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What do the most successful people on the planet have in common?
Could it be their mindset, decision making or drive? Is it their resilience; their unwavering ability to pick themselves back up when things don’t go to plan?
I’ve found that ‘the’ one big thing they have in common is this; an empowering morning routine.
These people don’t just get up, shower, dress, eat muesli and immediately set off to work. That’s not their first priority.
The biggest business brains from around the world – and I mean the BIGGEST – start their day by practicing powerful routines that serve as the foundations for healthy bodies, healthy minds AND healthy profits.
Before work they do things like: exercise, meditate, pray, have sex, read, watch a ted-talk, do yoga, drink water, connect with loved ones, even write in a gratitude journal. They tend not to head straight for the coffee machine whilst sluggishly contemplating the day ahead.
In the words of the late, great, Steve Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, these guys ‘Sharpen the Saw’ – because they know that when they invest in themselves each morning, they create a powerful catalyst for the rest of the day.
Their habits help them to manage pressure and stress: to feel good, lead others with ease and, in turn, create positive business results.
Some of these high achievers have learned their life lessons the hard way. For example, in 2007, Arianna Huffington, previously editor-in-chief at the Huffington Post Media Group, collapsed at her desk with exhaustion and woke up in a pool of blood with a broken cheekbone; a huge wake up call to start prioritising her well-being. She now sticks to 7-8 hours sleep a night with yoga and meditation part her daily routine.
But implementing a new morning ritual isn’t always easy. In fact, getting into any ‘new routine’ can be one of the most challenging things we can attempt, and it’s often destined for failure. Perhaps you’re thinking of those New Year resolutions in which you’ve already lost interest?
Depending on which report you read, you’ll find that between 60% – 80% of new years resolutions fail. It can be hard to change habits on your own. Because, not only are you changing a physical habit, you’re also changing a mental one too. You need to change the old programming to get a new result.
And failure at something we really want to change can cause huge amounts of frustration in a person’s life. Sometimes these emotions can lead to feelings or low self-worth, anxiety or even depression.
So, is there a magic formula? Is there a way to change habits successfully and buck the trend of a thousand false promises?
The good news is, yes, there is.
My routine has changed massively over the last few years and whilst working on my well-being each morning I literally stumbled across a formula. I’ve nicknamed it my ‘Breakfast of Champions’ and it includes;
- Getting active. For example, a short, brisk, 10 min walk (or run) is enough to get the blood flowing, the heart and brain working more efficiently, and the body releasing stress busting endorphins.
- Connecting with like-minded people. I do this using the online programme I created, but you could start by simply checking in with someone who lifts your spirits each day.
- Practicing mindfulness. I meditate, contemplate what I’m grateful for that day, and I listen to, or read from, a self-development book.
And the key is that I make sure I do all three of these things every morning. No matter what. Of course, it helps that I have clients that I do this with every day. But it’s a formula: if part of it is missing, then it stops working. So, even on days when I’m not working with my clients, I make sure I do all three things.
The result is transformation. Transformation of my morning and transformation of me; I’m less stressed, more connected, more confident, happier, healthier, I know where I’m going in life and it feels great.
And my clients are winning too. They are calmer, fitter, mentally stronger, thinking more clearly, and making better decisions for themselves and their businesses.
So, what’s your morning routine? Are you eating the proverbial ‘Breakfast of Champions’? Share your thoughts and inspire others.
Author Linda McBride, Transformational Expert, Founder of Daily Wake Up and Creator of Power Wake Up. Linda inspires leaders to prevent burnout, create their BIG vision and live happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives. She is a converted morning person and an advocate of her own philosophy ‘change one thing, achieve anything’.
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