You may have read one or two blog posts revealing how highly successful people start their morning and the daily habits they use.
It seems like anyone who is anyone has something that they do in the morning.
I am here to suggest that you should start your morning off with a good habit, but that you don’t have to copy somebody else, no matter how successful they are. And besides, with the lists I have seen, there are too many to emulate!
When I was younger I was one of the most grumpy people you could ever wish to meet. I never came round until about midday. Now, I act differently.
I start my morning off by telling myself that ‘something truly wonderful is going to happen today’. Well, most mornings. Even though this is a habit there are still times that I do forget.
For me this just changes my whole day. It puts my mind in a state of great expectancy. Then, when any of those niggles pop up it kinda lessens their impact.
Create a positive habit that gives your day the best start possible. But don’t copy. Use what works best for you
I know it may sound simple and it is, but it really works. By the end of the day when I look back I always find that something truly wonderful did actually happen.
Spending 20 minutes in creative visualisation is another morning ritual I do. Every. Single. Day.
So How Can You Start Your Morning?
Here are some tips that you can choose from. The secret is really simple…use what works best for you and not just because Oprah Winfrey or Richard Branson do it.
Prevention is better than cure. Make sure you get at least 7 to 9 hours sleep, every night. All studies (And I mean all) show that less than 7 hours sleep is seriously detrimental to how your brain and body function.
Note: If you are are of the opinion that sleep is not important, you might want to read the great book, “Night school, Wake up to sleep” by Richard Wiseman.
Put the clothes you are going to wear tomorrow, out the night before…this is my new habit. Now, I don’t have to think about what to wear in the morning and deplete my decision making powers (Yes, we only have so much energy to make decisions)
- Get up 30 minutes earlier…this might work for you if your usual morning routine is one of rushing. Running late increases blood pressure and impatience to small matters.
- Get up 20 minutes later…your sleeping patterns maybe different to mine. I am a bit of a night owl. So sometimes I get up 20 to 40 minutes later so as to ensure I get 7 hours sleep every night.
- Practise mindfulness…sit quietly and observe your thoughts and breathing. Feel your breath, notice where you are sitting and your surroundings. Observe every detail in the moment.
- Exercise…go for a brisk walk or do some stretching to release all that stored tension from the night. I do this when I have one of those sleeps that feels like I was in the wrestling ring with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Ever had one of those sleeps?
- Make your bed first thing…this gets your brain into the habit of finishing tasks for the rest of the day
- Eat breakfast…they say it is the most important meal of the day. I am not so sure having never been a breakfast guy. I can’t eat until I have been up for at least an hour.
- If you are married or have a partner give them a hug and a kiss before you go to work. And tell them you love them (Everyone should do this, every morning)
You may want to think up your own morning ritual or habit. Remember, use what works best for you and not what works best for Elon Musk.
Even happiness can be a good habit to form. You can simply choose to be happier in the mornings. By creating a positive morning ritual that kicks off you day on the right footing and that works for you, you will see immense benefits throughout your day.
And that alters your attitude to life itself.