SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
Its 6am. There is a beautiful cacophony of bird song. The sunlight eases its way across your bed sheets like a sleepy cat stretching. You are beginning your day surrounded by the serenity of morning. And even better… your mind is serene.
Sounds like the perfect morning right? To begin your day, raring and ready to go, in a full survival mode is the ideal situation to be in once you open your eyes. However, life is not always like this. Life is a juggling act, and in a society that demands you to have many balls in the air, its bound to result in your dropping some.
Yet, with a few simple changes to your morning routine, you will thrive. Thriving is not just surviving, or getting on with the day. Thriving is being above your game, in a higher league of success. Thriving is developing yourself into the very best you can be. To thrive is to truly live.
The main benefits of waking up early are ;
More hours in the day allotted to productivity.
You are less likely to forget something important.
Sets the pace for the rest of the day.
You feel fulfilled.
THRIVE (verb) - to grow, develop and become successful
So, to begin this new chapter of your life where you fully thrive, where should you start? At the beginning of course! Your morning routine is the most important routine you can have, as it sets the precedent for all over activities you will engage in throughout the remainder day. A morning routine is an investment in self development. Whether you work the classic 9-5 or are a creative entrepreneur, having a solid morning routine will create results.
“Most people on the planet today don’t think much of themselves, unfortunately. They evaluate their achievement by what they’ve collected versus by the character they’ve cultivated. They compare themselves to the orchestrated - and fake - highlight reels presented by the people they follow. They measure their self-worth by their net worth. This explains why the majority is sinking in the quicksand of uncertainty, boredom, distraction and complexity.”
- Robin Sharma
But how does one achieve such greatness? Through commitment, discipline, patience and hard work.All of which can be developed in a morning routine. There's a reason why they say the most successful people are early risers
So, below we will outline some useful techniques that will allow you to cultivate a routine that lets you incandescently THRIVE.
Night-time is surprisingly very important in creating the perfect morning routine. Try writing down three things you want to accomplish in the upcoming day. These could even be simple, such as brushing your hair or shaving your face. Ticking these simple tasks off will allow you to begin your day with a sense of accomplishment, something that will resonate with you throughout the rest of the day. Also, try writing three things you are grateful for. Even if you get woken up by noise outside, or a loud neighbour, seeing what is really important to you first thing will soften that rough start morning.
“Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure…The skill to hold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated” - Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
Fuel yourself sensibly
It is no lie, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Your brain needs to eat, and gains its food from the nutrients you eat. Start your day with a glass of warm water, with or without lemon. This not only assists in digestion and prevents bloating, but allows your circulation to begin and flourish. The more blood pumping to your brain, the more proactive you will be!
Becoming proficient in meditation is no small feat. Being able to separate your mind from body and achieve Nirvana is a task only the honestly dedicated and trained can accomplish. However, no need to worry! Thanks to useful apps like Calm or Headspace, there is time to mediate even on the busiest morning. And, you don’t need to be a professional either! The app allows you to pick your experience level, and what you want to get out of your meditation. Learning to separate your mind from your emotions is very important - it will allow you to overcome stressful situations by thinking logically and coherently. Allowing your mind to rest and be empty also means you are not constantly obsessing over irrelevant things, and can focus on the important. P.s - the Crickets meditation sound on Calm is my favourite.
In short, a morning routine consists of two things ; planning and commitment. However, before you even begin the think about your routine , it is important to find out your personality type. How do these two things correlate? Well, according to Tai Lopez, there are four personality types that all require different things from their morning routine.
“My routine is there to serve as the building blocks for a successful day”
- Carly Stein
No one individual is the same. Therefore, nobody will have exactly the same morning routine. We can provide the over-arching steps that we feel are important , yet it is you who must fine-tune your routine to suit yourself.
So, what is MOST important is to firstly determine what morning routine will work best for you, and allow you to thrive. To do this, check out Tai Lopez’s podcast, available on itunes.
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