3 Ways High Achievers Can Develop Better Habits

05/03/2015 12:19 pm ET | Updated May 03, 2016


You are failing at being a successful entrepreneur, and it has nothing to do with your ability to effectively run your business. But it does have everything to do with your poor habits.

So it’s not surprising that you struggle each day to build your business. Your day is peppered with habits that are not helping you but hurting you:

  • Bad eating habits.
  • A misguided morning ritual.
  • No clue what a habit is.

At this rate, you will burn out before your company does. But there is hope – the solution is to replace those bad habits with good ones. Are you ready?

Developing a Good Habit Is a Nightmare

Have you ever wondered why you have so many bad habits? Why do you do the bad things you know are bad for you like overeating and smoking?

Wikipedia explains that a habit is, “the process by which behavior, through repetition, becomes automatic or habitual.”

So, for the most part, your habits have been nurtured by you over a period of time. But how do you stop nurturing bad habits and start building good habits?

It’s not easy, but the two most important items are: commitment and baby steps:

  • Commit to doing something small, like Yoga for 10 minutes Monday - Friday.
  • Commit to eating a healthy breakfast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Commit to doing your most creative work between 6 - 7 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.

As these habits begin to become easier and more automatic, you can increase the frequency. You can either increase the time you dedicate or you can increase the number of days.

The Morning Ritual Is Just Plain Stupid

So what is this thing called the Morning Ritual? We all have one, it’s basically a set of habits that you do every morning.

Now, what you do in a morning ritual will set up your day for success or failure.

A stressful morning ritual might look like this – rush to take a shower, yell at the kids to get dressed for school and swallow a few gulps of coffee while you run out the door.

This is the morning ritual that I had for years and it brought me nothing but stress, fatigue and an upset stomach.

But after reading Hal Elrod’s book the Morning Miracle I realized that my mornings should fuel me not rob me of energy.

So I committed to a new morning ritual that would not only fuel me but allow me to power through my busy day:

  • Get up at 4:00-ish using the Sleep Cycle app.
  • Drink a hot cup of water with lemon and honey.
  • Yoga for 20 minutes.
  • Write in my Five Minute Journal.
  • Meditate for seven minutes.
  • Shower and get dressed.
  • Make the family breakfast and I eat oatmeal with nuts and fruits.

By building this new morning ritual, I have the energy and clarity to better manage my hectic day.

Why The Foods You Eat Will Destroy You

It’s no secreted that your diet is critical to your success.

But your day is full of meetings and project deadlines so you grab what’s available – your fourth cup of coffee, a donut from five hours ago, and a bag of chips.

While these foods may satisfy your initial craving, it does very little for your energy levels. In fact, these foods rob your body of its energy.

Neil Patel, of Nutritional Resource, explains “…there are a great number of foods that give you just what you need to be healthy and fit.”

Patel lists 15 foods that are designed to keep your energy levels up:

  1. Chicken breasts
  2. Eggs
  3. Salmon
  4. Dairy milk
  5. Greek yogurt
  6. Shrimp
  7. Almond milk
  8. Almonds
  9. Oats
  10. Potatoes
  11. Kale
  12. Blueberries
  13. Garlic
  14. Cinnamon
  15. Dark chocolate

Yes, these foods are amazing but at the end of the day it’s just not about these 15 foods. It’s about making small changes that will lead to a healthier diet. One that give you the energy to power through your day.

Question: We all have bad habits it’s part of being human but in order to grow we need good habits. What habits do you want to change today?

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