What you do right when you wake up in the morning sets the tone for the entire day. Do you wake up in a tornado of stress battling your alarm clock, sloppily making coffee, yelling at your kids to hurry up and rushing out the door? These feelings will stay with you throughout the day and therefore limit your ability to achieve success.
Do you strive for success each and every day? It turns out that getting up a few hours earlier could be the secret you’ve been searching for. Being an early riser is a common trait found in many government officials, CEOs and other influential people. Ernest Hemingway would wake up around 5 in the morning to write and Frank Lloyd Wright would be up at 4 am.
These 24 early risers are extremely successful people and proof of the old adage ‘the early bird catches the worm’.
You may be thinking—but, I’m a night owl! I think best in the afternoon or do my best work at night. Think again. Morning people have been found to be more productive and are healthier to boot!
Let’s explore 5 habits successful people have developed first thing in the morning, so you can emulate this behavior and achieve greater success!
The most stressful time of the day is first thing in the morning. Your cortisol levels are at their highest which could be the reason it’s easy to be frazzled, stressed and frustrated when you awake. Meditation can help all those thoughts and feelings melt away. You will be able to center your mind and start the day in a calm and clear place.
They connect with their spouses.
After a long and exhausting day, it’s easy to just zone out in front of the TV after making dinner in the evening. Instead, take advantage of the morning to be truly spending time together. Successful people connect with their partners first thing when they wake up. Talk, cook breakfast together, read the newspaper and make plans for the week ahead. Remember that being successful doesn’t just mean at work and connecting with your spouse can offer you new energy and positivity.
They drink water.
When you wake up after hours of sleeping, your body is more dehydrated than you think. Even mild dehydration can affect your concentration, so first thing drink a glass of water and you’ll be surprised how much it impacts your focus and sense of physical well-being.
Exercising first thing in the morning gives you a boost of energy, releases those feel-good endorphins and eliminates the possibility of not making it to the gym after a long day in the office.
They embrace quiet time.
The morning may be the only time of the day you get to yourself so make the most of it! Spend it reading, writing or gathering your thoughts before you hit the ground running.
Now that you know some of the things successful people do each morning it’s time to rise and shine and make the morning your new best friend.
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