5 Habits of Successful CEOs

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11.19.2019 0 comments

How do the world’s richest and most powerful people get to do what they set to do? How they get to be where they are today? While some of them are born to affluence, many have had to work for everything they have. Their daily habits, the small steps they took every day, have played a huge role in their successes. Even more, these are lifestyle habits that can help anyone pursue and achieve systematically their goals – whether being healthy living, weight loss, coping with a health issue or other general wellness goals. I hope you agree with me after you read this article!

And here are five habits of some of the world’s most successful CEOs:

Wake Up Early

Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, wakes up every day at 4:45 AM. She uses the extra time to plan her day and take a few minutes for herself before jumping into work.

Leaping out of bed to rush off to work makes your mornings stressful, which can promote unhealthy habits throughout the day. Waking up early gives you extra time you can use to prepare a healthy breakfast, fit in a workout, meditate, or spend a few minutes with your family.

You don’t have to wake up hours earlier every day—even just 30 to 60 minutes can make a big difference. You’ll be able to take time for yourself, plan your day, and relax first thing in the morning. The extra time will make a huge difference in the rest of your busy days.

Turn Off the TV and Get Out

Richard Branson, CEO of the Virgin Group, is a proponent of getting away from the TV. TV can suck away hours of time, time you could spend moving around, getting exercise, being active, and doing something with your life.

That’s not to say that time spent relaxing is bad—quite the contrary, in fact! However, there is such a thing as “too much” relaxing. If you’re spending more than 30 to 60 minutes in front of the TV every day, you’re letting precious time slip by.

Enjoy TV as a way to unwind, but make a conscious choice to turn it off and get out of the house. The more time you spend away from the TV, the more active and social you’ll be.

Be Still

Oprah is a proponent of meditation, spending 20 minutes twice a day meditating and practicing the lost art of “being still”.

Meditation can help to clear your mind, combat stress, enhance focus, and improve cognitive function. You’ll feel better, be more creative, and get more done every day by taking a few minutes to sit, be silent and still, and meditate.

No, you don’t have to be a Yogi to meditate. Try simple meditation exercises like:

  • Staring at the flame of a candle

  • Regulating your breathing in a specific pattern

  • Staring at a picture and letting your mind take in all the details

  • Listening to guided meditations

  • Repeating a mantra over and over in your mind

These meditation exercises will do wonders to clear your mind, relax your body, and drive away stress.

Keep a Journal

Bill Gates got the idea to keep a journal from Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Journey. The book recommends writing down just one sentence per day, and using the journal to track your progress.

Journals play an important role in your weight loss and fitness efforts as well as your daily activities. Writing down your progress helps you to see how far you’ve come and how far you have left to go to reach your goals.

Don’t worry if you can’t write pages and pages in one sitting. The simple act of writing things down will keep you mindful of your efforts. Over time, you’ll get better at tracking your daily activities.

Educate Yourself

One of the hallmarks of every successful CEO and entrepreneur is an appetite for reading. Warren Buffet spends 80% of his day reading, and Elon Musk learned how to build his SpaceX rockets by reading. Of 233 millionaires surveyed, 100% spent time every day reading.

Knowledge is power, no doubt about it. Whether you read to learn new skills, understand your weight loss/fitness efforts, or just to relax, reading can make you a smarter, better-rounded, more educated person.

Take time every day to read, even if just 20 to 30 minutes. The time you spend reading is NEVER wasted!

Five simple habits, but they will play a huge role in your personal and professional development. Over time, they’ll prepare you for the success you want. Set aside time for these habits every day—you’ll never regret it. For more tips and action-based advice from our health and personal development experts, join ZONIA video streaming platform today.


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