10 Things Productive, Successful People Do In Life

Being in leadership for the last 20 years, I have had the opportunity to work with amazing people in a variety of organizations. The companies I have worked for were very diverse. From working in a prison system, to telecommunications and the casino and resort industry (all with a similar leadership role) you can’t get much more diverse than that. I worked with many different types of leaders, but what stayed very similar are the habits and characteristics of the best leaders  I have worked with. The following are some of the characteristics I have seen in the best leaders I have worked with.

10 Things Productive, Successful People Do In Life

  1. Excited To Start Each Day – I have found that positive, successful people want to get up in the morning! They are pumped-up to get moving in the morning. They can’t wait to get accomplishing what they need to get done during the day.
  2. Exercise is a Daily Ritual  – The successful people that I look up to have self-care as part of their daily routine. They exercise. They keep healthy foods around them. They understand that feeling healthy and strong on the inside helps them on the outside.
  3. Self-Disciplined – Effective, successful people don’t need external motivation to get things done during the day. They are self-motivated, disciplined, have a routine and get it done during the day. Tony Robbins The Path to Success is Determined Action
  4. Have a Mission Each Day – The most effective leaders that I know have a plan, a mission for each day. They know that things might not always go as planned but they have a certain focus and do everything they can to get it done.
  5. Take Massive Action – Leaders don’t just think about things, they get busy! They get on it and take major action on things.  Successful people know that progress means taking massive action and adjustments can be made along the way.
  6. Can-Do Attitude – There is no ‘can’t’  with an effective leader. They find a way to achieve the goals they set for themselves and their team.
  7. Do What They Fear – Successful people get out of their comfort zone. They do what they fear. They know that the potential for great success is on the other side.
  8. Productive Activities – They don’t waste their time on mindless activities. They use their time wisely.
  9. Forward Thinkers – Productive, successful people are always looking for what’s next. Successful people stay on top of things, always looking toward the future for what they can do next.
  10. Around Other Successful People – Successful people hang around other successful people. They are learners and they want to surround themselves with other successful, smart people to help them grow.

What characteristics do you believe are within the most productive, successful leaders you know? Which of the above are most important to you as a leader? Do you need to work on some of the things above? What characteristics do you have that you believe has contributed greatly to your productivity and success as a leader?  The list I compiled above are only some of the characteristics I believe are part of productive, successful leaders. Post your comments. Let’s start a discussion. I want to hear from you!

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2016-11-11T11:55:56-07:00By |Inspirational Articles|27 Comments


  1. Jane August 3, 2015 at 4:50 am - Reply

    I really love the list you already have here. Here are two things to add. One is they don’t get discouraged by setbacks. A setback is not a stay back. The next addition is that successful leaders know they don’t come first. To really be a,successful leader you have to be reat to adjust plans to put people first.

    One item I would alter. I don’t think massive action is required. Massive goals are still achieved even if the steps are small ones. This alternative dovetails with my first addition.

    • SmartChic August 3, 2015 at 4:57 am - Reply

      Excellent comments Jane! I agree with you that it isn’t always massive action that is required. As long as their are steps moving forward, that is productivity and success. Thanks so much for your comments. You rock my friend as a leader! You are appreciated!

  2. Deb Scott August 3, 2015 at 5:58 am - Reply

    What a great list! Should be mandatory reading for every high school student to start growing a successful next generation!!

    • jane August 3, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

      Deb, Love that idea – but start in 5th grade.

    • SmartChic August 3, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Deb for your comments. You are such an inspiration to me and I appreciate your leadership!

  3. Liz August 3, 2015 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Great list, Cynthia. I think stepping out of their comfort zone and doing the things they fear is a big one. I also agree that, especially in this day and age, it is easy to get sidetracked by things that are not productive. Keeping your eye on the ball is important. Jane also makes a great point with her additions to the list. Thank you both for the reminder.

    • jane August 3, 2015 at 8:21 am - Reply

      Oh for sure, Liz! That comfort zone can be a deal breaker. And OMGoodness – so easy to be sidetracked. 30 years ago we called it rabbit trailing. Today we call it ADD.

    • SmartChic August 3, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Liz for your great comments. I really appreciate it. Focus is definitely key to being productive and successful. Thank you so much for your leadership! I need to head on over to your blog to read your fantastic articles!

  4. Linda Mastroianni August 3, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Fantastic list Cynthia. I believe to be better and do better we must always push ourselves. While we might have a positive attitude and be forward thinkers, we might not put our health and exercise first either. This list is a great reminder of what to keep our focus on and the areas we need to improve. Thank you for sharing such a great article with us!

    • jane August 3, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

      Linda – one thing that gets the leftovers of my schedule is exercise. I need to get a lot better at that.

    • SmartChic August 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your wisdom Linda. I really appreciate it. You are an extraordinary leader! I am honored to have you in my Inner Circle!

  5. Tracy Cotton August 3, 2015 at 7:23 am - Reply

    AWESOME list Cynthia – here’s my two add ons: gratitude and giving. I think great leaders show their gratitude often and demonstratively. I also think great leaders give greatly – they give back to their community, friends, associates, etc in time, resources.

    Great list of goals to aim for!

    • jane August 3, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

      Perfect additions, Tracy. Gratitude and Giving

    • SmartChic August 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Excellent additions Tracy! You are spot on when you say that great leaders give greatly. They sure do! Thank you so much for your leadership. You are awesome!

  6. Carla Horn August 3, 2015 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Cynthia!! What a fantastic list my Sweet Friend ~ You nailed it!! I think constant improvement is always the goal! I respect and admire leaders who practice what they preach!! Integrity and vulnerability are extremely important too ~ A leader who isn’t afraid to be honest & real about there own struggle & growth can be refreshing & motivating!! Honesty & openness is really special!! Thank you Cyn ~ You are a fantastic leader!! ❤️ U :))

    • SmartChic August 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you Carla for your beautiful shout out. You are an amazing woman. You definitely are inspirational to me and your support means the world! THANK YOU friend!

  7. Dortha Hise August 3, 2015 at 7:34 am - Reply

    What a great read, Cynthia – I love it! Each item on the list is spot on! xoxoox

    • SmartChic August 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Dortha for your awesome shout out. I appreciate you!

  8. Dale Fagre August 3, 2015 at 7:52 am - Reply


    I am always so inspired by your posts! I have to say that #1 “Excited to start each day” is definitely the game changer. With that, the rest fall into place! If you are not excited about getting up what a “LetsDoThis” attitude, then you are already defeated. Starting off your day (before you get out of bed) with a positive attitude will provide the impetus to hit the ground running once your feet touch the floor! 🙂

    Have an amazing day my friend!


    • jane August 3, 2015 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Dale, I will never again hear LetsDoThis without thinking of Cynthia!

    • SmartChic August 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Your fantastic comment Dale just energized me some more! You are a true inspiration to me my friend. I look forward to the day that we connect in person and share all types of leadership ideas. You are extraordinary my friend!!

  9. Kathleen August 3, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    The Nike motto “Just Do It” often plays in my mind. It pushes me to take action, whether professionally or personally — from making a decision on a new initiative at work, to taking 5 minutes to unload the dishwasher — it works for me. Of course, Just Do It applies to good, positive stuff — not eating all the ice cream HA! I am challenged by #4 and #8 — and in my mind they are tightly aligned — have a mission each day, and productive activities (those will help me work toward completing my mission). I am mired in so much coming at me every day, that I’ve begun to delegate more to others which helps free up some time so I can focus on my mission. I also keep a list that breaks down the to-dos that I need to accomplish each week to move my mission forward.

  10. Devon Jones August 3, 2015 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Cynthia Bazin, you “hit the nail on the head” with this article. I would agree with each of those aspects of successful leadership. While I believe all of them are equally important, number 1 and 10 really resonate with me as a young leader. Leadership is a journey that requires passion and excitement for your cause each day, and it also helps tremendously to have other successful people (mentors) to assist you in your leadership journey. As always, your comments, pictures, stories, and articles push me to be better each day!

  11. Adam McGinness August 3, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    If you are ‘Excited to Start Each Day’ and have a ‘Can-Do-Attitude’ you are ahead of the game. As a leader you set the tone for others. If you walk in with a negative attitude your organization will suffer. I personally wake up excited for new opportunities each and every day. This type of outlook enables me to effectively lead and inspire my team on a daily basis. Thank you Cynthia for your leadership. #LetsDoThis

  12. Alli Polin August 5, 2015 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Excellent! Do what they fear is so critical (so are the others!) because that’s often a place people get stuck. They feel positive, ready to take action and then… fear. Fear of failure and fear of success too. The most successful people don’t allow fear to dictate their actions. With you!

    ~ Alli

  13. Chery Gegelman August 5, 2015 at 5:25 am - Reply

    GREAT list! I especially love #7!

  14. Cincy Babu Varghese August 7, 2015 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Hi Cynthia,

    I liked your post so much . This is what I try , and I am . The happiness in me is these factors . And I rely on almighty to get things done the way you told . And it is successful . Now I need to foster myself to be much more better !

    Thanks Cynthia , expecting the same kind to keep up my energy always high . As you said I add Unlearning to learning !!

    More love , More power


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