What Gets You Started for the Day?

August 12, 2019
Executive Coaching

I asked one of the coffee shop baristas how she was doing one morning. She said she didn’t feel too well earlier, but that after she had her morning coffee, she felt great.

I understood exactly what she meant. I thought about some of the actions I do in the morning as part of my daily routine. They are the things that inspire me and make me feel good not only about the day, but about me, too.

Have you ever met people who look and talk like they never did find that routine or “energizer” that gets their day started? They don’t seem awake, alive, and certainly not pumped about the day.

Make sure you have figured out what it is that you do in the morning to get in the right frame of mind for the day-- and don’t be afraid to change your routine or actions up once in a while. That’s what keeps life interesting.


  1. Since breakfast is important, what do I eat or drink that I look forward to having each morning?
  2. If prayer or meditation is important for me and am I benefiting from this action so that it inspires me and helps me live life a different way than yesterday?
  3. Are there certain people I should be around because they inspire me?
  4. Do I have people who I talk to during the day who know and do more than I do, which helps me “level up”?
  5. Is it time to make a change to my morning routine so that I approach my day in a completely different way?

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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