Success is a marathon not a sprint. In other words, it may take you months or even years before you finally achieve your goals. While it is important to think long-term when setting your goals, achieving them requires that you begin the journey with your daily habits. As Lao Tzu suggests, “The journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step.” That means, accomplishing what you set out to achieve for the day, with those achievements bringing you closer to your desired long-term goals. So here is how to win the day!

Leverage the first hour of the day
If you are able to win the first hour of the day, you will be able to win the day. Within the first hour of being awake, the brain is highly suggestible. That means you are inclined to accept and act upon information you are fed within that timeframe. To leverage the first hour therefore, feed your brain with empowering information, through meditation, gratitude, visualization, reading and journaling.

Get to work with a Plan
Having a plan for the day, creates order and direction. It keeps you focused on what needs to be done today. So deciding what needs to be done for the day, is critical, if you are going to place your head on the pillow at nights feeling satisfied that you have won the day. It is prudent therefore, to schedule the activities for the day, the night before, as doing it in the morning will cause you to loose profitable time. You want to start the day “running.”

Take short breaks
Taking short breaks, during the day at work, will make you happier and will improve your focus, performance and productivity. Prioritizing breaks in your daily activities will therefore keep you from getting bored, help you to retain information more efficiently and helps you evaluate your progress as you go along. In essence, taking breaks gets you better results.

Live each day as if it was your last
Living each day as if it was your last, helps you to live with more urgency. It will cause you to waste less time and have you prioritizing the activities of the day, with a focus on what needs to be done now.

Sleep well
Sleep plays an important role in our mental and physical health and has significant impact on our creativity, intellectual performance, safety, and longevity. Getting your nightly 7 – 9 hour snooze, helps the body recover and repair itself. It’s like putting your electronic equipment to charge at night, ready to be used the next day. Those who do not sleep and get adequate rest therefore, will never be able to join the ranks of the high performers.

Though we are all given the same 24 hours each day, it is those who win the first hour, who generally win the day. It is those who live with intentionality and urgency who win the day. It is those who live within the context of their purpose, who will continue to win the day and live a phenomenal life.