How Can Your Morning Ritual Make You a Better Person 39

having a morning routine makes you a better person

Having a simple morning ritual is the one habit you can develop that will affect every other area in your life in a positive way.

It’s a beautiful experience, a way to add some extra hours to your day, to get stuff done and kickstart your morning.

And it can also make you a better person in the long term.

Here’s how:

6 Ways Having a Morning Routine Makes You a Better Person

1. You’re less stressed and more peaceful.

Starting your day in a hurry is one of the main reasons why we’re in a bad mood and every little thing that goes wrong throughout the day annoys us.

But if you start your morning with a positive attitude (like that, for example), if you enjoy the first hour of your day and fill it with some pleasant activities, you’ll be at ease and will take things less personally later in the day. You’ll also be able to solve problems, control your anger, think rationally and be more focused.

2. You become disciplined.

Getting up early not because you have to but because you’ve decided to, is one of the best ways to build willpower.

Also, you get out of bed to do your morning routine, which consists of a few productive, healthy and successful activities. Each requires dedication, and effort and time in the beginning, but it all makes you stronger and more disciplined.

3. You’re more organized.

Having a morning ritual makes you more responsible and able to control your time. That’s because you start getting up early, structure your morning in the way you want and are ready to get out on time, and also go to bed earlier.

4. You have more energy.

Even if you go to bed late, but still manage to get up early, you’ll have more energy than before. Simply beginning your day earlier and having a ritual is what helps you get energized, be fresh and get more done later.

5. You feel good about yourself.

Knowing you’ve done so much by the time others have woken up makes you feel proud of yourself. You also keep in mind that you’re working on your habits, building willpower and doing something about becoming a better person. And this helps you gain self-esteem.

Soon others notice that. And they start respecting you.

6. You’re inspired and contented.

A quiet early morning that’s only for yourself is one of the great sources of inspiration in life.

Simply waking up before dawn, enjoying the solitude and peace, and doing some creative work, or just meditating, reading or drinking your coffee, is a great way to develop spiritually, to start appreciating things, to become more relaxed, find peace in everything else in life, and to feel happier and more contented in general.

And you’ll start being nicer to others too, even if they annoy you. You’ll want them to feel the same way, will help, listen to and appreciate them.

In other words, you’ll become a better person.

And what more successful way to do it than to create a powerful morning ritual to start your day!

What does your morning look like? What do you do? How does it affect you as a person? And what do you want to change?

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.