• John Panepinto

The Best Morning Routine - 6 Simple Rituals To Jumpstart Your Day

Updated: Feb 13

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Success leaves clues.

It’s no coincidence that the most successful people all have a very specific morning routine that they rarely ever drift away from.

Whether it be billionaire business magnates like Richard Branson, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett; or whether it be Superstar Athletes like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant – a morning routine is essential to achieving greatness.


Because your first waking hour determines what your entire day will be like.

What you do in these waking moments largely determines the momentum you have for the rest of your day.

Whether or not that morning momentum is working for you (setting you up for a productive, fulfilling and overall great day), or against you (setting you up for an unproductive, and stressful day) – is completely determined by what you do during these crucial waking moments.

If you have a consistent way of owning your morning, you will actually have a consistent way of owning your day, and ultimately owning your life.

If we’re going to be achieving our greatest goals – we must be setting ourselves up for success each morning, owning our morning, and get in the habit of establishing positive momentum from the get-go.

Today I am going to give you the best morning routine. Let’s go.

Your Morning Sets The Tone For Your Entire Day:

When you wake-up in the morning and the very first thing you do is check your phone, hop on social media, scroll for 20-30 minutes, and then unenthusiastically roll out of bed – you’re starting your day off in a very reactive manner.

Right off the bat – you’re stirring up all kinds of unfavourable emotions, you’re wasting your focus on meaningless media, and you’re letting external influences cloud your thoughts and consciousness.

Given that each day is a sequence; this morning ‘reactiveness’ actually sets the tone for the entire rest of your day – in turn, your entire day often follows suit.

Each day is just a piece of the puzzle to this thing we call 'our life' - and as you add up each of those days, your entire life also follows suit. Hence why Aubrey Marcus coins the term "own the day, own your life".

This habit makes you less productive, raises cortisol (stress hormones), and makes you less effective throughout the rest of your day.

That’s not what you want, and that’s not what’s going to make the things you want happen for you.

If we want to achieve our biggest goals – we must start our day off by being pro-active

We must start our day off by enhancing our focus, relieving stress, setting the tone, and by focusing on ourselves, our goals, and our own pathway – before we even look at our phone.

We must take things into our own hands, focus on ourselves, and ultimately own our mornings – before we go out and conquer the day.

If we don’t – our day is going to conquer us; over and over again.

The Importance of Having a Morning Routine:

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Especially when you’re in a rut, or need some structure brought back into your life – bringing in a consistent morning routine is a great way of getting you back on track and establishing positive momentum.

Discipline unlocks freedom – and by being disciplined to a powerful morning routine, you will begin to unlock the greater parts of life, and the greater parts of your very own potential; with consistency.

What Makes a Great Morning Routine?

So what makes a great morning routine?

A great morning routine hits home on four key results:

  • Relieves Stress

  • Enhances Focus

  • Sets The Tone For The Day

  • Sets Direction For The Day

Relieving Stress:

When you wake up in the morning, your cortisol levels are extremely high. Cortisol is actually the stress hormone that enhances alertness and reduces your appetite – which is healthy, in moderation.

If cortisol gets too high however – it is what causes anxiety, depression, and a weaker immune system.

This is why it is essential to keep it relatively low - especially in the morning when it is often at its highest.

Enhancing Focus:

Your focus, bandwidth and mental resources are absolutely crucial to succeeding at anything.

Our best work is often done in the mornings because our bandwidth and focus is ‘fresh’ and rejuvenated – it hasn’t been used or allocated yet.

As the day goes on, our focus and bandwidth often diminishes as it is used.

This is exactly why first thing in the morning we don’t want to waste our valuable focus on irrelevant information, social media, or any other negative influences that don’t have a high ROI on us, our goals, or our life.

A great morning routine will ensure you are spending your bandwidth/focus on what matters most to you, your goals, and your life – first thing in the morning.

Setting The Tone For The Day:

Our entire day is a sequence. What we think, feel and do in the morning, trickles into what we think, feel and do next, which trickles into what we do after that .. and so on, all the way to the end of our day.

If you’ve ever woken up and received bad news right off the bat, or gotten into a traffic jam on the way to work – it’s no coincidence that the rest of your day was probably miserable.

The flip-side is also true – if you wake up, and right off the bat what you think, feel, and do is great; then the rest of your day is going to be great, and you will be far more equipped to conquer whatever comes your way than you otherwise would’ve been.

This is why it is important to ensure our morning routine sets a great tone for the rest of our day, and starts us off on the right foot.

Setting Direction For The Day:

There comes a point in everyday where you have to decide what you will be doing for the day. It is a point in which you make decisions on how you will spend your time, energy, and focus for the day.

Right off the bat - if you aren’t pro-active, aren’t taking control of your day, and aren’t setting your own direction – then you are likely being blown around like a leaf in the wind that day, and will just be going with the motions; letting your day conquer you.

Whether those things you do are in your favour or not – isn’t up to you; because you’re being reactive to your circumstances.

This is why it is important for a morning routine to set direction for the day.

It is to start your day off as being pro-active, taking control, and ensuring you are spending your time/energy/focus on things that are best for you, your goals, and your life.

When you don’t set direction – you spend your entire day being reactive.

The Ultimate Morning Routine:

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I developed this morning routine when I was 21 years old, and it has helped me transform my life – I want it to help you too.


*Wake up at 5:15am*

1. Drink Two Glasses of Lemon & Salt Water (3 mins)

2. Read Goals & Affirmations (5 mins)

3. Journal Routine – (5 mins)

4. Meditate – (10 mins)

5. Make Your Bed (take ownership) – (2 mins)

6. Cold Shower (10 mins)

--total = 40 min—

This routine is the result of many years of research and refinement. It’s taken what the best of the best do, and combined into all into one comprehensive morning routine.

Everything in this routine serves a purpose; each step plays a role in setting you up for a great day. I recommend following it to a tee – for the best results.

Here’s a more in depth elaboration:

Step 1 - Drink Two Glasses of Lemon & Salt Water