Good Sunday Morning!
I’m preparing a series of workshops on The Morning Routine of Top Performers as I often get asked how to establish a morning routine/what it should consist of, so I’ll be writing a number of posts on this topic.
A Note on Top Performers
A lot of people don’t see themselves as ‘top performers’. A top performer is someone who has tapped into their vast potential and is able to harness it (energy/talents/creativity…etc) to achieve their goals. We all have enormous potential, but may not know how to access and harness it. One way that I know how to do it is to build specific habits. Anyone can do this, so our potential is in our reach. Our potential is so much more vast that we can even imagine, so you’ll surprise yourself if you decide to begin to unearth it. You can’t dream big enough, and you keep getting better everyday. That’s why when you look at top performers it may seem like the gap between you and them grows daily. They are riding off the momentum of their habits, which they continue to practice throughout their successes.
This brings us back to morning routines. A morning routine is a life long habit of many successful people. We’ve all heard the adage: ‘Successful people get more done before 9am, than we do all day.’ That’s because the morning is a sweet spot in your day. It’s a clean slate; you’re refreshed, rejuvenated, you have high energy, clarity, creativity…your body feels strong, your mind is calm and focused, your spirit is elated. You can get your best work done in the morning. This is the best time to spend on yourself, and the best time to do things that are most meaningful to you. The biggest gains can be made here towards the biggest goals in your life. Starting your day this way has a tremendous ripple effect on the rest of your day—your work, how you feel, your relationships…etc.
“But I Wake Up Feeling So Tired…”
You may not feel like I described above when you wake up. One of the keys to having a successful morning routine is to wake up energized. There are a myriad of reasons you may be waking up feeling tired and the specific mix of complications is unique to you, so a “10 Tips to Waking Up Energized” won’t do. There is a lot of testing you need to do, and I highly suggest you begin recording the changes, because the insights you’re looking for will be in your reflections. We often forget—or have never been told—that we don’t learn by doing, but by reflecting on what we do.
“We don’t learn from our experiences; we learn by reflecting on our experiences”
We have often heard: ‘You learn by doing’. But how often have we done the same wrong things over and over again? Learning occurs in the reflection stage. How often do you reflect?
Reflecting every day for 5 minutes on what worked and what didn’t is definitely a habit of top performers. Constant learning is not only a habit of top performers, I believe it is one of their core drivers—it is who they are. I love this article The Morning Ritual Of Entrepreneurs Who Built Successful Software Businesses In Six Months Or Less for so many reasons, not the least of which is the mention of the 5 minute daily reflection.
I get all my clients to reflect every day on the habit I have introduced to them. The learning happens much more quickly and is much deeper. You’re able to solve a lot of your own problems, and you’re not left running in circles, not able to quite figure out which small part went wrong. Ultimately in your frustration you may decide the whole thing is wrong and doesn’t work for you.
Pause For a Moment
If you want to institute something a new habit, and you’re not going to take 5 minutes to reflect on it every day, I would say don’t do it at all. Spend your time and energy in a more productive and enjoyable way. Tell the person who makes that mouthwatering dish that hits the spot every time, how much you love it and missed it, and make plans to get together and plan something special for them. Or put on your favourite song as loud as the speakers will go and sing and dance and get lost in the moment. Or call up that person that makes you laugh a deep belly laugh every time you talk to them.
If and when you’re serious about instituting a new habit, you’ll know, and then factor in the extra 5 minutes. That 5 minutes that you dedicate to learning will exponentially increase your progress, and get you through the many obstacles that you will encounter when instituting a new habit. Until then it`s not necessary to lie to ourselves, to feel guilty, or to beat ourselves up. When it`s a priority for you, you`ll know.
Consuming more and more information on what we ‘should do’ or ‘could do’ can lead to stress and ultimately fatigue (beating ourselves up = energy drain) if we don’t have a healthy way to digest the information we consume.
We Are Poor Learners
Learning is something we do poorly (even with post-secondary education). And I never tire of mentioning that health and wellness is all about learning about ourselves. Learning is an active process. Learning is an act of pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones—making new connections.
We all want the benefits of learning but don’t necessarily want to do any of the work. It doesn’t just happen. It doesn’t just figure itself out. We love to wish and wait.
Top performers don’t wish and wait.*
Spend 5min reflecting on what worked and what didn’t.
Not just one time. Every day.
*The top performer in you doesn’t wish and wait
Vidya runs 9 Habits; a group program to establish 9 health and wellness habits one-at-a-time over the course of one year to untap your potential. How could you be taking advantage of your mind, body, and spirit to achieve your dreams? To become the person you want to be? What secrets do you hold? The answers you’re looking for lie within you. Vidya can help you unearth them.