You change the world by the change you experience within yourself. This is a lesson I have been trying to practice as I have built my businesses and frankly just have been working on myself.
Entrepreneurship has not really been a part of my identity. It had almost felt too good for me, to be honest. With that perspective, I realized I had been holding myself back. If I kept myself down, I would never see the possibilities and take on new endeavors. The reality is, I am an entrepreneur. I work for myself. I am an innovator. I take risks.
So as I assimilate this idea of entrepreneurship into my identity, I decided to go on a little quest - my quest for greatness. I believe in learning from others and I wanted to know what made others successful. How did they manage so much and continue to keep pushing the limits?
And while there is much to share, I want to talk to you about one change I have made in my day as I develop my entrepreneurial identity - My Morning Routine.
I read everything I could on the routines of others and here is some of the commonalities
- They made time to be quiet and alone. This usually meant waking up very early to start their day, before others were up and about. Everyday their alone time was set aside to prioritize their tasks.
- They made time to exercise. Well, not much else to add to that statement ha!
- They nurture their mind. They read outside of their field. Education was constant and reading was an important part of their solitude time. They explored not only their focus of business but beyond to the edges of their comfort zone in knowledge.
- They awakened their soul. Many would spend time in silence, meditation, prayer or some sort of reflection, even if it was for a few moments.
- They had boundaries on their time. Saying "no" to others and adhering to their schedule helped them stay focused.
- They made time for others. After they had their alone time, they made time for key people in their lives. For some it was family and for others it was mentors.
So now I have started implementing some of these things into my routine. I read a chapter of a book everyday (something I rarely did before). The book is always outside the topic of business or therapy. I start off the day with my lemon water and stretches. I meditate in the morning. I make a to do list and evaluate my priorities for the week. I review my schedule and cut out what doesn't serve my business. I make sure to everyday contact a friend or mentor. I try to wake early to do all these things.
I'll be honest. This is a practice. I am not perfect. I find it hard to wake before my daughter. But if I miss an early morning, I try for it the next day and do what I can with the time I have.
But what I find most interesting is I notice a difference in my mood and in my productivity. I feel more confident implementing a routine. I have a clearer vision and purpose set forth not only for my future but for my present moment. I am learning why other entrepreneurs create a morning routine and it works! It comes down to finding the best combination for you and your success.
So let me ask you
- How often do you set aside time to be alone and quiet each day to reflect on your business?
- How is your mind and body? Do you exercise? Do you have time to just be?
- What are you reading these days?
- When was the last time you said "no"?
- Who do you reach out to for support and encouragement in your business?
Do you have a morning routine? I would love to learn from you! Share below. And in case you didn't know, we talk about this stuff in our bootcamp. Having balance in your life will always impact your business. Click here to get on our list for the bootcamp.