Recently we talked about how vital self-discipline is to achieving your goals. One ritual that can either lead you to the life you dream of or the life you dread is your morning routine. Successful people have a morning routine that has led them to fulfill their dreams. Before many people have their breakfast, high achievers have typically read two chapters, jogged two miles, and listened to two mentors give exceptional advice. Each morning that you lose the battle of the bed…not rising up early literally drives you further from success. Each 30 minutes lost can compound to 10 hours per month.
I read that the most successful people in the word have something in common. They conquered the covers in the morning by rising early. From political leaders to ministers, famous athletes, CEOs and celebrities they cherish the morning hours to get up and invest in themselves while the rest of the world sleeps in.
Examples of morning routines of successful people: Bill Gates founder of Microsoft begins his day with one hour on the treadmill, watching educational teaching. Richard Branson the founder of 400 companies worth 3 billion dollars wakes up at 5:45 and his routine consists of playing tennis with someone younger, swimming around his island once before eating a healthy breakfast.
Mark 1:35-36 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. NKJV
This was a habit with Jesus, the greatest CEO. He literally charged Himself up first through His fellowship with the Father and then He went out and attended to other people. When you invest in yourself first, then you’re prepared to invest in other people around you. So brethren, make the most of the hours you have. What you do every day is more important than what you do every decade. What you can achieve each hour is building your future.
Why is the morning so important? It’s kind of like your phone. You could charge it all up in the morning and by the end of the day the battery is down and depleted. You too get depleted as you continue with your daily activities. So the next morning, you need to be ‘charged up.’ This charging up sets the tone for the rest of your day.
You might ask: what do I do when I get up early? You can start with what somebody called ‘the hour of power.’ For him what works is 20 minutes of prayer, 20 minutes of reading and 20 minutes of exercise. Just waking up one hour earlier for 365 days a year is 365 hours. If you divide that by 24 hours a day makes 15 days added to your life. What can you do with an extra 15 days of life? Think about how ‘closer’ to the Lord you’d feel if you invested that in your fellowship with Him. How much you’d get to know God better through His Word and His Spirit.
Think about how much knowledge you’d garner by simply reading for 20 minutes a day instead of watching television. Someone once defined the word P.O.O.R. as Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly. Every morning is an opportunity to invest in yourself. Get up and pray, read and meditate on the Word of God, speak in tongues, worship God and exercise…repeat the same thing over and over every day. I’m telling you one month from now, you’d be a different person on your way to amazing success.
It doesn’t matter what your calling or vocation is. There’s power in investing in yourself early in the morning. You’ll go from uncomfortable to unstoppable.