Five Ways to Make Yourself a “Morning Person”

Are you more of a “night owl” than a “morning person”?  Want to put a spring in your step and get the most out of your daytime hours?  Here are five ways to change your perspective about getting out of bed in the morning:

  • Make one hour all about you.  Keep in mind that in order for something to become a habit, you’ll need to do it for thirty days.  Start out by setting your alarm clock one hour earlier than you usually get up and use that time to do something nice for yourself.  Read a book, write in your journal or create a recipe for your family to try using ingredients you have in your kitchen.  You’ll learn to look forward to and cherish the time you’ve set aside for yourself each morning.
  • Get a good workout in.  Getting your heart rate up early in the day helps jump start your metabolism.  Regular exercise prevents deadly disease and boosts your mood naturally.  If you want to start the day off on the right foot so to speak, take a brisk walk around the neighborhood and see how motivated you feel afterwards.
  • Create a morning ritual that fuels the soul.  Don’t ever fall into the trap of “I don’t have anything to do.”  Create a ritual that you can get lost in.  This can be brewing a pot of coffee and reading the newspaper before going to work, writing a to-do list in colored pens to keep you organized and on task or doing some research online before tackling a big project.  It’s amazing how a few minutes in the morning can determine the course of your day.
  • Use affirmations to get the day started.  Affirmations are short, powerful statements that help motivate you.  They affirm the positive thoughts produced by your subconscious mind.  Affirmations are tools used by some of the most successful people in the world.  If you want to make your morning amazing, start out with an affirmation like, “I can do anything I set my mind to,” and see what transpires.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.  Your body needs good, healthful food for energy.  Don’t skip breakfast.  It is the most important meal of the day.  This is especially true if you started your morning out by exercising.  You’ll need to replace the calories you burned.  Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, and whole grains for nutrient-rich, low calorie meal options.  You can find plenty of inspiration through recipe websites and

There are plenty of reasons to be happy about with each passing day.  Even if you’re reluctant to change, do so anyway.  Small adjustments to your schedule often lead to bigger and better things.  Before you know it, you’ll be bounding from bed with newfound energy.

Ten Things Highly Successful People Do Each Morning

Successful people cultivate good habits throughout their lifetimes.  That’s why it’s important for us to take an interest in them and their routines.  Successful people find it refreshing to start out the day on a positive note.  That’s why they do the following each morning.

1. Accept the blessings and challenges of a new day.

Successful people start by facing every new day as an opportunity to rethink their directions and a chance to reassess disappointments with courage and turn them into challenges they can face in a new and exciting way.

2.  Think about ways to make life better for other people.

When your outflow of positive action and attitude becomes contagious, the people who surround you will become as motivated as you are and the results can change your life. Your family will become happier. Your workmates will become more productive. Your friends will become more positive. Successful people are surrounded by the people who are affected by the drive and constructive personality he presents each day in a positive way.

3.  Use time advantageously.

Ask a successful person how much time he puts into each task. He will tell you that he puts time into things that help him perform and help him succeed not spending all of his time

4.  Channel energy appropriately.

Successful people find ways to reach maximum efficiency every day. And then they repeat them, again and again.

5.  Stick to what they believe in.

If you have an idea, make a plan. Once you have a plan, you can change it as you need to in order to reach you goals. However, remember the idea. The idea is the key, stick to it.

6.  Have faith.

You will reach your goals if you are positive and work constructively towards them. Successful people have faith in their ideas, in their goals, and in themselves.

7.  Know what moves them.

Follow this winning formula to achieve your own success. Find out what things and what people inspire you to reach your goals.

8.  Cultivate a winning mentality.

The only one who can defeat you, is yourself.

9.  Never stop learning.

Learning isn’t just for children. Learn something new every day. You’ll find projects in what you learn.  You’ll find solutions in what you learn.

10. Take risks.

Sometimes it takes a crazy plan to make a success out of your ideas. Playing it safe all of the time, will help you avoid pitfalls but will leave you traveling on a longer path that may not end where you need to be and it will be harder to start over if a great deal of time has passed since you came up with the goal.

Successful people practice a daily formula to achieve and maintain success.  Apply some of the techniques mentioned here to create a happier, more promising lifestyle each and every day.