This Small Business Week, Try 8 Habits Successful People Do Every Day

May 5, 2021

by Kevin Leyes, Chair of Leyes Empire, CEO of Leyes Media and VVS for Entrepreneur

The set of habits doesn’t have to be complex, though. Take Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, for example. He has two key habits that he does every day without fail: gratitude and exercise. Each morning, he wakes up and asks himself what he’s thankful for. Acts of gratitude like this are shown to improve mental and physical health. Next, Nadella hits the gym. No matter where he is, he commits to going to the gym for at least 30 minutes. He says it makes a huge difference - and he’s right. People who are physically fit have improved cognitive function.

Good habits for a positive mindset
Your mindset determines how you perceive the people around you and the situations you find yourself in. For that reason, a positive mindset will also determine your success in leadership. Approach your employees and tasks with a positive, enthusiastic mindset, and the results will follow. Approach them with a negative mindset, and you will only get negativity in return. Here’s how to use your habits to put yourself in a better headspace:

1. Exercise
To show up with enthusiasm and optimism, you must first feel good. Exercise is an excellent way to boost happiness because it releases “feel-good” chemicals like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. The combination of chemicals that are released during exercise are proven to relieve depression and anxiety. One study showed that 20 minutes of exercise can boost your mood for 12 hours.

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