Do you want to be successful? In order to be successful, it is good to study and learn from what successful people do. Follow the morning routine of successful people by doing these eight things every morning. See how much more you’ll be able to achieve in your day.
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I’m sure many of you, like me, struggle to get out of bed in the early mornings. In particular during the winter months when it’s freezing cold and pitch black outside at 6am. We hit the snooze button on our alarms until the latest possible time. We give ourselves just enough time to have a quick shower get dressed and dash out of the house to get to work on time. Breakfast is either; skipped completely, consumed on the go or eaten once we get to work.
On the contrary, there is another group of people out there who are able to accomplish a lot in that time between waking up and getting out of the house for work. They set themselves up for a productive and successful day. Their secret might be simpler than we think. Shift how we lay out our day and we’ll enjoy the benefits of a well-planned intentional morning.
Successful people start their day very early. Eric Thomas, one of my favourite motivational speakers, wakes up at 3 am every single day! As crazy as that sounds, if you listen to his success story you’ll realise he’s tapped into a winning formula. While I can’t see myself getting up at 3am anytime in the near future, there is definitely something to be gained by starting the day an hour, or 2 earlier than usual. Take control of the day as opposed to just letting the day happen to you.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple wakes up at 4.30 am daily. Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico wakes up at 4 am. Disney CEO, Bob Iger wakes up at 4.30 am. If these people who have achieved the pinnacle of success are able to rise early, what business do I have sleeping in until 7 am? It’s actually rude when you think about it.
There are so many benefits to exercising in the morning before the day starts. Not least because you’re more likely to actually do it before the busyness of the day sets in and motivation dwindles. Additionally, morning workouts enhance your metabolism, help cultivate consistent habits and strong self-discipline. Exercise also increases your physical and mental energy and helps you to sleep better at night.
Having food and drink within the first hour of waking up prepares your body and mind for success. But don’t just eat anything – instead, have a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Eat a breakfast that won’t leave you feeling stuffed and tired before the day’s even properly started. Breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day. Give your body the proper fuel it needs for optimal performance.
I rarely watch the news these days and I’m much happier and positive for it. Sure I may not be completely up to date with world affairs, but I get the gist of most of what’s happening in the world through colleagues and friends. Starting the day with 15 minutes of negative news in the morning can really kill your positive outlook for the day. Instead of reading or listening to the news first thing in the morning, try reading a few pages of a self-improvement book, listening to a podcast or inspirational videos.
I wrote a whole blog post on goal setting which talks about how to set goals and the importance of doing so. Starting the day on a positive note by checking how well you did with the previous days’ goals and celebrating the goals already achieved can help set the tone for the day and motivate you to achieve even more success by accomplishing even more goals. Start with the most important goal first.
Write down a few lines of gratitude. I also mentioned in my goal setting blog post that I write down 3 things that I’m grateful for daily, the more we pay attention to this, the more likely we are to continue to notice these moments throughout the day, which in turn will lead to more gratitude, openness, and satisfaction with the little things.
This may seem insignificant but Charles Duhigg, the author of ‘The Power of Habit’, explains that daily bed making becomes a keystone habit, something which kickstarts a chain of other good decisions throughout the day, and gives you a sense of taking charge. If nothing else, making your bed will prevent the urge to get back into it for a quick snooze!
I’m a Christian and I cannot promote this enough! Admittedly, I don’t do this daily due to my varied work schedule and family commitments. However, I can honestly say there’s a stark difference between the days that I’m able to do this versus the days I’ve been unable to do so. I love meditating on the word of God and having that time to reflect on his word and commit my day into His hands. During my meditation time, I enjoy listening to worship music and being still in the presence of God. There’s nothing like being in God’s presence, he empowers me and gives me the boldness and confidence that I need to conquer my day.
For more on how to have the most productive morning, I’d highly recommend Hal Elrod’s book, The Miracle Morning. Reading and applying the principles outlined in his book will really help you ensure you start your days off right.
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