10 New Habits to Start in 2019. Habits Successful People Use and You Can Too!

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I have always believed that our daily actions make our life. It’s not where we’re born or who we know. It’s the habits that we form in our daily lives that make us who we are. 

If you took a step back and looked at the habits you have throughout the day, you can see that some are good and helping you and some are bad and holding you back.

In this post, I’m going to share with you 10 Habits to Start in 2019. These rituals move through things like goal setting and productivity all the way to relaxation and mindset.

Now a habit doesn’t just form from reading about it. You have to execute. So pick a couple that you find in this article and execute. What you do with this list is completely up to you. So let's get started.

1. Over-Deliver

One of the most important habits you can start is doing more than what people expect from you. No matter if we have a job or we own our own business, we have goals to meet.

Our boss might want us to sell 5 cars this month. Our manufacturer might want us to raise numbers by 20%. We might tell ourselves that we want to raise our own revenue by a certain number.

Always Over-Deliver.

Sell 8 cars in that month. Sell so much more your manufacturer can’t keep up. Raise your income in a way that you didn’t think possible.

There’s a couple reasons to do this. The first one is you’ll surprise everyone. Take this from someone who has employed and managed many people, when you tell workers to do something most of the time, you’re not expecting a whole lot.

We all have that friend who if we were leaving for a movie at 7:00 pm, we’d tell them we’re picking them up at 6:30 so they would be ready by 7:00. Managers do that too.

If I ran a dealership, I would tell my salesmen to sell ten cars a month because I knew by saying 10, they would really only reach for five cars.

Imagine being that person who not only achieved the goal but surpassed it and went over the top. You’ll be rewarded, you’ll be exalted, and you’ll be happy to know that your boss, manager, or whoever it is can count on you and you can then count on them.

The second reason to do this is because it changes your own mindset. This is entirely what Grant Cardone’s 10x rule is all about. Let’s say you have a goal to hit $100,000 in income in 2019. You break down the math and that means you need to take home about $274 per day in your business.

Grant Cardone

What most people do right there is let’s say you make a sale at nine in the morning for $300. Most people stop right there and don’t work the rest of the day. This mindset of over-delivering won’t let that happen. 

If you make $300 in the first hour of working that makes you can make two grand in a whole work day if you tried hard enough. That’s $2000 instead of $274 which is almost 10x. $2000 a day multiplied by 365 comes out to $730,000 which seems a hell of a lot better than $100,000.

Now of course you might not hit those numbers consistently, but you’re over-delivering on your $274 number and that’s all that matters.

Once you put in the habit of over-delivering in 2019, you’ll build a reputation with yourself and the people you work with and you’ll set yourself up for more success than you could even think possible.

2. Be Consistent

If you want to be successful in 2019, you must be consistent.

Show up when you should, do the work you need to do, and learn when you need to learn.

I have things I do every month, things I do every week, and things I do every day, and one of the reasons my businesses are growing is because I know I am doing those things everyday no matter what.

Every “overnight success” you can think of had a behind the scenes of being consistent in their daily actions. Gary Vee posted a wine library video for 14 views hundreds of times before anyone cared. Ray Allen would practice two hours a day, five days a week, for 20 years before becoming the best three point shooter of all time.

Like the famous Bruce Lee quote, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Bruce Lee Quote

3. Get an Accountability Partner

This is something that we used to hear back in school but no one ever did it. 2019 is the perfect time to start.

An accountability partner is someone who coaches someone else and forces them to keep the daily rituals that they are trying to instill in their lives.

Let’s say you want to write eight blog posts a month in 2019, but you know you procrastinate with writing. Find someone who will literally message you on Tuesdays and Fridays and have them ask, “How’s the post coming?” and “When are you publishing?”

It’s a funny thing but we have no problem putting things off and letting ourselves down all the time but when someone else is watching us even if they’re not with us, we don’t want to let them see us fail.

That’s why accountability partners are so powerful.

Here’s a couple ways to make this even stronger. Find a group that’s trying to do the same things as you. If you want to start running every morning, I’m sure there is a network online where you can find other people that want to run every morning as well. Have an accountability group where you all check up on each other.

I’m looking to make some accountability groups in my own Facebook Group once it gets up in size and we can help each other out. If you want to join and be there when we start that, you are more than welcome!

One extra way and this one is even more likely to make you succeed but you need to be lucky - find someone who’s already done it and can mentor you on it.

