You know that adopting a few, personal, morning habits can dramatically improve your life. Fastening your seat belt on the way to work halves your risk of serious injury in a crash. A thirty-minute aerobic workout at the start of the day lowers cholesterol and staves off obesity-related ailments. Brushing your teeth triples the likelihood that anyone you engage in conversation won’t wrinkle their nose and make a quick excuse to scurry off.
Similarly, improving your morning routine will yield major dividends for your business.
Below are four, start-the-day-habits to enhance your consulting practice:
- Exercise – This one’s a “cheat” because the same habit that improves your personal life also enhances your business performance. The research is clear: aerobic activity increases your mental acuity in the short term and long term. Morning exercise energizes you and heightens your intelligence. And since we’re in the smarts business, incorporating this brain-boosting habit is a must.
- Get Your Head Straight – If you’re down in the dumps, discouraged, devoid of passion or unconvinced that the day ahead will leave your business better off than yesterday, you’re unlikely to make much progress. Exemplars of success from Benjamin Franklin to Steve Jobs started their days with a mindset check-up. Franklin asked each morning, “What good shall I do today?” and Jobs’ self-query was, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”* Develop a morning, mental audit that works for you and take the opportunity to adjust your attitude right away if it’s askew.
- Write – Your ability to generate awareness and capture clients is directly related to your verbal acumen. The two best ways to sharpen your communication skills are platform speaking and writing. Writing forces you to translate fuzzy into concrete, compelling language that is easily grasped by others.
You can outsource copywriting, article writing, book writing and skywriting; however, I strongly recommend you, yourself, write at least 15-minutes every day. Use the time to pen a blog, an article, a white paper, a book, a speech, a pithy reply to this blog or some other communication.
- Tackle Your #1 Priority – As Mark Twain sagely advised, get big work done early. Identify your top priority the evening before and you’ll know exactly what to jump on when the day commences. Get that task done before you look at email or anything else. Then, no matter where you focus your remaining work hours, you’ll know you had a successful day and moved your business forward.
What do you think? Can you incorporate these four habits into your daily routine?
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