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Successful people deem to have a different way of life; they are often associated with an active lifestyle, good regime, healthy eating habits and balanced work/personal life ratio. All these components seem crucial when we think of progress.

These stereotypes, though often exaggerated, are not far from reality. Healthy habits equal a healthy and balanced lifestyle. They can be of help in all the different aspects of our lives, including trading. Today we will look at 4 rules, habits that successful people often have in common. These are the things that anyone can start exercising in order to improve themselves and be more efficient, just like the people that we admire and look up to. Implementing these rules may fundamentally change the quality of one’s life, the secret is sticking to them for the long haul.

Goal setting

One of the secrets of progress of such people is the deeply ingrained sense of purpose. You may set your goals (be they trading goals or any others) and visualize what you want to achieve in a week, a month, a year, five years. The more specific you can get with it, the better. What is your goal for the long run? Owning a house, a car, maybe a business? The more detailed answers you can give, the better. 

The trick is not just to visualize these things, but write them down or even make a board with pictures. It can be different for everyone, the most important thing is reflecting on this topic and keeping the bigger goal in mind at all times.

Short-term planning

Goal setting helps us to see the big picture and remember what we’re working towards in life. To stay motivated on a daily basis, it is important to plan the day and write to-do lists. Most successful people stick to their planners and always keep notes of their tasks or meetings.

It may be helpful to make a schedule for the next day every evening. Putting the most important tasks first and dealing with them as soon as possible is a good way to feel productive in the morning. This may help to spend the rest of the day in a good mood and high energy. Plus, the feeling of accomplishment at the very beginning of the day is priceless.

Body and mind balance

Moving your body is crucial. Everyone knows it, however, a lot of people underestimate it, disregard it or put it off. Unfortunately, low activity affects more than just our body. It can result in low productivity, stress and, sometimes, even depression. A very simple and clear example is the struggle that everyone went through, having to stay home in the period of quarantine. Our bodies are not made for sitting around.

Exercising in a mindful way helps the body, mind and soul. Depending on each person’s interests, one may try such practices as yoga and meditation. Concentration practices are all-around beneficial. However, if that sounds too advanced, regular kinds of sport are also perfectly fine. No matter what it is: tennis or swimming, the key is that it allows you to move your body. Going for a walk before or after work also counts. 

Self-reflection and gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful tool that helps not only reinforce positive energy, but also gives an opportunity to evaluate past performance and highlight successes. The practice of gratitude is extremely important and there are many ways in which it could be expressed. Perhaps, one of the easiest ways is to keep a gratitude journal and make sure to add something in there each day. 

What rules do you stick to in order to improve your habits? Share them with others in the comments below. 

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