As Thomas Edison once said, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves”. But unfortunately people don’t tend to do everything they are capable of. They tend to get stuck into a rut, neglect their health and find themselves on an accelerating hamster wheel.
There are, of course, many things we can do to better achieve our potential. One area in particular, although nothing new, has lately been getting a lot of attention. This concerns the benefit of practicing a healthy ‘morning routine’. The obvious benefit is that a good routine can get us into the right frame of mind and sets us up for the coming day. Also, research into our ‘willpower’ or mental determination would support this. Our willpower is like a battery which drains during the course of day – we are more likely to get things done if we do them earlier rather than later.
Examining the morning routine of successful people reveals the following key ingredients. Firstly, they get up pretty early. It is an uninterrupted time when they can look after themselves, their health and their priorities. Setting a regular time slot for the routine (between 30 – 60 minutes) increases the chances of it becoming a good habit in the future. The most common activities that people do in this time includes things like meditation (for de-stressing and focusing the mind), exercise, reading positive or inspirational literature and finally planning their day ahead. Planning is really important. As Jim Rohn says, “Either you run the day, or the day runs you”. Take at least ten minutes to identify the most important priorities for your work, your health and your relationships with others. Why not try it? You might astound yourself!
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