The 100 Day Challenge, Day 11:
One of my favorite thoughts from one of the most influential mentors I have had in my life, Mike Ferry, is the thought that your day starts the night before. What he meant when he said it is this- if you want to have your most productive, efficient, most energized day, you need to wake up in a place that allows you to do it! In my experience in working with top producers one of the common denominators was that they generally got up much early than the average person. I had an opportunity to survey a huge crowd and this is what I found: some were getting up between 3-4:00, some were getting up between 5-6:00 and the majority were getting up between 4-5:00! Why were they doing this? Because every morning they were laying a foundation for success in their day.
The liklihood of getting up early is slim if you had a rough night before. So how do you do it?
Here are a few ideas-
Eat a healthy dinner, and not too much of it either. Leave plenty of time before bed for your food to digest.
Keep alcohol to a minimum or not at all. (along with any other toxins that you may consider)
Take 10 minutes to write out and review your plan, list, schedule for the next day, then put work aside (computer off) and take time to wind down before bed. Reading something peaceful or uplifting, or writing gratitude’s or your goals our before bed can also put your head in a good place before sleep.
Get to bed at a reasonable hour. When you are getting up early to dig into a great day, you might have to go to bed earlier, too.
These are habits that the top producers were willing to take on, no matter how uncomfortable the process of getting there. In my coaching practice, I help my clients to come up with the perfect plan for them.
Don’t think of this as a jail sentence to no fun. None of this is necessary if you are not looking to accomplish big things. One of the things that Mike always said was that if you are having a day off the next day then don’t worry about it, but it you want to be at the top of your game in your day then you have to pay attention to this idea.
What kind of day do you want to have tomorrow? Plan for it tonight!