It’s a new year, which for many of us is symbolic of a new start. While 2021 will undoubtedly bring about change, many are cautious about making grand plans this year. We here at Staff Shop believe in living with intention, and that small attainable goals can compound and develop – thus changing your life in ways you never imagined.
One New Year’s resolution we can all wrap our heads around is starting a consistent morning routine. If you look into the daily lives of some of the most successful people, you will notice they have one thing in common – starting their day with intention and purpose. You don’t have to be a billionaire or a media influencer to benefit from starting your day off with the right mindset. Your daily routine matters.
The Morning Routines of Three Wildly Successful People
We’re going to examine the morning routines of three noteworthy people – Mark Wahlberg, Tony Robbins and Jeff Bezos. Regardless how you feel about these individuals, it cannot be denied that they are incredibly successful and influential.
We should note that you don’t need money and power to start a new daily ritual. That’s the beauty of this concept – it can be adapted to all situations and lifestyles.
Mark Wahlberg – Early starter
The actor formerly known as Marky Mark starts his day when some of us (hello night owls) are finishing ours. According to an Instagram Q&A from 2018, the rapper-turned-movie star gets up at 2:30 a.m! He performs his prayers by 2:45 and is eating breakfast by 3:15. His morning is balanced with workouts, meals, leisure activities (golf at 7:30 a.m.) and family time. This routine helps him maintain his fitness level, which is part of his identity as an action star, while allowing him time with his family and business.
One thing that really stands out in his schedule is his 9:30 a.m.workout recovery in a cryo chamber.
“The cryotherapy recovery is a treatment favoured by athletes using liquid nitrogen to briefly plunge the air to temperature below -100C to alleviate muscle and joint pain” (“Mark Wahlberg reveals grueling daily regimen,” BBC.com, September 12, 2018).
Tony Robbins – Efficient and purpose-driven
Just like Wahlberg begins his day with prayer, motivator extraordinaire Tony Robbins incorporates visualization and meditation into his morning routine. But unlike Mark, who gets a solid 7 hours of sleep each night, Robbins gets 3 to 5 hours. He wakes up between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. He takes a variety of vitamins and supplements recommended to him by his trainer, Billy Beck III. His meals are consistent each day. Robbins is less concerned about variety and more focused on getting the proper nutrients to keep his energy up all day long, as outlined by his plan. His morning meal starts with a “adrenal support cocktail” aka a healthy smoothie packed with vitamins and supplements before his workout. Post-workout, he will eat free range eggs and coconut bread.
Tony’s workout is short, but it’s intense. Tony Robbins is all about getting maximum results in the least amount of time for efficiency.
Jeff Bezos – Recharging mindfully
Unlike the other two, the Amazon CEO starts his day off slowly. Jeff Bezos’ morning routine is all about recharging, rather than packing in as much as possible. While Bezos is known to wake up early, as he goes to bed early, he isn’t an “up and at’em” type. He likes to putter – he’ll drink his coffee and eat breakfast with no real urgency. He’ll cook and even do the dishes before tackling any major business-related task. Cooking breakfast is part of Bezos morning routine. He enjoys making big breakfasts, such as blueberry chocolate chip pancakes.
But once he’s ready, he will start with important meetings first. By 10 a.m. he’s mentally ready for the most challenging part of his day. And while many CEOs grind until the work is done, Bezos stops working when he knows he’s not mentally there. So, if at 5 p.m. he’s tired, he will leave remaining work until the next day.
If you look at each of these, you will see extremes on both ends of the spectrum. But you can definitely see how these morning routines contribute to the success of these individuals. For Mark Wahlberg, he’s able to get in all his workouts, follow a regimented diet plan and balance his personal and professional lives. For Robbins, being as healthy as possible while remaining efficient is important to him and part of his brand identity. For Bezos, who’s job is high-stress, the only way he’s able to tackle the day’s business is to take time for things like breakfast and reading the paper.
The one thing they all have in common is that they have a routine. They start their mornings off with intention. You don’t have to get up at 2:30 a.m. or workout everyday – but if you create a routine for yourself, it can really set the tone for your entire day.
What’s your morning routine? Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? Send in your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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