“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.”
– Richard Whately
You may not know this but the way you start your morning sets the day’s tone. Do you remember the last time you’ve had a great morning? Can you recall how the rest of the day went?
when you woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Did the rest of your day spiral out of control?
People who have achieved success understand the significance of beginning the day on a positive note. Learn what successful people do before they officially start the day.
Wake Up Before Everyone Else
Successful people value their time. They get up before everybody else so they can have a few hours without emails, phone calls, and other distractions.
CEO of PepsiCo. Indra Nooyi wakes up at 4 in the morning. Bob Iger, Disney CEO, rises at around 4:30 am. These two are not the only ones who get up early. A survey by Vanderkam shows that 90 percent of executives who participated in the poll indicated waking up before the clock struck 6.
What about you? Do you usually wake up so late that you have to rush out of the door?
People who have achieved success have no time for exercise once they start the business day. So before they go to the office, they dedicate ample time for exercise.
Anna Wintour, Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, has a predawn ritual. She gets up early to play tennis for an hour. Jack Dorsey, Square CEO, jogs daily at around 5:30 am. President Obama trains for 45 minutes almost every day of the week.
Successful people understand the value of exercise. It keeps them healthy, bolsters their energy levels, and combats stress.
Allot Time for an “Hour of Power”
Famous motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
People who have achieved success are aware that motivation is like fuel; it needs to be replenished from time to time. Before heading to work, they allot a few minutes of their time to recharge their spirits.
Bestselling author Tony Robbins dedicates a few minutes in the morning to visualize and read or listen to motivational quotes. Such activities improve his spirits and enables him to meet the day’s challenges head on.
Take Time to Evaluate
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs got up early so he can spend a few minutes reviewing his life’s direction. In his famous commencement speech in Stanford, Jobs told this to his audience:
“For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Are you aligned with your goals? Are you spending your days in pursuit of your dreams? Taking time to reflect is not just for the religious. In fact, it may benefit you more than you’ll ever know.
Whether you believe in God or not, there’s no denying the power of gratitude, When your mind is focus on what you have, you develop the mindset of wealth and prosperity.
Successful Internet Marketer Ray Higdon gives thanks while relaxing on his gratitude grotto before starting his business day. He spends a quarter of an hour being profoundly grateful for everything he has and for the awesome day ahead.
What are you thankful for? Do you focus on what you have rather than what’s lacking in your life?
Create the Day
Planning ahead keeps you in control. You are in the driver’s seat when you visualize how your day will go. Benjamin Franklin, founding father of the USA, practiced this step as seen in his to-do list below:
I’m assuming he prays and gives thanks to the “Powerful Goodness” and after that, he “contrives the day’s business.”
Imagine how your day will go before you even start it. Create the events you want to happen and save a mental note of the activities you have to complete. Afterwards, compare the experience with any other day and notice the difference.
Breakfast is the meal of champions and there’s a solid reason behind it.
Successful people eat breakfast but they don’t indulge. They keep it light and healthy.
Did you have your breakfast today? Consider consuming a light meal every morning and have the energy to deal with whatever life throws at you.
Henry Kanapi graduated with a degree in psychology and currently works as motivational writer and editor at Fortunehub.net. He is the author of 50 Tips and Tricks to Help You Pass Your USMLE, a personal development e-book to help medical students ace their US Medical Licensing Exam.