While serving a humanitarian and ecclesiastical mission at the age of 20, I learned potentially the most important lesson of my life.
How you spend your morning determines your success in life.
How you spend your morning determines who you will become.
How you spend your morning determines whether you become world-class at something, or remain merely average.
How you spend your morning is the difference between making tens of millions of dollars and making less than 100 grand.
How you spend your morning determines how well you:
- spend your time
- choose your friends
- choose your lover
- choose your career
- perform in your work
- influence the world
I didn’t understand how important my morning was at the beginning of my mission. But it quickly became very apparent.
As a missionary, the first several hours of the day are dedicated to getting ready, studying, and planning.
After a few months in “the mission field,” I noticed that most missionaries dragged themselves out of bed, and dragged themselves through their studies.
My experience was different. For the first time in my life, I experienced the power of learning. I felt the nourishment of feeding my mind and soul. To quote Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.:
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
I started waking up earlier than prescribed to read more and more. Rather than reading one hour each morning as recommended, I was reading three or four.
Within six months, it became apparent that my thinking and teaching abilities were accelerating at rocket speed. I began to stand out as a missionary.
The following quote by Jeffrey Holland became crystal clear to me:
“I frequently say to missionaries in the field, ‘You make or break your mission every morning of your life. You tell me how those morning hours go until you are on the street in your mission, whatever time it is; you tell me how those hours go, and I will tell you how your day will go, I will tell you how your month will go, I will tell you how your year will go and how your mission and your life will go.’”
“How you spend your morning determines your success in life.” @BenjaminPHardy https://journal.thriveglobal.com/you-make-or-break-your-life-between-5-7-am-70e2717f9e67