5 Steps to the Perfect Morning Routine - OptimizeCEO - OptimizeCEO

Thomas DeLauer

Executive Body & Business Coach

Over the past couple of years, I’ve developed a morning routine that works exceptionally well for me. When I talk about a morning routine, I’m not talking about getting up, having a smoothie and going to the gym. I’m talking about a morning routine on a micro level. Little mental steps that you can take to start your day with the best possible foot forward. A lot of these things are going to sound a little crazy, but they work and there’s some that even have some clinical science to back them up.

Achieve a Micro Accomplishment

This video is my five simple steps to start your day effectively. The first thing I want you to do is to make your bed. Now it sounds small, it sounds minuscule, but the thing is, it’s not about making your bed. It’s not about cleaning up your bed and cleaning up your room. It’s about the accomplishment that you get out of that, that micro accomplishment. Simply by pulling the sheets up and tightening up your bed, you’re convincing yourself and telling yourself that you started the day with something positive, something that you’ve accomplished.

It’s very similar to walking into the gym and bench pressing a personal record every single time. You frame your mind to have that accomplishment and it changes the course of your day. The next thing I want you to do is start telling yourself that you slept well, regardless. How many people do you know that if you go up to them and you asked them how they slept or even family members, if you asked them how they slept and they respond with, “Ah, I slept okay,” or “Not too great.” It just sort of becomes a default answer for a lot of us because we want to justify why we’re tired.

We want to justify why we’re feeling the way we’re feeling, but the funny thing is, if you just start telling yourself that you slept well, you have this surge of serotonin. The surge of serotonin is going to help you feel better because now you’re satisfied with your level of sleep and you’re not constantly living in the past about how negative your sleep was or how poor it was and how it’s affecting you today. It’s almost like a micro affirmation. Instead of going in front of the mirror and telling yourself how wonderful you are and something that might feel a little bit cheesy to you, you’re simply telling yourself that you slept well and you’re going about your day.

Exude Gratitude

The next one is simple, it’s just to be grateful. Simply be grateful. You don’t have to be grateful of one specific thing, but be grateful to be alive. Be grateful to have your feel on the ground. That one simple thing in that sequence after making your bed, after telling yourself that you slept well and then becoming a little bit grateful of the day, it has a pretty magical affect on the rest of your day. The next one is critical and that is to ask yourself one powerful question. Set the frame for the day. An example would be, “How can I make today amazing?” Another example would be, “How can I make my wife feel great today?” Or “How can I enrich a stranger’s life?”

Ask yourself one powerful question and it’s going to set the pace for that day. It’s going to make that the mission for the day. If you set that question as a positive question every day, you’ll continually get better every single day. The last thing that I want you to incorporate into your morning routine is to insert X. What I mean by insert X is have an X factor for the day. What are you going to do that day? Give yourself a proposition. What are you going to actually accomplish that day?

When I say, “An X factor,” there needs to always be something new and exciting that you’re doing that day. It might be something as simple as, “My X factor today is to do a new exercise at the gym,” or it might be, “My X factor today is to cook something new.” The fact is having that stimulation and having new challenges every day is what is truly a ticket to happiness. I know that this routine isn’t much and I know it’s a bunch of micro, small things that sound a little crazy, but I promise you if you try them in this sequence, you’ll notice some results.

Not only will it help you feel better, but it will consequently help you get in the best shape of your life and make some better choices, too. I’ll see you in the next video.