“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin
One of my close friends and coaching clients is an enterprise-level sales leader for a large tech company. He leads a high-impact team that acquires and services large corporate clients. He has an eye for talent and is skilled at both networking and team building. We were on the phone recently and I asked him, “What’s the secret to choosing the right people? What are you looking for that no one knows you’re interested in?” I wanted his secret sauce of team building… his key to identifying successful leaders. His response was simple: “I choose people who have a solid morning routine. I can teach someone how to sell our products and service our clients, but I don’t have time to teach someone how to be a personal success.” – Notes from my book Get Up & Grow. You can purchase your copy here:
I find this to be true: Public success begins with private victory. The discipline you have in the morning will determine the success you have in life.
The time you wake up in the morning will determine the pace and tone of the rest of your day. When you wake up early, you set priorities. You decide what parts of your life deserve attention and focus. You create space for growth.
I will be discussing in my next blog ways you can invest into yourself during your morning routine, but when and what you do when you wake up is up to you. I would encourage you to start with small steps. Like grabbing water instead of the coffee first thing. Setting your phone away and enjoying the stillness of the morning and getting in your daily devotionals. And making time for exercise/movement in your morning. Our bodies are the most dehydrated in the morning, so hydration is the most important thing we could do for our body first thing.
The most important thing when developing new habits like these is consistency. I would urge you to try this for at least 21 days. Spend the next 21 days dedicating your mornings to personal growth. Truth be told, the morning is so important… I’ve found that if I don’t act on these habits in the morning, I won’t do so during the day. I will be too busy investing in other things to invest in myself. It won’t take long before you see just how much mornings matter, too.
Set an alarm to get up early tomorrow morning. When it goes off in the morning, don’t press snooze; get out of bed!
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