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5 Great Ways to Kickstart Your Morning

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A good day starts with a great morning ritual. One that consists of healthy habits, some quiet time for yourself and successful routines.

How you spend your morning is how you spend the rest of the day, and basically how you spend your whole life, as it is a series of days.

And if you manage to start each one with a few of the following, you’re sure to have the life of the people you look up to – the great successful role models of our time that know how to be productive and are mindful of everything they do.

So here are the best things you can include in your morning ritual:

1. Get up early

wake upIt all starts here. It won’t really matter what you’re going to do first thing after getting up, if it’s already noon and everyone else has got so much stuff done.

That’s a keystone habit, a powerful one. It takes time, but it’s worth it. Once you implement this every day, it will affect other habits – you’ll have more energy, be more productive, go to bed earlier, find time for yourself, etc.

Also, there’s something magical about the early hours of the morning. So use them in the best way possible.

 

2. Meditate

meditateAll you need to do is try to empty your mind for a few minutes.

Don’t think too much about the position of your body, whether you’ve eaten before that or not, don’t try too hard or try to control your thoughts.

Just relax, breathe deeply, let go of all your worries and leave what happened yesterday or what might happen today behind. Your goal is to stand still, enjoy the silence and focus on your breathing.

Do that each morning and soon you’ll be able to keep that state for longer.

Meditation has a phenomenal effect on your mind and soul.

 

3. Write

writeWriting is a therapy. It’s a beautiful experience where the mind wonders and you get to follow its journey by writing down the thoughts it gives birth to.

Here, you also need to just go with the flow. Write whatever comes first in your head and don’t think about how it looks, whether you’ll share it on your blog later, or if it needs editing.

Write your problems out. Share your secrets, dreams, desires and fears with a piece of paper. This way you’ll get them out of your head and will clear your mind for the day.

Plus, you get to do that in the best time of the day – the early morning – when your mind is still not fully awake, and dares to think of unusual ideas and interesting scenarios.

 

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4. Drink a glass of water with lemon

glass water lemonMost of the times our body just needs water, nothing else. And after sleeping for so many hours, it’s dehydrated.

Give your immune system a boost and get some vitamins by adding lemon juice to it.

Lemon also alkalines your body very well which serves as a great way to keep the inflammation down.

You can also drink it warm.

This way you’ll wake up the body pleasantly. It will feel great that you don’t burden it with the usual dose of caffeine and will celebrate that by being fresh all day.

 

5. Figure out your MIT’s.

check list MITAnother thing highly productive people do is to decide which their most important tasks are in the morning, and then start working on them right away.

Choose 3 of them and stick to them until they are completed.

If you work without any distractions and really commit to that, you’ll be proud to say that by noon you’ll have finished more things (essential ones) than most people do for a whole day.

It will also become the driving force that will get you motivated to keep yourself busy with other important stuff, and thus you can soon master productivity.

It’s not a coincidence that all successful people out there, who dare to follow their dreams and put effort into reaching their goals every single day, have habits like these.

It’s what really works. But nothing can convince you more than trying it out for yourself.

That’s the best way to kickstart your day, make the best of your morning and get ahead with what you want to achieve in life.

 

What other things can you add to this list?

Lidiya K. is a writer and blogger in the fields of self-improvement, life hacking, human potential and minimalism. She's the creator of Let's Reach Success, where her mission is to motivate and inspire and think of creative and unusual ways to overcome fear, procrastination, insecurity, clutter, failure, overthinking, discontent and much more.

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  1. Rama Tadepalli

    Dec 20, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Be cautious on Diet you take – it will have influence on the body & Mind

  2. James Sommers

    Mar 26, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    For me the “get up early” stuff drives me nuts because, many people work nights or LATE. Not everyone works 9-5. Millions don’t. And if you have a job where you come home at 1-2 AM getting up at 5 is unhealthy (3 hours of sleep!) I ran a martial arts school for years — I’d get home late every night. So my “5 PM” was really about 10 (when I’d eat dinner).

    There was a Ted Talk about sleep by a neurologist far smarter than me who said there’s NO difference economically between morning people and late people except morning people tend to be far more smug!

  3. EPIM

    Feb 14, 2015 at 3:29 am

    always feel sleepy in the mornings especially in winter. omg. compared with lemon, i prefer a glass of water with honey 😉

  4. Danilo

    Feb 7, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Good habits 🙂 i would add 5 minutes for laughs 🙂

    • Lidiya K

      Feb 13, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Thanks. Laughing is a good one, too.

  5. cheryl

    Feb 7, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I am up at four and out the door for a run, bike ride or swim (or yoga weights) before work (I leave my house at 6:15 to get to work by 7 and work with special needs preschoolers all day)-sometimes I do a second workout if I have a big race coming up. I read/meditate and get all my other stuff done after work/dinner. I am 61 and have been doing this for the last 44 years of my life…let’s just say I sleep well at night and have more energy than the young people I work with!

    • Lidiya K

      Feb 13, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Amen to that!

      You’ve got a solid morning and evening routine and definitely know how to stick to a habit. Let’s hope that more and more people will realize how beneficial that is to every area of our lives.

      Keep doing what you do!

  6. Gabriel DoCarmo

    Feb 3, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Great article, very well written! I have to say these are some of the best morning rituals you can develop. I’ve been following Numbers 1-3 for awhile and I must say its the most productive I’ve ever been in my entire life. I agree the key to a good day is in your morning rituals. “The first hour of the day, determines the rest of it.”

    Cheers!
    Gabriel

    • Lidiya K

      Feb 4, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Thanks, Gabriel. Glad you too have felt the benefits of that habit.

  7. Gonzalo

    Feb 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Great straight to the point post, like it! Thanks Lidiya!

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Don’t Want To Feel Like A Failure Anymore? Stop Doing These 6 Things

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

You’re not! With the possible exception of the true sociopaths, that feeling you’re feeling is very normal to EVERYONE. It might not seem like it on the outside – because people don’t like to acknowledge this remember – but I can guarantee you that it’s true. But unlike 99% of the world’s population, YOU’RE not going to let this feeling stop you in your tracks. Are you?

4. Stop Thinking You’re Supposed To Be Superhuman

In fact, it’s very likely that you’re already doing, learning and succeeding at WAY more than most other people are. But for entrepreneurs, somehow, that never seems to be enough. You don’t just want to be successful after a few years of hard work (which is normal). You want to be successful after only a few months. Because you’re special…or at least you think you are…

Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

5. Stop Being So Incredibly Stubborn

Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

Those Who Failed Their Way To Success

Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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