I recently read an interesting article on businessinsider.com which an associate of mine was mentioned in. It lists the 11 habits of highly successful people. As I went through the list I found that I was doing several of them, but there are also several I wasn’t doing consistently. I’ll discuss the ones I need to work on in this post.
Talking to myself — According to the article, research suggests that talking to yourself like you’d talk to someone else in the same situation can help you deal with stressful situations — you want to use the pronoun “you” or your first name when talking to yourself. For example if I was in a stressful situation I could say something to myself like “You can do it, Erica,” or “You can get through this, Erica.”
Journaling — This is something I actually enjoy doing, but I don’t do it a lot because I spend a lot of time on other writing projects. I actually started keeping journals in Evernote last year, but need to get back to doing it regularly.
Meditating — I do this sporadically, but I need to do it on a regular basis. I was doing it first thing in the morning when I was getting up at 5 am, but I quit doing that for health reasons (not enough sleep is a seizure trigger for me). So now I need to find other times to meditate — thinking of trying to do it before I go to sleep to see if it affects how well I sleep.
Managing my emotions — I can do this, but it’s hard. There are so many times during the day when I just want to blow up at the person I’m talking to, but I know if I do I’ll likely end up losing my job. That’s probably why I need to meditate at the end of the day — to get rid of my stress.
Practicing self-control — I can do this, most of the time. I’m able to practice self-control during the week especially w hen it comes to eating the right things — the only time I have a problem with it is on the weekends, or when my husband and I go on vacation, because that’s when we tend to let things go a little bit, especially when it comes to eating and exercising. I’m pretty good at practicing self-control in other areas of my life too — I don’t spend excessive amounts of money — if there’s something I want, I’ll try to find a way to get it cheaper, or I’ll save up for it.
As far as the rest of the habits — reading, communicating clearly, sticking to routines, valuing solitude, and being conscientious and persistent, I’m pretty good at most of those. I plan to work on the ones I’ve put on this list, and I’ll write an update in a few months and let you all know how it’s going.