Breakfast

April 4, 2013

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. When you wake up and you're thirsty and sleepy and hungry, nothing feels better than wiping all that away with eggs and bacon. That first swig of water. That first bite into something hearty. That bounce in your step when you're done and you're washing the dishes. That feeling inside that you stirred something and you're gearing to go.

It makes the whole day better. I'm not saying you can't have an amazing day without breakfast, but wouldn't you rather sit down to do your good work on a non-empty stomach? Wouldn't you rather start your day with a certain satisfaction instead of a certain sluggishness? Of course.

Everything is like that. How you start anything is how you're going to do it for the rest of the day. If you sit down and the first thing you do is open Facebook, well you're going to keep opening Facebook and reading your feeds and checking your tweets and whatever crazy things we do these days. And that's totally cool, we need that sometimes, maybe even a lot of the time, but it's not your best self.

And if that's the case, then isn't the morning the most important time of the day? Because that's when you do the first of almost everything. If you eat a healthy breakfast, doesn't that set the mood for what you eat? If you tackle something hard right away, doesn't it make it easier to keep that chat window closed later on? When you take a run in the morning or a trip to the gym, isn't it easier to turn down that cheesecake?

Think about the first of everything. Use a good chunk of your willpower in the beginning. That initial investment, that initial burst of self discipline, makes everything easier down the road. And you're going to thank yourself at the end of the day when you feel so good for being great.