Mornings! You can either love them or hate them. You must have probably heard many people complain about the beginning of their weeks as it is the starting point of another five straight days of work. For parents, they must bring their kids to school before heading to work or to the arena if they are registered to a hockey club. For students, it is the beginning of another week. They have to handle responsibilities and organize their academic projects while waiting for the next weekend in order to have some time off. Although many of these scenarios may be true, some people have decided to see these early hours of the day as a great opportunity to set up new challenges for themselves. This portion of the population consider their mornings as sacred times where the success of their days, which ultimately leads to the success of their lives, are mostly played. They have managed to incorporate the morning time as a key to a successful lifestyle. Just to name a few, Robert Iger, the CEO of Walt Disney once said at an interview that he wakes up at 4:30 AM every morning. Shawn Carter, CEO of Roc Nation, who also runs sixteen businesses simultaneously, according to his own words, claims to be ready to work at 7:30 AM. The Former Oxygen Channel CEO Gerry Laybourne claimed to wake up at 6 AM every morning in order to step out of her house thirty minutes later. For many of these successful men and women, it is not simply a matter of waking up early, it is also, if not more, what they do once they’re awake.
10. Rise and Shine
To be successful, you’ve got to be your own source of light by waking up before the sun comes out. None of these things are going to work if this particular step is not accomplished successfully. Robert Iger could never do what he does now if he got out of bed after Walt Disney opened to the public. Therefore, set up your alarm clock at the most convenient time for yourself, ideally before 7 AM. By doing so, you will create a habit and will internalize one particular time which will then become your own as time goes by. Also, watch out for the time you sleep at night as it greatly determines the amount of energy you will have in the morning.
Doing some physical exercise, whether it be a twenty minutes run or a thirty minutes session at the gym can help be proactive and more productive during the rest of the day. You may be surprised by the amount of work your mind can handle in a single day if hundreds of reps were done earlier by your body. You must have heard of the expression ”A strong body makes the mind strong ”. If not, then you should try it by yourself and see the results! Still not convinced? Know that CEOs Ursula Burns, Steve Murphy, and Frits van Paasschen, as busy as their lives are, have scheduled a time during some mornings of their weeks, where they must absolutely exercise before heading out.
8. Adopting a Positive Mindset
We all face personal challenges, but one should never let unhappy stories of yesterday affect a brand new day full of new opportunities. Every day is a chance to create a new life. Open your email and write a little note to a friend that you haven’t heard from in a long time. Dyana Steele even suggests us write personalized handwritten letters to someone we care about and then send it via mail. It may take a while to get a response, but ultimately the ball will come back to our court for that person will appreciate the thought we had for him or her. Good thoughts create good actions, and good actions cause good reactions. The way we think greatly affects who we are.
7. Organize, Plan, And Map Out Your Day
In the morning, the mind is fresher and our reflections clearer. Prepare and plan important things you must do during your day. Make sure to include something you have never done before. Many successful people are where they are because at one time in their lives, they did something someone never did before them. Never forget that in order to get something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. Paulo Coelho, a bestselling author, often repeats in his book Eleven Minutes to always take risks as somebody who never takes risks in life is someone who have never failed, thus someone who have never learnt how to overcome challenges in order to advance.
6. Make Time For Loved Ones and For Yourself
Work should never become an obstacle to spending quality time with your family and your loved ones. Many CEOs qualify this to be one of the toughest challenges they have to deal with in their lives. Every successful person has learned to create balance between these two aspects of their lives. If they haven’t done so successfully, the worst often occurs! We can take the case of the Swisscom CEO Carsten Schloter who committed suicide in the summer of 2013. He claimed himself that his work couldn’t give him enough time to enjoy his personal life with the people he cared for. Have breakfast with your family, go have lunch with your wife or your husband and spend some time with friends. These are priceless moments that should never be taken for granted.
5. Work On A Personal Passion Project
The average successful person must have something he or she cherishes. Usually, this particular passion is what they participate in to bring about the success he or she has. After a long day of work where we have taken part in meetings, conferences, or just done a bunch of homework, taking some time to work on a personal activity we love can become tough due to our lack of energy. Taking about an hour every morning to do something you love doing can greatly increase your chances of becoming successful in your personal field of activity. Live the life you love and love what you do!
4. Meditate To Clear The Mind
People who always expect the best out of others always expect the best of themselves first. Make sure your mind is clear and your objectives well aligned. This will help you go reach them one by one without being distracted by the world which can be very noisy at times. Stay connected with your to-do list by meditating and focusing your mind on what you have to accomplish. Meditating greatly helps do this because it takes all the dirt off the soul, and clarifies the world in front of us as well as the road we must take above all else. 10 minutes in the morning is plenty and should put you on the right track to a clearer, more successful you.
3. Check Your Email, Read The News, & Stay Informed
Stay in touch with your reality by reading email to provide responses to those that need them. Try staying informed about the events happening in your city, in your country, and in your world! You must have probably asked yourself why so many successful people are thought to be naturally gifted or born with pure luck. In fact, although that may be true to a degree, they also are aware of what goes on around them more than the average person. Being informed about the world helps you see on a regular basis opportunities knocking or things to avoid. Be informed about yourselves; that is, your personal abilities, your strengths as well as your fears in order to confront them. Also, get to know others, what they like, what they expect, and be interested in what they do. In other words, know what goes on around you by any means.
2. What Are You Grateful For ?
Go on and write them down. Successful people are grateful for the life they have because they are well aware that many would like to be in their shoes. That is why they work so hard to stay there. They have the ability to repeatedly say thank you. Some even take the time to write down everything they are grateful for as a recognition of the life they have. They have learned to say thank you thousands of times and they recognize gratitude as the best attitude to live by.
Have you have managed to do it once ? Well you can do it again if it provides you the ability to lay out your life in a way that you want to run it each and every day. Many people want to be successful but aren’t willing to do what it takes to get there. In order to eat the fruits of success, one must be willing to give more than anybody else. Wake up early, exercise, stay positive, organize yourself, offer time to loved-ones, be passionate, meditate, stay in touch with your reality, be grateful, and most importantly, repeat the process.