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5 Questions for Your Best Day Ever

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“Would you like to have the best day you’ve ever had, day after day, for the rest of your life?”

Jesse Moskel shares the 5 questions that help him have the best day ever, every day.

I believe I’ve found the answer to that question, and I’ll share it with you in just a second…

Here’s the backstory:
I’ve been obsessed with these types of questions for several years now:

—How do you start your day?

—What are the first things you “let into” your consciousness?

—How do you prime yourself to get the most out of every single day you’re blessed to be on this earth?

Just yesterday, I was listening to one of my very favorite podcasts, Entrepreneur on Fire.

The host, John Lee Dumas, was interviewing a newbie entrepreneur and it was getting toward the end, when I heard something downright funny…

JLD asked the guy, “what’s the first 60 minutes of your day look like?

Remember: there IS a formula that 99% of super-successful people have and it AIN’T what this guy does!

I’m paraphrasing, but this is what he said:

“I pick up my laptop, which is usually right next to my head, where I passed out with it, very late the night before.”

Ouch.

But it gets even better…

He then said, “I stay in bed, and review everything. I check all my sales, my Facebook ads, my emails, etc.”

No bathroom, no exercise, no prayers…where’s the (self) love?

(I’ll tell you what Tim Ferriss says about this, in a minute.)

All right.

No judgements.

Ok, just a little judgement, the guy IS “sleeping with his work.”

But, anyway he’s a newbie, after all.

So here’s what you’ve been waiting for: the way to have a “best” day ever, every single day.

Sounds like a load of B.S., right?

The thing is, what I’m sharing here reads a lot like a “magic bullet,” which is what most everyone chases, most all of their lives…

And guess what?

Most of that stuff IS bull.

But this ain’t.

Almost every highly effective person who has been generous enough to share their own success formulas has this one thing in common:

They have a highly systematized morning procedure.

JLD usually frames the question this way: “what does your ideal first 60 minutes immediately after waking include?”

Mine is in a stage of infancy, but I’ll share what I do, adapted from what other successful people you’ve heard of, are already doing.

(And by the way, if you’re really, really paying attention, you will notice I do NOT use the word “ideal” because that would imply I don’t do it just like this, every. single. day.)

**Here it is:

In my favorite oversized leather chair, a steamy mug of coffee next to me, I sit with the following five questions:

1. What am I thankful for?
2. What will I learn today?
3. What did I learn yesterday?
4. Will I exercise today?
5. What are my 1, 3, & 12 month goals?

I’m not a meditator, but this gets close to that sort of state.

I’m quiet, inside my mind, listening, imagining what the goals do, when I get there, how it feels to have those achievements…

It’s a fluid, developing and ever-changing process.

Here’s what’s not there: music, email, specific work projects.

I don’t think I’ve heard anyone ever say that email is good.

Same goes 7X for Facebook. Tim Ferriss said he allows no screens in his bedroom, that “it’s only for sleeping, and f**king.”

I personally do not ever bring my iPhone into my bedroom…

I could write on this topic all day.

But I’ve got a schedule to keep.

I made it yesterday…but that’s another topic, for another, perfect, best-ever day.

What’s your best day look like? How does it start? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear what you do.

All the best,

Jesse Moskel

PS: What’s your morning routine? Tell me one thing that works for you, in the comments below.

13 Replies

  1. Susan

    Great insights Jesse. I like to hear what other people are doing successfully then see what works for me.

    I break the cardinal rule that most successful people recommend – leaving electronics out of the bedroom. However, it’s for a good reason – I meditate to sleep. I meditate to simple declarations of “I AM ______”.

    In the morning, I religiously write in my gratitude journal. It’s a simple principle, whatever you focus on gets magnified. I chose to focus on gratitude. Since I started doing this I have found more things to be grateful for.

    I recommend adding a twist when you write the things you are thankful for. Speak the things you want to existence. It’s a way to condition the mind. At the end of the week or month, read back what you wrote. You will be mighty surprised…

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Jesse Moskel

      I like that last one, Susan: “speak the things you want into existence.” And journaling, always good stuff.

  2. Man love this post man. Keep em coming.
    The morning routine and process is something I have been working on for a while now and I believe is an ever evolving process or evaluation and improvement. Here is what the first 2 hours of my day looks like:

    *Wake up and chug a glass of water
    *50 Pushups
    *Stretch
    *Protein Shake
    *Journal (God, Gratitude, and Goals)
    *Spanish Practice
    *Gym (1 hour) usually 7-8am

    Then I flow into my 1 priority task.

