For years I have risen before sunrise, because I found that the silence at that time helped me focus and get ready for a successful and productive day. Overtime, I developed a successful morning routine that has helped me accomplish much more than most, but also has helped me remain calm and on purpose for my entire day.
About a year ago, I read a marvelous book called “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod, in which he synthesized the common practices of the most successful people and, by adopting these, achieved a successful morning routine of his own.
I adapted my morning routine to incorporate some of his proven processes and I am happy to announce that by doing this, I was able to accelerate my results exponentially.
At the request of many individuals, I am sharing my successful morning routine with you in the hope that it will inspire you to make changes in your morning routine that will bring you success as well.
So here goes….
My Successful Morning Routine
- Wake up at 4:30 and take a deep breath. Express Gratitude for the breath that I am able to take and for the fact that I am still alive
- Pray. Re-ignite my connection with God and thank him for the successful day that I am about to have.
- Make my bed. Start the day of right by accomplishing something.
- Do some stretches. Get the blood flowing.
- Brush my teeth – using my left hand. Start training my brain to think outside of the box.
- Weigh myself. What gets weighed and measured is able to be managed.
- Drink a large glass of water that has lemon squeezed into it (prepared the night before). 20 mins later drink another large glass of water with apple cider vinegar. This helps not only to hydrate me after a long night’s sleep but also acts as a cleanser for my body.
- Complete my Gratitude Journal. Scribe for 10 mins. Get my thoughts down on what I am grateful for, as well as what I am targeting to accomplish for the day.
- Read for 20 mins. Perfect way to keep on top of my craft. I highlight and take notes making sure to identify what new skills I will implement in my professional practices.
- Complete my affirmations for the day. This helps reprogram my subconscious mind and activates the reticular activating system (RAS) in my brain.
- Meditate and Visualize my goals and objectives. This is very powerful and should not be missed.
- Take the dog for a walk and exercise for 30 mins. Self-explanatory. You have to exercise every day. Not only will your body thank you for it, so will your brain. You will be able to think better, sleep better and be more productive overall.
- Review my Goals and Targets for the day. That way I can remain focused on the important things that need to get done.
- Have a shower and get ready to start my day.
This routine takes about 3 hours, but don’t be alarmed if you don’t have that kind of time to spend. In his book, Hal even recommends starting with one minute per activity, if you feel you have no time. The key is to accomplish what he calls LIFE SAVERS – Silence (i.e. Meditation) , Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing.
So do you have a morning routine? If not, I highly recommend that you start developing and implementing one asap. If you need help, Hal’s book is a game changer. He lays out a 30 day challenge that will keep you focused and on track. I promise you, develop and apply your own successful morning routine for 30 days and you will see your life drastically change…for the better.