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Morning Rituals to Start the Day Right

Want to have a day filled with positive momentum and fewer distractions? Here are a few ways successful people start their day.

#1 Make Your Bed 

During a commencement speech at the University of Texas, Navy SEAL commander Admiral William H. McRaven, delivered this key advice on success. "If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.

#2 Set an Intention

The key to success, according to Richard Branson, is not only productivity and motivation - but intention. “A day without intention is a day wasted,” the Virgin Group CEO wrote in a recent blog post.

Set your intention for the day. For example, “Today, I will be kind to myself; be patient with others; start that presentation; eat well” or anything else you feel is important.

#3 Do 5 to 10 Reps of Something

Many Japanese people tune into a radio calisthenics routine known as rajio taiso every morning. It's used by some companies too as a way of building morale, raising energy levels and encouraging good health. No wonder the Japanese are generally slimmer and healthier than their Western counterparts.

If you’re interested in trying morning movement sessions or light workouts, you don’t have to follow rajio taiso. 5 to 10 Reps of arm circles, squats, jumping, bending over and toe touching are all great options for banishing early morning aches and to loosen joints.  

#4 Drink Matcha

Gwyneth Paltrow, actress and founder of lifestyle brand Goop, drinks matcha to calm her mind and help her to focus. When you start your day by sipping matcha, you're not only choosing a drink with lots of health benefits – you're also setting the tone for a day of good choices. Shop Organic Ceremonial Matcha >

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