It’s no secret that all the greats, had a morning routine to fuel their success.
Alexander the great
And now it’s your turn.
It has taken me 5 years to filter through all the shit out there and distill what are the absolute best habits to implement into your morning routine.
Here are the five:
4. Your One Thing
Let’s breakdown each one so that you can have a miracle morning, every morning. 🙂
The body is composed of 80% water. Do you think that maybe, just maybe, it’s important you get enough for optimal functioning?
You agree? Good, we’re on the same page.
Yes, call it H20, liquid life or Dasani, hydrating yourself is the #1 thing you can do for more energy, vitality and taking control early in the day.
Furthermore, it helps wake you up!
I promise after you chug 500ml of water, you won’t want to go back to sleep.
That being said, it’s even more imperative you chug it first thing in the morning?
Because you have touched any water for about 8 hours. Your body is in a state of dehydration and craves liquid life. Give it what it needs.
Your action step: Place a bottle of water somewhere near you so as soon as you wake up, you drink it. Make it the first thing you do, every morning.
Here’s an interesting question I got asked a while ago…
Are you lying down because you are tired OR Are you tired because you are lying down?
So you feel tired, you lie down. And now you are more tired then ever?
Ever think it’s the habit of lying down that is influencing you to be tired?
From my experience, and that of my private clients, energy is a habit. You can cultivate and grow it so that you have abundant energy on demand.
When you wake up, you’ve been lying (somewhat) still, for the past 6-8 hours. It makes sense you are tired. Not because you haven’t slept well, but because you just haven’t moved.
Hence the second most important factor to a miracle morning, every morning: Movement.
It’s critical that within the first 5-10 min of waking up, you do some sort of movement. Whether its going for a quick walk, pushups, bodyweight squats or even a little morning fun with the beautiful (hopefully) human beside you, movement is imperative.
It will stimulate blood flow, get the heart going and get (and keep) you wide awake without any side effects.
Even if you don’t feel like it – do it. Within 2-3 minutes, you’ll wonder why you ever even considered starting your day with coffee.
Action Step: Pick a movement, whether its 20 pushups, 5 squats or a 5 min walk and commit to doing it every single morning, even if you don’t feel like it for 30 days.
3. Rehearse your Goals
Ah, the word of the century. It seems these things. called goals, draw the line between success and failure.
While that is true, to a certain point, it isn’t the whole story.
I’m sure you know of someone (maybe even yourself) who has set new years goals and then never touched them again.
That’s not what we want. Goals are helpful because:
- They keep us on track and focused on where we want to go
- They motivate us to do better, become more and improve our lives
- They show us what we don’t want in life
Take a ship out at sea. Without a goal, the ocean will swallow the ship whole. But with a predetermined, rehearsed goal, the ship will course correct until it arrives at its end goal.
The key there is predetermined and rehearsed. When people set new years goals, they have 50% of the equation correct. But you need 100% to make it work.
This is why goal rehearsal is important to implement into your morning routine.
By setting aside 3 minutes to go over your goals, you allow yourself the opportunity to:
- Get refocused on where you want to go
- Course correct, if need be
- Get inspired with what your life will be like once you achieve that goal
Action Steps: If you haven’t already, decide on one goal you want to achieve in the next 90 days. Write it out and frame it where you can easily see it every morning and every night before bed.
4. Attack your One Thing
You have your goals.
Now it’s time to do the one thing most people don’t do…Take action.
It’s important to take action on your goal now, in the morning, every morning because life gets in the way. Furthermore willpower is strongest in the morning.
If you wait until later to take action on your number one goal, you might not. Things come up, you are tired or you simply just don’t feel like it and you willpower reserve isn’t strong enough to combat it.
That’s why we block off time now to do it. If that means getting up earlier and going to be earlier so be it. You can sleep in (if you want) after you achieve your goal.
Action step: Block out 1 hour of time to attack your number one goal right now. If that’s getting in shape: block out time to meal prep or go to the gym.
If thats building a business, do the one thing that will help you move a little bit closer. Everyday, it may see like you aren’t making progress. But over time, you will be miles ahead of anyone else trying to achieve the same thing.
5. Script your day
The last ingredient I want to add to your list is scripting every second of your day.
Structure = Freedom
When you don’t have anything going on, you tend to take on unproductive tasks. Furthermore you allow, what I call time vampires, to suck away the time.
What’s a time vampire?
Anything unproductive that will fill a gap of time that is not scripted.
If everything is scripted, there is no room for the time vampires to come and attack you.
However, you must actually stick to the script.
Making a script and not following through is a waste. Furthermore its a disrespect to yourself. If people want some of your time and they aren’t scheduled in, then tell them you are busy.
Would you ever miss an appointment with a doctor about to tell you about your cancer screening results? NO.
And who is more important, you or your doctor?
You are the most important person in your life.
Why would you disrespect yourself and miss an appointment you made with yourself. People will learn to plan in advance and stop bothering you with minute crap.
Action step: Script every moment of your waking day. That means meals, showers, work and fun.