The Best Way To Start Your Day

by JohnWiz 122 replies
Gary Halbert, legendary marketer and copywriter once wrote in a personal letter to his son:

"In fact, in my opinion, the best groove to get into is
get out of bed, (early) wash your face, brush your teeth, use
the bathroom, etc., and then, eat a piece of fruit (I think a
banana is the best) and then hit the street! That's it.
Just get out that front door and start moving. Walk, run,
jog. Keep moving for about 1/2 hour and then turn around and
come back. You know, I really do believe this is the very
best way in the world to start the day.
It cleans you out, it
settles you down and it gives you a nice glow that will stay
with you throughout the day. It will also make you more
clearheaded and improve the quality of your thinking. The
benefits are enormous and, believe me, if you start doing
this right away (like the day after you get this letter!) it
won't be long at all till you become positively addicted to
your early morning workout."

Personally, I do a bit of meditation when I get out of bed first thing in the morning - keeps me focused and uplifted for the rest of the day.

How do you like to start your day?
#mind warriors #day #gary #halbert #start
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  • Profile picture of the author Clara H
    Sounds good to me! Apparently fruit such as apple and strawberries are great for waking you up in the morning. Due to a severe lack of energy (chronic fatigue) I am trying to include some exercise into my morning or during the day but it's a work in progress. I do know that heat gives one energy, and exercising heats your body up.

    I start my day by having a shower, reading my motivation folder that I've put together for myself (various quotes and pictures that inspire me, as well as my goals, etc), having breakfast, saying hi to my parrots and feeding them, then getting to work.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnWiz
      "saying hi to my parrots"

      Lol that's a wonderful thing.

      And I bet you force-train them to say "Hi" in response.
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      • Profile picture of the author Clara H
        Originally Posted by JohnWiz View Post

        "saying hi to my parrots"

        Lol that's a wonderful thing.

        And I bet you force-train them to say "Hi" in response.
        One of them does say "hello" back, over and over and over and over...
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      • Profile picture of the author Wilma1980
        Originally Posted by JohnWiz View Post

        "saying hi to my parrots"

        Lol that's a wonderful thing.

        And I bet you force-train them to say "Hi" in response.
        thats so cute
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    • Profile picture of the author Lee A Bracey
      Originally Posted by Clara H View Post

      Sounds good to me! Apparently fruit such as apple and strawberries are great for waking you up in the morning. Due to a severe lack of energy (chronic fatigue) I am trying to include some exercise into my morning or during the day but it's a work in progress. I do know that heat gives one energy, and exercising heats your body up.

      I start my day by having a shower, reading my motivation folder that I've put together for myself (various quotes and pictures that inspire me, as well as my goals, etc), having breakfast, saying hi to my parrots and feeding them, then getting to work.
      Have you tried any qigong (chi kung) for your condition. I have studied for almost 10 years. I have learned dozens of methods, but always return to a few gems I learned years ago. In actual, there are 6 methods I still use and recommend. If you would be interested, I could make you a video and you could see the results for yourself. As I said, I have tried other methods (library, amazon, bookstore, etc), and none compare to the ones I learned from a taoist monk's deciple. This is not a sale, I truly enjoy helping people out. Let me know.
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    • Profile picture of the author dreamgirl21
      The best way to start your day is by listening to positive inspirational audio and
      reading personal development books.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrzejTomaszewski
    First of all, how is the alarm clock rings I get up ... at once. I do not snooze, do not lying in bed. Do you consider that you should immediately get up. Then the basic steps in the toilet. Starting a few exercises to stretch ... and shower. Healthy breakfast, coffee and planning the day, save all of the tasks. A moment of meditation and go to work!
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  • Profile picture of the author Smidid Sammia
    Start in the morning with saying to myself: Today is my day, cherish everyday
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    Yes, the first thing I do every morning is go for a run and hit the gym. It leaves you feeling energised for the rest of the day and there is no excuse not to do it. Setting yourself up right in the morning is vital because it creates the pattern for the rest of the day.
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    Amazing Story, I had somebody how helped me with the same words to go further. His inspirational words were a great wealth of energy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
    I've been thinking about doing this, actually. I think it would help improve my energy and focus, but one problem is that it's usually pretty damn cold out at that hour, and I'm not very well-insulated. I try to go for a walk at least once a day during the afternoon when it's warmest, though, unless there's a snowstorm outside.
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    • Profile picture of the author WikiWarrior
      I'm with Zabrina on this one, it's just too damn cold in the mornings, at least the last few weeks it has been. The last few days I've been waking up to my alarm at 6:30am, hitting snooze and waking up again around 9am when I'm ready to stumble out of bed and start the day. I'd love to be a morning person, I mean like 5:30am kind of morning, and I know I'd be more productive, but I'm like a snowball rolling down hill - I start off slow and gradually gather speed throughout the day, often doing my most productive work in the evenings.

