If you caught my show, Biohacking with Sam Elick, you probably already know how much I value my mornings. As an entrepreneur, I don’t have as much control over my time as I like—you’re always going to have those last-minute schedule changes or emergencies—but my mornings are utterly and completely mine. They’re the only part of the day I fully control, and I love that.
I’ve probably already gone into detail about it several times (especially on my Facebook Lives) but if you’re brand-spanking-new to my world, you should know that I follow my Millionaire Morning Routine religiously. Regardless of the day or night I had beforehand, my morning routine does not change. I do the same exact steps every day, from the moment I wake up, and I honestly believe it is one of the biggest contributors to my happiness and my success.
Having a morning routine is a keystone habit—one that millionaires and billionaires everywhere understand and emulate. I personally think this is a fact. Multi-billionaires like Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ariana Huffington all have morning routines. If you don’t have your own, why not take a page out of their book and construct one?
SET YOUR CIRCADIAN RHYTHM TO THE SUN
I personally have to get up before the sun. This is important—this is where I get the most melanin, which is a naturally-occurring chemical that helps me have deeper, more controlled meditations. I’m either up when the sun is up or I’m up before it.
Sir Richard Branson, whose net worth is $5.1 billion, says that he leaves his curtains open so that the sun shines on his face once it comes up. He admits that he “loves bouncing up early,” and even goes for a swim around his island. When it’s windy, he goes kite surfing.
Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, is worth $144 million. Her morning ritual is that she’s awake as early as 4AM and is in the office no later than 7AM.
CHUNKS OF TIME
I break my morning down into 20-minute chunks. Every segment of my morning routine takes me exactly 20 minutes to complete—no more, no less. My first 20 minutes is hydration and movement. My second 20 minutes is dedicated to meditation. I spend the next 20 minutes writing down my frustrations and getting clear on my day.
I personally believe breaking your routine into timed segments is the ideal way to go about it. It makes things easier to keep track of. Peter Jones, an Investor on Dragon’s Den, has a shower, shave, and a bowl of cereal all within his first 20 minutes. He’s worth $367M.
HYDRATION/NUTRITION AND MOVEMENT
As I mentioned, my first 20 minutes is hydration and movement. I get up, I drink water (you’re dehydrated when you wake up and you need to get that water back) and have a Superfood Smoothie. Nutrition is so important to me—I want my body to understand that it’s in a place of safety and abundance. Once I’ve finished that, I take a walk. Sometimes I take a book with me. Sometimes it’s just me, re-associating myself with my body.
Movement early on in the day is crucial. Lord Alan Sugar—host of The Apprentice and worth $2.17B—goes for a 50-mile bike ride through the Essex countryside every morning. Fashion designer and CEO Tory Burch ($600M) makes sure she gets in about 45 minutes’ worth of exercise before going to work. Sir Richard Branson plays a round of tennis before he sits down for breakfast.
When you wake up, you’ve got to hydrate and move.
I’m not telling you to follow my routine to the letter, but I am telling you, right now; leave space in your morning for meditation. People don’t seem to realize how huge a role meditation can play in their lives. I meditate once I get back from my walk. I give myself time to just sit and plan out my day by asking myself three important questions; where am I, what am I achieving right now, and how does it feel now that I’ve achieved it?
Ariana Huffington, Founder of the Huffington Post and worth about $50M, starts her morning with exactly 30 minutes of meditation. She is so convinced of the benefits, she offers weekly meditation classes to her employees.
Is there statistical, empirical proof that morning routines make millionaires? If you’re talking charts, formulas, and data points, then no. Nothing so technical. But is there visible proof? Does there seem to be a pattern or recurring theme when it comes to multi-millionaires and how they start their day? I personally believe so.