How you get started in the morning will dictate to a large extent how successful you will be that day. When you consider how important it is for sprinters to get out of the starting blocks smoothly in order to win the race, so too must you get going in a positive manner in order to complete your tasks for the day.
“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden
The good news is that there are ten powerful things you can do every morning that will bring empowerment, a positive attitude, and will help you accomplish your daily goals in a most satisfactory manner.
Plan Your Day the Night Before
Take a few minutes when you get home to plan your activities for the following day. You’ll want to write the goals down so you can review them when you wake up in the morning. By doing a little planning, you can help better prepare for the day ahead. Of course, you may find out that your plans must change. Remember to not let this get you down, but instead take care of the change first and then plan out the rest of your day so you can feel more in control and get more accomplished.
Wake Up Early
Waking up a half-hour or even an hour earlier will really help you get started with your day. This will mean that you need to go to bed a little earlier, but it will be well worth the effort. By getting up earlier, you can get everything that you need to do accomplished with time to spare before going to work. This lets you plan your day a little better and make better decisions as well.
“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” – Lemony Snicket
Eat a Good Breakfast
It may sound rather clichéd that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but in truth eating a good breakfast provides your body with the energy it needs to start your day off right. You will need to strike the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats so that you have enough calories to get going without slowing you down. Oatmeal is an excellent breakfast food because it provides plenty of slow-burning carbohydrates that provide plenty of energy until you reach lunch.
Let in the Light
When morning comes the light shines in through the windows, so let it in and feel the energy it brings. Light has a powerful effect on everyone because it helps to wake up the mind and energize the body. By shutting out the light you are in essence turning away from the free energy and positive experience that it brings. So, when you arrive at work make sure that the lights are on so you can feed off the energy it provides and make the most out of your day.
“The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be.” – Shakti Gawain
Play Music that is Upbeat
Many people play the type of music that reflect their mood. However, music can change your mood as well. So, when you are starting your day play some upbeat music that really gets you going. You should also have this music handy when you are feeling tired or down so that it can help boost your spirits once again.
It helps to be grateful for all the positive things in your life, so take a few moments to reflect on the positive experiences that you will have throughout the day. A phone call from an old friend, meeting a new person, hearing some great news from a co-worker are examples of the little things in life that all too often taken for granted. So, take a moment or two to reflect on the good things that are happening and be grateful for them. This will provide plenty of positive energy to bring some lift to your day.
“Learn to appreciate what you have before time makes you appreciate what you had.” – Unknown
Try Hot Water with Lemon
If you are not a coffee person, hot water with lemon provides a nice boost every morning. Besides being very inexpensive, the lemon provides you with plenty of Vitamin C that helps flush out the toxins and maintains pH balance. Plus, it will help to reduce inflammation and even ease pain over the course of the day. A little lemon mixed with hot water is a great way to get going and stay healthy.
Staying in shape will help you get more accomplished during your day. Exercising in the morning is a good idea because it helps wake up your body and burn more calories if you do it before breakfast. Your exercise routine can be a simple walk or riding your bike for a half-hour so that you can reap the benefits. Plus, it will burn excess fat and keep your weight down to manageable levels. Empowerment comes in many forms and good exercise is one of them.
“The same voice that says “give-up” can also be trained to say “keep going.” – Unknown
Always Press Ahead
Until someone invents a time machine, there is nothing you can do to go back and change the past. What you can do is look forward and make the best of your present and future. People make mistakes, even mistakes that are preventable. The past should not hold you back, so when you wake up in the morning and head off to work think about your future and what you can do to shape it today.
“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry James
Recheck Your Goals
Keep your goals handy so that you can see them and gauge how much you have achieved. Your goals act as a reminder of why you are working and where you will be next year and the years afterwards. So, keep your goals close and check them so they can provide guidance to each day of your working life.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
By following these ten steps, you will empower yourself each and every morning which makes it far easier to accomplish your goals. Be sure to follow the same successful routines every morning so that you can set yourself up for success. Remember, there may be instances where you will need to change your plans for the day, but do not let them interfere with your long term goals so you can be where you want to be in life.