Self-Development and Success: A Six-Step Morning Routine For Positive Change

Do you want to reach higher levels of success at work? Jobspin brings you advice on how to shake up your daily routine and move closer to your ultimate goals. Set yourself up for a productive day with an easy and effective morning routine. 

“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.”

– Jim Rohn

To achieve one’s fullest potential, it is necessary to develop on a personal level. Our daily habits define who we become and how our lives will be. Following a consistent routine can generate success in every area of your life, especially your career. 

In his book The Miracle Morning, author and success coach, Hal Elrod, offers insight into habits used by some of the most successful people in the world. After thorough research, Elrod developed a six-step morning routine called Life S.A.V.E.R.S. Try this morning routine to see a dramatic shift in your personal life and at work.

The Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S.:

  • Silence

Start your day with a 10-minute meditation or sitting in silence. Allow yourself this brief moment without distractions to reflect on what you want to achieve that day and set a positive mindset. Many studies have shown a significant reduction in stress hormone cortisol levels after meditation. This practice may be difficult at first, but in time it will become easier and help you gain clarity and new insights.

  • Affirmations 

An affirmation is a statement that directs your focus to something of value. Repeat your affirmations each morning to program your mind to feel more confident and purposeful. 

How to set affirmations?

  • Try to be realistic and use proactive language 
  • Clarify what you really want 
  • Remember why it is meaningful to you
  • Be specific about what tasks must be done
  • Set a timeframe to complete these tasks


  • Visualization 

Visualization is a powerful tool, often used by top athletes. Envision what you want to achieve and mentally practice what you need to do and how you will feel while doing it and afterwards. This can be particularly helpful when facing overwhelming tasks or activities you do not enjoy.

  • Exercise

Exercising is healthy at any time of day, you do not have to change your routine if you prefer running in the evening. Simply get your body moving in the morning for sixty seconds. Try to do some stretching or brief cardio, this will activate blood flow and make you feel energised. 

  • Reading 

Knowledge is power. Reading stories from your role models or experts in your field can be extremely motivating and insightful. Take a chapter out of their book and apply it to your own path to success. 

  • Scribing

Don’t lose sight of your values and goals! Self-reflection in the morning can remind you of how far you have come or why you started. Spend five minutes journaling and write down three things you want to accomplish that day or what you are grateful for. Writing down your thoughts helps to keep track of new ideas and areas for growth.

If you are motivated to become a high-performer (not only at work but in all areas of your life) by developing healthy and productive habits, consider the following book recommendations. 

Top Reads for Successful Habits:

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg 
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey 
  • High-Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard 
  • Game Changers by Dave Asprey 

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