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There’s a secret link between the most successful people in the world today involving the benefits of discipline and a morning routine. Tony Robbins, Steve Jobs, Oprah, President Obama are just a few of the many, who have taken advantage of this little-known phenomenon.
I’ve always dealt with the problem of getting motivated. Always wanting to self improve, I was under the impression that some people just woke up, every day, and wanted to workout – wanted to eat right – wanted to finish that lingering project. It wasn’t until I was listening to a podcast where they were interviewing the author of The Miracle Morning named Hal Elrod, where he basically tells his own story, from zero to hero – attributing his success and newly discovered discipline, all to a morning routine. Intrigued, I put the book on my Christmas list. Upon opening it, I noticed it was kind of slim, not a lot of meat compared to a lot of self-help books I’ve read. I read it from cover-to-cover in two days, in just a few hours time. It was like a cliff-notes version of every self-help book I’ve ever read, compiled into one. Afraid it was only going to make me more tired, I made it my New Year’s resolution.
I cannot tell you how pleasantly surprised I was.
Day 1: I awoke at 5:30am on January 1st. Pitch black outside. Brewed a cup of Keurig coffee, grabbed the book I was reading at the time which was The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I read for 30 minutes, and around 5:50am I was surprised at how awake I felt given I normally wakeup at 6:50am. I meditated for 10 minutes, basically closing my eyes and consciously focus on thinking about nothing. At 6:10am I worked out for about 20 minutes, hopped in the shower and began my day.
The feeling I had when I was done was unparalleled. I felt like an 12 year old on Christmas morning. Anything I wanted to do, I had the drive to go do. I was excited about the day. I was focused and in a great mood. Read any success book, or watch any interview with someone who has the result you’re after and you will keep coming back to one behavior they have all mastered; discipline. If you’re relentless in your pursuit, and have the discipline to persevere, even when the next steps are not clear or difficult, you’ll soon see there’s no mountain you cannot climb. The world is your oyster as long as you come to terms that you will NEVER get up until your goal is met.
I shudder when I hear people say, “I want to do [INSERT DESIRE], but I just don’t have the motivation.” It’s not motivation they are lacking, it’s discipline. But having been very reluctant to do anything out of my comfort zone in the past, I can absolutely relate. To be completely clear, I still have days I do not want to get up at 5:30am. I do skip from time to time, but on every single skip day, I never get that high, that surreal feeling that today is MY day to conquer, that lingers throughout the rest of the day.
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn
There’s some magic in having a morning routine. I don’t know if it’s waking up and doing something for yourself as opposed to rushing around to get ready for work. I don’t know if it’s the fact that discipline is like a muscle, and the more you prove to yourself that when you set your mind to something, you can do it, and that muscle gets stronger and spills over into other areas in your life. Perhaps it’s just the peace and serenity of being up at that hour, that allows you to be calm and focused on whatever it is your doing.
If you’ve dealt with “motivation” issues in the past, you owe it to yourself to try and create your own morning routine and instantly begin to see differences in your life.
Here’s a great speech from Arnold Schwarzenegger regarding discipline and motivation that’s worth checking out if you haven’t seen before.
I would love to hear your own experiences and stories below.