Habits of Successful People

Alison Pedler Alison Pedler
4 minute read

Successful people come from all walks of life and have a wide range of personalities and habits. However, there are some habits that seem to be common among many successful people. These habits can help anyone, regardless of their background or career, to achieve their goals, and adopting these habits may help increase your chances of success.


They set clear goals.

Successful people know what they want to achieve and they have a plan for how to get there. They don't just dream about what they want to accomplish; they take concrete steps to make those dreams a reality. They set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals and work towards them consistently. This helps them stay focused and motivated, and provides a sense of direction and purpose.

Action items:

  • Create a list of SMART goals for the next quarter and review them regularly to track progress and ensure that your actions are aligned with the goals.
  • Set aside dedicated time each week to work on tasks that will help you achieve your goal 


They are proactive.

Successful people don't wait for opportunities to come to them, they create them. They are always on the lookout for new opportunities to grow and learn and are not afraid to take calculated risks when the potential rewards justify the effort.

Action items:

  • Proactively search for and pursue new opportunities, rather than waiting for them to come to you.
  • Regularly assess potential risks and rewards before taking action, and be willing to take risks and learn from potential mistakes.


They prioritize their time wisely.

It is sometimes difficult to have self-control and stay focused on your goals. Successful people tend to be disciplined in their habits and routines and follow through on their commitments. They also make time for rest and relaxation, as these are essential for maintaining balance and energy.

Action items:

  • Identify and prioritize the most important tasks and activities that align with your goals, and allocate your time and energy accordingly. If you have trouble sticking to a new habit or task, try keeping one small promise to yourself every day to build that habit and trust in yourself.
  • Schedule time for rest and relaxation to ensure that you are well-balanced and have the energy to perform at your best.


They are resilient.

Working hard and persevering through challenges are common traits. Successful people understand that achieving their goals requires hard work and dedication and see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow, and they keep moving forward until they reach their goals.

Action items:

  • Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and learning, rather than becoming discouraged by them.
  • Cultivate resilience by building mental and emotional strength, such as through mindfulness practices or seeking support from friends and loved ones.


They are continuous learners.

Successful people are always looking for ways to learn and grow and are curious, open to new ideas, and are not afraid to take risks in order to achieve their goals.

Action items:

  • Seek out opportunities for learning and growth, whether through formal education, training programs, or other personal or professional development experiences.
  • Be open to new ideas and approaches, and be willing to consider different perspectives.


They have a positive attitude.

Successful people have a can-do attitude and they believe in their ability to overcome obstacles and achieve success. They are optimistic and they see the glass as half-full, rather than half-empty.

Action items:

  • Seek out positive influences and surround yourself with people who have a positive attitude and outlook on life.
  • Cultivate a gratitude mindset and look for the silver lining in difficult situations.


The habits of successful people are not highly-coveted secrets, but rather simple, daily habits that build the foundation for lasting success. By setting clear goals, prioritizing their time wisely, working hard and persevering through challenges, seeking out new opportunities, and continuously learning and improving, anyone can increase their chances of success.

Remember, however, that success is not a one-size-fits-all concept, and what works for one person may not work for another. The key is to find what works for you and to stay true to yourself.

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