      For some reason your OP made me think of this vid John:

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      • Profile picture of the author JohnWiz
        LOL funny stuff... if everyone on earth woke up in song and dance, I bet even aliens could hear us from light years away.

        Originally Posted by WikiWarrior View Post

        I'm with Zabrina on this one, it's just too damn cold in the mornings, at least the last few weeks it has been. The last few days I've been waking up to my alarm at 6:30am, hitting snooze and waking up again around 9am when I'm ready to stumble out of bed and start the day. I'd love to be a morning person, I mean like 5:30am kind of morning, and I know I'd be more productive, but I'm like a snowball rolling down hill - I start off slow and gradually gather speed throughout the day, often doing my most productive work in the evenings.

        For some reason your OP made me think of this vid John:

        YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author hails2009
    A very interesting way to start your day. I too jump out of bed and start my morning ritual. However I am currently focusing on letting go of anxiety about my day. Which is totally a waste of energy as this is week 2 of anxiety attached to my mornings. I know it is because I am in worry mode when I wake up. I do not know why that is - I am so far thinking my mind is in HABIT mode to worry as soon as my head is off the pillow. May be if I head out the door and find peace that will help! I will start this process and keep you posted.
    Thank you for your helpful way to start the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author erskinem
    You know, I've been taking walks in the morning (nothing serious) and I agree, it really does help clear your head.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    Prayer is the single-most important tool to start the day. Always thank your God for the beautiful things he has created, for the beautiful family, for the food that we eat and many more things may it be small or big, important or not. Starting off with a positive mindset jumpstarts my day!
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    Taking time with God is the best thing to do to start a day.
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    • Profile picture of the author ljlinning
      Originally Posted by giancans View Post

      Taking time with God is the best thing to do to start a day.
      I got to agree, starting with prayer is the best way to wake up.....even if I literally just roll onto the floor!!
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      Thanking GOD for another day!!!! Glory to GOD in the highest!!

  • Profile picture of the author jdmacintosh
    I put my goals, dreams and affirmations on my bathroom mirror so the first thing I read is my plan...
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    I start my morning with a yoga and then jogging.
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    Did I say already that I like to start my day by turning on the heat?
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    The very first thing I do is say hi to my dog. Afterall, he's my alarm clock. I just love my bro.
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    meditation is the key for my every day life's brisk activities. so i ll do in the morning and night before going to bed...
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnWiz
      Great responses here...

      Starting the day on the right foot is so important to being productive for the rest of the day, and that many people don't realize it?

      So is winding down for the day... maybe we should have a thread on "The Best Way To End The Day" soon

      As for meditation, it's quite simply food for the heart isn't it?
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTruth2011
    Always with good a breakfast, (probiotics, fish oil etc etc) then I do something to get me in a great mood (watch a clip or read for 20 minutes)
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    Yeah. I'll watch Anthony Robbins after going on a hard run(more energizing to go on a challenging run). Really I think I should be eating the frog, just getting the worst work down in the beginning of the day.

