Morning Routine That Leads to Success
Ever think what is the trick to being successful? Is there something that every successful person is doing? If so, what is it and how do I start? Turns out, it all begins in the morning!
There is a reason people say “Early bird gets the worm.”. The first and arguably most important part of being successful is waking up early. Highly successful people are waking up at 4am to 5:30am. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, says that he likes waking up at 4am so he has extra, uninterrupted time to read customer reviews and hit the gym before the rest of the world is up and moving. Waking up early has been backed by science. Christopher Randler wrote an article about sleep quality and he states that people who wake up earlier are proven to be more proactive and deal with stress better. To implement this habit into your own life, start with waking up 15 minutes earlier than normal and gradually adjust until you reach your goal time.
Another great routine to add to your morning is working out. It doesn’t have to be a vigorous CrossFit class but a simple 30-minute yoga class or a couple laps in the pool to get your heart rate up. Barack Obama always starts his day with a 45-minute workout and says he is able to skip coffee now because his body is already awake and alert. Exercise helps you think more clearly, reduce stress, increase energy levels and, full circle effect, helps you sleep better at night. Let’s be honest, the best part about getting a workout in early in the morning is that it’s over with and you don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day.
Starting your morning on a high note is another task to add to your morning routine. This can be done in a few different ways such as meditation and setting goals. Meditation has become such an easy thing to do with all the resources we have right on our phones. They will tell you exactly what to do and most the apps are free. Jack Dorsey the CEO of Twitter highly recommends meditation and says that it has had a positive influence on his career. Setting goals in the morning can help you prepare for the day ahead of you. Brian Tracy, a motivational speaker, recommends picking one goal and completing it before breakfast. That way you are on top of your busy schedule, and you already feel accomplished before leaving the house!
Practice positivity to start each day. Today’s world is full of anger and hurt and it is easy to get wrapped up in it. If you start your day thinking about everything that is wrong, it can be hard to get out of the funk. Life coach, Tony Robbins, says “If you want to make a change or improve something, the first place you want to prove it is in your mental, emotional state. The thoughts are weak when you’re in a weak place. The actions are weak.”. So, to counteract the weak thoughts and state of mind is to begin by writing down daily affirmations, positive thoughts and what you are grateful for. People who include this practice in their morning routine experience inspiration, happiness and tend to be more successful at work.
Although your morning is a small part of your day there is no reason to rush it. The most successful people are getting up at 4am, working out, meditating, and writing in a gratitude journal. Obviously, it would be difficult to add all these parts into your normal morning routine by tomorrow but over time it is possible. If you put time into yourself, it will pay off in every aspect of your life, not just your career.
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