Mornings matter. What you do immediately after you wake up sets the tone for the rest of your day. Successful people swear by morning rituals they rely on to tackle challenges that await. Whether you start your day with a stretch or take a few minutes to write a tentative schedule of events, positive and productive habits set you up for success.
When it comes to morning rituals, famed entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban keeps things simple. He gets to work right away, according to an interview with Entrepreneur. He said business is his morning meditation, and that success is waking up with a smile on your face.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Working out is a big part of Dwayne Johnson’s life — clearly. He wakes up before dawn every morning to begin a relentless training and diet regimen that continues throughout the day.
After having a cup of coffee, he does cardio, usually a run or training on the elliptical for 30 to 50 minutes. The movie star always keeps a strict diet, and an important habit he’s picked up is having meals prepped ahead of time — which, if you tend to eat out, could save you money on food.
Media powerhouse Oprah Winfrey is one of many celebrities to start the day with meditation. According to a video on Oprah.com, the former talk show star takes a few minutes each day before sunrise to gather herself.
Over the years, Winfrey has teamed up with Deepak Chopra to host a 21-day meditation challenge. The event helped hundreds of thousands of people meditate daily to improve personal well-being.
The entrepreneur who founded Virgin Group explained in a blog post why he’s an early riser. According to the Virgin.com piece, Branson wakes up around 5 a.m., believing that when he wakes up early, he can accomplish more during the day. Moreover, he said waking up early allows him to spend time with his family and fit exercise into his daily routine.
The man regarded as the most successful investor in the world is known to start his day by reading. Of course, Buffett does far more reading even after starting his day. The Oracle of Omaha devours not just news but materials of all kind throughout the day. In fact, Buffett reportedly spends up to 80 percent of every day reading. He recommends reading 500 pages a day.
How does the New York Times best-selling author start his day? According to one interview, Tony Robbins insists on reserving 10 minutes for himself every morning. He starts his day off thinking about things he’s grateful for. Afterward, he prays for family and friends, and then visualizes what he wants to accomplish that day.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. So, what habits have helped Her Majesty occupy the throne for more than 60 years?
“At Home with the Queen” author Brian Hoey said the queen rises each day at 7:30 a.m. She enjoys a cup of English breakfast tea and Marie cookies, reads newspapers and listens to a morning radio show.
John Paul DeJoria
Billionaire entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria is the co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron Tequila. Unlike many of the financial superstars on this list, DeJoria enjoys a deliberately slow start in the morning.
In an interview with Business Insider, he said he spends the first five minutes of his mornings relaxing. He avoids thinking about his schedule and agenda for the day, and focuses on being grateful. Afterward, he enjoys a cup of coffee or cappuccino.