Morning Ritual for Entrepreneurs
People ask me, “Steve, what do you do first thing when you wake up in the morning? How do you begin your day before you dive into work, listing items on eBay and Amazon, jumping into YouTube videos, doing product launches? What’s your routine before you get started?”
It’s an important question. As you get more into the entrepreneurial lifestyle, you will find your morning routine is crucial because how you start the day is typically how you end the day. If you get yourself into a good mindset and a high-energy state, you’re going to have that momentum to have an amazing day, building, creating, and adding as much value as possible to your life and the lives of those around you.
Get Up Early
I typically shoot to get up at 6:00 a.m. It might be a little later than that occasionally, but three days a week—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—I absolutely have to get up that early because I have a standing appointment with my personal trainer. Otherwise I do usually get to the gym by about 7:45 and work out for a couple of hours.
But immediately upon waking, the first thing I do is drink water. Often when you wake up, you’re dehydrated. And if you’re dehydrated, your energy is going to be down, your mood is going to be down, and you’re not going to be in a state where you can be productive. You’re not going to feel as good as you could be if you were hydrated.
Get Your Body Moving
The next thing I like to do is jump on my rebounder. I keep a trampoline right behind my couch, and I jump up and down on it for about six or seven minutes. It’s great for clearing out your lymphatic system, which is the system that cleans out toxins and bad things that are in your body. It helps with the immune system and adds energy.
Think About Your Life
While I’m jumping on that rebounder, typically I’m mentally going through a couple different things. Number one, I’m thinking about all the things I’m grateful for. I’m grateful to have my
YouTube channel. I’m grateful to have my health. I’m grateful to have two arms, two eyes, and two ears. I go through these little things, and then I think about the big things: my family, my loved ones, my friends.
Being in a state of gratitude and happiness for what you have is a great way to start your day. If you’re not grateful for what you have now, you’ll find it a challenge to build something more, to attain more, and to grow as a person.
Ask Yourself Some Questions
While I’m jumping on that trampoline, I’m also asking myself power questions: What am I excited about? What am I happy about? What am I committed about? If you do this, you are putting yourself in a very positive place. If you want to feel better about yourself, happier, more confident, and more excited, ask yourself questions that direct you toward that state of mind.
When I ask myself what I’m excited about, I might respond, “Well, I’m excited to build this new sales funnel,” “I’m excited to list 15 items,” “I’m excited to go to the thrift store,” or, “I’m excited to attend the Tony Robbins conference.” I get focused on all these things I’m excited about, and what does that do? It makes me excited.
Revisit Your Goals
Lastly, when I’m on the trampoline, I think about and repeat my goals. It’s a sort of combination of an affirmation and an incantation. One of my goals is that I’ll easily earn $480,000 profit by the end of the year or sooner. I repeat that to myself and get really get pumped up. Another goal is that I will have a thin, fit, ripped, muscular body by the end of the year or sooner. Again, I repeat that and feel myself get excited about it.
Breathe and Meditate
After I jump off the trampoline, I sit down, get into a meditative pose, close my eyes, and focus on my breathing.
I practice a couple different breathing techniques. One of them is breathing in and out quickly. I do that for a minute or two and feel so calm. My mind clears. Another thing I do is breathe in and out through my nose about 30 times in a row quickly with my arms going up and down at the same time. One more breathing exercise I do is inhale and then hold that for 20 seconds, and then I breathe out for 10 seconds. I do 10 or 15 sets of that while I’m in that meditative pose, and it feels great. These can be done before meditation or during it. Either way, I mix the meditation and breathing exercises together.
I’m not all about the money. My health is important to me. I want to feel connected to Mother Nature. I want to be connected to a higher power—whether you call that God or Spirit or whatever you want to call it. I want to feel connected to Earth. So meditations important to me. It calms the mind and helps me feel connected.
Feed Your Cells
Typically, next—if I have time—I go to my kitchen and pull out my Omega juicer. I’ll usually juice some celery, ginger, cucumber, and lemon. I try to keep it mostly greens. I stay away from the higher-sugar fruits. I like to have a green juice first thing in the morning. It’s great for flooding every cell in your body with a lot of micronutrients.
Shock Your System
Sometimes I start the day off with a cold shower, which is great for shocking your nervous system. It boosts your immune system and your energy levels, and it helps increase your
Why the Morning Matters
I’m a big believer in investing in myself. If I plant all this positivity in my mind, I will grow as a person, I will become a better person, and awesome results will follow. Every time I invest in myself, spend time getting to know myself, and put in the work to become the best version of myself, the results always come. Happiness comes, my health improves, my business and finances skyrocket.
That can all happen for you when you work on yourself. You can feel healthy, connected, and successful. And it all begins with how you get out of bed in the morning.
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