What separates successful from unsuccessful? Often success requires the ability to look beyond the here and now; and conditioning the mind to think strategically, calculated, and organized. If you want to jump-start your success, start with this simple morning routine that successful people do to start their day off right.

“You are the artist of your own life. Don’t hand the paintbrush to anyone else.” -unknown

First Thoughts

Take a minute to evaluate your thoughts. Are they complementary to your success? Or, are they self-defeating, obsessive, or ungrateful? Conditioning your mind to stay focused on these valuable thoughts can jump-start your day:

  • Motivation; use this thought to keep your goals aligned. Remind yourself about the success that you already have and how you got there.
  • Gratitude; can be a nod in the mirror, a flex, or a deep breath but think about ways in which people have helped you along your journey or communities that help support you.
  • Positivity; is key to waking up and starting your day. Think at least one positive thought about yourself or others. When you are positive about life, other people can tell. It’s contagious!
  • Clarity; wipe the plate clean. Don’t think about to-do lists, emails, or projects yet. Give yourself some time to prep for the day.

Morning Skincare Routine

A skincare routine is essential for self-confidence and how others perceive you. Do you look like you just rolled out of bed? Or, do you look like you woke up at 5 am and hit the ground running. Whichever model you took to start your day, having a skincare routine shows others that you care about yourself and are willing to put some extra effort in, just like your career. Try some favorites below to get started:

  • Cerave has fantastic cleaners for all skins types.
  • Vanicream is useful lip balm with SPF and moisturizers suited for dry skin.
  • Cetaphil has light facial and body moisturizers.
  • La Roche-Posay has great tinted sunscreen. Try mixing it with moisturizer if the tint is too dark.
  • EltaMD is known for excellent sunscreen that works great with sensitive skin.

Smile & Laugh

Strike a pose, do a silly dance, or make a funny face with your kids, loved ones, and family. Share your love. You’ll be surprised how it starts your day, even if yesterday you got into an argument or didn’t end the day on good terms. Sharing a smile and a laugh with our loved ones increases serotonin in the brain and starts your day off right for success! Because we never go through success alone.

Breakfast Routine

It’s almost impossible to decide on a breakfast routine to get your morning started. Successful individuals find a diet that works for them. It might not necessarily work for you. So, approach diets and trends with caution and find what suits you best. Explore different foods and notice how they make you feel. Maybe eating eggs in the morning upsets your stomach or yogurt leaves you feeling like a brick; don’t eat them! There is a tip for your breakfast routine that highly successful people ditch; the coffee!

Light Exercise

Go for a light walk, try some yoga, or maybe bring out the jump rope. Doing a light exercise in the morning releases endorphins, allowing you to start your day with optimism and clarity. Bill Gates has stated that he likes to multi-task while running on the treadmill. Most successful people used this time to engage in projects they would like to get done for the day or missed emails they need to attend. But, that method doesn’t work for everyone. So, try what feels good for you.

Follow These Tips

Follow these tips to start your day right and on a track to success. Share it with your friends and family. Do a little dance, and find what works for you.

Conclusion

Conditioning the mind to properly think for success is the key takeaway. Get involved with yourself and find out what makes you tick efficiently. Don’t start tomorrow or the next day. Start today and tell yourself that these steps are what it takes to become successful; by this self-care morning routine for success.

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