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Some may be destined for greatness yet it’s not due to luck. Successful people share a number of habits.

Taking advantage of the morning hours is one custom that several of the greats have in common.

Below, find morning secrets of the successful that you can easily incorporate into the early hours.

1. Stay Positive

A positive outlook creates a ripple effect.  Those who reach heights of greatness don’t just view the glass as half full.  Each day, they awake with an unquenchable thirst for life.  They are so ready, they get up earlier than most, which affords added time or a ‘25th hour.’  Whether it’s looking at a picture, listening to a song, or speaking an affirmation, get positive from the start of the day and take advantage of what it has to offer you.

2. Eat Breakfast

Denying yourself breakfast is like racing a car without fuel.  Those who are successful can’t afford to feel physically lethargic and mentally sluggish.  Breakfast is the cornerstone to a day of great decisions, positive outlooks, and hard work.  Successful people get a lot done in the morning because their bodies are kept full of nutrients.  Prepare your breakfast each morning, or find a regular stop that offers a range of healthy and tasty choices.

3. Schedule Success

Each day contains the same amount of minutes, yet those who are successful ensure they take advantage of every second.  Planning and scheduling is responsible for keeping successful people focused and ready for what’s coming next.  Use a daily planner, smartphone app, or maintain a mental list, checking off each completed task as proof of progress.

4. Exercise Regularly

Successful people develop good habits.  Exercise promotes clear thought, a positive outlook, and improved physical health.  Moreover, exercise releases endorphins in the body, which results in feelings of wellness and clarity.  It’s no surprise that successful people can’t wait to exercise, reserving time in the early hours of the day.  Put exercise clothes on top of your alarm clock or beside your bed, so you’re immediately inspired to go to the gym.

5. Sleep Well

You may see successful people out and about during the early hours but an early rise does not disrupt a good night’s rest.  Sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind.  Regardless of schedule and demands, successful people make time for rest, which allows them to perform at high levels.  Prepare to get at least eight hours of sleep, invest in a comfortable bed, and use scents and sounds so you can drift off as soon as your head hits the pillow.

6. Clear Your Space

Those who meditate benefit from a clear mind.  It allows for better focus.  Those who are successful have a clear mind as well as a clean workspace.  Clutter confuses the mind and stymies production.  Use the morning hours to organize your workspace as well as to clear your mind of distraction.

7. Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Successful people make winning a lifestyle, realizing goals require a marathon (not a race-like) mentality.  The morning hours are reserved for motivational mantras, inspirational reading, and visualization of short and long-term goals.  Each day is a means to a successful end.  Successful people expect greatness yet understand winning requires unwavering dedication.

8. Find Quiet

A successful person’s day may be filled with intense meetings, long travel, unexpected business matters, etc.  However, the morning hours are used to find peace and quiet to help prepare for the day ahead.  Successful people make time for solitude and silence.  This helps successful people focus and trains their minds to block or limit distraction when times are hectic.

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