If you stumble at the start of the 100 meters, it's nearly impossible to catch up. If you get off to a lethargic start to your day, you're going to be reacting to the day instead of being proactive.
Successful people understand that the day starts as soon as their alarm clock rings.
If you desire to become a more productive, healthier, and happier individual, adopt these five powerful morning habits. Practice them before starting your workday to, in turn, help you win the day.
Meditation provides moments of much-needed silence for getting in tune with your own thoughts and to help manage your daily energy levels. One of the big benefits of meditation is that it helps you develop a stronger awareness of the present moment while clearing your mind of other thoughts, and thus helping you make smarter decisions.
2. Express gratitude and set three intentions for the day
A daily gratitude habit allows you to stay grounded in the present moment, have a more positive outlook on life, and appreciate what you have while chasing after your goals.
After practicing gratitude, the second part of the equation is to set your three intentions for the day.
Steve Jobs started each day by looking in the mirror and asking, "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do with my day?" If he answered no too frequently, this was a clear sign that he needed to do something to change this up.
To make sure you're making each day matter, ask yourself, "What three things will make today great and propel my life forward?"
Asking this powerful question provides clarity and a tangible target for each day. A great journal in which to document all this is the Best Self journal.
3. Get your body in motion
The Tony Robbins quote about "motion creates emotion" is spot on. Simply moving your body will create more energy for you to tackle the workday than any stimulant will.
Your health serves as the foundation for showing up each day in your highest performing state. Exercising allows you to establish some early positive vibes, which will help you approach the day with a better attitude.
If you can't make it to the gym until later--set a timer for at least seven minutes and rotate between bodyweight squats and pushups or just dance (here's a favorite song of mine).
4. Make a power shake
Just as a car isn't going to go far without fuel, you're not going to go far without quality nutrients in your body. Eating an unhealthy diet is linked to a 66 percent loss in productivity.
Start each morning off with a green drink. This influx of micronutrients (from fruits and vegetables) plays a pivotal role in your energy levels, creativity, and productivity. Also, an influx of fruits and vegetables is related to improving your happiness and outlook on life.
5. Consume some motivating materials
Instead of letting the news (oftentimes negative) serve as your main source of information, start your day off with positive and inspiring materials. Read a chapter of an inspiring book to motivate yourself or listen to a podcast on your commute.