Ever heard the saying “win the morning win the day” I totally agree with this. Since starting my personal development journey and reading tons of self-help books one of the common themes that pops up is the necessity of having a morning routine.
Start The Day With The Right Frame Of Mind
How do you spend your morning? Are you somebody who leaves it until the very last minute until you have to leave to spring out of bed to get ready?
Or are you somebody who likes to have time to wake up, savour a morning coffee and wake up naturally
A few years ago when I was uninspired I was the first option. If you have nothing to get up for no intrinsic motivation to get you out of bed then chances are you’ll just lay there until the very last minute because you know exactly what the day is going to entail.
Chances are you thinking it’s going to be the same monotonous schedule that happens day in and day out.
Instead of instantly rolling over and grabbing your phone spending the first hour at least phone free, and working on yourself, this is by far the best time for self-development because there are far fewer distractions. Also by not going on your phone checking your emails, and replying to messages you aren’t going to begin the day in a reactive state. Start the day proactive not reactive
Split Your Morning Routine
In his book, the 5am Club Robin Sharma talks about the ideal morning routine. The Way Robin describes the formula for productive mourning is by being splitting into segments. Using the 20/20/20 rule divide your first hour of the day into three equal blocks of exercise, reflection, and learning. For me, 20 minutes went far too quick so I allow myself up to two hours in the morning the get everything done.
Reflection / Meditation
One common trait that comes up a lot is making time for reflection/meditation. Use this time to think about all the things you are grateful for, When you are grateful there’s no room in your mind for negativity, fear, anger and jealousy, Tony Robins says When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” Once we appreciate everything we have, the law of attraction will bring even more abundance to us. The benefits of gratitude affect every area of our lives, from our relationships to our careers and our businesses.
Elevate Your Heart Rate
Exercise releases a lot of feel-good hormones, When we exercise it increases our heart rate which then increases our circulation. This pumps more oxygen and nutrients into the brain helping us perform as efficiently as we can
Researchers at the University of Vermont found that aerobic training of “moderate intensity,” with an average heart rate of around 112 beats a minute is a sure way to improve our moods
“Moderate-intensity aerobic exercise improves mood immediately and those improvements can last up to 12 hours,” says Dr Jeremy Sibold. “This goes a long way to show that even moderate aerobic exercise has the potential to mitigate the daily stress that results in your mood being disturbed.”
Don’t wait till you’ve finished work to exercise otherwise you’ll be wasting these feel-good hormones sleeping
Spend Time Learning, Your Self Development Is Key
Whether it’s reading a book, working through an online course, or learning a new language do something every day that’s going to challenge you, remember you don’t grow inside of your comfort zone. Spend time learning a new skill. Earl nightingale famously said ‘One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.‘
For A Successful Morning Routine It Begins The Night Before
Plan your morning routine the night before. The less you have to think about first thing when you wake up and the fewer excuses you can give yourself the more chance you have of having a successful morning routine. Simple things like getting your clothes ready, planning out your intentions, are you going to read? Are you going to be working through an online course? What is it you want to achieve that morning?
Simple things like choosing your clothes may seem like small things but remember we make around 35,000 decisions per day and as the day goes on our ability to make decisions worsen.
The 5 Habits ‘Successful’ People Have to Start and Win the Day are:
1- No Phone for the first hour of the day
3 – Elevate your heart rate
4 – Spend time working on your self-development, moving yourself close to your goals
5 – Plan your morning routine the night before, get all the things ready that you will need
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