A leader’s most important time is in the morning. What you do between waking up and leaving for work (the start of the day) will greatly impact the rest of your day. Certain morning habit have the power to increase your personal productivity and effectiveness. This is why you must form the right habits. Morning habits that will allow you to win during your day include: filling your inward cup, choosing healthy food & drink options, and planning for the day. Let’s dive into each of those:
1. The habit of filling your inward cup
Leaders should take the time in the morning to fill their spirit, soul, heart, and mind with the good and positive. Galatians 6:7 provides this truth, “for whatever a man (or women) sows, this he will also reap.” Buddha said, “The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?”
What you “sow” or “plant” in the morning time will come out during the rest of your day. This is why the morning habit of filling your inner cup or life is so crucial. It will impact your personal performance and those around you. Filling your inner cup can include: consuming spiritual or personal growth content, silence or meditation, or prayer or speaking positive affirmations. These are only a few ideas on how to fill your inner cup. Find what works for you and every morning take the time to fill your inner cup.
2. The habits of eating healthy food options
What you consume will affect your body and overall well-being. The best leader have the habit of choosing healthy food and drink options. They know when they maintain the habit of consuming healthy options the results are higher levels of energy, concentration, motivation, and awareness. In turn this allows them to be more productive and effective while performing in their leadership role.
While I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, you should limit eating foods with a high amount of fat or sugar. Several healthy breakfast options can include fruit, eggs, or oatmeal (not instant). You should drink a lot of water during the morning while avoiding drinks with a large amount of sugar. Drinking a large glass of water right after waking up helps you hydrate your body and provides a natural energy boost (Try it).
To start forming this habit you should plan your morning meals and watch what you purchase while shopping at the grocery store. In Eat. Move. Sleep author Tom Rath said, “The most influential choices you make for your health occur in the grocery store. Once you put something in your cart, good or bad, it is likely to end up in your stomach.” Deliberately chose healthy options when shopping for food and be smart about what you eat or drink.
3. The habit of planning
Properly planning in the morning can allow you to maximize your time during your day. Planning can help you make the most from every minutes of your day. This positions you to achieve small daily wins which will compound to monumental levels of success. You first need to know and keep your desired future or outcome in mind by determining the huge project or goal you want to achieve. Make sure they are within your areas of personal strengths as well as being closely connected to your life purpose, dreams, and vision.
One you determine your huge project or goal you will want to work backward. Break it down into daily tasks or goals. Then choose and concentrate on the 3-5 smaller tasks that you will work on during each given day. Those which will allow you to make the most progress toward the achievement of your huge project or goal.
For example if you want to lose 40 pounds of weight you will need to plan your day around making progress on that goal, to plan healthy eating options and to regularly work out. Or if you want to write a book you will need to plan tasks which will allow you to achieve a finished book, to plan your day so you will write, research, and reflect on the book. The key is to take time in the morning to determine the action steps you will take, then getting to work on them.
Questions: What morning habits position you to win during the day? Which of these three habits do you need to form?
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