Morning Secrets of Successful People

Morning Secrets of Successful People

Here’s an interesting fact: morning habits not only set the tone of your entire day, they can also have a direct impact on your career.

This is one of the big lessons we can learn when we study the lives and teachings of successful people. Whether they’re authors, celebrities, entrepreneurs, politicians, or others who have reached the pinnacle of their careers, these people have learned for themselves that establishing morning routines has provided invaluable benefits in their respective fields.

Night owls may have mixed feelings about this topic but those who take the time to establish positive habits in their mornings will say that it’s absolutely worth it.

Here are 7 examples you might want to include in your daily schedule:

1. Wake up early

This one’s a no-brainer. Most successful people are early risers. Billionaire producer and TV personality Oprah Winfrey wakes up early every single day. So does Apple CEO Tim Cook, Disney executive chairman Bob Iger, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, and many more. 

American cartoonist Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, describes morning time as “the best part” of his day. He further said:

“Typically speaking I’m happiest, smartest, most creative, and most optimistic between the hours of 4 and 8 a.m.”

Well, it seems the old proverb, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” isn’t merely a cliche after all!  

2. Regular exercise

Steve Murphy, former chief executive officer of Christie’s, starts his day doing yoga. Businessman and ‘Shark Tank’ star Daymond John also does his workouts early while Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, spends an hour in the morning playing tennis. 

Laura Vanderkamp, author of the book What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, pointed out:

“These are incredibly busy people. If they make time to exercise, it must be important.”

3. Meditation

Another positive way to begin the day is to spend time meditating. Entrepreneur and lifestyle guru Tim Ferriss spends 20 minutes each morning doing meditation so he can calm his mind and body.

According to him: 

Meditation, or mindfulness practice, it’s really about, to me, decreasing emotional reactivity so you can proactively create your day and create your life; versus, just being a walking reflex that sometimes screws up.”

4. Eat a healthy meal

Breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day because it gives you the needed energy for your daily activities.

British politician Winston Churchill often had poached egg, toast, milk, cold meats, jam, and grapefruit juice early in the morning. Meanwhile, billionaire Richard Branson preferred fruit salad and muesli, a cereal-like food popular in Germany and Switzerland, plus he occasionally enjoyed kippers - an oily fish dish filled with healthy fatty acids.   

5. Bond with your loved ones

Before hitting the desk, it’s also ideal that you spend quality time with your family. Sit down with your spouse or partner during breakfast and discuss your plans and dreams. Cuddle with your children. Not doing that will lead to a lifetime of regret over missed opportunities. Keep in mind that they are the reason you’re working hard in the first place so they definitely deserve to be your top priority. 

6. Plan the day ahead

“If you fail to plan,” a popular Benjamin Franklin quote tells us, “then you are planning to fail.” 

Planning is surely crucial if you’re aiming to have a productive day. You want to be specific and detailed with what you want to do so you can avoid wasting any time and energy. Get your priorities straight and set your own deadlines. Some successful people do this activity in the morning but it’s also a good idea to do this at night before sleeping.  

7. ‘Eat the frog’

In his best-selling book Eat That Frog, author Brian Tracy teaches about the value of self-discipline and hard work. The whole concept was inspired by Mark Twain who once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

Of course, you don’t literally have to ingest an amphibian! This is just a metaphor for prioritizing difficult tasks first so that you won’t have to deal with them later on in the day when you’re tired and stressed. 

“Do the hard jobs first,” writer Dale Carnegie likewise emphasized. “The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”

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