Your morning speaks a lot about how your day will trend along. You must set some goals ahead of the day in order to have a wonderfully smooth one . Wishing to be richer than any present status is good but working and learning how to go about it from people that have been there is more key..
Speaking to these top African Billionaires, we picked the system they adopted, which helped them get to their present status. And believe me you they all have a common pattern.
1. DRINK LEMON WATER.
According to Strive Masiyiwa, Zimbabwe’s richest man, drinking lemon water as soon as you wake up spikes your energy levels physically and mentally. By improving nutrient absorption in your stomach, it gives you a steady, natural energy buzz that lasts the length of the day. You need to drink it first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) to ensure full absorption. You should also wait 15-30 minutes after drinking it before eating (perfect time to squeeze in some exercise). Lemons are chock full of nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants.
It’s not just Tony Elumelu, the famed Nigerian billionaire who exercises early in the morning; Aliko Dangote, Patrice Motsepe and Disney’s Bob Iger all wake up well before 6:00 a.m. to get their bodies moving. While their ungodly wake-up hours and exercise routines may seem crazy, research supports the extra effort. A study conducted at the Eastern Ontario Research Institute found that people who exercised twice a week for 10 weeks felt more competent socially, academically, and athletically.
While Aliko Dangote starts his day with a motivational e-mail to his top employees, after this, he disconnects and dedicates his time to exercise and family. When you wake up and dive straight into e-mails, texts and Facebook, you are far more likely to lose focus, and your morning succumbs to the wants and needs of other people. It’s much healthier to take those precious first moments of the day to do something relaxing, which sets a calm, positive tone for your day.
4. EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST.
According to Mo Ibrahim, eating anything at all for breakfast puts you ahead of a lot of people. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, they have more stable blood-sugar levels and they tend to be less hungry over the course of the day. And these are just the statistics for people who eat any breakfast. When you eat a healthy breakfast, the doors to a productive day swing wide open. A healthy breakfast gives you energy, improves your short-term memory and helps you to concentrate more intensely and for longer periods.
5. PRACTICE MINDFULNESS.
Strive Masiyiwa says mindfulness meditation has become increasingly popular among highly successful CEOs. Its growth in the business world is largely due to the huge dividends it pays in productivity and overall well-being. Research shows that mindfulness fights off stress by reversing the fight-or-flight response, improves your ability to focus, boosts creativity and increases your emotional intelligence.
6. SET GOALS FOR THE DAY.
Mike Adenuga is obsessive about planning his days. Each morning, he wakes up at 4:00 a.m. and meticulously piece together a schedule. There’s a clear message to take from Adenuga’s habit: prudent goal setting pays dividends. When you plan out your day as carefully as possible, your chances of successfully accomplishing your goals skyrocket. I like to set my daily goals after my mindfulness practice, because the added calm and clarity help me to set effective, specific goals.
7. MAKE CERTAIN YOUR GOALS ARE REALISTIC.
According to Femi Otedola, good rule of thumb is to make your day as top heavy as possible. Think about the things that have the ability to advance your career, no matter how daunting the tasks, and schedule them first. When you complete difficult tasks first, you carry positive energy and a feeling of accomplishment into the rest of your day.
8. FINALLY, SAY NO.
Folorunsho Alakija, the richest African woman from Nigeria says no is a powerful word, which will protect your precious mornings. When it’s time to say no, avoid phrases such as “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments, and your morning time is an important commitment. Research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco showed that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression.