Setting your day up for success begins the night before. Honoring your evening rituals is a key factor in achieving that success. My evening rituals include things like turning my phone on airplane mode 30 minutes before I go to bed. It includes brushing and flossing my teeth, drinking a bottle of water, and getting my mind set on tomorrow.
I’ll explain: I’ve found that if I go to bed thinking about tomorrow and getting overwhelmed, and worked up, then I wake up feeling overwhelmed. But if I go to bed thinking how excited I am for tomorrow, and how I can’t wait for it to be tomorrow so I can get all my shit done, then I wake up excited to attack the day, with more energy, a better attitude, and I feel so much more prepared and ready to go.
The second thing is the morning rituals. I honor and maintain mine. They include brushing my teeth, washing my face, making that first cup of coffee, journaling briefly about how I feel; making sure that, in that journal, I’m looking at my top three to five priorities for the day, etc.
If I get my priorities accomplished, I feel good about it. When I look at those three to five things that I need to complete, I make sure that they’re in alignment with my monthly goals, quarterly goals, and yearly goals. I ask myself, “If these are my priorities today, are they part of getting me further tomorrow? If I accomplish these things, will they bring me closer to what I want in the next month, quarter, year, or in my life?”
If they’re not in alignment, then I have to briefly ask myself, “Why have I made them a priority today? Who could I delegate these things to?” There’s something magical about revisiting your goals every day. It helps you understand yourself more and get them done faster.
The last key is going to the gym. My mother would say this to me, often. When things weren’t going right in my life, when I was struggling, I’d call my mom and say, “Oh, mom I’m having a hard time with this, and things just aren’t going my way.” She’d always reply, “Well, you better go to the gym.” And I’d laugh, never understanding why she’d give that advice.
I just couldn’t see how she was right; however, as we grow up, we begin to learn that our mothers are almost always right. And my mom never stopped telling me, “When you go to the gym, your life just gets better.” And she was telling the truth.
I think you find success in business when you find success in your fitness. I coach a lot of people now, and one thing that I have found to be true is that if I can get people up in the morning and exercising, and moving their bodies, then they win the entire day.