In the last couple of years, I have started to notice the success rate and the usual living style of famous people, most notably how they seem to go hand-in-hand. How the people at the peak of their career always have flawless skin, well-toned body, and always seem to be so fresh and energized. Being the cynic that I am, I always brushed the thought aside by crediting the ever-present make-up team on their payroll.
The boy was I wrong, as I was surfing Youtube one day, I came across a video by BuzzFeed Multiplayer, ‘We Try CEO Morning Routines And Night Routines.’ To say that this video was an eye-opener for me would be the understatement of the millennia. It was shocking and a bit scary to find out how these people religiously follow their routines.
When we think of successful people, we only think of them while they are in the limelight. We think of them in success parties, and new business openings, and galas. What we do not think about or maybe do not want to think about is how they get to that point. Hard work, determination, and a tiny bit of luck are for sure required, but we tend to forget one more very important detail, that is discipline; the discipline of mind and body.
Early Mornings: Nooyi (PEPSI CEO) & Schultz (Starbucks CEO) start their day extremely early in the morning at 4 and 4:30 am respectively. According to them, “Morning routines are important because your efficacy level and mood over the course a day can be impacted by how you begin the day.” They answer emails, do their laundry, go to the gym, and all of the extra chores for which they would not have the energy after work.
Early Nights: All of the CEOs, more or less, wind down after work by washing dishes and cleaning up in order to prepare their body for bed. They take a relaxing bath, listen to soft music, and read a non-political book to cool things off and tuck themselves in around 9 pm.
Did you know?
Research has indicated that adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily at the very least. It is said that the earlier one wakes up, they have more energy, more time to complete their work ,their mind is sharp and is more innovative, one has more self-control, ergo, makes better decisions, that is why all the CEOs deal with their e-mails early in the morning.
How is this connected?
Well, in case you didn’t know, the human body is extremely adaptable. It adapts to its surroundings and the routine extremely fast. It does not mean that there is no resistance though. It is extremely difficult in the start to fix yourself to a routine, but once you do it is really rewarding. When you are physically and mentally fit there is nothing that can come in your way and will definitely be helpful in your personal and professional life.
A word from the wise: Kenneth Chenault (American Express CEO) makes up a list of three things that he has to achieve throughout the day. According to him, it gives his day a purpose, and at the end of every day, he has a little bit of victory to celebrate if he achieves his goals and if not then tomorrow’s another day.
There you go, following a routine will not only make you disciplined but will result in a fit, well-toned body, and a healthy mind. Guess it is not only about working out!