Increase Your Success Margin
By How You Start Your Day
The Success Margin
Thursday, April 12, 2007
The way you start your morning is by far the most
important part of the day.
In my view, most people start their day in a hurry.
They are engaged in a flurry of activity. The goal
is to get more done. But just the opposite occurs.
The result of the typical morning is lack of focused
energy. And enormous tension, stress and
frustration. This can take a severe toll on health,
relationships, and satisfaction with life.
The secret to achieving a completely opposite and
desirable result is this. Creating a period of
morning quiet time for yourself. And using it in
a certain way.
Today I'll share my techniques. The result on your
effectiveness will astonish you. You will be more
creative and less stressed all day. Plus, you will
become far more productive and successful. Best
of all, your level of happiness and contentment
with life will increase.
I know you are busy. So are most productive
people. Undoubtedly there are constant demands
on your time from your business, clients,
employees, suppliers, as well as from loved ones,
But a quiet time period of 30 minutes to an hour
in the morning is so important it will change
It may seem at first as though quiet time is wasted
time. But I promise you that your productivity will
To free up the quiet time, you will have to make
some adjustments. You may need to go to sleep
one-half hour to an hour earlier or watch an hour
Many people, including friends and clients, are
amazed at my productivity level. They express
astonishment that I can get so much done and still
seem calm and relaxed.
For example, every single day I write several
thousand words of copy. I also answer numerous
e-mails, consult with clients, prepare seminar
material, interact with numerous partners, look
after a large investment portfolio. And I still
find time to play tennis and exercise.
(Frankly, I'm not particularly impressed with my
own daily accomplishments. I think everyone,
including myself, can be more productive by a
factor of at least 10. But by comparison with
other successful people, there is a huge
difference between us. I must admit this
significant gap in output prompted me to scribble
My productivity level is largely a result of my
quiet time daily ritual.
** How do I spend my quiet time? **
This is my daily procedure:
1. I just cut off the phone and go to a quiet spot.
2. I meditate for 20 minutes.
The best way I've found to learn meditation is
-- Take a course in Transcendental Meditation
taught in most cities of the world.
-- Get Herb Benson's classic book,
The Relaxation Response.
Either way you learn meditation is equally
effective. Plus, you'll be delighted with other
benefits such as the measurable physical
differences resulting in lower heart rate and
lower blood pressure. There are other
psychological effects as well, including greater
ability to concentrate and focus. (Incidentally,
for your information, I wrote a book years ago
on meditation myself entitled Anthrocentric
Meditation but it has long been out of print.)
3. I keep a journal (unedited - just for my own
use) in which I answer two questions every day.
A. What am I feeling?
B. What do I want?
This helps me stay in touch with my emotional
side. (It is far too easy for me to separate
myself from my feelings and become completely
disowned, which is an all too common state--
especially for men--in which I spent many years.)
4. An attitude of gratitude. I list all the things
large and small in which I am blessed, for
which I have gratitude, and for which I thank
my higher power.
5. I play a CD of music which I love. It really
helps to start with a song in your mind and in
6. I then identify, review and prioritize the
important tasks and challenges which are on my
mind. These usually include:
-- Marketing strategy for my companies or for
-- Copy themes I've been considering
-- Offer ideas I'm thinking about
-- Business meetings and desired results
-- Important telephone calls
-- Important employee meeting or communication
-- Supplier contact
-- Client communication
Tip: Don't put any more than 7 items on your
"to do" list. It's unrealistic to list more as you
won't complete them anyway.
Tip: Make the toughest task on your list your
number one priority. And do it first. This is
crucial for you. Most people do the toughest
thing last. This wastes energy and time.
I find from experience that during the quiet time
the best ideas, answers, and solutions to
challenges arise from my subconscious as if by
Of course, your list of tasks may be similar to
mine or completely different. But I assure you,
the quiet time result in your life will
dramatically boost your success.
I'd be pleased to learn of your experience with
quiet time and what it has done for you.
© Copyright 2007 Ted Nicholas