He who wins the morning wins the day.

Everyone has a ritual. Unfortunately, most people’s include getting up later than they’d like and running to get to work on time. I’ve had the opportunity to present my Smart Work Training several times over the course of the last month and when I talk about winning the morning, I usually get questions about how I set myself up to win my day. Here’s my routine, that I refer to as my Winning Ritual.

  • I make my bed. After reading an outstanding article about the virtues of making my bed, I decided to give it a try. I find taking control of the things that I can gives me a sense of power through my day. It’s a very small thing, but it makes a huge difference for me.

  • I drink salt water and lime juice. Charles Poliquin suggests pink Himalayan sea salt and a shot of lime juice in room temperature water. This magical morning concoction, does wonders for my adrenal glands, replenishes and rehydrates and gets me ready to tackle the day.

  • I make rocket fuel. It’s controversial, but I have never had much luck eating breakfast. Instead, I enjoy a big mug of freshly ground coffee blended with cinnamon, coconut oil, and heavy whipping cream. It’s a high fat, low carb breakfast that is truly rocket fuel for my brain.

  • I write down my goals. After reading Grant Cardone’s 10X Rule, I have developed the habit of writing down my goals every morning. I find it helpful to focus on what it is that I want first, and then develop a plan to actually get it.

  • I write down my top 3 priorities for the day. No matter what happens, I have three things that I’ve promised myself to accomplish. This is clarifying and inspirational to know that I have a target to hit. There are always many things to do, but narrowing it to three forces me to set my priorities.

  • I review my other task lists. I can’t make an actual plan until I know what it is that I need to do. If I can see everything that needs to be done, I can block my schedule accordingly.

  • I block my schedule. The old phrase, what gets scheduled gets done has merit. If it’s on my list, I have to find time to do it. I find that having a tight schedule gives me freedom by making one less thing that I have to stress thinking about.

  • I read. Finding time to read a new book every week isn’t easy. I have to own my morning time and read when I can. I used to religiously watch the news, but, using this time, to read instead has allowed me to actually achieve my goal of finishing books.

  • I groom. The details of shaving, showering and dressing aren’t that important, but having a ritual that I don’t have to think about is priceless. Having a suit and tie already picked out, a shirt ironed and shoes that just need to be


    makes getting ready stress free.

  • I tackle my day.Walking out my door with a battle plan gives me the confidence to aggressively pursue the targets on my list. Having a list gives me direction and my direction gives me purpose.

Because I set myself up to win my morning, I’m ready to win the day. What does your routine look like?

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