Let’s talk about five things successful people do before 8 a.m., but first, let me just say that this is the perfect time of the year for you to close out the old year and embrace the new year.
You know, you’ve probably heard funny phrases like “New Year’s resolutions,” which are things that go in one year and out the next, or statistics. There are so many different statistics out there that say that the year’s goals go unfulfilled, which means only 7% of us are pursuing them and staying.
According to another statistic on daydreaming until the 1st month’s end, 30% of New Year’s resolutions fail. This year I want you to you live your dreams as the year for life and to develop personal growth and discipline in your life like never before.
So say, “Look, life, come one year from now.” You know what God has done in my life, don’t you? I was listening to John Maxwell, and he was talking about how people always ask him, “Well, let me look at your daily routine.” Let me take a look at what you’re doing day in and day out because that’s where success begins.
It doesn’t begin with you getting a phone call from a publisher. “No, success begins the moment you begin achieving goals in your day-to-day life.”
Jim Rohn said, “I’m going to pray.” I just wrote this down, number one. I’m going to pray, whether that’s worshipping God with worship music or praying in the spirit by reading proverbs and the Word of God.
I’m going to do something every day to spend time with God, and some days I could only spend five minutes with him, and some days it was 20 minutes or 30 minutes, but I’m going to pray every day.
Number two was to listen to a faith-building message, and you’ve probably heard that faith comes by hearing, so every time you hear a faith-building message, faith comes, but fear goes, and back then I was so full of fear that I was afraid of doing what I was doing.
Back then, my dreams and goals were more like cleaning up the room. Every day you can keep your dreams and goals before your eyes,
There’s a direct link between physical health and depression. Why the morning is the perfect time for you to begin developing habits in your life because that’s when you have the most control over your schedule, right when you wake up and, of course, right before you go to bed, but it says that the morning hours are a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people who use the morning hours to be productive.
Margaret Thatcher woke up every day at 5:00 a.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect, woke up at 4:00 a.m.
Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney, wakes up at 4:30 a.m.
Most people who work out on a daily basis work out in the morning; for me, the reason you should stick to the morning schedule is that your evening schedule could be too sporadic; there might be a basketball game, dinner with people, or you would just be exhausted and couldn’t be disciplined.
So doing Exercise in the morning gets it out of the way and you feel good the rest of the day.
That’s the perfect time to spend in the morning thinking about your future, or this could be your prayer time, where you just take a moment to meditate, to think, to dream, to listen to God.
They say, make your day top-heavy. What does that mean?
Instead of putting off your most difficult and important tasks until the end of the day because you’ve read them and procrastinated on them, tackle them first.
So I just want to challenge you to develop some habits in your life. Take a moment today to think of five things, and it doesn’t have to be five; it could be three; it could be four; but think of specific things that you are going to commit to every day.
You know the best way to start a habit is to say, “I’m going to do this for 21 days, and don’t miss a day,” and let me just tell you that this is a great way to start a habit.