    I've had a hard time doing that though.
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  • Profile picture of the author TomHarvey
    Glass of ice cold water, shower (alternating hot & cold), breakfast with a black coffee and then some fresh air!!
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    well my morning is with a huge cup of coffee and a cigarette..
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryKathan
    I try to focus on being thankful for things when I first wake up, and envision great things for my future.
    You are right, when I excercise (especially outside) first thing in the morning, it makes me feel great all day.
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  • Profile picture of the author JingQuimPo
    Nothing like a good cup of Joe to start a day

    Jing Quimpo
    "Don't open a shop unless you like to smile."
    -Chinese Proverb-
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  • Profile picture of the author luckystepho
    I should start the day with a run but am still going to my day job :-( so I would have to get up way too early!! My favorite way to start the day is to make a mug of coffee, take it back to bed, snuggle up with my cat and read something motivational.
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  • Profile picture of the author dutchguy
    Take my dog for a walk and in the weekend also make breakfast for my kids.

    Like to do more running but can't find the time for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnWiz
      What's fascinating is how many of us here share the same "methods" for starting the day on the right foot... almost like we've a universal formula for success.
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  • Profile picture of the author thereikid
    I'm with you prayer and mediation is the best, lately I have been running first then coming in after the mediation session have been so great after any physical activity, thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author richjr72
    For me, I take a hot shower. Then, I get a Pepsi to help wake me up. I don't drink coffee, Pepsi is my morning java. After, I spend about an hour or so listening to tunes. It's my meditation process. It helps me, wake up and focus on the day's agenda. That helps me get focused and motivated everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ace1337
    I love to be alone in the morning, either thinking or working.
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    morning is awesome, so I was sleeping
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    It is great to start your day with thanksgiving.
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    I start my day with meditation and positive affirmations.
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    meditation....
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  • Profile picture of the author EarlSarsuelo
    I do meditate before anything else when I get out of bed first thing in the morning. It lifts my spirit, enough to keep me going for the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author OO
    I pray and meditate with coffee and a bagel mostly. To each their own.
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  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    I appreciate Eben pagan for his wonderful work and there is a lot of helpful free tips in the his blog itself . Creating a positive ritual is important especially in 2012 if it is to be the year that you have dreamed of . keeping your body active and knowing when you to take breaks and re-energise does incredible things for you and helps you create results more than doing 10 things at once or forcing yourself to hang on when you truly exhausted

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    I start my day with Pilate's!
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    praying to god is the best way to start my day
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  • Profile picture of the author BridgetSielicki
    I would love to start my day with a walk, but unfortunately I have kiddos to tend to! They get me up early enough, but it can be tough to fight the urge to be lazy first thing. Beginning with a prayer, healthy breakfast, and getting showered and dressed right away gets me moving and motivated to do my daily work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Bronson
    It's a great idea to get your body in motion as early as possible. It's all too easy to get up, eat while browsing the web, rush out the door to sit down some more at another desk, then be too tired after work to exercise.

    Knowing you accomplished meditating and walking 1st thing, really set's the right tone for the rest of the day.
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    • Profile picture of the author hireava
      The best way to start my day is having a prayer that will inspire me to get things done properly and accordingly.
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  • Profile picture of the author leeone
    I think the best way to start your day is to go for a jog, eat a good breakfast, then create a written plan of what you want to accomplish for the day. Set at least one goal that you can accomplish. This will help you set the tone of success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Phoenixfk
    I like to start my day by envisioning where i would like to see myself at the end of the day, finding out how to get there, some exercise, shower, breakfirst and i am out the door! Will add prayer into the mix from now on.
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  • Profile picture of the author focused
    An effective way for the start of your day is to not procrastinate in
    bed when it's time to get up. Then get a basic good breakfast while
    watching a little TV. Then head on over to the computer and get
    to work, and take a break for a short walk if need be.
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    • Profile picture of the author Snd65
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      I start my day with a Yoga and meditation.
      Then I take light breakfast and come to my
      work desk.

      Always try to have a smile on your face.
      That will help to get relief from stress.
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    • Profile picture of the author AASolutions
      I drink coffee. It perks up my day.
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  • Profile picture of the author karljimm
    meditation and deep breath
    don't forget drink hot tea, very refreshing
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      I go through on caffeine , literally drink at lest 5 cups per day
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  • Profile picture of the author LethaScroggins
    I usually start my day with these tips:

    Drink Green Tea
    Put On Some Music
    Write in Your Journal
    Morning Walk
    Yoga
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  • Profile picture of the author Retziki
    Best way to start is:
    1. take a shower
    2. go jogging
    3. take a second shower
    4. eat a good breakfast
    5. grab a cup of fresh black coffee and dive into work
    6. Always start by dealing with the most important task first!
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  • Profile picture of the author Saito
    My current morning routine:

    Wake up at 7:30 (Though I prefer 6 there are nights I'm out drinking till 1:30).