    Tyler

    1. I knew there was a great reason we gel so well, Tyler. That language effort you’re making there is one of my very VERY favorite practices for brain exercise. I firmly believe you’re adding years of sharpness to your brain, not to mention the current benefits. Nice!

  3. Kim

    I recently read an article that people are the most alert and ready to face mental challenges, while coming up with unique problem-solving ideas, within the first 90 minutes they are awake. It went on to say that most of this cognitive window is wasted on mindless and repetitive tasks, like menial chores, getting ready for the day, and errands. It had me thinking that if I just got up, without getting distracted first, and spent the first 60-90 minutes of my day just doing the most important things I needed to get done, then everything else…maybe, just maybe, I would start to see some forward movement in my life.

    Since I have been doing this, I have made a lot of progress on my goals and even completed some of them! I have used my morning brain power for good–editing three books and finally getting them to press. All this in just a little “go” time in the morning, when my brain was not yet bogged down from a long day.

    I have also not missed any important deadlines since, because I got what I needed to get done that day, right away, everyday. If you have multiple people in your house, try to be the first awake to maximize your “me” time. Try this simple tip and see if it works for you too.

    1. Awesome tactics, Kim! When do you plan out what you’ll be doing the next morning? Or do you wake up and decide?

  4. My work-in-progress morning ritual, inspired by http://www.asianefficiency.com and adapted for my peculiarities:

    1. Out of bed within five minutes of first alarm.
    2. Drink at least 20oz. of water
    3. Feed pets
    4. Exercise (either 15 mins. yoga + pushups or 30-40 mins. jogging)
    5. Shower (last 1-2 minutes under cold water)
    6. Breakfast (usually… I skip it 1-3 times per week)
    7. Meditate 10 minutes.
    8. Review weekly, monthly and yearly goals, vocalize affirmations
    9. Review calendar and OmniFocus
    10. Verify distracting website blockers are activated
    11. “Eat That Frog” – knock out my most important task (or put in 3-4 hours on it if it’s a big one that’s going to involve more than 3-4 hours to complete).

    1. Hey James, love it all! Looks like you’ve built in a touch of variety as well! Is that quote on #11 by any chance a Brian Tracy quote? I read a book by that title: “Eat That Frog,” just last year.

      1. James

        Bulls-eye on Brian Tracy. Great book and concept.

  5. J.T.Irving

    Unfortunately (odd how “fortune” is in that word…) I will only be a bad example like the guy you mentioned in the podcast. I do none of the things mentioned here but will start, especially as I see the road I’m on keeps me coming to the same town every day: Inafunkytown. My day starts with biological essentials (ahem), letting the dogs out, making coffee, drinking coffee and then depending on my work schedule checking emails and Facebook. Yeah, something’s gotta change or something’s gonna give; like a financial or emotional bridge collapsing!
    My course in life is not entrepreneurial however there are still hopes and dreams that I’ve yet to make a reality. Not in this way I’m sure. I’ll be reading more of your posts and looking more into what you have to say. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If it is broke, fix it! Getting my tool box out now and looking forward to adding the tools you have to loan out to fix things.

    1. Hey J.T.! I know you’re in a change phase right now in your life. The attitude you have, to fix things and work, tirelessly toward your dreams is the right one. Keep up the fight, you’re a good man. JM

  6. I agree that there is no one “ideal” way to start the day. We are all wired differently, although some of us are wired similarly.
    Some prefer a regimented early morning ritual. Others opt for a simpler approach. Some work out strenuously to jump start the day. Still others get creative work done before they get to the gym.
    The key is finding a ritual that works for you and then being disciplined to follow it daily. If a total makeover isn’t in the works, then start with ONE of Jesse’s five questions. Then add one more each week. Just start! (Personally, I like the one about what I am thankful for.) You’ll be amazed at how better life your will be. And, really, isn’t each day a gift?

    1. Love it, Morgan! Thanks for your input, and you’re absolutely spot on with the small start of using ONE of the five questions…and yes, what works for others won’t work for me. I do enjoy having flexibility to do one thing one day, and to change up on others. Just this morning I woke up terribly excited to have another gift of living today!

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