Routines, Rituals, Habits, And Superstitions

Life as a successful businessperson does not have an off button or a finish line. And as exciting as the journey is, it can be quite mentally, emotionally, spiritually, socially and physically taxing to run a business.

As a matter of fact, studies show that burn out, lack of passion and internal disharmony are a factor in almost 1/3 of all new business failures.

It’s the exhaustion, the stress.  But as Hans Selye, one of the early pioneers of modern stress theory said, “It’s not the stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”

The most successful businesspeople understand that and create a world of habits, rituals, routine and even superstitions to help them reduce their stress level, perform at their best and create a sense of balance.

ForbesBooks asked leaders in the worlds of finance, health care and entrepreneurialism about the routines and habits that keep them and their businesses healthy.

MORNING ROUTINES:

“I look at my DailyOm horoscope (guilty pleasure) and the news to see if we have entered a nuclear holocaust. I work out 6 days a week. I fast 14 hours each day, so I don’t eat anything between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m.” – Kimberly Townsend, CEO, Loretto

“I wake up at 4:30 a.m. and read.  Then I workout and make a ridiculous protein shake with everything you can imagine in it and go to work!”  Dr. Bill Martin, Martin Kids Dental

“Get up…put brain on shelf…run, bike or ski…best combo of meditation, sweat, fresh air.” – Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Executive Advisor, CEO Emeritus, Gundersen Health System

 “Every morning without fail, I make my coffee with the pour-over method. While I am waiting, I stretch.” — Alice Heiman, Sales Coach and Consultant

“I get up at 5 a.m. and watch Bloomberg television then head to the gym.  Returning home, I spend time in meditation and prayer, and then head to the office.” – Eric Hutchison, Managing Director, United Capital

“Every morning on the way to work I listen to a leadership podcast. I drink a tall glass of cool alkaline water while I make my task list of projects for the day.” – Dr. Stephanie Gray, Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic

“Have a bowl of oatmeal with fruit, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon every day.” – Craig Dowden, Peak Performance Coach

 “Answer emails asap. Those who wait until later in the day: I will have already taken your potential customer with my timely response.” – Jack Daly, professional sales trainer

“I wake up early and exercise, doing the Wim Hoff Method which includes a cold shower each morning.” – Allan Young CEO, Noble Brands

“I get up everyday at 5:30 a.m. and play with my two-year-old. I find that wakes my brain up more than my double espresso I have about an hour after I’m up.” Zach Mercurio, Purposeful & Meaningful Work Consultant 

“Early morning meditation and watch the sunrise.” – Naoki Mizutani, Founder, Cosmic Entrepreneur

“I meditate for 15 minutes and sit with a great minds business book.  This centering time coupled with reading time is just what I need to start my day off right.” – Anne-Marie Faiola, CEO, Bramble Berry

“Listen to upbeat music on the drive to work.” – Sue Hawkes, CEO, YESS!

“I meditate and journal for thirty minutes every morning.” – Sarah Dusek, CEO, The Under Canvas Group

“I wake before sunrise everyday. All lights off. Sit on the porch. No electric lights on – only morning light. Reflect.” – Walt Brown, EOS Implementer

“I get up at 5:30 a.m. I drink a smoothie of fruit, cranberry juice, soy milk, protein powder and psyllium. I then go to the YMCA.” – Albert Zdenek, CEO, Traust Sollus Wealth Management

“I do yoga for about 15 minutes. I have been doing it consistently for over 30 years and the past nine years my dog, Casey, has joined me.” – Clay Grubb, President, Grubb Properties

“I think of 3 things I am grateful for.  I then read aloud a letter I have written to my future self 6-12 months from now describing in detail what my life and my business are like.” – Nola Peacock, Intuitive Family Coach & Consultant

“Unbreakable commitment to two caffe lattes and the New York Times. Always start with Section One.” – Peter Horst, Fortune 500 CMO

“I answer my emails at home before I do anything else. Knowing I’ve dealt with any fires or questions keeps me from feeling pressure to rush out the door.” – Brandon Vallorani, CEO, Vallorani Estates

WORKDAY ROUTINES:

“Twenty minute nap at lunch.” – Dr. Bill Martin

“Best creativity is during a mid afternoon bike ride, at least 1 hour and with 30 minutes in the heart rate zone.” – Walt Brown

“I believe my ability to make decisions each day is limited.  For that reason, I like to pre-determine (limit) my choices in clothes and limit my responses from people outside of our organization as much as possible.” – Allan Young

“Eat a banana by 10:30 a.m. Lunch at noon. A short walk at 3 p.m.  Love a bourbon Manhattan in the evening.” – Albert Zdenek

“I meditate about halfway through my day of patients.  I always take my Vitamins at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. to provide that mental and physical energy boost through the afternoon”. – Dr. Stephanie Gray

“I always drink a cup of rooibos tea at 4 p.m.” – Sarah Dusek

“Not a day goes by where there isn’t at least 20 minutes of working out.” – Anne-Marie Faiola

“Go to the gym during the day, preferably between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.” – Craig Dowden

“My afternoon workouts are scheduled on my calendar as firmly as any other meeting.” – Brandon Vallorani

“I have healthy food in my office—almonds, turkey jerky, yogurt, and hummus. I tend to eat all day.” — Kimberly Townsend

“I start by pulling a card from “Miracles Now” (card deck by Gabrielle Bernstein). If during the day I feel overwhelmed, I will meditate.” – Nola Peacock

“I don’t check e-mail in the morning. I find it’s the quickest way to derail even the best-planned day. I check it once at 4 p.m. each day as I am winding down.” – Zach Mercurio

DOWNTIME HABITS:

“I’m always reading two books. Usually a far-fetched post-apocalyptic or horror novel and a non-fiction about leadership or positive psychology.” – Zach Mercurio

“I take a personal retreat every summer where I disconnect and reflect on my business from the past year as well as outline key priorities and goals for the upcoming year.” – Craig Dowden

“I took up boxing.  It’s a great way to stay in shape and relieve stress.  Plus it’s humbling to be surrounded by lean, scary boxing pros half my age.” – Peter Horst

“I love naps. I think a nap is the only way for me to have true mental downtime. –  Dr. Stephanie Gray

“Drive in my convertible with the top down and no music to let my mind relax and let quiet permeate my world.” – Sue Hawkes

“I write to a personal blog called Daddy, notes to my father who was always my mentor prior to his passing.  It helps me get thoughts out of my head.”  – Walt Brown

SUPERSTITIONS:

“I have one particular blue tie and custom-made shirt that I wear for most every important television appearance or speaking engagement.” — Eric Hutchison

“When I see a penny on the ground, I always pick it up and place it in my right pants pocket.   I make sure no other change comes in contact with it (to keep the luck) and keep it each day until I find the next penny.” – Albert Zdenek

“When son Nate was 8 he gave me a towel with bears on it.  He said I needed that for my office. It has been on the back of my chair since.  Helps me remember what is important.” – Jeffrey Thompson

“I wear red underwear for good luck and fortune.” – Naoki Mizutani

“Rub my Happy Budda’s stomach for good luck.” – Dr. Bill Martin

I have this “worry” stone in my car that that has ‘progress, not perfection’ etched in it. It serves as a great reminder that perfect doesn’t exist.  – Zach Mercurio

“I wear a ring with my Mom’s diamond every time I present.” – Sue Hawkes

“Some idiot once told me that 11:11 on the clock was a magic time for a wish.  Can’t help myself every time I spot a clock at that point.” – Peter Horst

 

 

 

 

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