It’s another Monday!
I hope everyone’s weekend was relaxing so we can all hit this week hard! My daughter has a sleep study tonight (which my husband so graciously volunteered to attend!) so her week has already been altered. I’m not sure if she is going to school on Monday or Tuesday which won’t make her happy.
Which alters my week too…
But I’m optimistic. It’s really looking like spring here in Texas. While I know that is not the case everywhere, we are going to try to embrace what the calendar says—it’s almost the middle of spring—and see if we can manifest spring!
But we can get on with it even if spring is not cooperating. Reset our bodies and lives. Start a new healthier lifestyle.
Let’s begin with the spring routine – starting with the morning. The way the morning goes can make all the difference in energy, focus, and mindset throughout the rest of the day. Since we are hardwired to seek success, the start of the day can affect our overall goals. But that doesn’t mean that a good morning routine is all you need – it’s just the start. Some of it is mindset…
The following 6 behaviors are found in many successful people. Incorporate them into your routine, and you’ll inch closer to success.
1 Get Up Early
Talk to someone who is a success and you will probably hear that they get up earlier than most people. They went to bed the previous night thinking about what they had to accomplish the next day, and the earlier they rise, the more time they have to pursue success. To be able to get up earlier, most successful people go to bed earlier than night birds, which makes rising early in the morning easier.
If you wake up in a stressed panic each morning–late, overwhelmed by your to-do list, the rest of your day will likely be chaotic. A better thing to do is to start your day 20-30 minutes before you need to get up to deal with your family. Use this time to yourself settled, organized, and to participate in activities like exercise or journaling that are just for you. Sit quietly and write in your journal, whether it is a gratitude journal, a plan of what do that day, or simply stream of consciousness writing.
2 Establish an Exercise Routine
One poll taken of high achievers shows that more than 70% of those successful people find a way to exercise each day. Successful people are often very busy. However, even though time is at a premium for them, they know the importance of a healthy mind and body. Establishing and sticking to a regular exercise program teaches discipline and establishing a plan (and sticking to it) which can pay dividends in pursuit of your goals.
Also, by getting moving in the morning, you increase your energy naturally, and get some mood-boosting endorphins going. Morning exercise has a wide range of benefits as well, from getting it out of the way to where you don’t need to worry about it later, to boosting your metabolism for the remainder of the day. Get up a little earlier to have time for yoga, Pilates, or just a brisk walk around your neighborhood.
3 Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast
Getting more healthy nutrients into your body is another aspect of having a fresh morning routine for success for the spring season. Fresh produce is now in season, so it’s the perfect time for juicing, particularly with a green juice or green smoothie. This is the type that not only has fruits, but veggies and greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli. You can also put herbs and spices for even more nutrient power. The green juice not only allows you to get a lot of your day’s allotment of vitamins and minerals, but it gives you energy without needing several cups of coffee.
Juicing isn’t the only option for a healthy breakfast – protein-packed cereals, Greek yogurts, oatmeal, or a breakfast burrito can be good as well (just pay attention to the labels when buying). A sugary breakfast will defeat the entire point of setting you up for a good morning because of the impending midmorning cravings. A healthy breakfast also helps with proper functioning of the brain. As per many studies, eating a healthy breakfast can improve your level of concentration and memory. Plus, when you get a healthy start to your day, you are much more likely to continue with it throughout the rest of the day.
4 Create a Life Balance
It may be hard to believe, but successful individuals do not work on their career or personal goals all the time. They make time for different parts of their life. They give time to their family, they plan “me” time for themselves, and they also portion time for their career or business. Sometimes we believe that successful people are “go, go, go” all the time in pursuit of a single goal. But focusing too much on work can have a detrimental impact on all aspects of life.
When you are working too much, particularly if you have a job where there are lots of responsibilities, it can have a serious effect on your mental health. You might neglect spending time with family members and other people you are close to. Not having any time in your life to properly relax and recover from the work week can have an effect not only on your physical health but also on your mental health as well. Even if your job isn’t physically stressful, it could be mentally draining, meaning that you should allocate some time to yourself each week to have a complete break. The truth is a balanced life is more likely to get you where you want to be, and working towards that balance during your new spring routine could improve your chances of success.
5 Plan for Tomorrow Today
Some people do stumble on to success from time to time. However, this is a rare occurrence. When you don’t plan for success, you’re actually courting failure. Whether you are working with your current employer, branching out on your own and starting your own business, or looking for a new job to gain a new level of personal success, everything that you do hinges on everything else. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
At the end of each evening, right before you go to bed, plan the next day and if necessary, write it down. This gets your subconscious thinking about tomorrow’s goals and responsibilities while you sleep, and you wake up with an organized plan that improves your chances of success. And looping back to number one, you wake up less stressed and worried about your tasks and responsibilities of the day. It’s a good way to start your new spring routine.
6 Remember Failure Is Not Who You Are
A failure is an event. It’s not a person. You will fail from time to time—that’s an absolute certainty. Still, having failed does not make you a failure. You are just a person who didn’t achieve the results you’re looking for. One of the best teachers in life is failure. It forces to look at yourself, and your surroundings, in an entirely different light. Things you may not have known before will come rushing to the surface, and you’ll be surprised why you didn’t think of that previously. The more times you fail, the stronger and more resilient you become – you believe that the only way to go is up.
If you’re not afraid of failure, you can easily find new opportunities. That’s the beauty of embracing failure – where others see only the four walls of their ‘box’, those who don’t fear failure will find a way out. Generally, those that do manage to think outside the box pave a clearer path towards success. Successful people have a strong ability to learn lessons from their failures, and then put them in their rear-view mirror. You must let go of your past to succeed in the future.
Sounds like a lot, right? It is–and it isn’t.
Each of these behaviors are not outlandish ones – many of them are things you already do with some additional tweaks.
And it doesn’t have to be all at once – we aren’t superheroes, right?
The most important thing is to get start — do something!
But either way, it’s spring!
I would love to hear about your new spring routines in the comments! And if you need help keeping your energy up as you make these lifestyle and mindset changes, sign up for this FREE Energy Boost report!
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