Morning Rituals for Success
When was the last time you had a close look at how you start and end your day?
Do you start your day in a similar way each morning?
Does your daily routine empower you?
Let’s take a closer look. In this post, I’ll be sharing why it’s important to be aware of your daily rituals. We’ll take a look at what you could include each day and how those activities could support you. I’ve also included a free workbook for you to start working on your own morning and evening routines (see end of post to download).
‘Early to bed, early to rise makes a man strong healthy wealthy and wise’ – Benjamin Franklin
The above quote has stuck with me, ever since hearing it as a child. The concept that health, wisdom and wealth are connected to getting a good night’s rest intrigued me, and I’ve paid an interest in daily habits ever since.
What are empowering daily rituals?
These are the things you do each day which support you in having a joyful day. Bringing more Joy into your day means you’re more likely to see opportunities that surround you. You’ll enjoy the time you’re spending on projects and have a successful day. (read more about enjoying your time in You are the source of time – Choose to Enjoy it!)
The most successful people in the world take care of their mind, body and spirit before they allow influences from the outside world to influence them – they all have their own daily rituals.
Keep it simple
“Exercise, prayer, and meditation are examples of calming rituals. They have been shown to induce a happier mood and provide a positive pathway through life’s daily frustrations.” Chuck Norris
Your morning ritual could be 10 minutes or 60 minutes depending on what works for you. It could be as simple as going for a 10-minute walk each day or writing a list of three things that you appreciate about your life in a journal that you keep next to your bed.
Below are some examples of morning routines from some well-known names for inspiration:
Starts her day with 20 minutes of meditation and exercise
“I walked away feeling fuller than when I’d come in. Full of hope, a sense of contentment, and deep joy. Knowing for sure that even in the daily craziness that bombards us from every direction, there is — still — the constancy of stillness. Only from that space can you create your best work and your best life.” – Oprah Winfrey
Arianna Huffington (Co-founder of Huffington Post)
Starts her day with Yoga and Meditations
“A big part of my morning ritual is about what I don’t do: When I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone. Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day.”
Anna Wintour (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue)
Starts her day playing Tennis at 5:45am
Gwyneth Paltrow (Actress and founder of Goop)
Starts her day with warm water with lemon. She also exercises from 10am-12 each day.
Your Morning Routine
Below is a list of things you may want to add or remove from to your morning routine:
- Change your alarm clock to something less alarming or stop using them altogether. “I don’t use alarm clocks. They make me agitated,” – Oprah Winfrey (obviously if you need an alarm clock to get you up in the morning use one, maybe change it to a song that makes you feel great)
- Try Meditation as little as 10 minutes can be a great way to bring calmness and focus to your day, find a beautiful meditation on Youtube or via an app like Calm
- Ban electronics or at least social media and emails before you’ve taken care of ‘you’ before you allow outside influences in.
- Hydrate yourself with water
- Read a few pages of a good book
- Exercise, this could be a short walk or a short yoga routine
- Set goals or rewrite them
- Count your blessings and write an appreciation journal
- Nourish your body with a healthy breakfast
If you need help getting clear on yours, download your Morning Rituals Workbook which includes questions and a template for you to explore your morning and evening rituals (see details below)
The way you end your day is equally important, this will determine how much of a peaceful rest you’ll get and will feed into the success of the next day.
So what are your morning rituals?
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