Success Starts with this Morning Routine

Francesca, Koral and I gather with the group, including some of the best caddies in the game, to mark the completion of our first of 37 rounds of golf while on vacation. Sunningdale, England, June 2018.

Francesca and I just returned home from an amazing six-week vacation. We visited with family and friends, old and new, fly fished, bird watched, and even traveled down the Shannon River, but I would have to say this vacation was all about golf or more precisely GOLF. From our first round in Sunningdale, England, to our last one in Ireland at the Old Head Golf Links, we conquered 37 rounds on 37 different courses. My mind is still spinning on how we did it. I suppose it was a combination of some of the best caddies in the game, a little luck, and one morning routine that I would never leave home without.

People often ask me where I get my energy. Of course, I give full credit to healthy living. I exercise regularly. I eat a Mediterranean-type diet (Francesca is Italian and an incredible cook). I eat my Nutrilite supplements. I’m also a firm believer that how you start your morning not only sets the tone for the rest of your day, but it is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated habits for success.

Morning habits for a lifetime of success

Getting into a good morning routine takes work, but the dividends are worth it. If you don’t already have one, there’s no better time to start than now. To me, early morning is a golden time. In its calmness, you can turn inward, be grateful, and thoughtfully prepare for a full day. In many ways, a good morning routine gives you a jump on the rest of the world.

Here are a few of my early morning habits that may inspire you to create your own morning routine:

A couple enjoying one of my favorite Pilates poses, the plank, which is a staple in my morning routine.
A couple enjoying one of my favorite Pilates poses, the plank, which is a staple in my morning routine.

I wake up to Pilates

I’ve been practicing Pilates for about 10 years. For a typical 45-minute morning routine, I’ll do 30 to 40 different movements to work all major muscle groups, the standard stuff like 10 sit-ups in a row.  Pilates not only gets me out of bed, but it helps me stay flexible so I can enjoy the things that I love … like 37 back-to-back rounds of golf! Pilates wakes up my entire body, clears my mind, gets the blood flowing and even helps keep me regular. I can’t think of a better way to start the day.

I am all smiles aboard the Double X on this extra special morning. We had just made landfall after a rocky 19-day sail across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco. Thanks to my morning Pilates routine, I had the balance and strength I needed to sustain the journey. Now I’m ready to eat a healthy breakfast! Marquesas Islands, August 2016. Photo: R. Rehnborg

I eat a good breakfast

A good breakfast keeps you mentally and physically alert so you can focus on what’s important. I like a simple, easy, no fuss breakfast that can fuel my morning. Since I’m up early, I plan breakfast the night before. To ensure I’m getting enough protein, I rely on Nutrilite Protein powder that I’ll either add in a smoothie with milk or juice, berries or other chopped fruit, or sprinkle over steel-cut oatmeal or whole grain waffles.

I learn during my morning commute

Since I spend about 30-45 minutes commuting to work, I use this time to learn, perhaps listen to a podcast or an audio book. I love to read and learn, and this habit provides a great opportunity to learn something new every day.

A golden sunrise from the deck of Double X. No matter where you are, in the quiet of early morning hours, you can reflect, be grateful and better prepare for a busy day. French Polynesia, 2016.

More morning habits for success

Here are a few other morning habits that may take you from good to great:

Make routine decisions second nature

You may have noticed that the late Steve Jobs, former U.S. President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are known for frequently wearing the same thing, day in and day out. For Jobs, it was a black turtleneck and jeans; for President Obama, a gray or blue suit; and for Zuckerberg, a gray T-shirt. You only have a certain amount of energy, use it wisely.

Tackle the tough stuff first

Most people tend to be more productive first thing in the morning. When you are able to check a tough item off your to-do list, it gives you a sense of satisfaction that stays with you throughout the day. I think Mark Twain said it best: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

Write a “to do” list at the end of the day

Although not a morning habit, this may make your mornings more productive. Why? Writing a list before bedtime may help you sleep. It can offload worries about unfinished tasks to help you feel less anxious and more relaxed.

If you want your day to end with success, start it with a great morning routine.

Good luck. I’ll be cheering you on!

Dr. Sam Signature



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4 thoughts on “Success Starts with this Morning Routine”

  1. Great post! I never knew you did Pilates but it makes sense now how you’re in such good shape! That’s a little ambitious for me right now, but I do start my day with meditation and I think that sets a tone for the day too. This was one of my favorite posts. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Hi Sam, thanks for sharing your morning routine. 10 years ago I was MRI diagnosed with spinal problems so even before I get out of bed I do 20 minutes of back exercises. Elaine does similar but is not quite as dedicated.

    On the TV I heard that a diabetic has to spend $550 per month for insulin and that there is no generic. Thinking back to TERA Pharm. I was wondering it there was an opportunity for Nutrilite to get in to the generic insulin market and while selling it to diabetics introducing the diabetics to a new, healthy way of living with the aid of Nutrilite Food Supplements. Just a thought.

    Reg Jones

    1. Hi Reg,

      Thank you so much for your comment. We will pass it on to Dr. Sam.

      With our best,
      The Double X Crew

  3. Can never go wrong with this great advice. Thank you Dr. Sam ! Give Francesca my love! Your vacation looked fabulous ????

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