Most people want to be successful. We want to have the nice house and cars or maybe just the comfort and freedom that we think comes with success.

It all looks good from the outside.

Somehow, the people that work the hardest for their success make it look easy. Which makes those reaching for success think it actually is easy.

The part of success most people really don’t want is the part that requires discipline. The part that has to wake up early, stay up late, and be impeccable with your word.

Anyone successful person will tell you, that’s the part of success that sustains them. It’s also the hardest part to master. Discipline will keep the success you work so hard to get.

One of the easiest ways I’ve found to be more disciplined is to have a morning ritual. An early morning ritual.

Yes, waking up early is one of the essentials of success. It’s one of those things that separates the dream chaser from the dream catcher. The dream catcher is up with the sun, making his dreams a reality. Visioning and actioning it into the world.

That’s you. But waking up early isn’t just for you to get right to business. It’s about you taking care of yourself and getting your mind right before the heavy lifting begins. Look at it as your self-care time.

Getting burnt out is one of the quickest ways to give up on your dreams. So here’s what you need to make sure you do before 8 to stay on top of your game and reach your goals with your sanity intact.

Success Morning Ritual

•Pray – making sure to give thanks for another day to follow your purpose is a must. It sets a tone of gratitude for your day. It’s one of the quickest ways to improve your self on a deeper level before you conquer the tasks of the day.

•Spend time on personal grooming – Take care of yourself, first. It’s easy to just fall into the day. But success ain’t falling nowhere. Success is walking strategically into the day like you own it. Remember you’re representing Brand You when you walk out of the door. Carry yourself accordingly.

•Get Motivated – create a ritual of listening to motivational messages at the top of your day. Set a time when you’ll start answering calls and emails and keep your word to yourself.

•Eat food that fuels you – It’s easy to get caught in the cycle of just scarfing down whatever you have in the fridge when you’ve been up all night planning and you’re up early to get to work. It’s important to remember that old saying, “You are what you eat”.

Everybody doesn’t need to be a size medium. Being in shape can be tailored to fit whatever you imagine as your “best self”; but it’s critical to maintain a commitment to your health and wellness. No matter how much material wealth you get, your health is your real wealth.
•Spend time with family – Taking time daily to reconnect with your “why” is what will keep you grounded in your work for the long haul.

Forgetting the people who are sacrificing having your time while you pursue your purpose will lead to loneliness once you get there.

•Go over your plan for the day -They say even the best laid plans will fail. They’re right. That’s why successful people plan ahead.

Having a plan for your day is the most proven way to make sure that even if there’s a wrench thrown in your plans, you’re able to get back on task and accomplish your goals.

I try to make sure my daily plans don’t overwhelm me. That’s key to actually getting things done. If you get overwhelmed by having too many moving parts in your smaller daily plans, you’re more likely to lose sight of the larger long term goals.
•Meditate – Our lives are so noisy sometimes we can’t hear our own thoughts. The way to beat the hustle is to get a few minutes of silence in before the busy-ness starts. It’s easy to underestimate the value of staying connected with your inner core but on the path to success, being in tune with your own intuition is a must.
“A good day is made the night before.”

How well you prepare for success determines how far you’ll go. The better you plan for your goals, the better you’ll execute. It’s simple input/output. But notice I didn’t say how much you plan. Never get so caught up in planning or preparation that you fail to execute. Set aside time in the morning to prepare your mind for the small successes and failures you’l face during the day so that