9 Ways to Set Yourself up for Daily SuccessJan 24, 2022
Your success is your responsibility. In this article, I share nine ways for you to ensure you're setting yourself up for success DAILY.
I mean Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, weekends, and holidays when I say daily. Daily.
Why should it be DAILY? You don't want to be successful just during the workday. You want to be successful seven days a week, 365 days a year, do you not?
Get up before the sun.
Make it a game that you're up before Mr. Sunshine—getting up early. It may seem like I'm speaking a foreign language to you if you've never done this before, but getting up early gives you a head start to your day. It's been proven that you have more time when you get up early. Most other people sleep until way after the sun gets up, and then they're rushing. Why would you want to enter your day rushing?
To be successful at getting up before the sun, you can't stay up until three o'clock in the morning. You're going to have to go to bed at a reasonable hour, and I am in bed by 9:30 or 9:45, so I can get up before the sun every day of the year.
Don't sit, lay in bed and dwell. Get up!
I get it. Your bed is comfy, and you don't want to get up. But as soon as you wake up, get up, put your feet on the floor, make your bed right away. If you're sleeping with someone, and they're still sleeping because they're not into the get-up-before-the-sun thing, make just your side of the bed.
Turn on all the lights in your bedroom.
If the person you're sleeping with is still sleeping, don't be rude. Instead, go to another room in your house and turn on all those lights. Why? This tells your body it's time to wake up. Back in the day, way, way back in the day, we would sleep when it was dark and work when it was light. Now we can work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. That's not a good thing. So giving your eyeballs some light will allow them to tell your body it's time to wake up.
Do some gentle stretches.
You just woke up. Go to the internet and search for mild stretches after waking up.
I don't mean for you to run a marathon or run your treadmill, although you can. But I want you to get your heart rate going, maybe break out into a bit of sweat. My house has a long hallway, so what I do is I walk back and forth as fast as I can in the hallway for about 10 minutes. This gets my blood flowing and purges my body of cortisol.
Read something inspirational or something motivational.
I used to get out of bed and read first and then move. But then I would stare at the page and wouldn't get anything from my reading. When I moved for 10 minutes first and then read, it made a huge difference.
Plan your day.
If you have planned your day the day before, which I highly recommend, then use this as an opportunity to review your plan. Perhaps you had a cancellation. Check what's on your schedule. If you haven't done your plan, this is the perfect time to do it.
Look at your plan and make sure that what's on your plan is primarily needle-moving activities. You want to make sure you're wasting as little time as possible. Fact: you are going to waste time; you're human. It doesn't matter what your name is or what your net worth is. If you're human, you are going to waste time. It would be best to waste as little time as possible.
Look at the most successful people in our world today; they still waste time. But they waste teeny tiny portions of their day where other people waste hours. That's a big differentiator.
Don't get on your device for at least the first hour after waking up.
Anything on your phone can wait. What's it going to do to your attitude when you check in your phone, email, text messages, social media, or news apps? You're entering the world of other people's problems, and you're going to get stressed, anxious. That's not an excellent way to start your day off to a successful start. Leave the phone; it can wait. I know this may seem not easy if you always pick up your phone first thing but trust me, it will work. Whatever is on your phone can wait.
Stay as quiet as you possibly can.
I'm not saying that you can't listen to upbeat music or that you can't make any happy noises to psyche yourself up for the day. What I'm saying is try to avoid doing the "Oh time wake up," "Oh my back." That's negativity noise, and you don't need that stuff. If you're not going to say something joyful or something motivating, then stay quiet.
A little asterisk here.
If you feel ill or have had some surgery, you have to allow your body to heal itself. Those are exceptions to getting up early. When you're sick, you need to sleep a lot, and that's how the body heals itself. So, I'm not saying if you're sick in bed with the flu, you have to get up before the sun and turn the lights on and go for a run. I'm saying to you that if you're healthy, if you're feeling good, gift yourself the opportunity every day to have the best day you can have.
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