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How To Start Your Day Strong, Wake Up Early

How you start your day will determine generally how your day will evolve and hopefully finish. You have the ability on how each of your days will start and it has nothing to do with the day of the week or what phase the moon is in.

There is no better way to start your day then to get out of bed at least one hour before you normally would to take the time to get organized and get your mind working. Waiting to sleep right until the very last minute before jumping out of bed like it's on fire is not the way to get things started.

I have made it a habit each morning to get up early each morning so that I get the best start possible in making sure I am mentally and physically ready to attack the day before it attacks me.

For instance, I 'am a big believer that one should spend some time in meditation, reading and physical exercise before breakfast. Many people call me crazy but I have been doing this for years and have never felt better in my life.

I am a fanatic on being organized and being able for the most part controlling my day though things will come up that no one has control over I understand that.

My Monday through Friday routine starts at 3:00am each morning. My first line of business is to hydrate myself with plenty of water then spend 12-20 minutes daily in meditation and visualization practice.

I follow that with a workout at the local gym I go to and work out for 60 minutes. Then I come home eat breakfast, shower and go to work. In other words, I have done more by 8:00am then many people have done by 1:00 pm.

The weekend is the same though I sleep to 4-4:15 am and repeat the above sequence. This is seven days a week. This practice helps me develop consistency, along with strengthening my mental toughness and of course improving my health both physically and mentally.

And the important thing is that I value this time tremendously as you should as well so I do not if I can absolutely help it let anything keep me from it.

Now, of course, the next question people ask is " what time do you go to bed'? I make it a habit to get to bed by 7:00 pm Monday through Friday and generally 7:30 or so on weekends as I have a little more time to work with here.

And I am a sucker for a competitive football or baseball game as well so  I may spend a few minutes longer watching a sporting event.

I never understood the person that seems that he or she cannot get out of bed in the morning. I suspect they are at a point in their lives that they have either given up on what their dreams maybe if they ever had any, to begin with.

I have heard all the excuses whey they cannot get up early and quite frankly that is all they are is excuses.

If you want to get control over your day, being productive and getting your mind and body energized start by getting up 30 minutes earlier, then in a couple of weeks go to 60 minutes earlier, take this goal of getting up earlier in small digestible chunks at first.

If you expect to be a winner in life and live it like a champion or in our case here like an age-defiant warrior, you need to get serious about the time you spend laying around in the morning and make it a priority to get up before the Sun does to be the master of your day.

Yes, your sleep is vital and I am a big proponent of sleep and its health benefits so, you need to make adjustments on the backend of your schedule to get your 7-8 hours of sleep.

I have found there is nothing on TV that is that important that I will allow it to rob my day from me and how I spend it and how productive I will be.

I challenge you to give it a try once you find the benefits of getting up earlier and following with the morning ritual of meditation, reading personal development books and, strength training for exercise you will find your life will never be the same again.

Now I understand everyone's home life is different, you may have to work at it and make modifications to this morning routine. This is information for those of us who aspire to be age-defiant and other words we have a desire to improve our lives after 50 rather than seeing it slide downhill.

So for most of us responsibilities like having young children at home by now have hopefully left for greener pasture, therefore, responsibilities of taking care of children is no longer a priority in your home.

Drop me a line or comment below what your morning ritual is and share it with the rest of us. Remember whatever it is, if it works for you that is all that matters.

Richard Haynes
Bradenton, Florida.

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