Success in business, like most things, comes from our ability to do the little things.
It’s the little things that we do day in and day out that result in this thing we look back at and call life. Our habits, rituals and actions are what make up the lives we live and legacy we leave.
Learning from the habits of others can give us the ability to improve and become the best version of ourselves. While most people wake up and frantically panic to figure out what to do each day, the following six activities are the habits used by some of the most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders to start their day off right.
Take inspiration from these individuals habits and improve your own. Let’s get to it shall we:
Tim Cook: Emails Followed By Exercise
As the CEO of Apple, one of the most successful companies in the world, Tim Cook is under immense pressure. To start his day, he checks his email to quickly communicate with his team and ensure that there’s nothing that requires his immediate attention. From there, he shifts his focus internally to make time for his own health and personal wellbeing.
Tim is an avid cyclist and likes to start his day with a ride. If he’s unable to get on the bike, reports suggest that you’re likely to find him at the Apple gym getting his sweat on.
Numerous studies have shown that exercise is a great way to start your day. It’s a healthy way to reduce stress, limit anxiety and improve your physical health. Whether it’s a quick jog or visit to the gym; working out is considered by many to be the perfect way to start your day.
Tim Ferriss: Daily Meditation
Meditation is still considered by many to be a unorthodox idea that can lead to success.
Tim Ferris, the author of the New York Times Bestseller and cult-classic, Four Hour Work Week and early investor in startups like Uber and Facebook, points to meditation as a daily habit he lives by. Each morning, Tim does 21 minutes of transcendental meditation (one minute to get settled and twenty minutes of actual meditation).
But he’s not the only one who practices meditation.
Jack Dorsey, Kobe Bryant and Oprah Winfrey, just to name a few, all meditate every morning before starting their day. A lot of people think of meditation as having to be a spiritual experience when in fact, it doesn’t have to be. It can simply be a way for you to clear your mind, gain perspective and start your day with an open mind.
Elon Musk: Take A Daily Shower
When Elon Musk did an AMA on Reddit, user TCEchicago posed the following question to Musk:
What daily habit do you believe has the largest positive impact on your life?
Musk’s reply was simple and to the point:
It’s hard to argue with that habit.
From the time we are kids, we’re told to practice good personal hygiene. As we grow older, it’s important to maintain these habits and a daily shower is just one of the many things you can do to ensure you’re staying clean. Stress tends to cause people to try and skip habits like showering, brushing your teeth, cutting your nails or shaving – but it’s important that you take the time to do it.
These little acts will help you feel more in control of your life and ensure that those around you don’t cover their nose when you walk by. Of all the things you can do to ensure you’re not the smelly one in the office, showering is probably at the top of the list.
Arianna Huffington: Morning Yoga
Similar to Tim Ferriss, Arianna Huffington likes to start her day with meditation.
But she also likes to add Yoga to the mix as a way to declutter the mind and stay active.
In an article with Yoga Journal, Huffington points to Utthita Trikonasana as one of her favorite yoga poses. When asked why she starts the day with yoga she explained:
My latest book, Thrive, discusses the “third metric” of success, which consists of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. The practice of yoga enhances these four pillars. By helping to still my mind, yoga connects me to my inner wisdom and to my capacity for wonder—our common humanity. It also strengthens my empathy and compassion for others.
Ross Simmonds: Coffee, Ghee + Coconut Oil
I start my day with a delicious cup of frothy coffee.
I put a half teaspoon of Ghee (clarified butter) and coconut oil into my vitamix, add in a hot cup of Hustle & Grinds signature hustle blend and mix it together. The result is a frothy cup of caffeine with a handful of benefits that you wouldn’t get from the traditional coffee, cream and sugar combination.
Ghee is known to stimulate the secretion of stomach acids to aid in digestion. It’s also been shown to lower bad blood cholesterol levels and enhances the good blood cholesterol level. When you combine the benefits of Ghee with the benefits of coconut oil, such as an increase in energy levels for 24 hours by 5% – it’s a delicious habit that I can get behind.
Jeff Immelt: Reads The News
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt starts his days with a cardio workout and then reads the paper and watches CNBC.
When you run an organization such as General Electric, it’s important to stay on top of world events and what’s going on around you. While it’s easy to fall into the trap of spending your morning browsing Facebook and checking out stories on Snapchat, it might be worth considering a change.
Starting your day with intellectual stimulation and content that offers valuable insight around the business landscape can arm you with the ability to make better moves throughout the day.
What You Should Do Now
You could spend your entire life looking for the right habits and morning rituals. These are just some of the habits that entrepreneurs and professionals have that make a difference in their lives.
You need to find habits that work well for you.
Here are your action steps:
- Find something small you can start with
- Put it in your calendar each and every day
- Tell your partner or closest friend about your new habit
- Make sure you never skip it 2+ days in a row
Best of luck!