Lifestyle Aimed at Success
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Most people think that the lifestyle they dream about will come when they are more successful and have more money. And while this is true in some regards-you can't take off on that first-class Caribbean cruise without the income to make it possible-there are many ways in which you can actually mold your life to help you become more successful. Making certain changes in your life will make you more likely to succeed in your professional endeavors. Here are just a few changes you can make to have a lifestyle that is aimed at future success.

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Work in Cycles

When you're at work, you probably think that you need to keep your nose to the grindstone throughout the workday in order to be successful. Better yet, you need to keep plugging away at your work constantly for many hours beyond a regular work shift. While putting in extra time at work can definitely make a difference-especially when you're starting your own business-non-stop working is actually not the key to professional success.

Affording to studies, those who work in 90-minute spurts tend to be more productive. The theory behind this is that our bodies follow a natural 90-minute cycle of alertness. We see this cycle in our sleep patterns, or natural "ultradian rhythms," wherein we proceed through all five stages of sleep in 90 minutes.

Researchers believe that our bodies follow a similar cycle during the day, which means that after 90 minutes of work, we need a 10 to 15 minute break to reset, refocus, and get back to work. This keeps you working at peak productivity throughout the day, rather than zoning out at your computer screen in the afternoon.

Surround Yourself with Success

Whether you realize it or not, you are heavily influenced by the people you surround yourself with. So if you're trying to create a life that's aimed at success, you shouldn't be surrounding yourself with people who will stand in the way of that. That's not to say you need to cut people out of your life-unless they're intentionally sabotaging your efforts to improve yourself.

Rather, seek to add people to your social circles who have achieved or are in the process of achieving the things you are aiming to do. Try to spend about a third of your time with these people, and pick their brains to help get yourself on the path to success. Having these people as your mentors will be a vital stepping stone in your growth.

Know When You're Burnt Out

Being able to identify when you're truly burnt out is an important skill. Well-timed vacations can keep your mental and physical health up, improve your overall outlook about your professional life, and help you stay focused on your goals. But that doesn't mean taking a vacation every time you feel tired.

Sam Ovens, CEO of, warned his followers about the habit of falling for the "illusion" of being burnt out. He says, "When you're starting out, it's always just an illusion. You're not burnt out because most people aren't doing anything, so it's just an illusion that they should rest and everything. Because it takes working like 15 hours a day for 30 days straight to really get even near fatigued and burnt out, so unless you've done that, then you know that you're falling for an illusion."

If you can learn to truly identify the illusion from the real thing though, you can take those breaks when you need them most. Ovens also describes how taking a two-day break can help to reignite your passion for your work, saying that, "when it comes back, that feeling that I really want to work again, then I would jump back into it." Pushing through those illusions and resting when you're really burnt out can be a valuable tool in your future success.

While there is no set formula to a successful life, these 3 lifestyle changes may be just what you need to start on the path to success this year.