In our running example, are you going to be more embarrassed if you tell another lazy person who’s not running either that you didn’t do it this morning or a crossfit trainer who works out four hours a day?

Accountability Partner

If you want to write blog posts, would telling someone who hasn’t even started their own blog benefit you more than having someone help you who writes for a big website?

We all know the answer and know who to look for now.

4. Daily, Weekly, Monthly Goals

I mentioned goals in the consistency part of this article but this should be a habit that is taught in kindergarten and of course it’s not taught in school at all.

Setting a goal for each of these could be the most important thing you do because what you do throughout your days, weeks, and months should revolve around these goals.

I know that I want to start a YouTube channel soon and hit 1000 subscribers within three months of starting it. 1000 subscribers in three months comes out to about 334 subscribers a month or 11 subscribers a day.

Now that I know the numbers and what they break down to, I can figure out the tasks on what I need to do to reach those numbers. I would post X amount of videos a week, reach out to my social media about them X amount of times and so on.

One important aspect in this habit is that I’m giving myself a deadline. A lot of us make a goal but it’s not specific.

Many of us have a goal to “Become A Millionaire.” But if these three words are your only goal I promise it won’t happen. Become a millionaire by when? Become a millionaire how? What will you do? What do you need to learn? When will you start?

All these things can’t be answered unless you make specific goals and then make specific tasks to reach them and then execute on those tasks to reach the goals.

5. Wired In Time

Wired In

One of my all time favorite movies is The Social Network about the founding of Facebook. According to Zuckerberg, it’s not very accurate and pretty comical but probably the main reason I like it is because I learned about “Wired In Time.”

Now when I first saw the movie I was still in high school, didn’t have a job and just played Baseball and video games all day but three years later in 2013 when I was starting my online businesses, I saw the movie again and it changed one segment of my day forever.

In the movie at all times, one coder in their Facebook house is “wired-in”. This means that they can’t talk to anyone, they can’t be distracted, they’re not to get up and they must do the tasks they need to do.

Now, of course they did it for 16 hours or so at a time and it’s too extreme for most of us but I did take that idea and shorten it.

Make one task that is important to you your wired-in time. Leave your phone away from you, turn off the music and TVs, don’t let anyone come into your space until you finished the task at hand.

For me, this is usually some writing or some business things that I know is essential within the next couple days. No matter who we are and how successful we become, there will always be distractions.

Our phones give us a little dopamine jolt whenever it goes off and even the most focused people still get distracted by something so small.

Not only will this make you more productive, but you’ll start to realize tasks that usually take you two hours or more with all these distractions, only take 30 minutes when you’re “wired-in”.

6. Study Yourself

I find it funny that as millennials, we learn all these things from how computers work to how to read certain books to make us smarter to how to use Instagram filters to get us more girls but what we don’t know is what makes us act certain ways.

You ever find yourself mad for no reason, or depressed, or angry? Maybe you even realize your happy for no reason whatsoever.

Start noticing this and taking notes either physically or in your own head on when you react this way. Think about what is going on around you when you get this way.

When you get mad, is there a noise that’s going on around you? Maybe a certain person came into your life but you don’t correlate the two.

Maybe when you get depressed and you write down what’s going on around you, you realize it’s the time of day, or when you have to do this certain task.

I’ll give you an example. Just like probably everybody reading this, I suffer from anxiety sometimes. I went years without knowing why and never really talked about it. It wasn’t bad and it didn’t hurt me or anything. I think at the time I didn’t even know it was called anxiety. I just thought I couldn’t shut my mind up.

I took a step back, and thought about why on certain days, when I’m laying down to go to sleep, I feel anxious and other days I’m fine.

I was writing down the things I did throughout the day and realized the days where I felt more productive and was achieving big things as the days where I didn’t have my mind racing.

The days where I had an off day or maybe I just felt lazy and didn’t do everything I was supposed to was the days where I lay awake in bed and couldn’t stop the feeling of anxiety.

I learned that I always have to be making progress. When I don’t feel like I am, I feel like I’m not doing anything important.

I don’t see this as a bad thing. Tony Robbins says “the key to happiness is progress.” But if I didn’t take a step back and study myself, I would have never known and maybe still laying in bed for hours at a time thinking something worse is wrong with me.

Study yourself and your tendencies and see if you can learn something new.

