Research has shown that the busiest, most successful leaders in the world don’t dive straight into work; they begin with a self-care routine to get themselves grounded.
Even when my body was in such bad shape I couldn’t leave my bedroom most of my days began with meditation, prayer, and whatever exercise/movement I was capable of doing. Most days (nope not perfect) I read the Bible and sit in silent meditation, which centers me and calms erratic bouncing thoughts. I stretch and build muscle. For a long time, making the bed was a serious form of exercise! As I grow in strength and my energy improves I’m able to do a little more every day.
A couple of months back my friend Alissa raved about a book called ‘The Miracle Morning.’ I read it and was pleased to see that it pretty much confirms what I already do. (Although getting up early is definitely not in my playbook…I have room to grow.) If you need more motivation to establish or confirm a routine that will build fortitude and focus, try reading that book.
More than anything, simply commit to starting the day by nourishing your mind, body and soul before heading off to conquer the world. You’ll be more productive and happier doing it. Now that’s a good morning!