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Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.Benjamin Franklin
Many of the world’s successful individuals have morning routines – almost all start with waking up early. Kevin O’Leary, from ‘Shark Tank’, wakes up at 5:45 to start watching bond markets overseas. Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO, has planned his day and is in office by 6am. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson kicks off his workout with a cardio session by 4am. Today’s influencers take advantage of what most of us take for granite – time. They have found success in the practice of waking up early and having a disciplined morning routine. It gives them the edge needed to accomplish their smart goals, while the rest of the world is still asleep.
Waking up early is an ingredient to success.
The simple act of waking up early will not yield success. It’s what you do when you wake up early. When reviewing the morning routines of successful CEO’s or athletes, you’ll notice common themes: they have a predetermined plan of how they will spend their time, they stay proactive versus reactive (plan their day versus start by putting out fires), and they set themselves up for success by limiting distractions (phone, family, etc.).
Compare this to your morning routine. Are you guilty of waiting until the last minute to wake up and then get sucked into social media or responding to emails? This puts you into a reactive mindset. You start the day hyped up but not necessarily pointed in a productive direction. We all have opportunity to tidy up our morning routines.
I get it, especially after having a baby, sleep is GOLDEN! It is so hard to wake up any earlier than needed. We’re already tired and worn so the thought of waking up early to do anything is asking a lot. But, ask yourself this question, do you like to sleep more than you like the potential of success? NO! You want that success. You want to be more organized, mindful, prepared for your day, achieve that goal, carryout that idea, etc.
Spend time focusing on your dreams and goals.
“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream.”Les Brown
Maybe fear isn’t holding you back. Maybe it’s that darn snooze button. Thinking about that quote, can you imagine a life-saving cure not being developed because someone wanted to sleep in??? You would tell that individual they’d better figure it out and get themselves out of bed! YOU are that valuable as well! Maybe you don’t have an invention or business in mind but YOUR future and YOUR dreams are just as important in this life. When we are fulfilled, we are an UNSTOPPABLE force of POSITIVE LIGHT in this dark and hurting world. If you need a thought partner to help you brainstorm and organize your dreams and goals, down load this FREE workbook 2019 NEW YEAR NEW YOU. It walks you through this very process and will set you up for success! Spend some time on yourself. You deserve it!
How to create a morning routine.
Disclaimer: this is my routine so if it doesn’t work for you then find something that does. There are a lot of great ideas on Pinterest and even YouTube. The first round might be awkward but stick with it and you’ll find your own groove.
- The night before: if you’re a coffee or tea drinker, set the machine to start brewing early enough that it will be finished by the time you get out of bed. You’ll be looking for this as soon as you step out of bed!
- Do NOT pick up your phone! Stay off of social media. Do not let the outside world interrupt and determine your day.
- Quiet time. Set a timer if need be. Sit for like 2 minutes and breathe. Just breathe deep. Practice the pause and set your mind up for a thoughtful and strategic day versus flying around in a reactive mode.
- Spend some time journaling. If you’re not sure how or where to start, use this quick outline and then fill it in with your thoughts: I’m grateful for…, My vision for my life is…, What’s holding me back is…, To work towards resolution, I will…
- Do a devotional. Spend time EVERY morning grounding yourself. This will help you move into God’s peace, spill your soul, seek guidance, and reboot your faith. There is a free app called First 5 that is fantastic! Or a quick google search will take you to a number of resources, just search for ‘daily devotional’.
Sounds easy enough, right?! Think back the common themes of CEO’s, athletes and other successful influences and build your morning routine around those: predetermined plan of how they will spend their time, stay proactive versus reactive and they set themselves up for success by limiting distractions.
Start realizing your dreams and accomplishing your smart goals!
As promised, I have attached another clip of Mel Robbins discussing her 5 second rule. This is a longer clip (22 minutes) but it will get the job done so stick to it! You’re on your phone anyway so you might as well as be watching something productive. I mean, I’m as guilty as the next person for scrolling through FaceBook and then wondering how I just watched 15 minutes of baby goats jumping around – ha!
There are so many fantastic take aways from this clip. Mel outlines a practical way of closing the gap between knowledge and action – knowing what we should do and then actually doing it! She tells the story of how she stumbled across the 5 second rule. It was to solve her bad habit of hitting the snooze button! Listen to her story and practice her 5 second rule. Tomorrow you will launch out of bed like a rocket!! Waking up early to have some focus time is the beginning of great things to come! You have big things within you. Remember, YOU are a lady well-loved.
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