Dominate Your Day with These 8 Essential Habits 47

essential habits to dominate your day

There are many things in life we can’t control. And it’s much better to accept them and let them be, while focusing on what we can control instead.

That’s our behavior, the things we do daily and our attitude towards life.

So work on that and you’ll be able to dominate your day, and your whole life in the long-term.

Habits are powerful. Ingraining a new one isn’t that hard, but it does take time and dedication.

A few essential habits stand out, though, when we’re talking about day domination. Here they are:

1. Wake up early.

The benefits of waking up early are many and great.

Leaving bed an hour earlier than we have to, for example, gives us extra time that can be invested in personal and spiritual growth and planning and organizing the following day.

It will also give you some quiet time for yourself, you won’t need to be in a rush as usual, and all this will be your reason to wake up with the first alarm.

2. Create a whole morning ritual with essential habits.

There are many morning habits you can choose from, and each can take as little as 5 minutes.

Be it meditation, making a to-do list, keeping morning pages, reading something inspirational, journaling, decluttering your desk, eating a healthy breakfast, or else. Choose a few of these and do each right after you leave bed.

Such a routine helps you kickstart the day and be energetic, peaceful and in a good mood till the end of it.

3. Dedicate your most productive time to focused work.

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We all have a certain period of the day when we’re more productive than usual. It’s important to find out when that time is and make the most of it.

Use it to get done the most important tasks you have for the day, the hardest project you’re working on which requires a lot of concentration, and the activities closely related to your goals in life that will give you immediate results.

Do all these during your most productive time. And make sure you let people know that you don’t want to be disturbed while working.

4. 80/20 your day.

Use the Pareto principle in anything you do, that itself is one of the essential habits that will help you double your productivity and dominate every day.

It says that only 20% of the things you do give you 80% of the progress you see. So define these and focus on them more, while eliminating the rest.

Be selective because your time and focus are limited. It’s always better to invest them in what truly matters and will make you happy and successful in the long-term.

5. Review your goals in the evening.

Make sure you have everything you want to achieve written down, in details.

Set aside a few minutes each evening, after the day is officially over, to review these. That’s when you’ll remind yourself of your vision for the future and thus get a motivation boost. But this exercise will also help you analyze everything you did during the day, how productive you were, and what can be improved so that you keep moving towards these goals.

6. Exercise.

Get moving for an hour daily.

Often people complain that they don’t have any time to work out. That’s when waking up earlier comes in handy. Include a quick workout in your morning routine, and you can be sure you’ll be more energetic and fresh for the whole day.

7. Meditate.

Peace of mind is a must if you want to stay sane, be creative, handle the daily problems with ease and enjoy life more.

Meditation can help you with that. Spend 5-15 minutes in the morning and/or evening to just sit down quietly and try to empty your mind, focus on your breathing and think of  a positive mantra.

That will immediately calm you down and will help you stay peaceful and contented all the time.

8. Get a motivation boost before you go out.

After your morning ritual and before you go out, try some of these to motivate yourself and feel more confident:

  • repeat confidence affirmations in the mirror;
  • write down a few things that will make today great;
  • visualize success;
  • listen to music and dance for a few minutes;
  • read motivational quotes out loud;
  • watch an inspirational video.

All these essential habits are easy, quick and don’t require any special skills. But once you do them, you’ll feel much better.

Most of them just trick your mind into being more positive and confident, others just let you fake it till you make it. But it works.

That’s how you dominate your day. Which of these essential habits do you consider most important? Why?

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 5

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.