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43 Experts Reveal Their No. 1 Daily Success Habit

Many people wonder…

How can I be more successful in life and business?

They often think it's luck or being in the right place at the right time.

The truth is success usually comes down to the decisions that you make every day.

In other words, it's your habits that often determine your success in any endeavor.

With that in mind, I asked 43 experts and bloggers from various fields (personal finance, productivity, minimalism and self-help) to answer one simple question:

What's your #1 daily success habit?

What's interesting is that 14 experts identified the habit of planning their day the night before (usually through a to-do list) as their #1 habit. On the other hand, eight pointed to meditation and/or prayer (as part of a morning routine) as their trick to being successful. Others credited practicing consistent self-enrichment activities, such as reading, writing or listening to podcasts first thing in the morning.

Read on to find out the details for each success habit…

1. Dragos Roua – DragosRoua.com

2. Ludvig Sunström – Start Gaining Momentum

3. Neen James – NeenJames.com

My #1 daily success habit personally is that every day I send one thank you note (mostly hand written notes) or send one text message to thank someone or leave one voicemail to thank someone.

4. Daniel Hayes – Simple Life Together

I walk four miles (about an hour and 15 minutes for me at a comfortable pace).  My morning walk serves as exercise, and a walking meditation practice. I often listen to audiobooks and podcasts for a good portion of the walk, as well.

My morning walk clears my head but also sets the stage for good ideas to “pop” into my head. Some people do their best thinking in the shower…for me it's my walk! This prompts me to journal my good ideas using my iPhone's voice function in the DayOne app.

All in all, my morning walk serves me as a true keystone habit; one that sets in motion a series of additional positive changes that complement and build on one another.

5. Victor Schueller – VictorSchueller.com

Practice silence.

6. Karl-Mikael Syding – spreZZaturian – Hard Made Easy

Taking long walks while listening to scientific podcasts like TED, TED Radio hour, Nature, Discovery and Brain Science.

7. Kayla Matthews – Productivity Theory

I usually take some time at the beginning of each week to plan out what I want to accomplish each day, and have push notifications sent to my phone to make sure I remember to do these things throughout the week. I schedule everything from my working hours to when I want to go grocery shopping. Everything. At the end of each week I always feel like I've accomplished a lot and I don't feel exhausted because I've planned out my week at a steady, easy pace.

8. Kael Ranschaert – Growth Guided

9. Phil Ashton – Self-Development Journey

10. Paula Rizzo – List Producer

11. Chris Bailey – A Life of Productivity

Whenever I dive deep into the lives of the most successful people, I invariably notice the same thing: the one thing these people have in common is they connect more dots than anyone else. Reading for an hour every morning is my favorite way to do that. [adinserter block=”6″]

12. Jessica Sweet – Wishing Well Coach

13. Carthage Buckley – Coaching Positive Performance

14. KW Stout – Health Mind Power

15. Daniel DiPiazza – Rich 20 Something

16. Elizabeth Saunders – RealLife Time Coaching and Training

17. Brendan Baker – Start of Happiness

I simply review my bigger goals and my plan for the week/month and map out my schedule for the following day. A lot of the time it's pre-planned on a Sunday night but every night offers an opportunity for review and tweaking as necessary.

It means that when I wake up every day and I am 100% clear on what it is I'm working towards.

18. Steve Mueller – Planet of Success

First of all, establishing thankfulness as the proper foundation of my life. In my opinion, this is the most crucial step, because it helps to make yourself aware of the beauty of your life. If you cannot appreciate that which you have, it might be very difficult to truly appreciate the things that you are striving for. Many people find themselves in a position of emptiness sometime after reaching their deepest desires. As a result of this, they end up in a constant rat race trying to reach ever more just to fill an emptiness that is within themselves.

Second aspect is to constantly strive for improvement in your life. If you so want, this is a challenge yourself to constantly find out areas of improvements in your private but also professional life. The idea behind this concept is of course to grow inch by inch day of the day. It might appear as a very slow growth, but in the end one realizes that it is a continuous and long-lasting personal growth.

19. Dan Giercke – Mentored Life

20. Arman Assadi, solopreneur, writer, and productivity expert at ArmanAssadi.com

My ritual is dynamic, but this is the general outline:

  1. Wake up at 6:00 AM

  2. Hydrate: drink a massive glass of water immediately

  3. Exercise: 20 minute jog or quick workout at home

  4. Meditation: 20 minutes (this is the foundation of my morning ritual and a critical piece of my effectiveness)

  5. Empty mind: do a “brain dump” and plan day

  6. Shower: generally begins warm and ends cold

  7. Breakfast: drink a green vegetable smoothie

  8. Learn: 30 minutes of reading a book, catching up on articles, or listening to an audio program

  9. Work: begin working on most important task of the day (highest leverage)

21. Mike Vardy, productivity strategist, creator of Beyond Productivity, and founder of Productivityist

22. Judith E. Glaser – CreatingWE

My #2 Success Habit is Listening to Connect not Judge or Reject.

My #3 Success Habit is Asking Questions for Which I have no Answers.

It's hard to decide which I love the most. These are Conversational Intelligence principles for success.

23. Marcia Reynolds – Outsmart Your Brain

24. Kirsten Bullock, nonprofit consultant of Bullock Consulting

25. Craig Dowden – CraigDowden.com

26. Mike Schmitz – Asian Efficiency

27. Meredith Jones – MeredithJ.com

28. Evelyn Rennich – Smallish Blog

29. Sam Lustgarten –  Frugaling.org

30. Courtney Carver – Be More with Less

31. Lama Farran, certified money coach at MaxWorth

This allows me to always be clear about where my money is going and never live in a financial fog where I ask myself “where did all my money go?”

Tracking my spending is one of my oldest habits too and even if one day I'm earning millions, I don't think I will be able to stop tracking. It's so part of me, just like eating and breathing.

32. Stephen Guise – Deep Existence

The habitual component of my writing is extremely important. Before, I would write 1,000 words one day and then not write for several days. When I created a mini habit of writing 50 words per day, I wrote at least a little bit every day, and magical things started to happen. My writing improved from daily practice, my resistance to write decreased, and my output increased by at least 4x! Whether or not you consider yourself a writer, there’s a lot of benefit to be gained by doing something as simple as journaling about your thoughts or your day. Commit to a small, too-easy-to-fail daily goal and you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make!

33. Alden Tan – Alden-Tan.com

Also, don’t make any decisions while you’re in bed after you wake up. You’d be too groggy and tired to really feel like you’re up for anything.

34. Anthony Ongaro – Break the Twitch

35. Remez Sasson – Success Consciousness

36. Lanette Pottle – Positivity Lady

37. Dave Ursillo – DaveUrsillo.com

Break one unconscious thought pattern (or habit) on more days than not, and replace it with an action or deed that is self-nourishing. Strengthen and reaffirm your resilience to your (future) goals and dreams by (presently) investing care, consideration, peace and compassion in the nourishing of your body, mind and soul. Cook yourself something delicious, turn off technology, go for a walk outside, take a yoga class, write your lover a letter. Nourish yourself, and relish the openness, presence and creative possibility that always await you.

38. Luminita D. Saviuc – Purpose Fairy

39. Henri Junttila – Wake Up Cloud

40. Jacob Jolibois – JacobJolibois.com

41. Ciara Conlon – CiaraConlon.com

My life takes on a different pace and energy when I stick to my daily meditation habit, I have more clarity and focus and I am able to manage the daily stresses of life much more effectively.

42. Cheryl Moreau – Revive

43. Michael Sliwinski – Nozbe

44. Vladimir Gendelman — Company Folders

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