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Occasionally, life has a way of making us feel so small and breaking us down when something or someone gets in the way.

The truth is your mindset, the way you think, is usually what really makes the difference. Learning how to manage your thought patterns is what is going to keep you on the move when things fail to go as planned.

Practising positive thinking enables people to concentrate on their strengths as well as accomplishments that enhance contentment & motivation.

 

  1. Taking Care of Yourself

It is easier to stay positive while you are feeling well and by this I mean eating properly, exercising, and getting plenty of rest.

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  1. Start Your Day Off Strong

Your day’s effectiveness is normally determined in the first few morning hours. If you start by checking the Facebook newsfeed and emails when you get out of bed, you might not have control where the morning takes you. Front-load your morning with an activity that will give you a positive mental focus. A brief brainstorming or workout session will help in keeping you right on track.

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  1. Take Control of What Goes In Your Head

Newspaper or tabloids? Learn to be proactive and disciplined about the things that you allow to go through your mind. We cannot make changes to our DNA but we can opt to be more vigilant about what sort of information we choose to consume.

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  1. Practice Gratitude

Recall what you are grateful for time and time again. Focus on the positive things as opposed to its negatives.

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  1. Search for the Proof Rather than Making Assumptions

Have you ever felt that a friend, family member or colleague is upset with you because of something you may or may not have done? Did you let these feeling fester? There is a way you can find out for sure – ask!

One way or another, at least you will know and then you can react accordingly.

Worry and not doing anything is a huge waste of your time.

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  1. Avoid Making use of Absolutes

Speaking and thinking in absolutes such as ‘always’ ( for example, You’re ALWAYS late ) and ‘never’ (for example, You NEVER contact me ) makes the situation appear even worse than it is, and forces your brain to believe that certain individuals are not capable of delivering.

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  1. Crush the “ANTs”

“ANTs”- automatic negative thoughts, are actually bad thoughts which are generally reactionary, such as “Those guys are laughing, they must be laughing at me,” or “The boss wishes to meet me? I must have messed up!”

When you recognize these types of thoughts, understand that they are simply ANTs and just crush them.

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  1. Practice Caring & Touching

You do not have to be a professional to understand the advantages of a great hug. Positive bodily contact with buddies, family members, and even domestic pets is an immediate pick-me-up. You do have to keep in mind when and where it is not appropriate, especially the workplace.

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  1. Enhance your Social Activity

By boosting social activities, you reduce solitude. If you surround yourself with happy, healthy people, you will be affected by their positive energy.

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  1. Help Someone Else 

Everybody feels great after helping. By sharing your knowledge and expertise, you’re not only helping someone else grow but adding positive energy into the environment.

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In Conclusion

Becoming successful is without a doubt one of the most coveted achievements today.

Come to terms with the reality that obstacles are inevitable but know that you can control the journey to finding your best self as a positive thinker.

If you are serious and work on developing the proven habits of successful people, it will help you gain positive momentum in your life.

Do you feel it is important to be a positive thinker in the hospitality property industry? Let me know in the comments.

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In the next episode, I will take a deeper look at setting your right mindset.

 

That’s it for today’s episode,

Until next time, have a fun day.

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