Lifestyle Entrepreneur at Search Marketing Simplified, LLC
Ted spent over 20 years working in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley working with highly competitive, high-growth companies including IBM, DEC and Cellular One. Time is money is an understatement in Silicon Valley. For Ted, high-productivity and efficiency
Morning Routines Of Successful People Inspire My Day
Tactic that has had the biggest impact on Ted’s success
Starting each day with planning and being inspired by the morning routines of successful people
Result if you follow the steps in Ted’s session
A focused quiet period at the start of your day that can center you for the work ahead
Expert session snapshot
I was doing it before, but just read that newspaper, just you know, before the kids, my kids were really young. You have kids, you all know as soon as they get up, your day starts and you go from 0 to 100 miles an hour because they’re going. It just gave me time to really just kind of be to my time, I could really just ease into the day.
And what happened over the last but six months ago, seven months ago, I kind of slipped back into my old pattern, where I was turning on the TV and watching the news a little bit while I was reading. And just my business started falling off. And I just haven’t had negative thoughts can be like, oh, gosh, things have slowed down. Now what am I going to do?
And Perry Marshall started this 30 day challenge, was like perfect timing. So every day, he would send us an email with all these things like what, how would you say, okay, you got to just start writing, what are you grateful for today?
And that was just, write that down.
And if they don’t know what it is, hey, you woke up? You’re grateful you woke up today? So it doesn’t have to be you know, pages and pages of journaling. Just start writing something in your journal. And that kind of got me back on track.
How long should you be spending actually, you know, with this focus quiet time, you know, writing down some of the things that you’re grateful for, like how long should we be spending?
Well, like Perry and house a dude as long as you can try to do at least an hour, Perry same two hours even before you even turn on your computer. But what happens you know we all get busy we don’t really have, nobody’s gonna wake up at four in the morning to do all this stuff. Well some people do.
I know a guy that got up and wrote a book. He got up at four in the morning for two straight months and wrote a book in those two hours before his kids got up. But what, how does in the Miracle Morning book and I don’t want just focus on how, but he’s broke it down to, you can do it in less than five minutes, to pick one thing you’re going to do today with this journaling.
Now what are you grateful for? Focus on gratitude. And that goes a long way. Just close your eyes and be still for five minutes and see, you know, drift off into whatever thoughts come to you. But just try to do a few minutes.
Yeah, okay. That’s fantastic. For people who may not be doing anything at the moment in the morning, and if it’s a small commitment, right, just a few minutes if you take it from there, and then maybe, maybe for you, it grows or that works for you, but tell us. Tell us what’s your typical morning routine?
Okay. Well, years ago, back in the Silicon Valley days, I was, you know, getting up and going to work and working 12-14 hours a day, six, seven days a week. And I was really stressed. So I took a meditation class was called the Silva method. Then it’s just a simple little meditation taught you.
And what I do now is I start every morning, they call it the countdown, the 3,2,1 countdown. So in a couple within 30 seconds, you can be into a meditative state.
So before I get out of bed, I just lay in bed for like 15 or 20 minutes and meditate. And it’s not you know, there’s no formal meditation. It’s just whatever to calm your mind and just clear your thoughts before you get out of bed.
And then I’ll get up, I still drink one cup of coffee. You’re two cups of coffee. Got it right here. But I’ll just, now some days, I’ll journal some days, I’ll just read some motivational material, affirmations kind of whatever strikes me that day. So I have like a tool chest of things I can do and I do whatever feels appropriate.