5 morning habits of successful leaders

What do Tim Cook, Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg or Richard Branson have in common? They have implemented habits that help them to be productive and focused. You can also become more successful simply by following an effective morning routine.

Managers and leaders can be more successful through morning rituals (Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash)

1. Seize the day by waking up early: Tim Cook wakes up at between 4-5 a.m. and starts his day by reading user comments about Apple products before he heads to the gym. Starting your day when everyone is still asleep gives you time to work without any distractions. This doesn't mean that you should sleep less because sleep is very important for your health. Simply go to bed early to get a minimum of 7 hours of good sleep.

2. Meditation / Gratitude: Successful leaders are in control of their thoughts and are able to stay calm, even during hectic times. Start your day with a meditation. This can be for 10 or even 30 minutes. Or choose a simple habit such as thinking of 5 things that you are grateful for. Practicing Meditation and Gratitude has been shown to reduce stress, increase happiness and self-esteem as well as physical and psychological health.

3. Drink water: our body needs water, period. Skip the coffee or tea and pour yourself a glass of lukewarm water first thing in the morning. Adding lemon will help your body alkalize (meaning that your body will be better able to get rid of the the bad stuff in your body), and adding a pinch of sea salt or Himalaya salt can promote hydration and various other functions of your body.

4. Move: Whether you choose to go to the gym or do some exercises at home, a workout in the morning before going to work helps you to wake up naturally, gives you a great feeling of accomplishment before you arrive at work, and you have almost zero chance for excuses in the morning. Another huge benefit is that you have more time for other things after work: drinks, family, or working longer to meet a deadline without sacrificing gym time. “I seriously doubt that I would have been as successful in my career (and happy in my personal life) if I hadn’t always placed importance on my health and fitness,” Richard Branson once wrote in a blog post. If you need some help or extra motivation to start a morning workout routine, hire a personal trainer or sign up for an early morning bootcamp class. You are more motivated if you make a commitment.

5. Fuel your body: Start your day with nutritious and real food. Skip the croissant and orange juice. Choose a well-balanced meal made with real food instead: porridge with protein powder, eggs with some avocado and salmon or a smoothie without too much fruits (you don't want to drink too much sugar in form of blended fruits; add veggies like celery or spinach). Fuelling your body the right way will boost your metabolism (=burn more fat) and boost your brain power.

If you also want to become a successful leader then start implementing your own morning routine. Join our early morning bootcamps to start the day right with like-minded and motivated people, or bring your friends along. Info and registration here. Remember: if you commit to something you will more likely do it.