Set your day up for success!

If you, like me, often wake to a day with more items to accomplish then you feel you can possibly complete this post is for YOU!

I have read countless articles, and books on how to set your day up for success. Some very brilliant people have coined titles to this ritual like Power Hour, Morning ritual, Quiet time, Morning Routine and the list goes on. I have probably tried them all. Guess what? They are all kinda the same idea. We can look at success from a spiritual view point, or an acheivment mindset or just what it takes to get through the day. Knowing what “success” means to you will dictate how you need to prepare. What I have found for myself is that it does not matter exactly what this prep time for the day is called, or what I choose to put in to that time but it matters greatly that I take the time each day to get in alignment. I find that having a focus, an intention as well as a connection to the tasks I want to do and my CEO (God) is what sets my day on the path to achieve success.

THIS is what I do…..

Step One: Align your heart and mind.

I center my life around my faith. I know my highest priority and obligation is to honoring God. I start each day with prayer and invite God to be the CEO of my life, my business, my family and all that is in my day. Creating that alignment allows me clarity in every other area of my life. When in doubt as to what needs to be done first, how to proceed, or where I should focus I find that I can ask my CEO for a little project management help and he answers. I actively engage my brain in scripture study, and allow myself the time to devote to keeping that top priority the MAIN thing.

Step Two: Move your body

I know the value of keeping my body strong. Each day I choose to commit to moving my body. Some days that looks like simply stretching, or using my vibe plate, other days it is a dance workout video, or yoga practice. It matters less to me how strenuous the workout is, or even if it is an active workout but rather that I have created the space to honor my body, strengthen it and keep healthy. I have had this practice ebb and flow over the years as I combatted injuries, time, or just the desire to do so but I always have my most successful days when I have engaged my body is activity.

Step Three: Make a plan

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” I can not stress enough how important it is to take the time to create a plan for what needs to be done. This could look like a to do list, or time blocking your tasks. It could be that you schedule phone calls or appointments or make a detailed schedule. However, it works for you it is imperative that you move through your day with the focused attention on what needs to be done. I find that depending on what I am doing in a specific day or season how I create a plan may look different and that is totally fine, as long as I have direction I can accomplish my goals.

Bottomline, if you want to achieve success start your day intentionally. The specific habits you bring into intentional morning time will vary by the person and how they naturally operate just as the time you start your day will vary. Sure, many successful CEO’s rise early at 5am or before but, I know plenty of successful women who sleep in and still accomplish all they desire to do. The difference is what you do when you arise, and how you face each day.

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