How do you start your day?
- Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks, wakes up at 4:30 every day and exercises.
- Apple founder Steve Jobs asked himself the question: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
- Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express, writes down 3 things he wants to accomplish the next day, so he can review them in the morning.
If we study successful people, it’s easy to recognize that they simply think and do things differently compared to average people.
Below are 11 practical success habits you can make a part of your mornings.
1. Wake Up Early
Waking up early is a habit that the majority of all successful people share. By waking up early, you have time for yourself and you can be more productive. As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm.
’’It’s well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom.’’ – Aristotle
2. Be Positive
The moment you wake up, you have a choice: will this be a good day or a bad day?
You need to take 100% responsibility for your life. You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control how you react to it. So decide every morning that you’re going to be positive and have a good day.
’’Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.’’ – Mildred Barthel
3. Be Grateful
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for every morning. Happy, optimistic people are thankful for everything in their life. We often forget to appreciate all the things we have. Therefore, it’s important to start your day by feeling gratitude.
”Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy
4. Avoid Social Media
Do you find yourself looking at social media first thing in the morning?
There’s no time for that activity, because it’s not a productive habit. Your morning should start with taking care of yourself, spending time with your family or doing something productive, not spending an hour on Facebook or Instagram.
And yes, you’ll be just fine without knowing what Aunt Susie ate for breakfast or what your friends are up to.
’’A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.’’ – Charles Darwin
5. Listen or Read Something Inspiring & Motivational
Start your day by reading or listening to something inspiring or motivational. This will help you get in the right state of mind to achieve your goals.
’’Motivation is what get you started. Habit is what keeps you going.’’ – Jim Rohn
6. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Take the time to make a good breakfast with protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats and a lot of vitamins. If you skip breakfast, your productivity will be much lower because you won’t have enough energy. It’s also very important to hydrate your body by drinking lots of water after a long night’s sleep.
’’Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live in.’’ – Jim Rohn
7. Review Your Goals and To-Do list
Go through your goals and visualize them as already achieved. This is very powerful. Before you go to bed at night, write down all the important things you need to accomplish the next day. This will bring clarity to your day.
If you’re daily actions aren’t in alignment with your goals, you won’t achieve them.
’’A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’’ – Lao Tzu
Create the habit of exercising every morning. Hit the gym and lift some weights, or go out for a run. Physical training is crucial for both your body and mind. Training teaches you a lot about yourself, develops discipline and a strong mentality. You’ll also be happier because of the endorphins that are secreted when you work out.
’’I don’t find the time to exercise, I make the time to exercise.’’ – Unknown
Meditation is a simple way to reduce stress, gather and clear your thoughts. Meditation will make you more present in the moment. Countless diseases are caused by or are related to stress – and for that reason, it’s important to remain calm.
Your physical and mental health is the most important thing you have, so take care of it.
”To be a champion, you have to learn to handle stress and pressure. But if you’ve prepared mentally and physically, you don’t have to worry.” – Harvey Mackay
10. One Hour of Productivity
Get one specific task done – it may be your studies, a project or something business-related. Focus all your attention on that specific task, and smash it. You will gain momentum and start your day with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
”The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” – Walt Disney
11. Take Care of Your Appearance
Take a shower, groom yourself, choose clothes you find fashionable. We’re constantly judged by our appearance, so it’s important to take care of yourself.
”If you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you do good.” – George St. Pierre