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Mornings. Some people love them, others hate them. Either way, you can’t escape them! Unless you sleep in, but if you’re reading this, I doubt you’re one of those people that let life slip by.

I’m a big believer that how you start your day is a good indicator of how you proceed throughout the rest of the day. In the first hour of most people’s day, they ruin their entire opportunity for daily progress and momentum. Their morning routine is destroying them. Instead of framing the day for intention, power and success, they become reactive slaves.  They spend the entire day responding and living based on other people’s agendas.

Here are the top 5 things that high performers DON’T do immediately after they wake up.

1. Roll over and check phone, placed by their bedside in order to ruin sleep.

Notifications are like crack. People are addicted to it because of the instant gratification and the dopamine that gets released. They get sucked into the “scroll-hole” and all of a sudden an hour passes by without them noticing.

2. Check email, framing the day reacting to other’s false emergencies and needs.

If you start your day checking the email, you’ll end up wasting the day putting out fires and responding to what other people want from you.

3. Suck down as much coffee as possible without burning throat.

A lot of people don’t have natural energy in the morning because they’re addicted to caffeine. High performers warm their body and their minds by focusing inwards. You can learn more about how to do this by reading my post on electrifying your mornings.

4. Hurry to get themselves together in order to hurriedly get somewhere.

You might be one of those people that snooze their alarm clocks until you only have 15 minutes to get to work, so you end up rushing yourself. High performers don’t set themselves up for a hectic morning.

5. Start working based on what feels easy or what’s in the inbox.

If you do what’s easy, you’ll never do what’s right. If you do what’s easy, you’ll never do what’s necessary. You’ll never do the ONE thing that can move your life forward, because you’ll “feel” accomplished for doing all these easy tasks.

 

You must get your morning back if you ever want to be an elite-level achiever. Your first hour is a sacred time for you to set up success.

If you’re starting your day by checking in, then you’ve already checked out of success.

~Brendon Burchard

In order to have a powerful and productive day, you need to start it in an energizing way (I couldn’t help myself with the rhyme). There are numerous successful millionaires and entrepreneurs who have developed morning routines to take their game to the next level.

I’ve personally noticed the massive impact on my life from developing this habit. Inspired by Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning, I’ve got 4 simplified steps to kickstart your day!

1Exercise

Let’s get the blood flowing and the charge of energy you need to start your day. It doesn’t have to be an hour workout at the gym. It can be a 20 minute yoga session. As long as you do some sort of physical activity, you’re good to go!

Mornings are a great time to get your workout done. You won’t have to think about it for the rest of the day or worry about what excuse you’ll come up with next as to why you can’t workout after a busy day. People who are able to do morning workouts are more consistent, too.

2Enlightenment

This can range from your religious practices and spiritual beliefs to gratitude and affirmations. The idea is to put yourself in the right mindset to be more present, caring, loving, and focused throughout the day. Here are some examples that you can try for your mornings: meditation, journaling, visualizing, bible reading, affirmations, gratitude, goal reflections.

3Education

Personal development and self-education is an absolute must if you want to take your morning’s to the next level. If you’re reading this, then I’m sure you already know how important it is to continuously invest in your own personal growth and development. You can read a book, watch online videos/courses, or listen to audiobooks! You can even listen to audiobooks or podcasts during your morning exercise.

4Execution

I’ve found this last item to be the most rewarding. If you can execute your number one task for the day before your day even begins, you’ve created massive momentum for the rest of the day! Everyday, if you can focus on that ONE thing that moves your business or on the most daunting task where you know you’ll want to procrastinate, then you’re well on your way to your next level. As Brian Tracy would say, “Eat that frog!”

How you start your day is how you’re going to live your day. And how you live your day is the way you live your life. ~Louise Hay

These are just a few ideas for you to develop your own morning routine. Customize it so that it fits and amplifies your life. You must now take the reins and live intentionally. If you already have an awesome morning routine, leave your ideas and what’s worked for you in the comments below to share with others that want to develop this new habit!