    Brew coffee, cook Slow Carb breakfast

    Dictate notes from current Spiritual or Personal Development book for 30 min (can read and notate 1 book/week like this)

    15 min yoga

    15 min meditation (working up to 30)

    Shower, dress, etc

    Get to "work" at 9:00 sharp, review weekly plan, make daily plan

    Then (in theory) is when I will eat the frog, though it typically gets procrastinated till 1:00 or tomorrow


    I used to exercise first thing in the morning after a banana but it's not worth the freezing cold right now, even to drive to the gym. I do that around 3-5 pm 3 times/week and it helps to divide up my day and re-energize me halfway through (always perky in the morning), plus I dovetail running errands at the same time--thus making one daily trip into the real world for this work at home hermit

    I also used to get to work immediately, but I just want to have some alone time in the morning when I can focus on myself and my needs without worrying about all the stuff I have to accomplish just yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author housewarrior
    Well now this is an interesting question.... The best way to begin the day.

    A lot of GREAT answers!

    What didn't work for me was the morning hike. Tried that last year, stretched my Achilles tendon, and was totally lame for two months.

    Gosh, as a backslider, I know what I ought to do, but don't do often enough... The folks here that start the day with a prayer, right thinking, and a goal are on the right track.

    I'll tell you a bit about the habits of a legendary insurance salesman ( W. Clement Stone ) that struck a chord with me in 1975 and lasts to this day...

    Stone's approach to the day was to get up reasonably early, shower, go make his morning sales run, eat lunch, take a short nap, wake-up shower, and then go make his afternoon and/or evening sales. He built an empire doing this.

    Stone also came up with the term, PMA....Positive Mental Attitude. This approach worked for him and many others from 1922 til the present day.

    Along the way he also ran across another young man, Napolean Hill by name, and threw in with him for the monster classic, "Think and Grow Rich."

    If you're one of the folks reading this that is into that positive attitude stuff, you would do well to research the two above names, for these two fellows while they didn't invent PMA, for that must have been around a million years... broke new ground in explaining how to put it to work.

    Having been familiar with this stuff since 1975, you might ax..."Norm, does it work?"

    I would answer you, "Sometimes yes, sometimes no." But regardless, I live better just knowing about it. It's foundational, you see.

    Which brings us back to those who begin the day with a prayer and a good positive attitude. Win or lose, folks who think and work their day in such a aren't terribly surprised when good things come their way, or nearly as devastated when things don't work out.

    And they sleep better at night, too, because they know with right thinking and a good attitude, things always seem to work out for the best, sooner or later.

    Norm
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  • Profile picture of the author zenjaz
    Yoga in bed - A propped pillow Peace Practice

    Do this small practice everyday or even just a couple of times a week - once you start though you may find you will want or need to do it everyday I think its a wonderful way to start your day, it takes just a few minutes.


    Before you open your eyes, feel yourself awaken. Let gentle inner smiles spread all over your body. Yawn & stretch. Slowly let your eyes see the room. Roll over and then prop yourself up with pillows into a comfortable position, make sure your back is supported.

    Sit in any comfortable position. Stretch your arms toward the ceiling and spread your fingers wide. Reach up and sway from side to side. Breathe slowly and fully to awaken your brain; massage your head.

    Lengthen your legs forward on the bed as you point and flex your heels and toes a few times. Rotate your ankles in both directions and then 'windshield wiper' your feet back and forth.

    Take a deep breath and then exhale as you slowly look to the left. Inhale to the right, gently moving your head to loosen your neck muscles. When you settle back to centre, consciously breath in, and on your out breath whisper 'peace'. Repeat 3 times or more if you like.

    Lick your index finger and touch the centre of your forehead or the indentation at the eyebrow centre. Feel the cooling effect of this action and direct your awareness into this third eye point. Visualise your perfect day. Should challenges of the coming day arise in your consciousness - meetings, scheduling, deadlines - redirect your attention to the 'peace' mantra.

