8 morning habits that indicate an exceptionally high level of discipline

Who doesn’t fantasize about being the person who springs out of bed at the crack of dawn, ready to conquer the day?

But let’s face it, that level of discipline can seem like a myth.

You might think that you’re not cut out for such a regimented morning routine. Perhaps you’re more of a “hit the snooze button six times and chug coffee” sort of person?

Trust me, I get it.

However, you might be surprised to find out that you’re actually more disciplined than you think. There are subtle habits you might already have embraced, indicating an exceptional level of discipline.

It’s not always about getting up at 4 am or running 5 miles before breakfast. It can be much simpler than that.

Now, are you ready to discover if you are part of this disciplined tribe?

Here are 8 morning habits that indicate an exceptionally high level of discipline. You might be closer to being a morning person than you think!

1) Waking up early

I remember when I used to groan at the thought of waking up early. Really, who wants to leave the comfort of a warm bed to face the cold, harsh day?

Yet, over time, I realized that the most disciplined people I knew were usually early risers.

So I decided to give it a try. It was hard at first, and in the first few days, I’d get out of bed grumbling.

But then something amazing happened…

The quiet of the morning became my favorite time of the day. It was a peaceful moment for me to reflect, plan my day and get a head start while the rest of the world still slept.

So, if you’re already an early riser, give yourself a pat on the back. It’s a clear sign of discipline.

2) Prioritizing your health

I’m sure you’ve heard this before – health is wealth.

I used to roll my eyes at this saying until a health scare knocked on my door.

Suddenly, I had no choice but to prioritize my health. And unfortunately, that required a lot more discipline than I was used to.

If you’re someone who starts your day with a glass of water instead of coffee, chooses a healthy breakfast over sugary cereals or makes time for a morning workout, then consider yourself disciplined.

Implementing these health-conscious habits every morning is no easy task. It requires consistency and commitment – two key elements of discipline.

3) Avoiding screen time

Did you know the average person spends over 3 hours on their smartphone every day?

And it often starts right from the moment we open our eyes. We’ve probably all been guilty of starting our day by scrolling through social media or checking emails; I know I have!

However, if you’re someone who avoids screens in the morning, it’s a testament to your discipline. This habit allows you to start your day consciously and with intention, rather than getting sucked into the digital vortex.

It’s a powerful way to maintain control over your morning and ultimately, your day.

4) Taking a moment of gratitude

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Life can be a whirlwind, and in the rush of our daily routines, we often forget to pause and acknowledge the good things we have.

As strange as it sounds, starting the day by expressing gratitude involves discipline. After all, it’s not always easy to find the silver lining, especially on challenging days. Especially when you didn’t exactly have as many hours of sleep as you’d like.

That’s why embracing this habit shows a disciplined mindset – one that chooses optimism and gratitude over negativity. Abundance over scarcity. It’s a beautiful way to start each day, recognizing the blessings we often take for granted.

5) Making your bed

This might seem like a small, insignificant task. I used to think so too.

Why bother making the bed when it’s just going to get messed up again at night, right?

Then, one day, I stumbled upon a speech by Admiral William H. McRaven who said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

I was intrigued.

So, I started making my bed every morning. It turns out, this simple act gives you a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning. It sets the tone for a productive day.

Not to mention, coming home to a tidy bed after a long day is surprisingly satisfying.

If you’re someone who makes your bed every morning, credit yourself for this disciplined habit. It’s a small step that can lead to big changes.

6) Setting and reviewing your goals

Goal setting is a common habit among highly successful and disciplined people. But it’s not just about setting them, it’s about consistently reviewing them too.

I’ve noticed that when I start my day by reviewing my goals, I’m more focused and driven throughout the day. It helps me identify what’s important and keeps me on track.

If you’re someone who dedicates time each morning to review your short-term and long-term goals, you’re demonstrating an exceptional level of discipline. This habit shows that you’re proactive about your life and not just reacting to the day’s events.

7) Practicing mindfulness

In this fast-paced world, our minds are often cluttered with thoughts, worries, and to-do lists. Mindfulness, the practice of being fully present and engaged in the current moment, can be a powerful tool to clear this mental clutter.

A few years back, I started incorporating a 10-minute mindfulness meditation into my morning routine. Initially, it felt challenging to quiet my mind, but over time it has helped me start my day with a sense of calm and clarity.

Just like any habit though, practicing mindfulness — whether it’s through meditation, yoga or simply savoring your coffee in silence — calls for a bit of discipline. Because it’s not easy to slow down in a world that’s constantly moving, it can feel counterintuitive.

However, it’s totally worth it because it’s an investment in your mental wellness. A mindfulness practice will keep you centered and grounded, as it has for me. 

8) Preparing for the day ahead

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

This quote struck a chord with me when I first read it. Since then, I’ve made it a point to prepare for my day the night before or first thing in the morning.

Whether it’s planning your outfit, packing your lunch or scheduling your tasks for the day, these acts of preparation require discipline. They show that you respect your time and are committed to making your day run as smoothly as possible.

If you’re already practicing these habits, kudos to you. You’re demonstrating an exceptionally high level of discipline. But if not, remember that it’s never too late to start. After all, discipline is not about perfection, but progress.

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Ava Sinclair

Ava Sinclair is a former competitive athlete who transitioned into the world of wellness and mindfulness. Her journey through the highs and lows of competitive sports has given her a unique perspective on resilience and mental toughness. Ava’s writing reflects her belief in the power of small, daily habits to create lasting change.

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