How do you start your work day? If you are like most people, the start of your work day goes something like this. Your alarm goes off, and you immediately hit snooze. After a couple of times repeating this process, you roll out of bed, and get yourself ready for the day. During this process, you may get a workout in, you probably get showered and cleaned up and you may get a chance to eat something for breakfast. You then hop in your car or on a train and commute to work. You then get to work, and you dive in head first starting your day. Sound familiar?
What if I told you that there was a major flaw with this type of morning ritual? What if I told you that a minor change in your daily routine could drastically change your mindset on how you attack your work day, which could lead to much greater productivity? The answer is so simple, but yet so few people do it. Start each and very day by spending 15 minutes either reading a book or watching a video on one of the following: Motivation, Communication, Relationship Building, Inspiration or Leadership. Everything we do is centered around these things, and our success in life both personally and professionally is reliant on communication, relationship building and our ability to positively be influenced as well as positively influence others. These are core competencies that we all need to be successful in business, and it does not come easy without practice, and without warming up.Implementing this type of behavior into our morning ritual gets our minds warmed up and ready for the day. When we exercise or work out, we warm up first. Before singers go on stage, they warm up first. When athletes get ready to play a game, they warm up first. We warm up to get our bodies ready for the task, and if we are not warmed up, we are not able to perform at our most optimal level. Why do we not do this in business? It is crazy! We should all be getting our minds prepped and ready to go. To influence others in a positive manner, we need to be positive ourselves, and guess what, I have news for you. Rushing to get ready in the morning, eating breakfast on the run, and developing road rage sitting in traffic does not put us in the proper frame of mind to conduct good, solid business. We desperately need that 15 minutes of warm-up to get ourselves in a positive frame of mind so that we may productively attack the day. Take a leap of faith, start injecting yourself with 15 minutes of motivational/relationship building materials each day and see what a difference it makes in your life!
-The Sales Leader
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