At the highest level of professional sports they consider skills and techniques a given. You can't reach that level without them. What allows them to beat their opponents is not more time spent honing their skills, but more focus on perfecting their internal dialogue.
Meanwhile, research suggests that talking to yourself like you'd talk to someone else in the same situation can help you deal with stressful experiences. Specifically, use the pronoun "you" or your first name instead of "I." (For example, "You can do it, John.")
2. They keep a journal.
Stawicki points out several historical figures who kept journals, including Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
But you don't have to aspire to world domination to benefit from keeping a diary: One recent study found that journaling about thoughts and emotions helped college students deal with stressful events.
3. They meditate.
Two Quora users cited meditation as a primary habit of successful people.
Indeed, research has found that meditation has a number of mental and physical health benefits, from improving memory to increasing compassion to boosting the immune system.
As psychotherapist Amy Morin told Business Insider, mentally strong people are acutely aware of how their emotions influence their thoughts and behaviors, and they monitor the fluctuations in their emotions throughout the day.
Investing legend Warren Buffett reportedly spends about 80% of his day reading; Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pledged to read a book every two weeks in 2015; and tech billionaire Elon Musk has said that he learned how to build rockets by reading books.
Ahmed's advice for becoming a bookworm? "Just read what you are interested in" and start with a few pages a day.
You can start improving your communication behaviors by checking out these seven key skills of master communicators, including using the appropriate tone and body language and being direct and candid.
7. They practice self-control.
Butevics highlights another point from the LifeHack article: Successful people "understand the importance of discipline and self-control."
In fact, the classic "marshmallow study," led by psychologist Walter Mischel in the 1960s, found that kids who were able to delay the delicious gratification of eating a marshmallow wound up more successful as adults.
8. They stick to routines.
Amy Yeole points out that successful people "have specific routines and rituals set for the start and end of every day."
For example, John Paul DeJoria, cofounder of Patron tequila and Paul Mitchell hair products, starts every day with five minutes of quiet reflection.
And Ariana Huffington, cofounder and editor of The Huffington Post, reads hard-copy books before hitting the hay each night.
9. They value solitude.
Yeole mentions that successful people "have some 'me-time' every day."
According to Morin, the psychotherapist, mentally strong people don't fear alone time because it's a chance to reflect and replenish their energy. She recommends taking a few minutes every day to be alone with your thoughts to process what's happening around you.
That means they're organized, responsible, and hardworking, and are able to control their impulses.
Research has found that conscientiousness is the only major personality trait that consistently predicts success, in terms of factors like income and job satisfaction. That's partly because conscientious people are better at setting and achieving goals, especially in the face of obstacles.
That jibes with theories from a neuroscientist and a psychologist, who say that your first thought is hardly ever your best one. Successful people know that, so they keep coming up with ideas until they finally hit the jackpot.