In Kevin Kruse’s 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management he refers to the morning routines of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Robbins and other successful people.
He identifies a number of consistent themes:
1. Most wake up early – 6am or earlier
2. They hydrate by drinking lots of water
3. They eat a ‘healthy’ breakfast by whatever definition they have of the word healthy (and that does not include a full English!)
4. They exercise
5. Most meditate, journal* or read
How many of the five activities above are part of your morning routine?
My finger in the air poll believes that there is an even split between three groups:
a. Those who do everything above
b. Those who think they do much of the routine above (but don’t)
c. Those who do none of the above
My experience is that the most successful entrepreneurs and directors really belong to the first group.
The question is, ‘Does a really great morning routine create success in your business? Or is it successful entrepreneurs that follow a healthy regime?’ Cause-and-effect or simply a correlation?
Probably a bit of both.
A great morning routine sets you up for the day ahead (in my opinion). It clears your mind and allows you to think and make decisions much more clearly. I’ve tried lousy morning routines and rather more vigorous ones and I know which one gets my head in the right space for business.
Also, a good morning routine is like a maintenance programme for the body. It stops burn-out (physical, mental and emotional).
If a routine is as good as many believe then why don’t more people do them?
I’d love to know your thoughts.
* Gentle piece of self-promotion. My new book, the Check-In Journal, is an ideal place to start if you want to know more about journals.