The 7 Morning Habits Of Highly Successful People

We all want to succeed. One path to success is identifying the habits that can help us on our journey.
  1. Stretch
  2. Make Your Bed
  3. Meditate and/or Set Intention For The Day
  4. Exercise For At Least 20 Minutes
  5. Eat A Large Breakfast
  6. Put A Smile On Your Face
  7. Write Down and/or Tell Someone 2 Things You Are Grateful For
I work with some of the most successful people in the world for my entire career dating all the back to 1997 when I was a personal trainer at the White House. Through these experiences I’ve picked up, I’ve listened, I’ve asked and I’ve seen 7 habits that help to keep these type A personalities feeling and looking good.
Stretch: When my client’s work and workout as hard as they do, they spend a few moments before getting out of bed stretching their body and their minds to ease into their day. Here’s the most basic stretch you can perform that will give you an extra bounce in your step.​
Stretch in the morning
​Make Your Bed: I know it sounds so silly and basic, but people who make their bed begin their day with a sense of achievement and accomplishment. Those who even have maids to help with mundane chores like this one, at the very least make it look neat rather than leaving the blankets or pillows a mess.
Meditate and/or Set Intention For The Day: “You can’t hit a target you can not see.” Mediating or setting an intention for your day allows you to see and act in a way that will set you up for success.
Exercise For At Least 20 Minutes: Exercise is a way to not only look good, but feel good. Endorphins, serotonin and other chemicals released into your body from exercise are the gateway to your mood, attitude and performance on the job. Getting your workout in first thing in the morning allows you to also focus your attention on the things that really matter in business.
Eat A Large Breakfast: Fasting is the new rave in Hollywood and I couldn’t agree more that intermittent fasting is not only great for the body, but great for the mind. However, those that take the time to sit down and have a well balanced breakfast perform better throughout their day. There’s a reason it’s been the number one meal most discussed for decades. Don’t skip it and make sure you eat like a King or Queen.
Put Smile On Your Face: Smile and the world smiles with you. This is not voodoo magic and it’s not for children. The most successful people smile. It’s a fact according to research. Smiling not only makes others around you feel welcome, at ease, engaged and even appreciated. Smiles help to lower your blood pressure, reduce your heart rate and even increase blood flow to the brain allowing you to figure out those complex business solutions that will change the world. Start smiling now!
Write Down and/or Tell Someone 2 Things You Are Grateful For: Gratitude changes your attitude. The simple act of writing down or telling someone what you are grateful for starts the momentum of focusing on the right things. Executives and people in power need to focus on the right things to come to the right decision. Focus is like a muscle and focusing on the right things is a habit. You can get caught up on focusing on the wrong stuff and make some bad decisions. So start focusing on the things you are grateful for and you’ll find yourself making better decisions when they really matter.
The 7 Morning Habits Of Highly Successful People are habits and habits take repetition to create. Don’t give up, stay consistent, don’t make yourself wrong or beat yourself up if you forget to do any or all of the aforementioned. The reason why these client’s are highly successful is because they’ve been doing these routines for a long time, maybe even a lifetime. So cut yourself some slack, but not too much. You’ll find your groove and maybe even create several new habits that work best for your lifestyle.
Yours in Health and Fitness,
Steve Jordan, BS, CSCS, CES, PES, CPT, HLC

 

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Cumulative Stress Is A Silent Killer

Getting your day started off on the right foot isn’t as easy as 1,2, 3. But it’s a practice that can be as easy in 1-2-3 action steps.

Today more than ever there are so many distractions at the tip of your fingers using smart phones or tablets. Work emails, family disputes, staying up late at night binge watching Netflix, battling traffic in your daily commute or eating late at night all can be ways that add stress to your mind and body and begin the  cumulative stress cycle. Cumulative stress is a silent killer! It’s not the stress that makes you want to shout, jump from fear, or beep your horn at a driver who isn’t paying attention. No, It’s the stress that adds up over time that we don’t see, feel, hear, touch or smell because we’ve become so immune to it. However, if you leave your current lifestyle to say a lifestyle somewhere on a remote island free from all the distraction of life and go back to your original routine, you’ll notice one or many of these stressors because your mind and body have adapted to the new, calmer way of life.

Like training a muscle that needs to flex and be strong we can train and adapt our minds to be more positive and stress free.

I recommend these 3 simple, but very effective tips to my clients.

  1. Upon waking have a daily mantra that you repeat out loud or in your head while get ready. My mantra is, “ Today I am the possibility of Love, Passion and Abundance!” I say this over about 3-5 times and with each passing day I get more and more comfortable saying it and my daily actions reflect the positivity in this mantra.
  2. I tell someone you love them or that you are grateful for them in your household or business, it can be a significant partner, child, pet, friend, roommate, family member, coworker, boss or even the person at Starbucks who serves your coffee. It doesn’t have to be in person, you could call or text someone. This starts the selfless attitude of giving without expectation. When we give without expectation we  become happier.
  3. Last but not least, sit in silence for 5-10 minutes a day in a meditative state that allows you to “JUST BE”. Clearing your thoughts, your concerns, anxieties and expectations allows you to leave the house with a clear mind, an open heart and a peaceful disposition.

Don’t worry or feel inadequate if you can not do this consistently and/or if you have trouble the first several times. Like anything we try the first time we typically are not perfect at it. What would happen to us all if we stopped trying to walk the first time we tried…we’d all be snails. 🙂

Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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