Both good and not so good habits have the ability to greatly effect our lives. Habits are the cause of wealth, poverty, happiness, stress, strong or weak relationships, and overall good or bad health. 

The great news is that all habits can be changed and/or improved in order to achieve a different desired outcome. 

So, what are the habits that successful people practice to maintain success? 

Here are 5 habits that you can start developing today on your personal road to success. 

  1. Read….a lot.

88% of rich people read for thirty minutes or more each day for self-improvement and to further their education and knowledge. This includes biographies of successful people, personal development books, and other current news and informational text. 

Warren Buffet reportedly reads five newspapers and 500 pages of corporate reports every day. Bill Gates reads 50 books per year. 

Successful people read…a lot.

  1. Choose the right friends.

Have you ever told your kids (or maybe your parents told you) “You are who you hang out with?”

Goal-oriented people look for like-minded, goal-oriented individuals that are enthusiastic and have a plan for meeting their goals. 

In other words, you will progress further with your goals simply by hanging out and socializing with people that make you want to aim higher.

  1. Take care of yourself.

Successful people understand that taking care of mind, body, and spirit is the foundation of success. 

  • Exercise daily
  • Sleep at least 7 hours each night
  • Drink enough water
  • Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables
  • Schedule routine doctor visits
  • Pray or meditate daily
  • Journal or find a way to express your feelings
  • Ask for help when needed

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

  1. Have multiple sources of income.

Diversity is important to financial success. Having a single source of income seems okay until that one source is no longer is producing what you need it to. 

Having both passive and active income opportunities are key. 

  • Stock market investments
  • Real estate properties
  • Starting a side business or hustle

Goal-oriented people keep their eyes open for good opportunities and are aware of their options.

  1. Help others with their goals.

People with a rich mindset vs a poor mindset help others reach their goals.

I recently listened to an interview with singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson. She mentioned multiple times how glad she was for the success of others in her industry. Furthermore, she seemingly felt encouraged by those that others might deem her “competition.” 

You see, she realizes that there is room for everyone at the table of success. And she actively and positively encourages others in their goals. 

No one becomes truly successful on their own. If you have had positive mentors along the way, be a mentor to others in the same way. 

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”Zig Ziglar