Dan "Nitro" Clark here. This weeks "Nitro's Friday 5" is about the 5 things I do every morning to start the day off right - to "win" the morning. And, as the saying goes, "If you win the morning, you win the day."
5 Things I do every Morning
"How we start our day is how we start our lives."
1. Make my bed. Making my bed is something I normally do. But after getting advice from the head of the Navy SEALS - I make sure to always make my bed. Navel Adm. William McRaven said,
"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another."
"By the end of the day, the one task completed will have turned into may many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce that little things matter."
2. Drink / Eat protein. 30-35 grams seem to be the magic number. Eating protein in the morning stops the hunger hormones, controls you appetite, aids in muscle recovery, improves glycemic control and stabilizes blood sugar.
In a hurry? Try my 15 second protein shake.
4. Meditate / Visualize - After I wake up I find 10-15 minutes minimum of some form of meditative practice. I've been doing this since I was a teenager - and no single thing has CHANGED MY LIFE more. I don't know a highly successful person who doesn't do this in some form. It can be a gratitude journal, guided visualization, prayer, transcendental mediation.
5. Crush the Beast - Success is about doing the right thing, not everything right. I try and find the "One Thing" that will really propel me forward. The one thing I can do, that by doing it, everything else will be easier of unnecessary. Once, I identify the Beast, I block out time and work on crushing it.
A good way to identify the Beast is ask yourself this question, "If this was the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?" If you're answer is yes, you've found your beast.
Steve Jobs's morning routine?
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am doing today?
And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
~ Steve Jobs.