7. Connect with something that makes you happy

Now I just talked about how I feel like I always have to be progressing in everything I do and this makes me somewhat of a workaholic. But even I need to take breaks and so do you.

We all need something in our lives that allows us to just breathe and make us happy.

Working hard for our goals isn’t always fun. It isn’t always easy. Most of the time it exhausts you and it feels like you’re getting punched over and over again.

Finding some way to make you happy just for a little bit allows yourself to keep grinding once you’re done.

Maybe it’s hiking, maybe it’s going to a zoo or playing with your pet, maybe it’s Netflix or watching videos on YouTube.

For me, it’s video games. If I feel frustrated or can’t keep working for whatever reason, I’ll hop on a video game for thirty minutes to an hour and then hop right back into what what I was doing feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Most of the time the creativity needed in the games allows me to carry it over into my work which helps me out a lot.

Listen to music, play an instrument, color, draw, watch TV, watch a Ted Talk, hang out with your family, take your significant other on a date.

There’s so many different ways you can find a way to make yourself happy to push you through to help you with the rest of your habits.

listen to music

8. Make time to exercise

Now this one, just like number seven, is going to depend on you as everyone’s idea of exercise is different.

I can tell you that if I don’t get my three to four days in the gym a week I feel lazy, unproductive, bloated and sometimes even angry.

You might be reading this and saying “three to four days! I can’t even go for one day.”

And there is someone else reading this saying “three to four days is weak. You have to go every day.”

Exercise is something that completely depends on you, your condition, and the priority it means to you but everyone should make it a priority. If you’re completely new to the thought of it, start with some push-ups or sit-ups in your room or some squats and running in place.

If you can get to a gym and lift and get on a treadmill, that’s even better. Exercise can help you relieve stress, feel more confident, have more energy, help you communicate better, and handle problems.  

Soon enough, you’ll start thinking of exercise as a reward to yourself instead of a punishment.

exercise

9. Embrace loneliness

This could be the toughest one on the list for you. I know people who go crazy if they are left alone for two hours.

I’m a 90% introvert on the Myers Briggs Test and I promise that I’m not one of those people. I had to teach myself how to be better in social situations which I have a lot. But just like I had to learn, extroverts have to learn how to be alone, especially if they want to see massive success.

Success involves a lot of solitary work, staying up late by yourself or waking up early in the morning before anyone else is there. If you’re not able to work by yourself and get things done, then you can’t expect to go far on your journey.

Learn how to deal with those quiet lonely times. Create a habit of isolating yourself if you need to just for a couple minutes a day to teach yourself how to cope with it.

The last thing you want is to be full momentum on an idea that can change your life and you have to wait for someone to be there with you for you to execute it. Because that person might never show up.

10. Learning

You know I can’t make a new habits post and not mention that learning shouldn’t be a main point of your next year.

Learning is what my whole life revolves around and the main reason why my businesses grow. It’s why 99% of people get where they are. They learned how to do what they do well or they taught themselves the skills needed to get there.

Sometimes we have a hard time picking things we should be learning so we just choose not to focus on it. I’ll help you with that.

One of my bad habits is making spreadsheets. It’s not a bad habit like smoking or gambling. I just probably have too many of them. I have spreadsheets on goals and tasks I need to do to reach them.

If I have goals on there that I want to reach, I know there are also things I need to learn to get there. That’s an easy way to start.

If you want to start a clothing brand but don’t know the first thing about designing clothes, making the clothes or selling them, those are probably three crucial things you need to learn.

Learning can come with reading books, reading blogs, watching YouTube videos, watching documentaries, taking courses, learning from mentors, experiencing things in the real world and much more.

learning and reading

Everyday I read books and blogs, watch YouTube videos and courses that I’ve bought, and I talk to mentors and accountability partners weekly to make myself better and learn what I need to learn to get where I want to be.

One of the biggest excuses I hear when people talk to me about business is “Well I would do this but I don’t know how to get started.”

We live in the best era in the world where you can literally Google anything and thousands of things will pop up with ways to learn it.

Take advantage of it before it’s too late.

Did any of these stand out to you?

Which daily habits motivated and inspire you?

Maybe even combine some of them. If you don’t know what to do during your wired-in time, make it a 20 minute session of learning. Or tell your accountability partner about your daily, weekly, and monthly goals so they can help you out as well.

Which habits are you going to start in 2019?

Let me know in the comments down below.

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