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My Morning Routine

Community Leaders and SFL Advertisers Share What it Takes to Start Your Day Like a Boss

The men in this community are really phenomenal! We asked them about how they start their day. The common threads include prayer or meditation, a quick workout, and a healthy breakfast (for the most part!).   

Alexander F. Ming, JP. BFC. CPA, Seraphim Wealth Advisors

My morning routine is quite habitual and has been for about 20 years or more. I start out with the morning news. I like BBC first for a global outlook, and then CBS. Robin Roberts and the team keep things relevant and they speak to the issues that matter most to me and my family. From there, it’s a brisk workout. I like to cycle for an hour and then do light weight work for another 20 minutes. This helps me manage stress and keeps my life juices flowing. Next stop: the kitchen. I can’t get by without a good breakfast. If I’m on the run, it’s a protein shake, coffee, fruit, yogurt and granola. If I’ve got time, it’s a sit down with eggs, bacon and toast with my coffee or tea. I’m typically then headed to the office to take on the world!

Robert Allen, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Three days a week I'm in the office by 7 a.m. On those days I'm up at 4, work out, spend 10 to 15 minutes training the dog, start a few things to help the wife be ready to help our 1- and 10-year-olds get out the door, and then head to the office in College Park. Getting in line at Chick Fil A is also a treat on the days that I don't cook.

Dr. Winston Carhee, Pain 2 Wellness Chiropractic Center

I always start my day with meditation which focuses my attention on goals or daily activities. Then on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, I head to the gym below my office and complete 30 mins of P90X3. Likewise, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday I jog the neighborhood 4, 3, and 2 miles respectively. Saturdays, I jog with my boys who are 8 and 6 years old. After that, I shower and start my day.

Randolph Taylor, Dignity Memorial

My mornings usually begin at 7:30 a.m. with scripture reading or silent meditation followed by my daily prayer. I, like most people, hopefully then begin my personal hygiene. By 8 a.m., my workday has begun with conference calls and responding to emails and text messages.

Bryson Thompson, Touch of Life Chiropractic

My morning routine starts with music. I wake up and put on one of my favorite artists and that helps give me energy or motivates me. Getting my boys and myself ready is followed by morning conversations about what they want to accomplish for the day en route to school. When I arrive at the office, the first thing I do is pull out my daily planner. I write down everything I need to get done for the day. I then label every task (A. must do tasks, B. tasks I would like to complete if time permits, C. things that can wait, D. tasks I need to delegate to someone else and number them in order of importance. From there, I'm ready to go for the day.

David Smith, Legend Roofing

My routine starts at 5 a.m. followed by five minutes of reflection. After a glass of water and a cup of tea, I head for the gym! 

Dr. Nathan Bryan

My day begins as the sun comes up. I always spend about 10 minutes lying in bed visualizing my day, stating my intentions and giving thanks for another day. Once out of bed, I brew coffee, brush my teeth, stretch and spend 20 minutes in my infrared sauna. Around 7:15 a.m., my workday begins as I am physically, mentally and spiritually primed for the day.

Leroy Venn, DDS

1. Pray: You've got to start the day with gratitude and project things you want to see manifest.

2. Check bank accounts: it is like your personal stock report. It can motivate you or warn you, however you find it.

3. Exercise: if my mind can’t motivate my body to move, I am not in a position to motivate my team to move.

4. Laugh: I laugh at something or someone before I leave the house or on the way to work. If you don't make life look easy when you get to work, the people you work with will reflect that angst and dumb luck rarely finds a person with a grimace on their face. Some success is by chance of being prepared to receive an unexpected opportunity and the smile you wear makes luck look like you can manufacture it.

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