The morning rituals of successful people vary from those who continue to plod on through life, with little or no idea about what the future might hold and this could be a critical factor in determining your success, (or lack of!) Successful people are not afraid of hard work or getting less sleep than they need, because they understand that in order to be successful, certain sacrifices have to be made.
The morning is a sensitive time, as how you start your day will affect your mood throughout the remainder of the day. Successful people don’t look at the alarm clock and press the ‘snooze’ button – they get up, ready to start the new day with vigor and a sense of excitement. They have practised new routines for starting their day time and again, until these new ways become automatic, therefore becoming habits rather than something which requires thought and planning.
Mind-set is all important in your quest to be successful – you may have already decided on your ‘why’ – (this should be your reason and motivation for moving forwards in life,) but have you thought about how you are going to get there? Becoming successful means that you need to move away from old habits and work toward creating some new and positive ones.
So let’s take a look at some of the rituals which successful people go through every morning:
Stay away from electronic devices
Many people go to bed with their mobile phone, then the first thing they do when they awaken is to check it for texts or calls as well as looking at emails, Facebook entries and other social media messages. This is not the best way to start your day.
Research has shown that around 2/3rds of cell-phone owners are ‘addicted’ to checking their phones, as they have a ‘fear of missing out’ – this in turn promotes feelings of anxiety and stress.
What you should do is to ignore all devices first thing in the morning. Use this time wisely as it will set you up for the day ahead. Connect with your loved ones by actually speaking to them instead of texting, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. This helps to deepen your relationships and to remind you ‘why’ you do what you do.
And if you don’t live with family then you should still use this time to meditate, read a few pages of a good book or just take your time in the shower – devices can wait, ‘me’ time cannot.
Greens are good for you
What you eat for breakfast will make the difference between you having a productive day or experiencing that ‘mid-morning slump’ where you crave cookies and other sugary items. We all know that green leafy vegetables are essential to good health, providing you with much-needed vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Chlorophyll, (which is found in green vegetables,) helps to invigorate the blood and also has many health-giving properties, such as fighting cancer cells, is anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties.
Obviously I understand that you probably don’t want salad for breakfast, but enjoying something like a green smoothie or juice is a great way to start your day. A simple smoothie can be made by blending ripe bananas, berries, spinach and almond milk which only takes a few moments, but it will leave you feeling energized as your body will be provided with all the nutrients it needs to function well.
We are all aware that exercise is beneficial for both physical and mental health, as well as improving mood, productivity at work and possible lifespan. Many people don’t exercise on a regular basis because they dread the very word due to its possible negative connotations. If this sounds familiar, then it’s important for you to find some kind of activity which you actually enjoy rather than endure.
Think about things like yoga or dancing or maybe you enjoy swimming or cycling? If you can find something physical, which is also enjoyable, then you’ll find that exercise can be fun and it doesn’t need to feel like hard work.
Exercising also improves your ability to think clearly which is obviously useful in becoming a successful person who is capable of making good decisions. Exercise also improves blood sugar regulation, which avoids that mid-morning need for sugary food, making you feel more energized and, in turn, more productive.
If you don’t have time in the morning to do a proper routine, even doing a few stretches to warm your body up will help.
The importance of meditation, or ‘me’ time
Many studies carried out over the years have all agreed that meditation not only helps to alleviate stress, but it also ‘centres’ your mind, making you more aware of how you spend your time and can also boost your feelings of happiness and self-control. It also has many health benefits as it increases your immune function and at the same time, decreases pain and inflammation at a cellular level.
Make sure to free up around 10 minutes a day where you will sit quietly, appreciating the stillness and peace. Try to clear your mind, and think only positive thoughts. You don’t have to chant, but if you want to, carry on. You will feel far more ‘grounded’ and in tune with yourself. This in turn will help you feel more mindful all through the day, leading to better decision making, as well as becoming more productive in your work.
Make a to-do list for your day
When you react to what life throws at you, then you are not your own master. By becoming proactive in planning your day, rather than being reactive, you will be the one in charge of your day and your destiny.
There are plenty of time management tools out there, or you can find my suggestion here. [Insert a hyperlink to the ‘to-do’ article here.] By creating a to-do list you will be accountable for your actions and will know exactly what goals you have for the day. It will also mean that you will not allow other people to waylay you or take you off track.
Ignore all Social Media during the day and if you feel a need to check what’s happening on Facebook, then put it into your to-do list, but allow time when you’re having a coffee break. The same goes for emails – respond to anything that has to be answered, delete what’s irrelevant and carry on with your day, allowing a later time to respond to friends or family. Try to keep your inbox empty, otherwise known as practicing ‘Inbox zero’.
By following these morning rituals of successful people, you will find that you become more productive and successful as time goes on.