Rise and Shine! Hey, I know getting up in the morning can be hard! I agree, but I also agree that following the habits of successful people is beneficial. Not only for your future, but also for your health.
Apple CEO Tim Cook wakes up every morning at 3:45 am! Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wakes up before dawn and exercises. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne starts working soon after his 3:30 a.m. wake up. Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens wakes up at 6 a.m. for his company’s daily sale. That’s just to name a few!
You probably heard “the early bird gets the worm!” saying before. Well this saying is true! Why would all these successful people get up so early if it wasn’t?
Why not follow the habits of a successful person? You have nothing to loose and everything to gain!
Here are 5 of the things successful people do before 9 am.
- Exercise. Ugh, I know right? If you hate exercising why not start off with a little at a time? If you start small, for instance 10 minutes a day and build up from there. It won’t be as hard, and you’ll tend to do it again the next day and eventually make it a habit. Also, don’t focus on the ending. If you hate exercising all you will think about is “Boy when is this going to end?” or “Aren’t I through yet?” etc. Instead try something you enjoy doing, like riding a bike for 10 minutes or going for a walk. But do it at brisk pace for 10 minutes, all the while focusing on what your body is doing, and how you’re feeling. It will help get you out of that “Isn’t it over yet?” feeling.
- Set Goals. This might be foreign for some. It used to be for me. Again, just start small like planning your meals, or writing a to-do list for the day. A person who doesn’t set goals is like a ship without a rudder. (He’s not going anywhere!)
- Breakfast. The most important meal of the day! It keeps you alert and fueled for your busy day. It also prevents you from over-eating later in the day, which is a no-no especially in the evening when your body is ready for resting. It will cause you to gain weight, even if you only have one meal a day. Really? How unhealthy can you get skipping breakfast, starving yourself, and then wolfing down your lunch or dinner?
- Visualize. Take a moment in the morning to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.
- Avoid Procrastination. Work first, play later. You’ll be way more relaxed and less stressed out if you just do that dreaded task first. If you get it out of the way then your mind will be free and you can enjoy the good things for the rest of the day. Why think about something that you hate all day? You can mark it off as finished and you will have succeeded!