Wealthy people can usually point to discipline as key to building their wealth.
If you have self-control and a sense of direction in life, good things will follow (and after a while, follow in spades). Here are some habits that can help you get where you want to go with your life and money.
Be an early riser. The old saying goes, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.” When you get up early (say, 6 a.m. for a nine-to-five job), your day starts early. You have time to get in a workout, read a book, or focus on some self-improvement goal. Besides, getting up late can actually slow your metabolism down and make you feel sluggish.
Keep lists. Even a simple, daily “to-do” list can help because it gives you something to focus on. If you know that you have one checklist and one day to get everything on it done, it keeps you motivated to knock things out.
Count your calories. Throw a rock out the window and you’ll most likely hit someone who will say they could stand to lose a few pounds. It’s a common problem in America, and if you want to shed weight, start taking steps to cut out late-night snacks, and maybe even exercise. There are all kinds of apps you can download which can help with the process.
While at work, do some work. Some people think that going to work literally means they have done their job by showing up and sitting at their desks. If all you do at your job is check Facebook or stats on last night’s game, you won’t find yourself in line for a promotion anytime soon. Prove your value to the company and they will reward you.
Stick to your budget. This one may seem like the most obvious, but it deserves some emphasis. When you decide what to spend and save before the month begins, and then stick to those numbers, you will mathematically come out ahead. The longer you do it, the bigger your numbers will be.
The underlying themes here are discipline and diligence. When you are intentional in your pursuits and work toward your goals consistently and over time, they produce results. Also, when you are disciplined in one area (such as weight loss), that pattern of discipline can spill over into other areas of life. It’s a good kind of contagious.
Getting up early or watching what you eat are not behaviors that will make you wealthy in and of themselves, but by showing that discipline, they can pave the way for you to win in your life.
Having money will almost invariably follow the person who is disciplined and works hard.