Simple Daily Steps to Success

I have written several times about success, both financial and personal. We all feel that those are important and make us feel better about ourselves. There is, however, a real misconception out there than in order to be a success at work, relationships, and life in general that you have to be smarter, luckier, or know someone to ensure that you are successful. While that does happen, I’m here to tell you that long-term success is actually built on a series of habits that are extremely simple to understand and implement. In fact, most successful people do them routinely every day of the week!  Try to emulate these behaviors and soon you will be on your way to both a successful and happy financial life.

Simple Daily Steps to Success

Here are some simple daily steps to success that will help you on your way to reach your goals:

Have a Morning Routine

Successful people tend to be early risers. Ben Franklin said it way back in the 18th century and it is still sage advice. Getting up early allows you to have time to prepare for your day in advance. If you have more time, you will be able to make faster and better decisions. Your mood will improve and you’ll be focusing on the “big picture” all day.

In the morning, you will probably be the most energetic. Lots of successful people plan their day, eat breakfast and then either head off to the gym for a quick workout or a brief morning jog. All this helps build your confidence, alertness, and health which goes hand in hand with success!

If you’re rolling out of bed at the last possible minute, dressing quickly, skipping breakfast, and haven’t got a spare minute to think of your work plan for the day, every day, do you think you’re on equal footing with Mr. or Ms. Early Riser?

Schedule Your Least Favorite Tasks Early in the Day

Typically, we start with the tasks we like most or that we’re good at doing. But the successful person’s approach is to work the opposite way. When you’re most alert and energetic, you will have a clearer mind to deal with serious problems and challenges. Most of us wear down as the day wears on and successful people are no different than you and me when it comes to this. Spend that energy on the toughest or least favorite tasks on your to-do list. It will make the rest of the day fly by.

Remain Calm No Matter What

When things go wrong, it’s easy to panic, complain, and get flustered, but it’s better to simply accept that it happens sometimes. Nothing is always perfect and while your situation may present a challenge, it also presents a new opportunity. Dwelling on negative thoughts isn’t a problem solver. Success is born from the ability to move forward even though it may not be a straight line to the goal.

Work When You Feel It

Successful people can get inspired at any time of the day or night. If you’re inspired to do something and it means heading into the office extra early or staying late, don’t hesitate. That inspiration might just be the next great idea! Working at home when the feeling strikes is just as effective. Paul McCartney wrote his biggest hit, “Yesterday” (originally titled “Scrambled Eggs”), when he awoke in the middle of the night to jot down the tune after dreaming about the inspiration.

Seek Input

Despite the fact that you may feel that you can do something faster, better, and more effectively than anyone else (oh, those delusions of grandeur!), the most successful people depend on teamwork and getting input, ideas, and alternatives before they implement big-time plans in their areas of responsibility. That’s the same reason the President of the USA has a cabinet. He isn’t capable of knowing every detail when making decisions so he needs just a bit of help. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.


Balancing your work and personal life is probably the hardest part of financial success. But simple approaches always seem to lead you back to being organized, happy, more alert, and more attuned to the people and things that surround you.

Do you have any recommendations to make on the steps to success? What do you do or encourage friends, family, and colleagues to do?

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  1. Great tips Gary. I can attest to the early morning routine. I like to get up early and knock out blog related work and e-mails. Good start to the day clearing your plate of daily work. I think it’s important to have a small group to bounce ideas off of, a feedback loop to help provide direction when you need some help too.

  2. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank

    I always start with the least favorite Gary because it feels great that when I am done with these task, I would somehow have another set of energy doing my favorite tasks. And, it’s really a relief when done with the least favorite because all I have to do for the rest of the day is work on my favorite tasks and just have fun!

  3. “Schedule your least favorite tasks early in the day.” That’s a good one for me. If I dread doing something, I tend to put it off – and that dread just ends up draining my energy and compromises everything else. I’ll give this tip a go. Thanks : )

  4. I’d add “start early” to your morning routine idea.

    Having a family with small children, the only time I have to myself is before they wake up or after they fall asleep. Since I’m exhausted by the time they fall asleep, I make the most of those early morning hours. It’s amazing how much you can achieve at 5am in a quiet house.

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