Most people will check their phone, email and social media immediately upon waking up.

Do you do this?

If so, you’re putting yourself in a reactive state of mind because you’re letting outside circumstances dictate what decisions you make.

Instead of living life on your own agenda, you’re choosing to rather respond to other people’s agendas.

This is why it’s so important to have a solid morning routine because a morning routine gets you into the habit of putting yourself first, which sets you up for success throughout the remainder of your day.

In his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen R. Covey says,

“Private victory always precedes public victory.”

This is also known as the Inside-Out approach to life.

When you wake up and you put yourself first, you position yourself to win the morning. And when you win the morning, you win the day.

The first 2 hours of your day are so important because they accelerate or hinder the next 12 hours.

So, the challenge for you is, when you wake up tomorrow morning, instead of reaching for your smartphone as soon as you wake up, take some time to deliberately check in with yourself and start your day on purpose.

My morning routine, for example, includes drinking a glass of water, making my bed, writing 500 words, reading for an hour, doing some push-ups, and listening to podcasts.

This helps give my day a clear direction and is, by far, the best way to succeed in the long run.

If you’re able to develop a proactive approach to life by establishing a set morning routine, you’ll always have a quicker path to success than those who can’t.