Peering into the daily lives of self-made millionaires is a lesson in superhuman intelligence and financial self-control; Business Insider's list of these leaders' unique skills affirms that. But a few of their daily habits are openly accessible to the masses—namely, their ability to maintain a clear vision of their success, and build upon that vision every day.
"Vision is perhaps our greatest strength," said Hong Kong business magnate Li Ka-Shing, who is the richest person in all of Asia. "It has kept us alive to the power and continuity of thought through the centuries, it makes us peer into the future and lends shape to the unknown." Ka-Shing isn't the only leader who has lauded the power of visualization; Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, and Will Smith have also acknowledged visualization's role in helping them achieve their goals. The key is to create a highly specific vision of your successful life—simply wanting to make a lot of money won't cut it.
"Visualization] is about telling ourselves stories about what we expect to occur," explains Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Smarter, Faster, Better. "I spend 10 minutes visualizing what my day is going to be like. It helps sharpen your focus. You're teaching your near subconscious what to focus on and what to ignore."
The best part? This can be done while in that half-asleep, half-awake state right after your morning alarm sounds. Mentally walk yourself through the day ahead of you, painting a vivid picture of success, productivity, and accomplishment. If you'd rather think long-term, you can visualize what your life will be like down the line, once you've achieved all of your goals. Visualizing what you want—today, tomorrow, and 10 years from now—can help make your dreams a reality.
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