You are what you repeatedly do. These members of The Oraclesbuilt empires by following these bulletproof daily rituals and habits.
1. Use the simple power of a written to-do list.
I’ve tried lots of organizational systems, but have never found a more trusted companion than my old-fashioned written to-do list. I make a habit of never going to bed without writing my list for the next day.
My to-do list is always too long to accomplish in one day. The key to being effective is rating each item A, B or C. The A’s are the priority: Everything that will make a sizable difference in my business or life. It could be making a sales call to an important client or calling the dentist because my daughter is squirming with pain from her wisdom teeth.
My B’s are my second priority: Daily tasks and follow-ups that keep my business on track. Without watching them, my company would fall behind.
Last, the C’s are the tasks I often most like to do: Writing thank-you notes or spending a few minutes at the water cooler making my favorite salesperson smile. I eventually get to most of my C’s or just let them fall off my list if they won’t have a huge impact. —Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group, podcast host of Business Unusual, and Shark on“Shark Tank”
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2. Craft your morning routine the night before.
The most productive morning routines start the night before. The evening “nightly shutdown” routine sets the tone for the next day. This simple, mechanical practice almost guarantees a great morning.
Right before I go to bed, I close my eyes just for a few minutes and use the power of visualization. I visualize every detail, from waking up to the alarm without hitting snooze to drinking a glass of water, my morning workout, and even the clothes I’ll wear. It may seem hokey, but I’ve already made all my choices for the morning the night before. When I wake up I just let autopilot take over and drive my pre-determined success routine.
There’s no need to depend on willpower, accountability or self-induced guilt. Just set up your routine the night before, visualize yourself doing it, and use that as your shutdown routine committing to a successful morning ahead. —Sharran Srivatsaa, angel investor and CEO of Kingston Lane, a push-button technology execution platform for real estate; grew Teles Properties 10X in five years
3. Reprogram your brain.
Everything that I do daily quantum leaps my business forward. I clear mental clutter by decoding and removing unnecessary information that overloads my mind, while recoding my brain for all I want to achieve the next morning, day and week. Accessing my mind fearlessly without chaos, creating superfluidity, clarity, untapped innovation and productivity begins each night with cognitive biological reprogramming™. Here's how it works.
In the morning, I first complete the goals from the day before, then check emails, texts and phone calls. I make another list of what can be eliminated or rescheduled and what needs immediate attention. The ritual of completion gives me balance and harmony. Next, I turn my attention to new goals, and the day is mine to focus on, with strong, powerful boundaries to complete my goals. I also fuel my mind and body with exercise daily.
Enrich your success by cultivating your health, resilience and brilliance. —Marina Rose, QDNA®, founder and developer of Quantum DNA Acceleration®, a revolutionary technique for quantum growth in health, life and business; connect with Marina on
4. Kill fear the minute you wake up.
If you’re a busy executive, no doubt you’re always running on high-stress levels and extinguishing fires. Don't let that get to you.
My daughter rode competitively on the hunter-jumper horse circuit in her teens. Champions have a strong mind, body and spirit to dominate whatever they do. So, she worked with a sports psychologist to build a fierce mindset. She learned to growl whenever she felt nervous, uptight or worried. While it may feel awkward initially, you will perform better. Loving this concept so much, I had "GRR777" as my personalized license plate for years!
Also, wake up with intention. Regardless of how big or small, having one shifts my mindset to a happy, positive state and sets the tone of my day. Lastly, having a plan is a great strategy to check off every box on your to-do list. I don’t allow myself to procrastinate. I like to get things done! I review everything that needs my attention and either get it done, move it forward, or eliminate it. I don't want to revisit things once I’ve decided on it. The goal is to make each day count. —Gail Corder Fischer, Executive Vice Chairman of Fischer & Company, a leading global corporate real estate firm that provides consulting, brokerage and technology solutions
5. Control your thoughts immediately.
As I’ve explained on one of my podcast episodes, my personal trainer once told me, “There’s no time easier to control than the first 30 minutes of your day.” So, my first ritual is waking up and controlling my thoughts. The second I'm awake, I say this mantra out loud: “I am happier, healthier, wealthier, and more fit than I was yesterday!”
Then I say a 60-second prayer of everything I’m grateful for at that moment. It’s taking inventory of all my blessings, and the list looks different every day. These first two actions dictate to my day that I’m starting from a place of gratitude and possibility, and it works; it’s difficult to start the morning bad when your first 90 seconds looks like this!
My next ritual is “reading before scrolling.” We’re all programmed to open our phones as we head down the hall first thing in the morning, but you're leaving your “mood” up to whoever happens to be posting on Instagram at that moment. That's a gamble I’m unwilling to take. So I promise myself that I’ll read at least 10 pages of a book every single morning before I’m allowed to indulge in social media.
My last ritual is a quick workout before I start my workday. You can’t expect to feel your best if you don’t prioritize your health. —Chris Harder, philanthropist, coach, founder and CEO of For The Love Of Money; follow Chris on Instagram
6. Make personal time non-negotiable.
Give yourself the space and time to implement your routine. When things get busy, often our self-care routines get squeezed. My morning routine is non-negotiable, and I’m much nicer to be around as a result.
Every morning I need to address three things: body, mind and spirit. I get up early and head straight to the gym where I either lift or spin. From there I take myself out for breakfast, where I listen to classical music and sit quietly with my journal. Journaling helps me tackle anything going on inside before it becomes overwhelming. The personal growth I’ve experienced from journaling astounds me!
Lastly, I go through a guided meditation. It helps me start the day without being so “in my head” and clears space for the day to unfold. After all of this, I’m in the best place to handle anything that comes at me with a level head.
It’s taken me years to perfect my morning and is continually tweaked. Find whatever feels best for you to feel awake, rested and alive when you start your day. Be open to testing things. Remember, what works for someone else might not work for you. Once you’ve nailed “it” down, protect it! —Jess Lenouvel, realtor for over a decade and founder of The Listings Lab For Realtors; built multiple seven-figure businesses that sold over $300 million of property in five years; read Jess’s story
7. Do what others won’t.
The discipline of starting your day the same way before the sun rises does wonders for your self-belief, which dictates your actions and results.
I realized early that if I wanted uncommon success, I had to do what most weren’t willing to do. Getting up at 4:30 a.m. is the first step, followed by a pre-workout meal of Ezekiel bread and a scoop of protein. Then I workout before detoxing in my home sauna. I prep food for the day so I don’t eat out, then go to my office at a predetermined time each day.
I conclude the morning routine by writing in my mindset journal: five things I’m grateful for, three things that made me happy the previous day, and writing a “programming statement” 25 times to program my mind for success. I wouldn’t be who I am today without a disciplined daily morning routine. —Danny Morel, author of The Resilience Roadmapand founder M.PIRE university; connect with Danny on Facebook and Instagram
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