Now i'm not saying that in order to become a successful business man / woman you need to have the world's most perfect morning routine, all i'm saying is that it'll probably help.
It's been well known for a long time that some of the most successful entrepreneurs have all had well-refined, specific morning routines to help them achieve what they have, and by following their example, you can improve your own life. You don't need to be the next Bill Gates in order to profit from a "miracle morning routine" either, this method is simply a set of tools to get your day off on the right foot.
What you do the minute you wake up sets the tone for your entire day. What do you do? Do you pick up your phone and scroll through social media? Do you roll out of bed and down a cup of coffee?
Do you say good morning to a loved one? What you do first thing creates the first emotion of your day, and this can really influence how the rest of your morning goes, so think about what kind of emotion you want to be generating in the morning.
Rather than bemoaning having to wake up in the morning, try to switch that feeling to one of gratefulness. Spread some light into the room, stretch a little, and think about what you're grateful for today. Chances are, you'll feel a lot better than if you'd spent the time on your phone.
We burn a lot of calories while we sleep - the brain has a lot to do, so when you wake up, you're often dehydrated, you just don't realise it. Water is our life force, and the best way to energise and wake up your body in the morning is to drink plenty of water.
Without that hydration, you're more likely to feel lethargic, grumpy and eat more sugary or salty foods. Try to aim for at least half a litre throughout the morning.
A little exercise goes a long way, especially in the morning. You don't have to hit the gym straight away if you don't want to - but try to do something that gets the blood moving around your body. You've been still in bed for 6 + hours, it's time to get going.
Start of small with 5 minutes of yoga and then bump it up to some light pilates or a run. Research suggests that light exercise in the morning can help to prevent and treat mental illness and boost levels of essential neurotransmitters in the brain that contribute to happiness and concentration, so it's an excellent way to start the day.
Current estimates suggest that 10% of the population miss breakfast in the morning, and a shocking 90% of Americans are nutrient deficient.
Even if you don't feel it right now, an undetected nutrient deficiency could be affecting your whole life without you even realising it. Rather than rushing out of the door with a breakfast bar and a cup of coffee, create some time to have a decent breakfast, even if it's just granola and fruit, and take vitamin supplements, whether it's just an all-rounder or a specific set of vitamins to make up for any that you are lacking.
Love it or hate it, meditation is growing in popularity and many of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world use it on a daily basis - it's not reserved for yogi's and monks living in Tibet.
Everyone can benefit from meditation, and once you've made it a part of your routine, you won't even think twice about it. All it takes is 10 minutes a day to start reaping the rewards, including improved mood, less stress, less illness and more balanced emotions. If you've never tried it before, there are many free guided meditation on sites like youtube or apps like headspace.
Reading is an excellent morning practice, but make sure you're reading something beneficial and inspiring.
Fiction books are great but starting off your day on chapter 21 of the latest YA fantasy novel might not be that helpful to your overall productivity.
Instead opt for inspirational, spiritual or motivational books. It could be anything from your personal religious texts to a guide on getting the most out of your work day. Whatever it is, make sure it makes you feel good - no point in reading it otherwise.
Once you're done reading, it's time to take what you've learnt and put into practice with visualisation. Turns out, there are numerous benefits to sitting down in the morning and imagining what your dream day will look like.
Start off small, visualising how you want to day to go, and then build up - soon you'll be creating the life of your dreams. This helps to not only build up some good emotions and get you in the right mindset to approach the day with positivity, but it also keeps you on track and thinking about what you want in life, not what you don't.
Find yourself feeling unmotivated, lethargic and stifled in the morning? Plunge your entire body into ice-cold water and I guarantee at least one of those feelings will go away. For the daring person looking to seriously up the ante when it comes to their morning routine, a cold plunge is the way to go. Not only do they wake up the brain, but they benefit the body too.
A quick full body plunge into cold water has been shown to improve immune function, increase blood flow to the brain, increase your metabolism and, as i'm sure you can imagine, wake you up pretty quickly.
The most famous proponent of this somewhat crazy way to get the day started is Tony Robbins, who starts off every single day with one. If you don't have a dedicated cold plunge jacuzzi just a few steps away from your bed, switching the shower to the coldest setting and taking some deep breaths will do just fine.
Of course, this is not a complete morning routine - i've left out the stuff you probably already do, like get dressed, wash, etc etc. This is just a list of steps that you may (or may not) want to integrate into your existing morning routine, or if you haven't got a morning routine set up at all, should give you a good foundation to start off with.