The First Hour

It’s amazing how inspiration can hit you sometimes… For me today it was an advert for a TV breakfast show that said.

How you spend the first hour of your day often dictates how your whole day will go.Click To Tweet

Now I’m sure you agree that this isn’t a profound statement as we instinctively know it to be true. However, it’s amazing how a simple quote of truth can resonate deeply. This was one of those moments for me.

It got me thinking, with all that we have going on in our lives, mainly because all the “digital” distractions – it can often feel we are not “winning” at this game called life. We come to the end of a day and think to ourselves, “What was the point?”, who am I becoming or even more esoterically what is the purpose of it all?

But after seeing that TV breakfast show and hearing quote it inspired something in me.

Focus on that 1st hour of your day – and I mean really focus on it. As if it literally has the power to turn your day around. Then when you tick off that first hour of power you have already started the day with a small but ever so important victory.

If all you got right was that first hour of the day, you would already be ‘winning’ especially compared to the majority who don’t even think about it. Not only do you get the satisfaction of having an amazing first hour, but you get that extra boost of a ‘little’ thing called momentum, which is one of the most powerful forces on the planet apart from the Creator Himself who set it up.

We, humans need something to focus on, so why not FOCUS on our first hour of the day.Click To Tweet

Now you might think this sounds like a lot of pressure that the first hour has to live up to.


And you’d be right because many people immediately think of all these amazing things they could do as they jump out of bed. For some of you it might mean your running shoes are right by your bed waiting for a morning run or maybe your mind immediately gravitates towards writing the next symphony or the next Moby Dick – all first thing in the morning.

Now I don’t know about you but do you really think you could do that every day? Maybe if you are superhuman, you could do this and all the power to you but for most of us we need to set slightly lower goals if it’s our intention to have an hour of power every day for the rest of our lives.

So I would like to suggest something so simple and so easy that then triggers a chain reaction of the next steps that form part of your hour of power routine.

What is the first step?

Drink a glass of water!

So simple so easy and exactly what your body needs after being asleep for 7-9 hours. But the more important thing that this first step signals to you is that you are up and you have several other important steps to complete achieving your hour of power goal.

For me it looks something like this

  • Wake up (time varies between 05:30-08:00 on the weekends)
  • Drink a glass of water (Hint of lemon juice works wonders too)
  • Do 10 push ups (again so quick and easy to do)
  • Shower and grooming
  • Read Psalms and Proverbs (Good for inspiration)
  • Prayer (Again good for inspiration)
  • A session of writing (blessings, thoughts and review of top priorities)

That’s what it looks like for me but you need to adjust based on your priorities. Just imagine how different your life would turn out if you always had a day start like that. 

Bonus points if you do it at a time and place where you can appreciate beauty like first thing in the morning watching the sun come up.

But for me and I’m sure this will be true for many other people who understand the power of the Spirit and being connected to your Creator I can think of no better use of that first hour than spending time with Him. From this, the inspiration of the Divine One Himself imbues us and sets us up on a path we could not even dream of in our wildest dreams.

The scripture verse 1 Corinthians 2:9 springs to mind as I write.

No eye has seen

Side note: If you are a writer, just wait and see how that manuscript of yours takes shape after spending time with the Author of all authors.

How does that first hour look for you, let me know in the comments below?

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