What does it take to be successful? As we approach the mid-point in 2016, here are my top eight essential success habits.

8 EssentialEight Essential Success Habits

1. Sleep

This has been in the news a lot lately, no longer is it a badge of honour to give up sleep. Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, shares how sleep is the key to success in this Ted Talk. Aim to get to bed by 11 pm and wake up at 6 am for a full 7 hours of sleep. It’s also super important to turn off your devices at least 30 minutes before bed.

2. Gratitude

Your first thoughts in the morning set the tone for your day. Start your day with gratitude and a vision of your perfect day, before you even get out of bed. Give thanks for another day to be alive and to provide value to those around you. And to help you with #1, write down 3 things you are grateful for every night before you go to sleep. This helps your subconscious mind to focus on what’s good in your life, rather than what’s wrong.

3. Movement

Girl running at sunsetSuccessful people keep moving. They make sure that they are not stuck sitting in front of a laptop all day long. Getting the blood flowing helps you generate more ideas and keeps you alert. A few simple things you can do: Stand when you’re talking on the phone, go for a walk & talk meeting (outside if possible), drink lots of water (more frequent bathroom breaks) or hand-write Thank-You cards and walk to the mailbox to post them.

4. Affirmations

When I first started doing affirmations, I kept thinking of Stuart Smalley, a character from Saturday Night Live doing them (in a mocking way). The reality is that in order to overcome all of the negative self-talk we have been programmed with, affirmations are essential for everyone. Successful people make saying daily affirmations a twice a day habit. Louise Hay has endless affirmations in her many Hay House Books and on her website. Write or type out a list of affirmations that resonate with you, the more personal they are, the more effective they will be. I shared my favorite gratitude affirmations in this blog post.

smiling couple making yoga exercises outdoors5. Self-Care

This is just as important as sleep. Making time to take care of yourself first is critical. In order for us to be successful business owners, parents, employees and human beings, we must take care of ourselves first. No exceptions. It is impossible to serve others if you are not in an optimal state of well-being. Self-care includes taking care of your body, your mind and your spirit. Suggestions include massage, energy work (reiki), day at the spa, attending church or other spiritual services, regular exercise, meditation and yoga, stretching, reading or other hobbies. Make sure you do at least one of these daily.

6. Focus on Revenue Generating Activities

Whether you own a business or not, you’ve got to figure out what you do that generates revenue. If you’re an employee, what part of your job is most revenue generating? How can you add more value to you own bottom line or the company’s? Many small businesses fail because they don’t know which activities are revenue generating and which ones aren’t. Examples include prospecting for new clients and customers, serving existing clients, create relevant content for a blog or website, presenting your product or service to potential clients and following-up (anywhere from 3-9 times!). For most business owners, these are essential daily activities for success. How much of your day is spent doing these?

fresh vegetables cucumber tomatoes pepper and salad leaves7. Eat Whole Foods

What you put into your body is your fuel for the day. Does what you eat give you more or less energy? Are you dehydrating yourself with coffee, tea or alcohol? Do you feel good after a meal? Do you take time to eat regularly? Successful people know that creating healthy eating habits leads to more success, because when you’re properly fueled throughout your day, you are more productive.

On Monday, USANA is launching the new MySmartFoods line, which is a revolutionary, personalized food system, to help us get the right balance of macro-nutrients in our hectic lifestyles. This new, super clean food line, can be a part of a whole food lifestyle, while still giving you the convenience you crave. With only 13 ingredients, the new MySmartShake bases are a premium protein product that stands out from the crowd – zero added sugar, 4 g net carbs, 18 g protein, 6g fat from coconut oil per 39 g serving. Choices include a non-GMO Soy, New Zealand Whey and my favorite, Plant base (pea & potato protein).

And for our Canadian clients (and new clients!), you’ll receive FREE shipping across Canada with any order above $50 – please message me if you’d like to try the new line and receive this special offer. Details on my USANA site, www.supplementsburlington.usana.com (for free shipping, orders must be called in).

8. Have Faith

This has become the cornerstone for my personal success and the success of many of my team members. I have faith in God and Jesus Christ and this is where I have grounded my faith. Your faith journey doesn’t have to look like mine, as long as you can find something greater than yourself to fuel your faith. This is a non-negotiable. Looking back, I can see how much easier it has been to succeed now that God is an integral part of my life. Find your faith, build it, solidify it and watch how quickly your success grows.

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