Small Changes, Big Wins: Morning Rituals that Lead to Success

“You have the same 24 hours a day as Beyoncé.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this quote run across my social media timelines, but I know it strikes a nerve for me. It’s true, we all have the same number of hours in day as the Queen, but are we using them to our advantage?

If we’re sleeping in ’til noon, the answer is no. If we’re waking up without a plan or a solid routine, the answer is no.

We’ve all heard the great cliché “Early bird gets the worm”, but if we’re honest, for most people it isn’t easy to get up early, especially when it’s still dark. It’s also not easy to push through the day when it started off rough so we must choose the lesser of two evils. There are many benefits to waking up early and having a solid routine, amongst which is living life like Queen Bey.

1. Wake Up Earlier

The first step is to get into the habit of waking up earlier. This means that we can no longer hold on to our pillows until the very last second. Place your alarm clock across the room so you HAVE to get out of the bed to get to it. I have learned that having two alarms going works best for me: one phone alarm and one traditional alarm.

By waking up earlier we give ourselves time for gratitude. If you’ve ever pulled yourself from the bed with little to no time to spare, you know that sometimes the last thing to come to mind is being grateful for the night’s sleep or the warm water running from the faucet as you wash your face.

2. Appreciate the Small Things

Feeling appreciation for the little things is often