Daily Habits of High Achievers - 3 Key Morning Rituals
Research shows that those who consistently perform at high levels commonly do things as daily practices or rituals that other don’t. Here’s a few.
Connect with the Morning Sun
High performers intrinsically understand that our optimum human performance clock is synced to the cycles of Mother Nature. As understood by the ancients, the master regulator of all our internal health and optimal performance cycles is the cycle of the sun. Traditional cultures throughout history have started their day greeting the sun through an ancient ritual called ‘sun gazing’. Hgh performers make sure they get outside (out of their artificially lit homes and office places) to experience the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of morning sunlight through the eyes.
Benefits of morning sunlight exposure include;
- regulation of immune function
- stimulation of healthy brain chemistry
- regulation our internal body clock
- promotes balanced weight through its effects on metabolic and thyroid function
- uplifting mood (anti-depressant) and strengthening emotional health.
What do Hugh Jackman, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Ferriss, Katy Perry, Ray Dalio (Head of the world’s largest hedge fund), Ariana Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres and countless other world class performers have in common? They start their day with 20 minutes of TM or Transcendental Meditation (other high performers use other forms of meditation).
According to Tim Ferriss, author of New York Times Best-seller ‘Tools of Titans’, meditation is by far the most common habit or daily ritual amongst the world’s highest performing individuals. Don’t have time to meditate? Almost universally everyone who meditates, specifically transcending-based meditation like TM, remarks that they get far more done when they meditate and couldn’t imagine life or work without it. We can’t build a 100 storey skyscraper without first digging deep into the ground. Likewise, we can’t sustain high level, dynamic outward activity without first (and regularly) going within and enlivening our deepest (inner) source of energy, creativity and intelligence. Transcending does this which is why such a high percentage of high performers do it as their most important daily habit.
As the latest neuroscience and brain mapping research clearly demonstrates, such meditation produces more global brainwave activity and peak brain coherence. Do less achieve more.
Another hallmark of high achievers is that a very high percentage start their day with physical activity. Research shows that those that make a habit of exercising early morning have a compliance rate of 75%. Those who leave it until later in the day (after work) have a compliance of around 25%.
Again, the research suggests that the time devoted to physical movement or exercise in the early hours is more than returned in terms of improved efficiency, brain performance, decision-making and all around productivity for the rest of the day. (Early morning is also the best time for exercise according the understanding of Ayurveda and our daily body clock.)
* Richard Branson has been quoted as saying daily exercise gives him 4 hours of improved productivity.
Connect to the morning sun, transcend to develop your most precious resource – consciousness - and get your body moving early to help maximize your work and life success.
* These are just three of the practices discussed in Mark’s highly popular ‘Daily Habits of High Achievers’.
Strength in Stillness - The Power of Transcendental Meditation (by Bob Roth)
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The Sporting Zone – How to get in it?
On August 15, 2013 Jason C wrote:
I really enjoyed listening to you talk in Fiji, you had some great ideas that I am keen to incorporate into my and my familys life.
I talked to you on Saturday night as you were leaving about my motor racing and the up coming Australian titles. I have been out of the car for 14 months after an accident, while Im not nervous about getting back in the car ( I’m super excited) I would love to hear what tips you may have for me to prepare in the lead up to the event. The weeks, days but especially the hours and minutes before the race, what is the best state to be in.
I have just downloaded your audio book via the app store and will start listening to it tonight on the way home.
Talk soon Mate- Thank you
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