Science says: Willpower is highest in the morning, so start strong
You’ve maybe heard the advice that your first work of the day should be something meaningful and significant, a task that might take a lot of focus, will, and determination to accomplish. The reason: We’re limited with our self-control.
That’s the idea purported by the strength model. Self-control draws from a common resource that gets depleted over time. You can think of self-control as a muscle–fatigue sets in after exertion.
For those scoring at home, that’s both a psychological and physiological effect on your ability to get work done.
The longer the day goes on, the more fatigue your self-control experiences, the more important it is to make those early morning hours count.
Steve Jobs’s morning routine: One simple question
In a commencement address he gave at Stanford back in 2005, Steve Jobs revealed the motivational tactic that he used to start each and every day.
– For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Ron Friedman, founder and author
An inspiring morning reminder is one shared by founder and author Ron Friedman. It goes like this:
“Ask yourself this question the moment you sit at your desk: The day is over and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?”
The grateful mind continually expects good things, expectation becomes faith. The reaction of gratitude upon one’s own mind produces faith, and every outgoing wave of grateful thanksgiving increases faith. He who has no feeling of gratitude cannot long retain a living faith and without a living faith you cannot get rich by the creative method.
Thus, it is necessary to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.
Because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.