All very successful and richest people you see in various fields, e-commerce, technology, finance and investments, telecommunications, fashion, real estate, energy, software, medicine, manufacturing, food, and beverage, etc, are products of great habits. Dr. Mike Murdock is right when he says that, “Great men simply have great habits.”

Topflight executives, CEOs, billionaires, millionaires, and highly-rated professionals don’t go for wealth, status, or fame, first. They start by building great, success-producing habits, primarily. We first establish our habits, and then our habits will direct our lives to bring about the results, wealth, success, and health we desire. This thought is expressed by John Dryden, an English poet, thus: “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

It’s not a very difficult thing to form good and great habits. Mortimer J. Adler, an American philosopher and educator, explains how we can do it. “Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts…” And the bottom line of really forming great habits is to drop all excuses. Wayne Dyer, a self-help author, explains this as “eliminating the very system that created, and continues to support these thinking habits.” In his words, “This system is made up of a long list of explanations and defenses that can be summed up in one word: excuses.”

The most successful people don’t give excuses when it comes to forming important habits, as we’ll soon see. So in your formation of these habits, you must eliminate all defenses. Remember, when you put great habits first, fantastic results will follow thereafter.

And if the rich and successful people must stay rich and remain successful, it must be by daily practicing certain great habits. According to Jim Ryun, motivation may get you started but habit is what you sustains your success. These are the top habits that produce great people and great results.

(1) Wealthy People Are Goal Oriented: Based on a study by Thomas C. Corley, in which he interviewed 233 millionaires and 128 poor individuals over a period of three years, he discovered that the successful people write down their goals and focus on accomplishing some single goal. He also found out that 70 percent of the rich pursue long-term goals.

(2) They Purposefully Practice A Skill: Corley further says, over two-thirds, or 69 percent, of the rich in his study practiced some specific skill for two or more hours every day. They don’t leave anything to chance. They study intricate details of skills that really make them experts. Particularly in this digital economy, they know how to take advantage of technology.

(3) Successful People Have A Routine: They wake up three hours before work. They listen to audio books while commuting to work as well as read about 30 minutes or more each day for either education or career purposes. They also network five or more hours a month. They cultivate rich relationship with other upbeat, success-conscious people.

(4) All Very Successful People Are Careful With Money: They are careful in their spending; they don’t buy things on impulse. Rather, they delay gratification, and ensure that they purchase quality products that are really necessary at the lowest possible prices. Also, instead of wasting money, they focus on building wealth.

(5) They Are People Oriented: Jeff Bezos is the richest man in history. He said in an interview that why he was willing to sacrifice company profits, and by extension shareholder satisfaction, so that he could focus on making Amazon increasingly customer-centred was because, “In the long run, if you take care of customers, that is taking care of shareholders.”

(6) They Exercise Their Mind And Body Regularly: They exercise their mind by meditating or “sitting for ideas”. They also exercise physically. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, said in an interview that, “Staying in shape is very important. Doing anything well requires energy, and you just have a lot more energy when you’re fit.” Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin Group, also includes exercise into his daily routine.

You can’t kill a frog by dropping it into hot water. Reason is that it will quickly jump out unhurt. But if you put it in cold water and warm it until it becomes extremely hot, you have it cooked before it knows it. The encroachment of bad habits in our lives is very much like this. Therefore, decide your habits and your habits will decide your success.