Win Your Morning and You’ll Win The Day
Do you have a morning routine?
The truth is that whether you consciously realize it or not you have established a routine that you follow in the morning, and throughout your entire day.
According to Dr. Joe Dispenza, we have anywhere from 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. Of those thoughts about 95% of them are the same thoughts you had the day before. And by the time you are 35, approximately 95% of who you are is a set of memorized behaviours. So whether you realize it or not there are unconscious habits and behaviours that you have adopted.
Without getting into the science of how to change your thoughts and habits (check out You Are Placebo, it’s an awesome book, and I personally recommend the audiobook), the important thing to know is that change is possible. It will take some effort and you stepping out of your comfort zone but it is possible.
One of the ways that I have found to be helpful in my personal journey and that has helped me to create new thoughts and behaviours was creating a loving morning routine.
“If you win the morning, you win the day. But when you waste the morning you’re likely to waste the day.”
~ Hal Elrod
I heard this quote about five or six years ago in a mastermind group I was part of. This is something that I took to heart and consciously worked on implementing. If successful people like Oprah, Tony Robbins, Bill Gates and tons of other highly successful people consciously owned their mornings by focusing on themselves, their goals, health, and mindset then it was totally worth trying.
I have done a lot of research and experimenting over the years. I have played around with my own morning routine and although it is ever evolving, I wanted to share some of the key lessons I learned in creating and implementing a loving morning.
1. Create from a place of inspiration rather than desperation.
By far the most important thing I learned from this (besides the benefits of actually having a routine) is the importance of creating a LOVING routine and doing it from a place of love and inspiration rather than from fear and desperation.
You want to challenge yourself by stepping out of your comfort zone but at the same time be sure to do it in a loving way. For instance, if you are not a morning person and you are getting up at 4 am to start your morning routine it might not be the most loving approach. Challenge yourself but do it from a place of love.
2. Have a clear intention.
When you are creating your routine it is helpful to have and state a clear intention for how you would like to feel. If your intention is to feel inspired, peaceful, and clear, adopt loving habits that nurture your creativity, mind, and soul and foster lasting transformation your actions are going to be much different than if you are just winging it and have no idea why you even want to do this.
Here are a few examples of different intentions. This can be something you create at the beginning of each day or for your overall practice… feeling peaceful, grounded, connected, inspired, etc. Your intention could also be super specific.
3. What works for some might not be the most loving approach for you.
If you are going to follow someone else’s routine be sure to see if it’s a good fit. The key is to not only look to see if that person is successful but more importantly, ask yourself, are their values in alignment with mine? If your values don’t match theirs, the odds of you following through with what they are doing are slim.
Also, what you might find is that by copying what someone else is doing, it is actually bringing you out of alignment and draining your energy. For instance, Oprah and Tony Robins both have morning routines and share some practices in common, however, their approaches are fundamentally different.
Find what works best for you and create it accordingly.
4. Start small.
It’s not a matter of making massive huge changes; it’s the little ones that are going to make a huge difference. Start small and take little baby steps. It’s not a sprint.
5. Patience, compassion, and kindness go a long way!
Although consistency is key you are likely not training for the Olympics so you can relax and give yourself some grace if you miss a day, progress over perfection.
Here are a few other tips… remember to take what resonates with you and leave the rest…
- Start the night before by creating a loving evening routine. For example, go to bed on time, set an alarm to start your evening routine if that helps. Prep for the next day.
- Avoid technology (I personally try to avoid technology at least an hour before I go to bed and I look at it in the morning only after I have done my morning routine).
- Different types of activities you can incorporate in your routine: journaling, moving your body, meditation, plan for your day, reading, time in nature, self-care, and quality time with your loved ones.
- Do your most important task first. Rather than waiting until later in the day, do what is most important first.
- Have fun with it.
Let me know if you have any questions.