Morning routines are one of the most widely talked and written about subjects in the personal development industry; and with good reason. How you start your day is highly indicative of the quality of your life.

If you have a supercharging morning routine that gets you motivated, prepared and excited for the day, you will likely experience high levels of success. Likewise if you have no morning routine or have a morning routine which leads to low levels of performance (e.g. hitting the snooze button 5 times) then you will likely be struggling, and unsuccessful.

With a few small tweaks to your morning, you can take your life to a whole new level. Here are some of the top practices recommended by the world’s most successful men to start your days, crush life, and achieve anything.

Exercise

Richard Branson’s number one success tip to any aspiring entrepreneur or high achiever is to exercise. Plain and simple. There are literally thousands of benefits to daily exercise, and specifically early morning exercise.

Pushups

A simple routine of 100 pushups, 100 squats and 100 sit-ups each morning immediately after you get out of bed will release endorphins and other powerful neurochemicals into your system, ensure that you stay awake, and get your body ready for the coming day.

If you decide to try an alternative routine to the one above, we recommend no more than 20 minutes of exercise in the mornings as too much exercise prior to your important tasks will likely leave you feeling more drained than prepared.

 Alkalize Your Body

Drinking a glass of lemon water immediately after waking up is a great way to boost your body into alertness. There are a number of tremendous health benefits to drinking lemon water, but this video summarizes it the best.

Self-Education

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Every single successful person shares one trait in common: massive self-education. One of the world’s wealthiest men, Warren Buffet, read every book on investing and finance in the Omaha Nebraska library system twice by the time he was twelve years old.

If you want to achieve massive levels of success, you’ve got to educate yourself. Reading or listening to an audio program for just 15 minutes every morning will allow you to tap into the minds of the world’s greatest leaders and kick start your day with positive lessons that you can carry with you in all of your tasks.

Meditate

One of the top success tips from many high level individuals including the 4-Hour Trilogy author Tim Ferris, and Neuroscience P.H.D. Sam Harris, meditation helps to calm and focus your brain and nervous system.

Five minutes of mindful meditation each morning will decrease your levels of stress and anxiety, increase your focus and presence, and help increase your emotional and mental control during trying situations.

Man Meditating

To begin mindful meditation, you can try either guided or unguided meditation. If you want to do a guided meditation, try this one or this one. To do a regular unguided meditation, simply find a comfortable spot, sit down with a straight spine, and focus on your breath for 5 minutes.

Your thoughts will wander the first several times you try this and you will find it difficult to focus on your breathing. Keep at it, and after a few weeks you will begin to see amazing results.

Gratitude

If you truly want to achieve success, you must be grateful for what you already have. If you are reading this right now, than chances are, you are among the top 5% of the world’s population. You have a lot to be grateful for.

No matter how difficult or crappy your day may feel, no matter how many challenges you have faced; someone else always has it worse. Spend time each morning simply thinking or writing about what you are grateful for in your life.

This habit has actually been scientifically proven to increase your happiness levels under a brain scanner after only 1-2 months of practice. If you want to live a life of success, start (and end) each day with gratitude, you’ll be thankful you did!