By Brian Tracy
The first few hours of each morning are some of the most important hours the day has to offer.
It is these hours that will set the tone for the rest of the day, which might be why some of the world’s most accomplished men and women tout their morning routine as being key to their success.
Given this peculiar tone-setting phenomenon, here are the six things I do every morning to energize my body, stimulate my mind, and get me through the day:
1. Wake up 2 to 3 hours before your first meeting
Rolling out of bed and heading straight out is not a healthy habit. It can leave you feeling tired and mentally fuzzy by the time you arrive at your destination. On top of this, it doesn’t leave you any time for other valuable morning routines.
Instead of setting your alarm so that you have just enough time to throw on your clothes and head out the door, allow yourself two to three hours of time.
Do this and you’ll feel less rushed, have more time to get other things done, and will be fully awake and ready to go by the time you arrive where you need to be.
2. Invest 30-60 minutes in motivational reading
I start each morning with 30-60 minutes of reading material that is either motivational, inspirational, educational, or some combination of all three. I want the first thing that enters my mind each morning to be positive and enriching – such as these inspirational quotes – and I find that it really helps set me on the right mental course for the rest of the day.
Meditation is another great practice for getting your mind ready for the day, which I occasionally practice in between reading and exercise. Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, encourages his students to ready their minds prior to meditating by first enjoying a few pages from a light-hearted book.
I agree with the logic and often suggest my students try adding Jack’s simple 4-step meditation process to their optimized morning routines – in between reading and exercising.
Regardless, before you turn on the TV, before you read the newspaper even (nine times out of ten it’s just bad news), choose some reading material that will uplift and/or educate you. What this might be is entirely up to you, but starting your day with some reading material that fits this description is an excellent way to begin the morning in a positive frame of mind.
3. Get in motion with exercise and stretches
After I’m done reading each morning, I always dedicate a period of time to exercising and stretching. Studies have shown that the morning hours are the best time to exercise. Not only is it more beneficial to exercise in the morning, people who commit to exercising in the morning are also more likely to actually follow through and complete their exercises each day than those Go to the full article.
Source:: Jeff Bullas Blog