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Morning Routines of Successful People – Do These 9 Rituals Every Day

By following the morning routines of successful people, you can start your day in a productive way.

The morning routines of successful people are critical to their progress.  If you are striving to become a highly successful person, then you should model the good habits of other highly successful people.

Did you know that the world’s millionaires, athletes, and other greats follow a series of morning habits to start their day in a positive way?  The quickest way to achieve a goal is to model the behavior of highly successful people who have already achieved those same goals.

The early morning hours are the most important hours of the day.  By starting your morning routine in a successful way, you will begin your day with the right mindset which will help your productivity as your day goes on.

This will not only help your productivity throughout the day, but it will also help you stay focused and begin your day in a good mood thus improving your happiness.

According to Jim Rohn, “Days are expensive. When you spend a day, you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.”

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This means that every day that you don’t accomplish any headway towards your goals, is a waste of your time.

To begin your day as effectively as possible, try implementing some of the following morning routines of successful people into your own morning routine.


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Here are the 9 morning routines of successful people 

Rise early

Why do most successful people prefer to rise early in the morning than working late at night?

The most successful people are those who take advantage of their full day by waking up early.

We are talking about waking up anywhere from 4:00 A.M. to 5:30 A.M.  You should rise before the sun.

(Make sure to go to bed early each night before to get enough sleep in order to be productive and stay healthy.)

By utilizing these extra hours in the early morning, you will begin your day on a positive and productive note.

Don’t use the snooze alarm.  According to Mel Robbins, using the snooze alarm, “directly impact(s) your productivity, your alertness, and your brain processing for the first four hours you are awake.”

If you want to wake up early and be your most productive, then as soon as that alarm goes off, you need to get up and out of bed.

These two books below are life-changing when it comes to setting a morning routine.  I highly recommend them for further reading.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod

The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life. by Robin Sharma


Avoid checking your smartphone or e-mail

Do not begin your morning by checking your e-mail and social media.  Don’t go down that blackhole of scrolling through your phone the moment you wake up.

Don’t even look at your phone until your morning routine has been completed.  I do not use a lot of social media, only Instagram.

I will not get on Instagram or check my e-mail until my morning routine is complete.  Because I know if I do that, it is quite possible that I could end up spending 20-30 minutes just scrolling through without realizing where the time went.

Then I lose the time I was hoping to dedicate to my morning routine.  (And I lose the sleep I could have had if I didn’t wake up, too).


Make your bed

Admiral William H. McCraven, a Navy SEAL, made a commencement speech at The University of Texas at Austin in 2014.  It is one of those great speeches that you hear once and remember for the rest of your life.

One of the key parts of the beginning of his speech was the following, 

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.

Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

A small task such as making your bed starts your day off on the right note and gives you encouragement and motivation to do the next small task, etc.

I highly recommend checking out his book, as well as watching the commencement speech in full.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven


Be mindful

Spending some time each morning being mindful is one of the best ways to set yourself up for a great day.  There are many different mindfulness activities you can do during your morning routine.

You can practice taking deep breaths, spend some time meditating, write in a gratitude journal, or say positive affirmations out loud.  It is important to prepare yourself up for a positive and productive day by following this daily routine of successful people.



Exercising is a great habit to add to your morning routine.  You can choose to spend about 10-20 minutes stretching and doing a light workout; or you can do a full-blown workout depending on what your preference is.

I love to start my morning with a short Yoga workout, such as the one below:

You may want to do some light stretching, go for a jog, or maybe lift weights.  You know what works for you, but the main goal is to get your body moving and active.

Listen to a podcast/Read

The best morning routine for success will include learning more through some type of educational reading or podcast.

The morning routines of successful entrepreneurs typically include listening to a podcast or reading more about their business to help them grow it further.  The most successful people never stop learning because they know that there is always potential for more growth.

We recommend reading a book about your business, or even a personal development book.  If you prefer to listen instead of reading, we love listening to church sermons or motivational podcasts to get our day going.

You can even listen to the podcast or sermon as you are doing your morning workout, to save time.  I love doing a morning yoga routine while listening to the latest sermon from my church. 

Between the endorphins from working out, and the positive message from the sermon; I start my day with a positive mindset and I am ready to accomplish my tasks for the day.

Read more about the difference between a rich mindset vs. poor mindset.

“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.” – Robert Kiyosaki

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Eat breakfast

Another one of the morning rituals for success that you should follow for a productive day is to make sure to eat a nutritious breakfast every morning. 

According to the Better Health Channel, “Breakfast is often called ‘the most important meal of the day’, and for good reason. As the name suggests, breakfast breaks the overnight fasting period. It replenishes your supply of glucose to boost your energy levels and alertness, while also providing other essential nutrients required for good health.”

While many people will like to start their morning routines with a cup of coffee or tea; you also want to make sure to drink a glass of water, as well.  Read more about the benefits of drinking water in the morning.


Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Review your goals

Another one of the most important morning habits of successful people is that they spend time reviewing their goals every day.  

Every morning they take some time to go over their short-term and long-term goals, and their plans to achieve those goals.  They might make a to-do list for the day, and for the upcoming week.

Every morning, I review what I have to do for the week, and then make a “game plan” to accomplish my goals.  I make a to-do list for the day, as well as plan out each step I will take for the remainder of the week.

Alan Lakein once said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”  We do not have the intention to fail, so we must make a plan if we want to succeed.

It’s as simple as that.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

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Begin most important work first

We have discussed many of the morning routines of the most successful, but this last step in their morning rituals is the most important.

Prioritize your most important task for that day, and do it first-hand.  

For example; the most important task for me to prioritize every morning is writing articles.  I need to do it when I have the most motivation and focus during my day.

Once my kids are awake, it’s hard to get anything done, much less be able to sit down and write a long article once my caffeine starts wearing off and my daily chores begin.

That’s why I take advantage of the early morning hours to do my hardest task first.

By choosing to do the most important work first, during your morning routine, it is more likely you will finish that task.

And even if you don’t get to some of the other things on your to-do list for that day, you still will have accomplished the most important thing that you needed to do.

Make sure when you work on this priority, that you only work on it.  Do not try to work on multiple tasks all at once. 

Many times people like to multitask, but when you put all of your energy and focus into multiple things, it is less likely that you will fully accomplish any of them.

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.” – Steve JobsJobs had another great quote about saying no: “I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”


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They say that in order to achieve your dreams, you should find someone else who has already achieved those same dreams, and mimic what they have done to get there.  

Not by copying their work, but by following the steps they took to get there.  Many highly successful people following these morning rituals in order to make the most of their time.

When you follow the morning routines of successful people, you set yourself up for achieving your goals and a positive mindset.

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C. Maxwell

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