For many of us, the morning starts at 9 am or 10 am because we don’t have any morning routine, so we struggle between deadlines and spending time with family.
But that’s not the case for successful people.
If you observe the lives of most successful people, you find that they don’t live like an average human being; they follow a strict morning routine. They don’t start or end their day the way most of us do.
Most of us don’t even have time for ourselves, and that’s why we hate our jobs, college, and other things, but successful people have the best morning routines.
Their morning habits give them control over their day so let’s get started.
In this article, you will read what morning habits successful people follow, which can also help you achieve success in life.
1. They Wake Up Early
“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” – Aristotle
Starting your day early in the morning feels like getting a badge of honour because it is tough to try it for the first time.
But do you know that successful people don’t snooze their alarms? They wake up really early, their day starts at 4 or 4:30 in the morning, and that’s the first reason they have so much time to spend with themselves.
Imagine you start your day at 5, and your college starts at 9 or 10. How many hours do you have for yourself? 3 to 4 hours.
This is a lot of time to explore your hobbies, complete your important work, spend time with yourself or read a book.
Even Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, claims he wakes up at 3:45, which helps him increase his productivity. Richard Branson between 5-6 am. Elon musk wakes up between 6-7 am.
Almost every billionaire and extremely successful people wake up early in the morning; what’s stopping you?
2. They Meditate
Meditation has tons of benefits, and successful people use those benefits for their well-being. Many millionaires around the globe meditate.
Some of them are – Arianna Huffington, Joe Rogan, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman, Angelina Jolie, etc.
But why do they start their day with meditation?
Meditation, in a nutshell, is silence, and when you are in silence, your mind jumps from one thought to another.
In meditation, the goal is to observe the thoughts and not to be affected by them. This is like training for the mind.
Successful people set meditation as their morning habit because it helps them make better decisions, handle stress better, improve their productivity, and helping them understand their own minds.
These are some of the statements by popular celebrities about why they meditate:
“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”
“I’m quite an erratic thinker, quite an adrenalized person, but after meditation, I feel this beautiful serenity and selfless connection. My tendency towards selfishness—I felt that exposed as a superficial and pointless perspective to have.”
“It’s a heightened state of being that lets whatever you’re doing be your best life, from moment to astonishing moment. The outside world is constantly trying to convince you you’re not enough. But you don’t have to take the bait. Meditation helps you resist.”
Even 5 minutes of daily morning meditation can change your life; try it for yourself to increase your focus, productivity and live life in the best way. Take hold of your mind right now.
3. They Read a Book
Book is a gateway to knowledge and wisdom for successful people. According to Warren Buffett, knowledge works like compound interest.
Every person who has achieved something big has a habit of reading, be it Elon Musk, who read thousands of books, now running two successful companies, be it Mark Zuckerberg recommends reading 2 books per week or Bill Gates, who read 50 books a year.
Take any millionaire or billionaire; they do have a habit of wildly reading books and take their reading habits to the extreme.
In an interview, when Elon Musk asked how he learned to build rockets, he replied: “I read books.”
But what’s the reason behind reading as a morning habit?
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies … The man who never reads lives only one.–George R. R. Martin
Books can give you great lessons from influential people.
To become wiser, you don’t need to live for 50 years or more; you can read biographies or other genres of books to learn from the successes and failures of other people.
There is a beautiful quote by Jim Rohn which inspires me to read more and more books. He says, “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”
Go grab a book and rise above the ordinary.
4. They Exercise
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn
People who have achieved greater heights in life have one thing in common: they take their health seriously and have a serious morning workout routine.
There are many benefits of exercise in daily life, from boosting your mood to helping you to keep a healthy heart, combat depression, and develop patience.
Studies show that exercise helps in developing focus, and that’s the key to success, focus.
Former President Barack Obama recommends working out, “You have to exercise,” he said, for instance. “Or at some point, you’ll just break down,” he tells Vanity Fair.
Former Microsoft CEO Bill gates start his day running on the treadmill for an hour every morning.
Virgin founder Richard Branson says he can’t go a day without working out – “I pop into the gym when I’m travelling, play tennis and kitesurf, and ran the marathon last year.”
If this can’t motivate you to work out every morning, I don’t know what will. Do cardio or weights, do whatever you like, but form a habit of exercise.
5. They Plan Their Day
Successful people plan their day in the morning. Have you ever imagined why do they plan their day before?
Highly successful people plan their day to spend time with their family, make time for their personal development, explore their own interests, and work out.
By planning their day, they determine what is important and what is not so they don’t waste their time doing something useless. Planning makes them productive and helps them manage their time better.
“An hour of planning can save you 10 hours of doing.” – Dale Carnegie.
6. They Express Gratitude
Expressing gratitude is the 1-morning habit Oprah Winfrey, Sir Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss, and other successful people do every day.
Gratitude keeps you in the present because when you express gratitude, you spend a sizeable chunk of time appreciating what you have rather than wasting time stressing about the things you don’t.
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
These secret morning habits prove that the poem that we used to sing in our childhood was right:
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” -Benjamin Franklin
To be successful, develop these morning habits that successful people follow themselves, wake up at 5, do meditation, read a book, hit the gym, express gratitude, spend time with your family, and that’s all.
Just practice these habits of successful people, and you’ll achieve success too.
Thanks for reading; feel free to comment down your queries, if any.