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Wife, Mother, Author and Blogger of Life

Inspiration For Your Morning Routine

August 8, 2017

Morning rituals… what’s that all about?

Some of the most successful people in business swear by morning rituals, people like Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg and the late Steve Jobs, to name a few.  Their morning rituals, is partially what sets them apart from the rest.

Morning rituals are a way to get your day started on the right foot. Rituals such as exercising, meditating and tackling your hardest task first are essential in creating the day AND life you desire. Steve Jobs once said that the first thing he did each morning was to look in the mirror and ask himself, "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" He said, "And whenever the answer had been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."

Your morning ritual can be anything that makes you feel good. It shouldn’t be forced. For example, if the thought of meditating freaks you out, then, don’t push yourself to it yet—though I highly recommend this practice, I’m well aware that it is all about your timing. For this reason, I’m going to give you three different options to get your day started right, without totally freaking you out.

Go For a Short Walk

If you wake up just 30 minutes earlier, you may be able to take a 10 minute walk around your block. Resist the urge to scroll through your phone. Remember this, the reason most great ideas occur when we’re in the shower is because this is the one time during the day that we’re alone with our thoughts. No phone, no computer, no tv, no distractions, just walk.

Self-Development

I’m a huge fan of listening to uplifting material. This includes podcast, audiobooks or music. There’s one thing to keep in mind when you’re searching for the right material: don’t force yourself to listen to what others in the self-development world recommend. Sometimes those recommendations don’t fit your style. For example, my daughter doesn’t connect with everyone that I connect to—she’s more of a Tony Robbins type of girl, so I don’t push teacher’s like Gabby Bernstein on her. Are you in your 20’s, love fashion, and glam? Well, there’s someone out there for you that’s not all woo-woo. I recommend Cara Alwill Leyba, the author of the book of Girl Code. This is just one example. Remember this: When the student is ready, the teacher will show up.

Goals

After you’ve done the above, your mind will be in the perfect state to tackle your goals for the day. Taking a look at your goals and handling them is part of the ritual practice. Therefore, conquer what you can right then. Rule of thumb, don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.

Because of rituals just like these, I was able to get through college while working a full time job, wrote four books and eliminated anxiety and insecurities from my life. If you find that you’re struggling with your mornings, then try these rituals for one week. I am confident that you will start to notice great changes in your days—and life. Plus, you will be better equipped to handle the tough things that may come your way during day.

My new book #Believe Dammit:10 Principles For Attracting and Creating the Life You Crave comes out September 26, 2017 and it's available for pre-order now!

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