    Bring your palms together at your heart. Receive and send the gratitude unfolding for this glorious day. Energy always follows thought. Let your intentions of confidence, compassion and love unfold. Now. Know all this is well. Slowly get out of bed to begin this day with purpose and ease.
    Enjoy
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  • Profile picture of the author bushidosurfer
    I learnt from Eben than one looses water during sleep, so one of the most important thing to pump us up is to drink water once you wake up

    So I would drink 2 glasses a water each morning, followed by exercises Then plan my day.
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  • Profile picture of the author therenegadeleader
    A hot coffee works well with me.
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    black coffee! oh the power of caffeine!
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    • Profile picture of the author Alcon
      I start my day with a Oat +banana + greek yogurt + agave nectar + milk shake. Very good

      then I add some green tea to give me that morning boost.

      Many times I find that I tend to take a nap then shower again mid-day and sort of gives me two fresh starts on my day and refreshes my mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author Madruga
    Walking outside the first thing in the morning is one of the best advice. Most people just check their emails and $ revenue they made during the night. My question is, what do we do when we stay up late for too many nights in a row?
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  • Profile picture of the author Usmile
    I always make sure to draw a smile in my face whenever I face the mirror in the morning. This helps me motivate myself and have a brighter outlook of the day.
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    Start the night before......know your D-M-O (Daily Method of Operation)
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor M
    The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is have a shower.
    Without it, I wouldn't be able to function properly. It's refreshing.

    After the shower I have breakfast. A bowl of oats or a couple of Weet-bix, then 2 pieces of toast.

    That's it. Simple isn't it

    I use to work out in the morning, immediately after I woke up, but lately I've stopped doing so after finding extra time later in the day to do it.

    - Trevor
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSki
    After going to the toilet I like to spend 20 - 30 minutes reading something spiritual or inspirational and 10 minutes of meditation. Then I head for the kitchen and have a green smoothie see: (http://www.greensmoothiechallenge.com/) then I get on the treadmill for one to two hours of fast walking while checking emails because I built a table for my laptop so I can get some work done while exercising... After that I hit the gym for some heavy weigh lifting (upper body one day... lower body the next day) and stop in town to check for mail in my Post Office box and to grab a light brunch. Then back home because I usually have two or three 30 minute photo sessions to shoot... yes I'm addicted to $1000+ daily paychecks. Then I'm finished by noon and spend the rest of the day going to the beach or working on my business taking care of marketing and selling images!

    Cheers,
    Steve
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    I always start my with prayer.. thanking for another day to come and for blessings i received.
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    Here are a few things that I like to do in the morning:

    -positive affirmations
    -reading educational, motivational, inspiration, and business quotes
    -reading at least 30-60 minutes
    -going for a 15 min walk
    -writing down at least 5 things I'm grateful for
    -listening to educational, motivational, inspiration, and business targeted audio programs
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    I will try this good thing in my life and make my day a great one.
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    start your day with good music and cup of good grean tea
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  • Profile picture of the author Lee A Bracey
    I like to wake up and immediately give thanks. Another day to experience, to laugh, to cry, to help, to heal, to....well, you get it. It is usually followed by qigong and then some coffee on most days. Weather dependent, going outside is a great way to connect as well. I enjoy alone time in the morning, to program and put forth my expectations for that day. It really helps to carry a smile for the whole day and a calm sense about you.
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    best to start is have a blooming mode of smile and tell yourself its my day!
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    Brush your teeth
    Shower
    Take Breakfast
    Start Work
    Review your daily tasks
    Start the difficult parts first

    Danny
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  • Profile picture of the author dave147
    By switching on the news watching and listing to all the negative stories just kidding...that would be the wrong way to start your day...unless you're Richard Branson of course

    I start my day by "Creating Positive Energies" when I wake up I think about my "Ultimate Desires" then think about my goals and what I need to do to that day that will bring me closer, then I jump out of bed, clap my hands together and say out loud
    "Today is going to be a GREAT! DAY!! by the time I'm in the bathroom the Positive Energy is already in motion
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    Take a proper breakfast.
    Take a bath.
    identify your actions for the day.
    Prepare for your day.
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    This is how I start my day, I'm a new fan of this guy:


