What do Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Jocko Willink, and Steve Jobs all have in common? They all have a consistent morning routine and have found answer to the question with - The Best Way to Start Your Mornings".
The First Step is POWERFUL!
First let me disappoint you just a little bit. I won't have anything about the latest ticker, project or chain news. This is intentional and by design.
What I am sharing with you here preempts anything that will have technology involved. Although, a case could be made that your very self is a technology worth this focus. This first step is extremely important.
Let's start with an example. This will give you an idea of where I am going...
When I was still in high school I had this old beast of a car, an Oldsmobile Cutlass It was a total boat and in addition when it was colder during the winter months, it was completely temperamental.
The biggest lesson I learned was about the warm up.
Especially when it was freezing or below, I needed to let the car warm up for 3-5 minutes before I pulled out of the driveway. If I moved any sooner it was ok, but definitely challenging.
Your Body is Similar to My High School Car
Before you spin up and say my body is absolutely not like that. Here's what I was thinking when I said that.
The first thing that I do every morning is have a huge glass of water. Usually with fresh lemon. 24-43 ounces of water first thing in the morning has the same effect. It's kind of like warming up your car for the rest of the day.
Drink water in the morning; this will help you re-hydrate yourself from the night before, helps flush out any toxins in your body and boost your metabolism
The literature, testimonials and just about everything else you can find points to hydration being key for you in nearly every way possible.
Tips for a Super Bowl Champion Quarterback
I have to concede, that I am not an American Football fan. I think it is too barbaric and would prefer a good rugby match or a game of footy any day.
Here's the thing. Watching Tom Brady come back year after year in seemingly stronger shape and condition has me question many of my beliefs around health and conditioning.
From that place I have come to appreciate that it all starts with water.
In his article Keep Your Hydration in Check, 3 points are listed out as the key to staying fit and healthy.
You can see in the article that he goes into a little more depth on each topic but they are pretty straight forward. Constantly sip, don't chug when you're in flow, use reminders and be sure to alkalyze.
Those were my translations and the one replacement I would use is lemons instead of electrolytes. Remember the whole purpose of staying hydrated is to improve the current from cell to cell in our bodies. Water is key to be conductive.
Where do I even begin?
I used to be a caraffe a day coffee drinker. When I would switch to espresso it would be 4, 5 or even 6 pulls throughout the course of a morning. I know, I know... I knew better.
But how often do we know what to do, and the problem is we just don't do it? We eat potato chips. We have that second cookie or maybe imbibe a little more than we should.
So one morning I just woke up and said, that I am going to add a First step to my day and keep the rest the same. I made a decision and just started.
I had a glass that was nearly 20 oz of water. It felt weird and just carried on with my day.
By about day 3 of doing this I was only having 2 cups of coffee afterwards.
After a week, I was down to 1 cup of coffee. Then after that, I wasn't even thinking about coffee at all. That sounds crazy right? It's true though.
I have tried to drop coffee in the past and what I was finding was that it just kept creeping into my daily life. Now don't get me wrong. I appreciate a great cup of coffee. In fact, it tastes even better today than it ever has.
The Difference is...
Coffee is now a garnish to my routine as opposed to a main course. I realize that I have only discussed the switch-a-roo of water and coffee in my diet. The lesson is that was not the intent. My intent was for more vitality and life with more bounding energy.
I didn't even think that coffee was the issue. It may not be for you, there could be countless other things. Physical activity, creativity, innovation, personal relationships, emotional balance: the list is endless.
The point is sometimes what we need is not what we seek.
So I say to you, try out 20 oz of water first thing in the morning and after a week, leave a comment about what differences you experience!
As the world's most interesting man would say; "Stay Thirsty My Friends"...