One of the most powerful ideas I’ve ever heard is that “Success leaves clues”.

If you can learn the methods and strategies used by someone else to succeed, then you too, can achieve a similar level of success!

Tony Robbins, author of the best-selling book, Unlimited Power says, “If you want to achieve success, all you need to do is find a way to model those who have already succeeded.”

So here is quick list of 5 steps used by a collection of successful people to get you started:

1) Wake Up Early

Summary: Productive days start with productive mornings
Successful people know how easily time can be lost with phone calls & meetings, and therefore consider time as one of their most precious commodity. This is why, many successful people rise before the sun, squeezing out as much time as they can to do with as they please.

Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: And Two Other Short Guides to Achieving More at Work and at Home, polled 20 high-level executives and found that 90% said they wake up before 6 a.m. on weekdays. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, for example, wakes at 4 a.m. and is in the office no later than 7 a.m. Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger gets up at 4:30 to read, and Square CEO Jack Dorsey is up at 5:30 to jog.

2) Exercise first thing in the morning

Summary: A pre-breakfast workout makes you slimmer, smarter, sleep better and feel great
One of the most common morning activities of the rich and successful appears to be exercising, whether that consists of jogging, or going to the gym.
There are a long list of reasons why so many successful people make it a priority to exercise first thing in the morning such as:

  • Exercise early in the morning, “jump starts” your metabolism and keeps it elevated for hours, sometimes up to 24 hours which means you’re burning more calories all day long just because you exercised in the morning!
  • Exercising first thing, prevents you from running out of time or energy (or even from making up excuses) to actually exercise later in the day.
  • Research has demonstrated that exercise increases mental acuity. On average it lasts four to ten hours after exercise!
  • Research has also demonstrated that people who exercise on a regular basis have a higher quality of sleep and thus require less sleep!

3) They consistently dedicate time to learning new things

Summary: Embrace being a life-time learner and seek out learning opportunities.
Many, perhaps most, of the world’s most successful men were autodidacts – those who devote themselves to self-education, either in addition to or as a substitute to formal schooling such as Walt Disney, Benjamin Franklin & Richard Branson to name just a few.

Successful people believe that learning never ends and whilst this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to school to get new degrees, (even although they may) without formal education, they’re still constantly reading and learning from others around them, speaking to mentors, reading books, articles or magazines and even listening to audio-books.

In today’s world, skills that were cutting edge five years ago are likely out of date, and the jobs that we will perform in the next decade or two probably don’t even exist yet so if you want to keep your competitive edge and potentially earn more money, you need to become an autodidact. Not only can becoming a lifelong learner help you earn more money in traditional employment, autodidacticism can be the gateway to self-employment and starting your own business.

4) They planning their day, week, month & year

Summary: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail and time will get away on you!
Most people don’t plan enough in their professional life, let along their personal lives and successful people are not most people. Successful people lead busy lives, and if you aspire to become more successful, chances are you’re already busy.

Planning the day, week, or month ahead is an important time management tool to keep you on track and progressing in the most efficient ways. Using the mornings to do big-picture thinking helps you prioritize and set the trajectory of the day. At the start of the work week, take spend 60-90 minutes to plan out 5 to 7 priorities for that week, and schedule those tasks in. That will leave a lot of unscheduled time, but if you accomplish each priority, you’ll still have a great week.

5) Be grateful

Summary: Write down things you are grateful for on a daily basis
It can be easy for your mood to reduce your productivity, and successful people know the power of being in a positive emotional state and how this greatly impacts one’s output. Successful people constantly take the time to remind themselves to be happy with what they have and what they have achieved.

Expressing gratitude is another great way to center yourself and get the proper perspective before heading to the office. Writing down the people, places, and opportunities that you’re grateful for takes just a few minutes but can make a real difference in your outlook.

Here is a quick guide to giving gratitude in three areas:

  1. Gratitude for the tangible things. This includes consciously giving gratitude for the basics such as money to pay bills, food, friends, etc.
  2. Gratitude for the intangibles. This relates to such things as love, fun, good health, etc. These are essential for well-being and happiness.
  3. Gratitude for things desired. This last step is important as it creates the energy to bring in desired changes. For example, if you desire a financial change a Gratitude statement may be, “I am grateful for the financial abundance that is now mine”.

About the Author:
Shane is the co-founder, CEO and Head trainer for Australian Success Academy, having trained and worked with over 3500 people around Australia in learning the incredible power of the human mind.