    Summary:
    - smile
    - conscious breathing
    - stretch
    - drink water
    - gratitude + morning questions
    - incantations/affirmations
    - rebounding (movement)
    - reading
    - planning your day

    I also add meditation and sometimes yoga.
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  • Profile picture of the author edisherman
    I found my self enjoying this app memory spell, it's a nice little game that keeps the brain working
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  • Profile picture of the author LastingLifeSuccess
    I arise and welcome the day. I appreciate that I am alive and still in this world functioning properly. There is so much I am thankful for every hour of the day. I tend to spend my morning few (minutes) waking up in the presence of another mystery and am glad about it.

    My morning awakening and freshening is more mental than physical so I start my day that way.

    LLS
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  • Profile picture of the author emelef
    Wake up everyday and remember that anything could happen today. Anything! That is why you didn't quit yesterday.
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  • Profile picture of the author JakeRhodes
    I have a glass of fresh orange juice and then meditate for ten to twenty minutes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsherwood
    1st - Have my natural testosterone boosting smoothie. Its a fact that men with higher testosterone levels are more successful.

    2nd - Head out for my 1.5 hour work out

    3rd - make money

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    Prayer and meditation.

    -Ray Edwards
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    Sounds like something I should be doing... :-) Great idea!!
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    Brush the teeth
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  • Profile picture of the author joesfortune
    Soon as I wake up, I say a short prayer of thanks, have a glass of orange/mango juice that I squeeze myself, take a shower, have breakfast of hot chocolate, a slice of wheat bread and something more solid like friend egg, a slice of ham, sausage or corned beef.

    I cap my breakfast with a slice of papaya and a finger of banana.

    Then off to either the tennis court or the gym. I am back home a little after 8 a.m. and start pounding my laptop.

    How's that to start the day?
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  • Profile picture of the author Japles
    • Wake up before 7 am
    • Make bed
    • Bathroom & weigh self
    • 5 minute run + foam rolling
    • Drink at least 1 liter of water
    • Shower and stretch
    • Protein shake
    • Go to gym
    • Eat + more foam rolling
    • Shower
    • Journal & read
    • Work on businesses

    Don't even need coffee most days
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  • Profile picture of the author garyt
    The best way to start my day?

    1. thank the universe for a good sleep (or anything else extra)
    2. wish for a miracle
    3. watch out for and expect the miracle
    4. go for breakfast
    5. get into a happy mood
    6. get to work
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  • Profile picture of the author sunnysmiles
    1) 5am wake up
    2) green juice and meditation
    3) walk along the beach
    4) yummy breakfast (I like steamed or raw veggies)
    5) Re-write my yearly goals
    6) Read my affirmations
    7) Plan the day (I like to narrow down my tasks to the top 6 and only work on them)

    Life's sweet!
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    Taking time with God, Subuh
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  • Profile picture of the author carolf
    my son had sensory integration dysfunction and he has taught me so much about sensory input. So now I get up and head straight into a power shower of peppermint shower gel. That really wakes me up, then I make a cup of fantastic Italian coffee. I sit for 10 mins in silence and savour my coffee, the smell and taste of it and I count my blessings. Then I put on spotify top tracks for about 20 mins and dance around the house getting ready.

    Then I go and enrich the world with my joy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lindap07
    patting or cuddling my kitty, then a big glass of water, then ı think of what I'm grateful for, followed by a healthy breakfast (with coffee of course).

    Morning is may favourite time of the day.
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    • Profile picture of the author sunnysmiles
      lovely kitty!!!
      And yeah, isn't morning the best part of the day!!! love it!!!

      Originally Posted by Lindap07 View Post

      patting or cuddling my kitty, then a big glass of water, then ı think of what I'm grateful for, followed by a healthy breakfast (with coffee of course).

