Ugh, mornings. Is there anything worse? As you drag yourself out of bed and into your car at the start of each work week, hundreds of thousands of successful people have completed their morning routine and are eagerly anticipating the work day ahead of them.
The secret to their motivation is routine. They happily invest time in themselves each morning to make sure their day goes as planned. If you want to change your Monday-Friday morning blues, check some of the most common morning habits of successful people.
- Wake up early
Most ‘successful’ individuals wake up from 5am to no later than 7am. This gives them time to absorb the morning and get their mind straight before they begin their day. Getting things done requires getting up early enough to do so.
Don’t cut your sleep cycle short, however. Your brain needs enough sleep to rid the neuro toxins that build up during the day. Instead, go to bed earlier, and wake up as early as possible the following morning.
- They go for a walk
Spend some time alone first thing in the morning. Go for a walk in your neighborhood, or take your dog for a walk. When our minds aren’t fixated on a certain thought process, the brain moves into neuroplasticity. Spending time alone helps clear the mind and primes you for the day ahead.
- They eat a healthy breakfast
Nearly 10% of the population skips breakfast. Not successful people, however. They realize that a nutritious meal is important to fuel their motivation and creativity throughout the day. Eating a carefully selected breakfast and taking the time to consume it leads to a calmer state of mind.
- They break a sweat
What do Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Mark Cuban have in common? They each take their workout routine seriously. Every morning, successful people hit the gym or the pavement to get their blood pumping and flood their brains with endorphins. This stimulates creativity and some even say it doubles their efficiency. They choose the morning to work out because it diminishes the stress of their day and prevents them from fighting other people at the gym in the evening.
- They control their experience
Rather than being a victim of what happens throughout the day, successful people control what they hear and absorb first thing in the morning. Instead of jumping straight to replying to emails, they take time to organize what’s there and respond to the most urgent messages first. Unimportant emails are pushed to the back burner so more important tasks can be taken care of.
If you want to be successful, start adopting some of these morning habits. Remember, even small changes can make a huge difference in the quality of your business and life. With a few changes here and there, you can be well on your way to being the next Richard Branson. I believe in you!
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