The definition of success is not the same for all – it varies according to different people. But what is same for all regarding success is that it brings immense joy. Anyone who achieves his definition of success feels happy and satisfied, at least for the time being. This is the reason why we all wish to achieve success in one form or the other.
It is difficult to have a universal mantra for success but as we all know that the greatest and the most successful minds have advised sticking to well-defined routines to achieve excellence in work that they do. In their own words, the best part about routines is that they can make you do the right things at the right time.
What is the Mantra of Success?
“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.” – William Blake
Doesn’t this sound like an easy and doable mantra? Well, it definitely will be. Let’s break them into parts and look at them one by one.
Think in the Morning:
We all have a certain amount of energy and enthusiasm in the morning as it signals a new day for the body and the mind. The mornings are hence, the best time for creating, ideating and planning activities. Mornings are often the ideal time to do all of these activities which require mental energy and freshness.
In a study on interviews given by 17 CEOs, it was concluded that leaders are more productive when they started their day early.
The spiritual leader Dalai Lama has an interesting activity which can be done every morning. He says, ”Every day, think as you wake up – ‘Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
Act in the noon:
When we dedicate our mornings to plan, doing becomes easier in the course of the day. We don’t have to again spend time thinking what to do. We can quickly get started with work. To know what needs to be done, we just need to plan well in the morning and begin execution after that.
The afternoon is also the best time to manage the scheduled tasks. Once we have drafted the things to do and now that only doing is left just do them.
Eat in Evening:
It is commonly believed that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But several experts have disregarded this thought. In contrast, they believe that dinner may be the most important meal of the day. For their respective reasons, every meal is important. You need to fuel yourself throughout the day but dinner can help your body function better than other meals.
The time we spend with your family over a dinner table helps us make our social relationships better. It can also be observed that as one spends more time with family, one tends to relieve a portion of mental stress.
Also, families who eat dinner together are known to be happier, healthier and have safer kids. In 2008, researchers at Brigham Young University conducted a study of IBM workers and found that sitting down to a family meal helped working moms reduce the tension and strain from long hours at the office.
Sleep at Night:
Sleep plays an important role in protecting our mental health and physical health. It is while we sleep the body performs crucial functions of recovery. To wake up refreshed and re-energized, our body and mind need a good night’s sleep. The body performs regenerative functions while sleeping which works against the groggy feelings on getting up.
During our sleep, the body heals the damaged cells. The immune system boosts its process and we get to rest from the tiredness caused due to the day’s activities. The heart and cardiovascular system also get recharged while one sleeps. To begin the next day’s routine with boosted energy, a good night’s sleep is important.
It is believed that a good night’s sleep brings the difference between great work and poor productivity the next day.