Most people are the furthest thing from being intentional about how their mornings go and what they do first thing when they wake up. Jim Rohn famously said, “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
Unfortunately, there are not enough people who run their days. Instead, they let their work, other people, and technology rule their every move in the morning. They neglect themselves and forget about the self-love that is needed in the morning to set up for a majorly successful day.
Here are three simple ways to dominate your morning.
1. Do not check email for the first hour upon waking.
For some of you, this may seem like an impossible task to follow through with, but I promise that it will completely shock you at how it makes you feel over time. What do you do when you check your email? You respond to what everyone else wants from you or is asking you to do.
Instead of being proactive and setting the tone to how your day is going to go, you are spending precious and valuable time being reactive to everyone else’s wants and needs.
It is amazing what can happen when you leave your phone alone in the morning and do not check your email while you go to work on yourself doing things such as meditating, working out, or reading before doing anything else.
2. Give your body the fuel that it needs.
The second thing that most people do in the morning after waking once they have checked their email is consume a ton of sugar and drugs to get their day started. Scarfing down sugar and caffeine first thing in the morning, believe it or not, is not the most beneficial way to start your day. You may feel energized and ready to go, but that same feeling is the main culprit as to why so many crash and feel sluggish after lunch and later in the day.
Give your body the fuel that it needs. Start each morning with a glass of warm lemon water to jumpstart the detoxification process and hydrate yourself with water before you do anything else.
I am not telling you to not drink coffee or indulge in your favorite drink, but I am encouraging you to give it a try in giving your body the fuel and energy it needs to sustain peak-performance all day long.
3. Work on yourself before you start your workday.
Working on yourself could refer to exercising, journaling some sort of spiritual practice, or reading, among many other things. Find a routine that works best for you and execute on that routine every morning. The only requirement is that it involves working on yourself somehow, someway before you begin your workday. To me, this is the ultimate game changer that can be included to anyone’s morning routine.
When you set aside the time to work on yourself before you start your workday, you not only will begin to grow as a human being, but you will increase happiness levels, drastically decrease stress, anxiety and other negative emotions that rob so many of us from keeping a peaceful and healthy mind.
Find something that fits well with your schedule and goals, and then formulate a plan to follow through with that every morning. Over time, the results will be astonishing. Working on ourselves is something that so many of us forget to do in this fast paced and strenuous world that we live in. Self-care, self-love and self-growth are three wonderful gifts that you can give yourself each morning—and you do just that when you work on yourself.
These are extremely simple things to do, but pack an incredible punch of excellence when you religiously follow through on them. Remember, when you win the morning, you win the day.
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