It’s hard to be motivated all the time. Heck, it can be hard to be motivated part of the time. That’s why a Power Hour can come in real handy.
Challenging situations can beat you down. Competitors can beat you down. People on your own team can beat you down.
So how can you stay motivated? Where can you get more confidence?
Focus not on how or where, but when.
It turns out that the first part of every day is a virtual Power Hour.
The first hour of the day sets the tone
The morning is the best time to program yourself for success and to get motivated for all you need to do.
This is a counter intuitive concept for many people. I met a woman recently who said she wasn’t a morning person.
“What a pity,” I smiled. “Since morning happens almost every day.”
Your Power Hour may have to happen quite early. If your kids get up at 6 AM, that’s probably their Power Hour, which means that your Power Hour will have to be at 5 AM.
Be very selfish about how you spend the first 60 minutes of your day. I’ve refined my Power Hour through the years and have been teaching it to leaders and salespeople for a long time.
Below is a slightly edited excerpt from my book, 5 Cool Ideas for Working, Living & Feeling:
5 cool ideas for your power hour
1. In the morning, no news is good news.
Wake to music, rather than the alarm clock. Set your phone or DVD player or music device so you awaken to music, rather than negative news reports. You can even arrange to wake up to your theme song. You do have a theme song, don’t you? Also, do not read the newspaper during your Power Hour.
2. Self-affirmation is corny, but effective.
Right after I awaken in the morning, I enjoy a deep sigh, a smile and deliver a positive belief to myself. The deep sigh rushes oxygen into my brain, which has been in a shallow breathing pattern all night. The smile releases endorphins, nature’s pain killers.
A positive belief such as “people want to meet me today,” motivates me to get out of bed right away and get the day going.
3. Wake up body parts separately.
To wake up my sleepy muscles, I stretch out on the floor to do a few push-ups and stomach crunches. This takes about five minutes, but it’s five minutes more exercise than some people get in a week. In the bathroom, I shower, shave, and sing. I sing to wake up the right side of my brain–and some of my neighbors.
To awaken my left brain, I read some non-fiction or maybe a self-help article. I also write in the morning, an activity that I really enjoy and helps me feel good about myself.
4. Eat a vegetable for breakfast.
During my Power Hour, I eat a full breakfast, including three of the four major food groups. The ideal breakfast for me includes protein and at least one vegetable. I drink a pint of water during my Power Hour to flush and lubricate my system.
I always leave on time for my first appointment because being late sets up a negative domino effect that creates anxiety.
5. Early to bed means early to rise.
When getting ready for bed, no news is good news. I don’t read the newspaper, watch or listen to the news after 7 PM because troubling headlines may keep me from sleeping.
More tips for your Power Hour
Not eating late is also an excellent weight control method. If I must eat late, I try not to consume an entire beefsteak or something that’s going to moooove around on me during the night.
I don’t answer the telephone after 8 PM because people who call that late are usually trying to provoke me. Late night callers want me to laugh, cry or think, none of which have anything to do with sleeping.
When I go to bed, I smile, breathe a deep sigh and generate a final positive belief for the day. These techniques help me relax. I go to sleep within about five minutes almost every night.
Morning people unite!
Do you work with someone who’s not a “morning person?”
These folks often share their dim views of mornings by saying things like, “I’m not a morning person” and “I’m not awake” and “I haven’t had my second cup of coffee, yet.”
Maybe we should just pay them for the afternoons.
Go here for an article on another version of the power hour.