Top sportspeople, millionaire entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, corporate executives all have gotten to the top with the help of good habits. Can you imagine someone reaching the highest levels of sporting achievement without first developing the habits of regular practise and training? Unlikely! In fact many top sportspeople will espouse that it was not their natural ability that got them to the top but their commitment to practise and training that set them above their peers.
Successful people have developed routines and rituals which support their lives and allow them to reach their potential. Success is not determined by our intelligence, good looks or other genetic factors. Instead, we create our success by the things we think, feel, say and do – all of which are largely a result of habit. Successful people have habits which are conducive to health, wealth, learning, education and personal and professional development. Good habits may include being productive, organised, creative, resourceful, efficient and effective – all of which lead to positive results.
Our habits determine how much of our genetic potential we will realise. For example, intelligence is genetic and can’t be altered. To what extent we will utilise our potential intelligence is determined by habits. We might think someone is more intelligent than another but in reality they may simply have superior habits.
For example, leaders and high achievers in every area have a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development. High achievers are always seeking to learn and grow and commonly are avid readers. According to Earl Nightingale, all that was required to get to the top of your field in five years was one hour per day of study. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do. If you read one hour per day in your field, that will translate into about one book per week. Therefore, you can see that developing a simple habit such as regular reading can be a greater determinant of success than intelligence and that this habit alone could transform your life.
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