We’ve all heard the saying about how early to bed, early to rise makes us healthy, wealthy and wise. Our parents and teachers have used it liberally just to get us to wake up early.

But will waking up early magically make you successful, efficient and productive? Perhaps there’s more to it.

Before diving into the daily habits of successful people, it’s important to define success. Success means different things to different people. For some, it could mean starting their own company or winning an award while for others it could simply be to find joy in the little things.

Once you’re clear about what you aspire for, you can explore ways to achieve your goals.

Let’s look at the 10 habits of successful people that you can incorporate into your daily life for professional and personal development.

Habits Of Successful People

Business leaders, industry experts and those proficient in their craft such as writers, painters and photographers share some habits. Distinguish yourself and present your best self to the world adopting some of the daily habits of successful people.

  1. Positive Outlook

Developing a positive outlook towards life means that you are willing to take on any challenge. Even if life throws you a curveball, you should be ready to take it head-on. Finding solutions when there seem to be none is at the heart of staying positive. This way you can overcome any setbacks or failures that come your way.

  1. Time-Management

How you spend your day, from the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, plays a critical role in your journey to career success. Even when you are relaxing, relax completely. This is one of the most effective habits of a successful person. Value every hour you get to spend with yourself or with others. If you manage your time well, you may even be able to squeeze a movie in the middle of the day, and watch it without feeling guilty.

  1. Focusing On The Present

Focusing on the now is difficult because we’re fixated on how things will play out. But if you are working on something, you should give it your complete attention. The present is when you are taking action for something. So your efforts should be well-used if you want to make them count.

  1. Planning For The Future

Often, we confuse living in the present with not planning for the future. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Whatever you do today will play a part in what you do tomorrow. Always plan for the future because then you know where and why you are investing your effort.

  1. Setting A Routine

A routine will help you stay focused and look forward to your daily tasks. You can keep track of everything you need to do. Planning in advance also becomes easier with a routine. You will also learn about discipline and self-governance.

  1. Showing Up

One of the most important habits of a successful person is that they always show up. Showing up means being available, taking responsibility and being accountable. For instance, if you ever make a mistake, taking ownership and making changes is the right thing to do.

  1. Celebrating Small Victories

It’s important to celebrate every victory—big or small—in your professional journey. For instance, say you receive a positive review from a client. This is something you should be proud of and it’s worth celebrating. Don’t just wait for an award or recognition to appreciate how far you have come.

  1. See The Forest For The Trees

The saying “not seeing the forest for the trees” means to get so absorbed in the little details that you forget about the big picture. If you’re dealing with problems, you should try to find sustainable solutions that’ll serve you for a long time.

  1. Continuous Learning

You can learn something new even when you are the CEO of your organization. Reading is a great habit that you can develop. You can also pick some other form of learning that you may enjoy. Continue to learn and build your knowledge to become a thought leader. You can be an expert in more than one field!

  1. Build Your Network

As much as you would like to work alone, you need a professional network to sustain you during crises. You may face many ups and downs in a professional setting. Building a network will help you overcome these challenges and achieve your goals.

These daily habits of successful people are only the tip of the iceberg. Learn more with Harappa Education’s Practicing Excellence course. Understand how you can self-regulate your actions and manage your time efficiently. Learn the four parameters of excellence—Self-governance, Self-responsibility, Self-belief and Self-knowledge—to be successful. Excel in your professional endeavors and achieve excellence with dedicated efforts!


Explore topics such as How to Build Self-Worth, Importance of Self-Discipline & How to be Mentally Strong from Harappa Diaries and learn to trust and value yourself.

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