Hi I'm Kam Knight, and I've written 12 books, traveled to 100 countries, learned 4 languages, and regularly practice yoga, salsa, and rock climbing.
But it wasn't always this way...
It’s 7 a.m. on a scorching hot Monday morning in Austin.
As I get out of bed to make my way to the bathroom, my back is aching, my neck is hurting, my quads are throbbing, and my fingers are curling in on themselves.
I have chronic muscle tension, and without regular stretching, all the muscles down to the tips of my toes tighten up like The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Not only that, my dentist is telling me to floss more regularly, my yoga instructor is saying to drink water more regularly, and my thoughts race and jump so much, I have to meditate regularly to keep them in check.
In addition, I have stress and anxiety, which requires a number of things to maintain, like taking supplements and practicing gratitude.
All of this brings me only to a baseline mode of operation
It doesn't take into account other tasks for the day like:
• Working on the book I am writing
• Sending out this weeks newsletter
• Rehearsing the speech I’m giving
Not to mention the yoga, salsa, and rock climbing.
As I’m brushing my teeth thinking about all of this, I have a startlingly realization...
We humans require a lot to stay healthy, fit, and stable
• Physically - we need to stretch, exercise, eat well, and drink plenty of water through out the day.
• Mentally - we need positivity like affirmations, meditation, and self-care
• Emotionally - we need everything from prayer, gratitude, and more
Again, that's just to maintain a functional baseline.
None of that includes time and effort for other pursuits whether for school, work, or hobbies.
What's more, I don't get results by doing them once!
They need to be done over and over - day in and day out, week after week, and month after month - for the rest of my life!
The moment I stop in one area, is the moment I begin falling in that area.
Since there are so many items to do, and since they need to be done so often, it’s hard to keep up, let alone remember to keep up.
• Somedays, I get exercise in, but not writing.
• Other days I am on fire with writing, but miss stretching.
• Somedays I do them all
• But other days none.
Since my focus is on a million things, I don't progress in any one.
No matter what ditch I climb out of, I fall further in another.
I couldn't shake the feeling that there had to be more than this crazy pattern
So I started researching...
I began learning about how successful people manage all this.
I started looking for a common thread that might lead to a more productive and fulfilling life.
Eventually, I stumbled upon the thread.
It's a deceptively simply strategy that manages all of this, but is rarely talked about...
And that's with a Morning Routine
I learned about:
• CEOs who wake up at 4 AM to meditate and exercise
• Writers who pen their best work in the early hours
• Entrepreneurs who claim their morning rituals are the secret to their success.
I also learned how much people at the echelon of success like Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, and Tony Robbins attribute their success to their well-crafted morning rituals.
In fact, anyone who operates at a high level swears by a morning routine.
Intrigued, I decided to give it a shot
I took the more important and pressing tasks and activities I wanted to do on a regular basis, and combined them into a routine I did every morning.
In under 3 months, I wrote a book, got a six pack, and became more flexible.
My mind became clearer, less anxious, and more focused, which allowed me to complete more tasks and achieve more goals.
More importantly, my chronic muscle tension stopped becoming tense, as the items in the routine addressed them daily, and now people regularly comment on how amazing my posture looks.
All from 1 hour in the morning.
As I continued with the morning routine...
I noticed a remarkable change in my life.
I was more focused, productive, and energetic.
I tackled tasks with newfound enthusiasm and creativity.
Even my relationships improved.
Simply from putting a little effort during a part of the day that normally goes to waste.