How to Start Your Morning for Successful Business Building & The Five Things You Must Do
Do you have a hard time getting started in the morning? Do you secretly want to hurt your friends who are diehard “morning people?”
But you may be wondering, Shelia why should I listen to you. Why? Because, when I was a teenager, I was the first person to get up in our house of five people. I even got up before my parents. And now, years later. I’m usually up by about 5:15, and guess what…that’s without an alarm clock. Yes, you heard me. I’m usually up by 5:15 without an alarm clock. So, let’s talk about how you can start your morning in the right mindset so that you can get more accomplished and get that business built. Yeah…instead of staying in the bed and dreaming about it.
Let’s start with tackling the self-talk. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the excuse that you give yourself so that you don’t have to hold yourself accountable. It’s the excuse that gets you off the hook so that you don’t have to take responsibility for your actions. Well, if you want to build a business, then you are going to have to take responsibility for showing up in the morning and for holding yourself accountable.
Stop saying that you are not a morning person. Every time that you say you aren’t something, then guess what…you aren’t. You will perform to your own expectations. So, expect more of yourself. I’m starting easy here. But for some of you this will be hard. Why? Because you’ve used this as an excuse for not showing up in the morning and doing the hard work. In other words, there are some people who have mastered getting up early and working hard. But they committed to it. They did what it took to get there. So don’t get it twisted by saying “oh, yeah, it’s easy for you because you’re a morning person.” Because what you’re really doing instead is de-valuing the work that they put in. And that’s just not nice.
So, here are my three tips:
· First for the negative self-talk, repeat after me…I will never ever say again that “I am not a morning person.” Together again. I will never ever say again that I am not a morning person. Once more. I will never ever say again that I am not a morning person. That was easy, right. Now Commit. Commit. Commit.
· Second, so, you now need to find a way to incorporate that into your mindset. It’s not enough to say that you aren’t going to do something. You also have to identify what you are going to do. Therefore, in addition to committing to never making that statement again, you are going to reinforce your positive mindset by saying “I am a morning person.” And in order for it to become a habit (and for you to believe it) you’re going to have to do this for at least 21 days. So whatever calendar you use, you are going to enter beside the time you want to wake a place for you to check off the task that you have engaged in this positive self-talk. Every morning when you awake you are going to say I am a morning person. Then you are going to check it off on your calendar. Again, you will do this for at least 21 days. And just so you now, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to just keep on doing this.
· Third, you need to celebrate every success, whether it is replacing the negative self-talk with positive self-talk or engaging in the every morning mantra of saying that you are a morning person. Every achievement matters, and by rewarding yourself, you are recognizing that it took effort on your part to accomplish these tasks. There is value in that. Remember, this is work. It requires focus, energy, commitment, and more. If it were easy, you would have done it a long time ago. So, give yourself a pat on the back when you get it right. Get up and dance. Write it in your gratitude journal. Put it on your list of daily accomplishments. However, you track meeting your personal goals and however you celebrate, do it. And finally, at the end of the night, say “job well done” to yourself for all that you got right that day.
This is Shelia. Remember, names are made. So go out and make yours.