How To Become A Morning Person & Love It

Statistics show the most successful people in the world are… you guessed it. Morning people.

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CEOs, entrepreneurs, artists, influencers and countless people deemed to be successful have a secret weapon to which we all have access. A weapon right in front of us: The early morning.

Sadly, most people don’t take advantage of this asset. Studies have proven that only 10% of people are considered consistent early risers (those who wake up at 6:00am or earlier), 10% are considered night owls and 80% fall somewhere in the middle.

What’s shocking to me is how many people say they are “ambitious” or “driven” or “passionate” or “hustlers” yet litter their social media feeds with how they “hate Mondays” or “It’s way too early” or “I need coffee.” Instead, they continue to chase their dream by slamming the snooze button and start their mornings with the 80%. They wonder why their results aren’t different and they continue to begin their day with complaining, procrastination, frustration, or discouragement.

At the core, these people don’t have a morning problem. They have a self-discipline problem.

Being able to control the desires of your body is a skill that comes with maturity. Real leaders know if we always did what our bodies wanted, we would be unemployed, overweight, unsuccessful, and likely in an affair.

Fact: Science has proven time and time again that your morning routine sets the rhythm for the rest of your day.

So how can we amplify our motivation and energy in the morning? How can we change the behaviors we associate with 6:00 am? I made $25,000,000 before I turned 30. With that wealth, I had the freedom to wake up whenever I wanted. Even so, I chose to keep an early riser routine. Here are my four simple steps that are so practical, you’ll find yourself becoming the annoying, go-getter morning person you thought you’d never be. ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Give Yourself 3-5 Minutes:

 

Don’t just jump out of bed. Wake up, stretch, rub your eyes and just lay there for 3-5 minutes. It’s critical that this pre-alert time is free of stressful thoughts and tasks of the day. Rather, keep your mind focused on step two.

2. Start With Something You Love (15 minutes):

 

I don’t care if it’s breakfast, a shower, sex, playing with your kids, stretching, or reading the news. Whatever it is, do it directly after step one. This will help re-associate morning time with emotions of excitement and pleasure.

3. 300 Seconds of Exercise

 

Within the first 30 minutes of waking up, perform a quick exercise routine. The goal here is not “fitness,” instead, it’s to increase energy and stimulate your mind to elevate mental performance for the day. Furthermore, this quick routine will help release serotonin (happy hormones) during a time where you likely used to produce cortisol (stress hormones). Shockingly, science says if you do this for just five days, your body will begin to identify mornings with joy rather than tension and anxiety.

4. Steal Back Your Dream

 

I often tell people if you dislike your work, you dislike your life. No amount of creative morning steps will ever change your horrible career into your dream. If you have a business idea that intimidates you or a blog you’ve meant to launch or a hobby you think could pay the bills, it’s time to start. Spend the next 30 minutes investing in your dream. And if you don’t know where to begin, I can help you. Check out the video below.

Are you a morning person? If not, what has stopped you in the past? Let me know in the comments below.

PS: As a bonus, I also included this incredibly well-designed infographic below. It’s worth a full read.

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Dale Partridge
Dale Partridge is the Founder of StartupCamp.com. He's also a keynote speaker and author of the Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling book People Over Profit.

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  1. Dale,

    I love your posts. This one came at a good time but I am really struggling. I quit my job this year in April and started to see alot of success in our business as we did 6 figures in profit in June. However I made some poor choices (financially were good) . My marriage is on the rocks and now all summer I have been barely able to get out of bed before noon. What would you suggest to try to change that around. Mentally I am just struggling but I love all your great content. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Lea says:

    Thank you for this!

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  3. Helen Ng says:

    I was never a morning person but I will try after reading this. Being an administrator for 10 years. I really don’t what kind of business I should go into. But i have an interest in Stocks and shares and Forex, which I treat it as one of my hobbies. I love to watch documentary shows too. Hopefully able to get / have some advice from you.

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  4. Charles D. Elrod says:

    Well written. I can confirm that if you do like this post says, you will be full of energy
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  5. hawra says:

    i really would love to be a morning person but i always wake up late because i stay up all time so any ideas ?although im working on that so wish me luck;)

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  6. Wow….. this is so timely. I woke up at 5:30 and was so tempted to go back to sleep. The truth is, I have never been a morning person, but I know that needs to change. We just started a blog, we have an awesome idea for a business and my husband is up around 4 am EVERY day! Thanks, Dale. I am so glad I started my morning with this post. Now to get the blood flowing…. then some Startup Camp before the rest of the day begins. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. This is a great one! Being a morning person becomes addictive after a while in the best possible way. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m always amazed how many of my coaching clients say they aren’t morning people and can’t work out in the morning or read their Bibles in the morning, etc., but then when we start talking about what really matters to them, they realize that mornings are the best time of the day to really create the life they want. Morning is a precious time in our house, and it sets both me and my husband up for a great day! Thanks, Dale!

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  8. AshleyNicNP says:

    i have tried time and time again to become a morning person, and where I would love to have such a serene morning, my nursing career doesn’t typically allow for that. Any thoughts on how to integrate your methods within a fast paced career (mostly the at work steps, as I can still perform the at home steps)?

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    • You can’t change the pattern until you change the structure. Hunt for a better work schedule, even if it means less money.

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  9. Hannah says:

    I used to be a morning person, now I’m working full time at a bar, going to school full time and I’m also a full time single mother. Working until two or three in the morning makes it difficult to be a morning person. I would love to get another job but I need the flexibility of the service industry.

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    • Wow. Remember this Hannah. This isn’t rehearsal. This is your life. Create the one you want, today.

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