I've had the pleasure recently to sit down with some of the most successful CEO's and entrepreneurs, who have build their companies from the ground up. (stay tuned for some exciting interviews to come). What I've noticed is that they all have specific morning rituals to start their day.
They say you are what you repeatedly do, so it's no wonder why these people have these rituals in common. If you want your day to be PROactive, your morning routine should consist of some or all of the following:
I'm not talking like 8 am, but more between 5:45-6:30 am. That time slot happens to be the average time the most successful people in the world wake up at. It's the "early bird special" when the world is quiet. According to 25 Doctors we should be waking up at sunrise. By waking up during this time, your energy is naturally dominant and your body becomes "in tune" with nature.
Either through meditation, or physical activity, it's important to take care of yourself FIRST. Most successful people meditate for at least 10-20 minutes every morning to clear their heads and start off on a fresh note. Others like Bill Gates, or Barack Obama spend 45-60 minutes working out first thing in the morning.
Wake up feeling grateful for what you already have. Be thankful that you are in good health, that you are able to provide food for yourself, and/or even others, and that you are born in a country that has freedom of speech and rights! Something so minimal yet more than 70% of the world calls a luxury. You are in a place of opportunity with options. Don't take it for granted.
According to a study done at the University of Texas, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Simply because it directly influences how we perform physically and mentally throughout the day. If you are like me and don't have an appetite in the morning, settle for a banana, or yogourt even some nuts or a piece of bread. Don't worry about calories, you burn it off quicker than you do any other meal since it's the first thing you consume all day.
It's important that you breeze through your day ahead of time. Why you ask? So that you are prepared for what's to come. If you know that you have x amount of meetings, or closing a deal, play it out in your head. This will help you stay organized and on top of things before even starting your day.
Can you picture your company growing? Becoming profitable? Hitting the six figure margin? seven figures? Planning ahead is everything, but it's nothing if you can't picture it. You need to be able to visualize your success, to build on it. Spend your morning going over your short-term goals and re aligning where you should to ensure that you are your most productive at all times.
If you want more insights & tips on morning rituals, check out Stefan James! He's got some great motivational speeches.