      Morning is may favourite time of the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author canniffch
    Always try to wake up early, ideally with the sun rise (if you have not worked till mid night). If you cannot do it yourself, get an alarm clock or simply use your mobile. You can also take the help of some family member to make you awake. Then feel relax about the day without thinking any difficult task that is due later in the day, instead think it is your day. Be positive. If you have time, you must activate in some physical activities like running or jogging or do some physical exercises in your home. But it is always recommended to make time for exercise for at least three to four times in week – whatever be your schedule . Then get ready – have a morning shower, take breakfast and dress yourself but never take any stress thinking about you are getting late or something like that (if you wake up early you will never have to face that). Then think about the activities you need to do today. But again the warning – never let negative thinking swallow you. Eat healthy breakfast, it will boost your body as well as mind
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Houck
    I like getting up and doing a Yoga routine wakes me up and allows me to feel better throughout the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbriker30
    thank you for sharing very good stuff
    what i do before i start to work
    first listen to success video like 'Toby robins'
    or read book like thing and grow rich
    also i am listen to program call "quantum mind power"
    its wave audio working on your brain after 7 min you going to file amazing....!!!
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    Ed Foreman says when you wake up, JUMP out of bed, put your hands up in the air and say "Today is gonna be a GREAT day!"
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    • Profile picture of the author elviira
      I used to meditate every morning and I really am going to get back to that habit. Now my morning goes approximately like this:

      1. Wake up early
      2. Have a big mug of black coffee while checking my mails etc.
      2. Feed the family
      3. Bring the son to daycare
      4. Workout (HIIT or strength training, on alternate days)
      5. Shower
      6. Quick low-carb breakfast
      7. Work on my blog, study IM, take actions, listen, learn, read, make money, take photos...

      My plan is to get up a bit earlier and have my meditation/thanking/positive thinking session right after waking up.

      That's what I used to do but nowadays I'm awake so late in the night that it's not that easy to get up very early... For the most of my life I used to get up at 5 am! Now just 6.30 am. Have to get back to that habit.
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    Anything that keeps your balance is good. I say a prayer of thanks before getting out bed. I wake up normally at 5 a.m. I open my day with a glass of orange juice, shower, breakfast laden with papaya and banana, then off to either tennis or the gym.
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    I learn't this long ago: To be Grateful in advance for the Day I am about to have. The key is Create Your Day the moment you open your eyes.
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    up early. bath. and start the morning with a smile before the activity, positive thinking and believe today is better than tommorow

    that's what I did this morning
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  • Profile picture of the author katrim
    I always drink a liter of freshly brewed tea and sometime I do a workout have weeks when I'm in the zone and I can pull off really hard ones but I also have the opposite when I'm too lazy so all in all there's so balance.
    I think it's a great idea to just go out for half an hour and I shall adapt it right away.
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    well, im a mom so i really do not have much of a choice but to get up and start moving. LOL seriously though, i wake up, go to the bathroom, drink coffee, and there.
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    Some interesting posts above.

    However I start the day by reading a few chapters of a Book a (physical one) remember those!...

    This allows me to get into the right mind for work, then I like to play a theme song before I start working, something motivational tends to work best.
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  • Profile picture of the author malcsimm
    Originally Posted by JohnWiz View Post


    How do you like to start your day?
    Great question - and good variety of answers!

    My routine:
    1. Get up immediately alarm rings - around 6.30 (often I wake up 2 mins before it goes off.)
    2. Peppermint tea
    3. Computer!
    - Clear emails
    -- Do an email task if less than 5 mins, else
    -- Put in Evernote as a To Do
    - Check calendar for appointments for the day
    - Clear in-tray
    -- Same as for emails re: 5 mins /Evernote
    - Review/tweak my To Dos for the day (I use Evernote for this too.)
    4. 15 minutes stretching and muscle strengthening exercises
    5. Shower
    6. Breakfast
    7. Work through my Evernote To Do list

    This works for me!

