If there is one thing that high achievers from all walks of life agree on, it’s that having routines as part of your life is crucial for long-term success. A close look into the lives of people like Tony Robbins or Oprah reveals that they tend to do the same things over and over, and that helps add fuel to their fire.
Of particular importance when it comes to establishing daily routines is what you do in the morning. As you get deeper into the world of entrepreneurship, you will discover that having a sound morning routine can set you up for success for the rest of the day.
What’s Involved in a Morning Routine?
Your morning routine for a successful day can be whatever you want it to be. No one magic formula works for everyone, and you’ll find that the morning rituals of successful people vary quite a lot. It’s more about finding a way of doing things in the morning after you get up that gets you energized and primed for the day, and then sticking to it day after day.
For some, an effective morning routine may consist of writing in a journal to get all their thoughts out on paper and tackle the day with a fresh mind. For others, a trip to the gym to get the blood pumping is what’s best. Still, others prefer to absorb content like videos or perform affirmations and mantras. The key is to find something that works for you and then be consistent.
It’s also important to note that rising early is a big part of the morning routines of most successful entrepreneurs. When you wake up early, it helps to give you a head start to the day and allows you to get focused while the rest of the world is still sleeping. Like the routines themselves, waking times vary amongst the elite, but it’s not uncommon to see successful entrepreneurs get up between 4 am and 5 am every day.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
Creatures of Habit
It was Aristotle who said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” In his book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg writes that habits help to put our brains in an automatic state where little or no willpower is needed.
In essence, waking early and performing the same tasks in the same order each morning is training your brain to be in an optimal state for a successful day. Keep health, energy, productivity, creativity and vibrancy in mind, and you should be fine.
As with any type of business success, it’s essential to create a plan or a blueprint for your morning routine. That doesn’t mean you can’t make changes along the way, but you want to be sure you leave yourself enough time and that your routine brings out the best in you for the rest of the day. Trying to cram in too much activity by a certain time will just end up having the opposite effect. You may have to tinker with waking times and what you want to do by when, but writing it down first is a great way to start.
Next, you need to execute. That is where many new entrepreneurs get tripped up, but all you have to remember is to start. There will never be a perfect time, and there won’t be a perfect morning routine for business success. Just make a plan and then start; you can make adjustments as you go.
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