3 Things NOT To Do Every Morning
If I had to choose one of the top 3 reasons as to why I’ve been able to experience the succes I’ve had in my life, hands down one of them would be because of my morning routine. When you win your morning, you usually win the rest of your day, and today, I want to give you three things I used to do that you SHOULDN’T do if you want to win the morning as well.
Snooze Your Alarm
If you’ve been in business, I’m sure you’ve heard this said a million times . . . but maybe no ones ever broken down WHY snoozing your alarm is so important. To illustrate, I want to tell you about a seminar I went to a few years back where a really successful couple explained it perfectly.
He used to be a professional football player, so he liked to speak in terms of winning, and he said every decision you make is either a “win” for the day or a “loss” for that day. And how you judge whether you won a day or lost a day was you’d add up all your little wins and losses, and as long as you MORE wins that losses, you should consider that day a success.
Well there’s no easier way to start off your day with a win that waking up when your alarm goes off. If you know you’re going to snooze, set your alarm back 15 minutes so you don’t have to. Don’t let yourself start the day off with a loss.
Check Your Phone First Thing
One of the worst things you can do is the morning besides snoozing your alarm is checking your phone first thing in the morning. Why is this such a bad practice?
First, seeing negative messages/comments/news i.e. from social media can trigger stress responses in the body that can have a damaging effect on your overall health. Second, you never want to start your day off with the demands of someone else. When you do things like check your email, you’re giving other people priority over your morning and your life.
What you want to do instead is to take time in the morning for yourself, WITHOUT distraction. Even if its a couple of minutes, taking time for yourself will allow you to be at your best for whatever the rest of the day throws at you.
Eat A Bad Breakfast
Have you ever been running late in the morning, so instead of eating something at home, you stop at a drive-thru and grab some breakfast, only to regret it a few hours later? That’s the feeling you get when you eat a bad breakfast.
Nothing will sap your energy and make you feel like you need a nap more than eating a bad breakfast. Doing this can mess with your metabolism, give you a mid-morning crash, and can even bring about weight gain and increased chance of disease.
A simple solution is to prepare your breakfast the night before if you know you’re going to be in a hurry. Preparing something like overnight oats with fruit is a great way to have breakfast ready to go in less than a minute.
One of my favorite quotes is “When you win the morning, you win the day,” and I really believe that to be true. Throughout my life, I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. I’ve had awful morning practices, and now I have great ones, and let me tell you, I can DEFINITELY tell the difference. Make sure you’re practicing good morning habits to ensure your success every day!