    Malc
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    Originally Posted by JohnWiz View Post

    Gary Halbert, legendary marketer and copywriter once wrote in a personal letter to his son:

    "In fact, in my opinion, the best groove to get into is
    get out of bed, (early) wash your face, brush your teeth, use
    the bathroom, etc., and then, eat a piece of fruit (I think a
    banana is the best) and then hit the street! That's it.
    Just get out that front door and start moving. Walk, run,
    jog. Keep moving for about 1/2 hour and then turn around and
    come back. You know, I really do believe this is the very
    best way in the world to start the day.
    It cleans you out, it
    settles you down and it gives you a nice glow that will stay
    with you throughout the day. It will also make you more
    clearheaded and improve the quality of your thinking. The
    benefits are enormous and, believe me, if you start doing
    this right away (like the day after you get this letter!) it
    won't be long at all till you become positively addicted to
    your early morning workout."

    Personally, I do a bit of meditation when I get out of bed first thing in the morning - keeps me focused and uplifted for the rest of the day.

    How do you like to start your day?
    I was really into running in the mornings which I loved. The one problem I've run into in Canada is the winter.

    I don't mind the cold - I actually enjoy it when I'm running. It's the snow. Many areas don't plow the sidewalks and salt the ice, which makes it very difficult to run!

    Looking forward to summer when I can get out a run again
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  • Profile picture of the author frankwyatt77777
    I think the best way to start the day is putting God first. As a christian i believe we need to pray,mediate and ask God for wisdom and knowledge. This is just my personal belief.
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    As soon as you wake up, think of one nice thing you can do for yourself that day.
    Stretching your body when you wake up is a wonderful way to loosen up your joints and increase flexibility.
    Fuel yourself with a high-fiber breakfast that includes whole grains, fruit and low-fat protein.
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    Get out of bed and have a very big smile.
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    Exercise the worst thing for me is to start my day by jumping straight on the laptop
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    A great breakfast and a shower
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  • Profile picture of the author SimonR
    - I wake up around 7h30
    - when still in my bed I visualize how AMAZING will be my day
    - I put super positive-high energy music !
    - I do stretching
    - few push-up
    - then I eat breakfast
    - I go in the shower
    - I dress my self up while looking how SEXY I am in the mirror


    * after that im ready to start my day , my morning routine make me unstoppable !
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    Get a good night's sleep. Lack of sleep is crippling regardless of what you do.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gretchenr
    Originally Posted by JohnWiz View Post

    Gary Halbert, legendary marketer and copywriter once wrote in a personal letter to his son:

    "In fact, in my opinion, the best groove to get into is
    get out of bed, (early) wash your face, brush your teeth, use
    the bathroom, etc., and then, eat a piece of fruit (I think a
    banana is the best) and then hit the street! That's it.
    Just get out that front door and start moving. Walk, run,
    jog. Keep moving for about 1/2 hour and then turn around and
    come back. You know, I really do believe this is the very
    best way in the world to start the day.
    It cleans you out, it
    settles you down and it gives you a nice glow that will stay
    with you throughout the day. It will also make you more
    clearheaded and improve the quality of your thinking. The
    benefits are enormous and, believe me, if you start doing
    this right away (like the day after you get this letter!) it
    won't be long at all till you become positively addicted to
    your early morning workout."

    Personally, I do a bit of meditation when I get out of bed first thing in the morning - keeps me focused and uplifted for the rest of the day.

    How do you like to start your day?
    I read this quote a while ago and kind of disagree. I like to exercise--walking mostly--in the afternoon or evening. I'm a morning person and already have high energy and bubbling ideas, so it makes sense for me to hit the office as early as possible and be super-productive. By the time my energy is flagging, I'm ready for a change of pace and then a walk.

    Although it's hard to argue with Gary; he was good at what he did!

    Edited to add: The worst way to start the day: rolling out of bed and checking your email.
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    Hot shower, Prayers to God and Strong coffee starts my day
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean May
    I wake up and do a meditation/deep relaxation exercise, write down in a journal a description of what I really want in as much detail as I possibly can in the present tense as if I already have it, drink a protein shake and then go for a walk/run.

    A little exercise and time spent focusing on what I want to accomplish seems to start the day right for me
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    1. Wake up
    2. Read the Bible for 15 min
    3. 100 pushup, 100 squats, 100 situps
    4. Cold shower
    5. Eat breakfast
    6. Get in to hustlin mode and start hustlin
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    I still can't settle for a routine. It's always changing which is quite frustrating at times.
    Any mothers nursing here? how do you start off your day?
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