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Why is how we start our day so important?

How do you start your day?

We all know how important a good start to our day is, but how many of us actually take action?  What are we doing on a daily basis to set ourselves up for success and stay motivated?  In the #CJJblog this week I give you some things you should be doing to start your day off on the right foot.  Enjoy.

  • Night before.  What are you doing at night to help you dominate tomorrow?  You should be planning out your top (1-3) most valuable priorities (MVPs) and be clear with what you wish to accomplish.  Also, going to bed at a consistent time that allows for a good night’s sleep doesn’t hurt.
  • First 30 to 60 minutes.  When you wake up, do you mindlessly browse your phone for a bit?  I suggest you try doing these four things immediately after waking up: 1) Make your bed, 2) Recite your goals and affirmations in the mirror to yourself, 3) Listen to a podcast to get your brain flowing, and 4) Read for 10-30 minutes.
  • Morning routine.  Do you have a consistent morning routine?  Try these five things to optimize your mornings: 1) Some form of exercise, 2) Listen to an engaging podcast, 3) Write out your goals list both for today and 1-2 years, 4) 20-minute meditation session, 5) Eat a nutritious breakfast, and 6) Pray.
  • Help others.  How often do you wake up and think to yourself how can I help someone else today?  Here are some ways that I like to help others: 1) Positive Success Thoughts on social media, 2) Create a quick 15-30 second video to send to someone (congrats, catching up, etc.), 3) Wish others Happy Birthday on Social Media, 4) Utilize the 2-for-1 method as much as you can while doing your everyday tasks.
  • Long-term.  It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives, so it becomes very important that we are focusing on our long-term goals as well.  1) Learn (NOT compare) from other’s success, 2) Discover what motivates you (and do more of that), and 3) Start an idea journal and write in it at least once a day.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson will be delivering his Dreams Really Do Come True speech (in person) to the HR team at DePaul on September 15th

Life Tip #1:  Make each day your masterpiece

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