Statistics show the most successful people in the world are… you guessed it. Morning people.
CEOs, athletes, artists and countless people deemed to be successful individuals have a secret weapon that all have access to, but few choose to take advantage of: the early morning.
On the contrary, I watch people who have so called “ambitions and passions” litter their social media with how they “hate mondays” or “It's way too early.” They continue to chase their dream by slamming the snooze button 4 times and starting their mornings with procrastination, frustration, or discouragement.
But what science has proven time and time again, is your morning routine sets the rhythm for the rest of your day.
So how can we amplify our motivation and energy in the morning? How can we change the behaviors we associate with 6:00am? Here are my 3 simple tips that are so practical, you'll find yourself becoming the annoying, go-getter morning person you thought you'd never be. 🙂
1. Give Yourself 3-5 Minutes:
Don't just jump out of bed. Wake up, stretch, rub your eyes and just lay there. It's critical that this pre-alert time is free of stressful thoughts and tasks of the day. Rather, keep your mind focused on step two.
2. Start With Something You Love:
I don't care if it's breakfast, showers, sex, playing with your kids, stretching, or reading the news. Whatever it is, do it directly after step one. This will help re-associate morning time with emotions of excitement and pleasure.
3. 300 Seconds of Exercise
Within the first 30 minutes of waking up, perform a quick exercise routine. The goal here is not “fitness,” instead it's to increase energy and stimulate your mind to elevate mental performance for the day. Furthermore, this quick routine will help release serotonin (happy hormones) during a time where you likely used to produce cortisol (stress hormones). Shockingly, science says if you do this for just 5 days, your body will begin to identify mornings with joy rather than tension and anxiety.
As a bonus, I also included this incredibly well designed infographic. It's worth a full read.
Are you a morning person? If not, what has stopped you in the past?