The Life Changing Morning Routine
We’ve all heard about it, haven’t we? And if not, it’s about time you heard about it.
Because it’s everywhere! At every web page about entrepreneurship, health and/or life coaching, there’s at least one article, if not several, about the famous “life changing morning routine.”
Remember what I wrote about habits? Well the Morning Routine is called the number one habit for all aspiring creatives and entrepreneurs.
Fun fact: Enormously successful humans have consistent morning routines that boost their effectiveness.
Awesome fact: With a few easy steps you could be on your way creating your own morning ritual that will help you on your way becoming “enormously successful” yourself. Or at least becoming enormously focused in a very rewarding way that may help you reach your dreams step by step.
Does this work?
For the rest of January (21 days!) I’ll be trying to adapt a new habit into my life. I’m trying out 10 tips on how to build your own life changing morning routine. I’ll keep you posted on how well it works. I’m hoping it will be rewarding. And at least a little bit life changing.
Following these 10 tips for a life changing morning routine will make each day start with focus and energy, and thus changing how my days turn out.
I’ve been reading lots of articles on these “magical” morning rituals, and will try out the following 10 ideas:
1. Sleep enough and get up at 7 o’clock.
Okay, lots of life-coaches also advice us to get up before 5, but it is really, really hard for me to get up that early. I really love mornings, though, and if this works well, I’ll work on the habit of getting up even earlier. I should probably mention that I work freelance as a lecturer, as a writer and I work on a PhD thesis synopsis – so I can pretty much most days decide myself when I get up. After the Christmas break, 7 seems brutal to me. It is so very dark in the mornings. I think it will be very rewarding, though, if I manage to pull it through.
2. Preparations: Light some candles in the dark, and make myself warm lemon water and/or a cup of tea.
3. Reread my “life vision”.
I’m going to use a few minutes every morning to dream! I’ve done this quite some time already. It involves making a list of some kind or a mind-map about your wildest life dreams. What if anything could happen? What are the smaller steps, what are the bigger steps, and where could they all lead? What do YOU want? I highly recommend writing down your life vision and rereading it daily. It really boosts your focus and determination all throughout the day. Remind yourself of what you’re living for!
4. Prayer / Meditation, find the inner calm.
I’m highly sensitive to stress. Starting the day with breathing deeply and calmly seems like a great idea. Listening. Learning to trust.
5. Finding positive Affirmations and set Positive Intentions for the day.
How would you like to feel today? The answer to this question could be the positive intention for the day. Affirmations are concise and positive sentences, in the present tense, to dwell upon. Here are a few examples of positive affirmations for a great day of writing:
I am creative. My words flow easily and beautifully.
Being intensely creative is my natural state.
Inspiration for my writing flows to me from everywhere!
I love writing! I can write endlessly!
When the writer in me connects with the reader in me, magic happens!
I’ll write a few sentences, perhaps about positive thoughts and gratitude for the day. If I haven’t done so already, this will also be the time to plan the day.
7. Move – Stretch and get the heart beat up!
I love yoga. I’m building yoga into the morning routine, but one could also go for a walk, jog, swim, do push-ups, do Pilates, dance, whatever works for you. In the summer I may swap this with a quick jog.
8. Read or listen to something uplifting.
For instance read a page or a chapter of wisdom literature, or listen to a really nice song, the possibilities are endless.
9. Eat super food, like a green smoothies or quinoa breakfast.
The point is; start out healthy with food with lots of nutrients that will keep you full for longer. My favourite: Smoothies with dark, leafy greens, banana, avocado, vanilla rice milk and rice protein. I also love dark bread with meat or egg, salad, other fruits and greens. And one cup of coffee. 😀
10. Take a (cold) shower and get ready for the day.
I’m going to get ready for the day, do my hair etc., so I won’t have to think about this later, and put on clothes that I can wear to all occasions that day. It is supposed to be time saving.
What’s up with so many advising to take a cold shower, though? It’s supposed to be a boost to the self-discipline. But isn’t every commitment? I’m almost sure I won’t stick to the cold shower. It is snowing outside. I think getting up in the dark will be enough “hard core” for me.
Anyone want to join me in trying out this “life changing” morning ritual?
I will keep you posted on how it’s going!
Do you already have a brilliant morning routine? Perhaps you would like to share your tips in the comments?
Are you an early riser? Is it easy for you to get up early?
I know it won’t be easy for me. But perhaps that is just another reason why this new routine might be life changing?
Have a life changing day!
Hugs, A.J. Lundetræ