Nadine Spencer

Four Simple Habits With Big Benefits

When it comes to success, the tendency can be to get fixated on the big wins. Those are the ones that help us make our mark, elevate us to new levels and build new connections for us. But those big wins don’t happen overnight. They are the product of foresight, vision, and hard work—and also of building the foundation through doing seemingly small things that pave the way to success. A few of these small things are so simple that you’d never even think they were part of the formula for success, but they are as essential as hiring the right providers and making sure your lawyer vets every line of the contracts that you sign. Here are a couple small things you can do to get started toward your next success.

Always keep your phone and computer charged. It’s a digital world now, and most of us take our offices with us when we travel, in the form of laptops and smartphones. But those tools are worthless if they aren’t charged. It’s easy to forget to keep your batteries topped up, but it’s just as easy to remember, if you make a habit of it—and this is a habit that could be the difference between sealing a deal or missing it.

Get a good night’s sleep. We tend to push ourselves too hard, to burn the midnight oil and work tirelessly toward accomplishing our goals. But there comes a point of diminishing returns, and that point is when you are too exhausted to effectively network with your contacts and keep up with your tasks. Prioritize sleep, and you will naturally excel at the things you do because you will be adequately rested.

Spend 30 minutes per day on your passion. The things that we are passionate about are the things that feed us. Whether you get to pursue your passions as part of your work, or simply as a hobby, make sure to spend at least 30 minutes per day doing something that feeds your soul. You will be energized by doing what you love, and that energy will spill over into all areas of your life.

Drink water. This one is so simple and obvious, yet you’d be surprised how many people allow themselves to get dehydrated, or who choose to drink sugar-laden sodas and juices instead of giving their bodies what they really need. Around 60% of the body is water—and the body is the vehicle that carries and accomplishes your goals and aims. Keep your vehicle running smoothly, and it will take you where you want to go.