In the third vlog episode, Danny talks about his morning routine with his wife, Melissa, in the car with him on their way to the office. Don’t forget, all of the vlog episodes (and more) are available on the FlippingJunkie YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/FlippingJunkie.
Danny’s morning routine got started when he found Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning. Basically, the start of anyone’s day should be used to set up the rest of the day for success. So Danny talks about how he used his mornings for self reflection, exercise, and breakfast (or course).
Is your morning routine like Danny’s? Are you setting up your day for success from the moment you get out of bed, or are you pushing through everything instead of taking your time? Your morning should be a time to make sure your day will be a success, use it wisely!
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Danny Johnson: This is the Flipping Junkie podcast episode 65. [music] Welcome to the Flipping Junkie podcast. My name is Danny Johnson; former software developer turned house flipper, flipping hundreds of houses. Each week, we bring you interviews, strategies, stories, and motivation to help you get started flipping houses and on your way to becoming your own boss and achieving financial freedom. Thanks for spending time with me today. Now, let’s get to it.
All right, welcome back. Got another episode. And actually, Melissa is in the car with me, so she can’t make fun of me because I’ll turn the camera on her and make her say something. But we’re headed out, going go work downtown, get away from the office for a little bit. I think I mentioned it yesterday, I just wanted to share sort of the morning routine, the morning ritual and basically have been getting up for over a year now, probably a year and a quarter, maybe a year and three months or so, I’ve been getting up at 5:00 in the morning. And that’s after reading Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning book where he talks about six different – I think it was six, right? Six different…
Melissa Johnson: SAVERS.
Danny Johnson: What is it? SAVERS. Yeah, I should have probably looked this up before I started this. But there’s basically like six different morning rituals or things that people do like highly productive, successful people do in the morning. Then he said, “Why not do them all?” Why not instead of just doing one of those things for an hour, do six of them for like 10 minutes a piece or something and do it that way and have the benefit of all those different things. So the different things are something, I forgot what the savers things were but it’s like exercise –
Melissa Johnson: Silence.
Danny Johnson: Silence…
Melissa Johnson: Affirmations.
Danny Johnson: Okay, so Melissa knows. Silence, affirmations, visions, exercise… I know writing is one of them, it’s like scribing which is the last one SAVER. We need R. I forget what the R one was. Probably reading.
Melissa Johnson: Oh yeah, reading.
Danny Johnson: And so it’s a combination of all of those things. Now obviously I didn’t do all of those things every single day and lately I’ve kind of cut it down to where I’m only doing a couple of those things but for a long time, I get up and then do meditation and then prayer and then do journaling. So I got a journal for my phone and my laptop and I would just journal every single day. It really helps you to get clear on what you’re working on and what you need to focus on for that day because like we talked about it in our meeting yesterday, about the big domino where the one thing, you know, as you start every day or maybe the evening of the night before, you figure out, what’s the thing I can work on tomorrow? The one thing I should be working on that will make a lot of the other things that I need to do either irrelevant or it will just wipe them out. So if you’re focused on the smaller tasks or the putting out fires every day, you’re never going to take care of the bigger picture and elevating yourself above and deciding on what is more important to work on that would maybe make all of those fires and all that stuff kind of go away.
So it’s a powerful thing I think whenever you do journaling to be able to recognize those things and maybe just to see them or moving yourself from the work and you’re writing about it, you’re looking at it from a different perspective. So, I always found that to be powerful. I need to start doing that part again because I haven’t been lately. Or this is sort of a journal, with doing this, with the video blog.
So basically, the meditation and prayer and then go out and exercise for about 30-45 minutes. Then help Melissa get the kids up and ready for school is basically the routine. It just gets me going for the day and especially – I take Amino Energy which is a think from ON Nutrition, I think Optimum Nutrition. It’s called Amino Energy and I drink that first thing when I get up because that really gets me going because it’s hard to get up. But after I drink that and get going especially once I start exercising, it makes it a lot easier and I’m just going. So it drives Melissa crazy because she gets up a little over an hour later than I do and I’ve already worked out and I’m just going, going, and going and so she just rolled out of bed and in the kitchen and I’m asking her all these questions or throwing all these ideas at her and it drives her nuts because she just woke up. But she’s just like, “Give me a minute. I just woke up.” Just a barrage of ideas and stuff.
So, do that. As far as supplements and things like that, after working out I take a whey protein shake with almond milk, which I find to be really good. I have to add water to the almond milk, otherwise it’s too thick for me. I don’t like it like that. Then taking fish oil pills and I don’t take as many as I should. I take less but cognitive thinking or something improvement. I don’t know, it’s supposed to be pretty beneficial. And you hear both ways. It’s like either bad for you or good for you, whatever. So I take half and then call it good. I also started taking dandelion root pills and that you probably haven’t heard that before, I’m guessing. The reason for that is my grandmother who lives in Kansas – and her name is Dorothy and she lives in Kansas – but she’s 91 or 92 years old and she still works. She works for a school as a crossing guard and she drives and lives by herself in her two storey house. I’m just amazed at her and she’s pretty much all still there mentally. I’m just amazed by it so I’ve asked her before and I’ve asked my mom, like, what’s grandma’s secret because she lives by herself in a two storey house that my grandfather built and she’s still working, still going, still driving, still has a driver’s license, all that kind of stuff. Like, what’s the secret? What did you guys eat growing up? What does she eat now? And all that kind of stuff. One thing my mom had said that she would actually literally go into the backyard because they’ve got three acres up there and pull dandelions and boil them up. It doesn’t sound very appetizing and I did some research on the internet and found that some people even say it’s possible that it combats cancer and stuff. So it is a diuretic though which will make you go to the bathroom a lot. So if you do start taking those, just be aware that you’re probably going to need to urinate quite often.
But anyway, so I take that along with the banana and raisins after working out. The raisins, the reason for that is because after lifting weights, the acid buildup, what is it, lactic acid, is it?
Melissa Johnson: That’s what makes you sore.
Danny Johnson: Right. So it’s acid buildup in your body and so a Tony Robbins sort of thing is the whole… I’m sure he’s not the originator of it but that’s where I’ve heard it from, is the alkalinity of your body or the pH balance. And so raisins are alkaline so I take those to kind of combat the acidity in my body after lifting weights. But anyway, so that’s that.
Melissa Johnson: Which also helps prevent cancer, by the way.
Danny Johnson: Oh okay.
Melissa Johnson: There’s a link between alkalinity and your body and cancer.
Danny Johnson: So if you didn’t hear that, most of it’s saying that –
Melissa Johnson: A link between, yeah, okay, acidity and the body for long periods of time and cancer. So obviously you eat more. I think spinach and stuff like that, right, a lot of greens are more alkaline. I don’t know. I’m not saying they are. You might want to research that. But anyway, sort of the morning routine, so more of the real stuff that we do every day and I hope you enjoyed it. I hope I took care of some of the road noise sound. I’ve changed the angle of the camera, the direction of the microphone. I’ve got this big furry cat thing that’s right on my face right now, you can’t see it, but on top of microphone. I hope you’re enjoying the Day in the Life videos and podcast, the audio for it. If you do, be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel or on iTunes for the podcast. You can find the video on YouTube.com/flippingjunkie. That’s the channel on YouTube. So have a great day and talk to you later, guys.