Your alarm goes off and without opening your eyes you hit the snooze button. “I’m not ready yet,” is the first thought that goes through your head. You lay there in bed, allowing all kinds of thoughts to flood your mind. “I wish I could sleep longer. I have so much to do today and I have no idea if or how I’m going to get it all done. I hope the kids aren’t up yet.” These are the first thoughts and they immediately rob you of empowerment and usurp your authority at the beginning of YOUR day… and for the rest of your day. For some it’s worse. Some people wake up and the first thing that they allow to happen is to have feelings of dread and anxiety overwhelm them. Worse yet, they feel helpless to believe that they could feel anything other than the fear that fills their hearts and minds. This may cause them to hit the snooze button 4 or more times before they get out of bed. When their feet finally do hit the floor, they are already 10 minutes late to their day. It could be 2pm before they feel like they’ve caught up, if they ever do FEEL caught up. Can you imagine carrying the added weight of feeling ‘behind’ for half or your entire day? Some people know exactly what I mean when I ask this question.
If you allow YOUR day to begin this way you’ve already lost. You’ve lost the day and the critical opportunity you have to raise your quality of life for the next 24 hours. The moment you open your eyes provides you with the first opportunity to direct and inform the rest of the day. The possibilities to shape your life are endless. But it requires you to be intentional about the kind of day that you want to create.
Rituals are powerful. They shape and form our lives. Every ritual either empowers you or disempowers you. Daily rituals are what create and form our habits. If part of your morning ritual is to exercise you will have a healthier life that has the potential for more energy. Could you use more energy? If part of your morning ritual is to hydrate yourself and breathe deep for a few minutes you will have more clarity and awareness. Could you use more clarity and awareness? If part of your morning ritual is to meditate and/or pray you will be more centered and have less stress and anxiety. Could you use less stress and anxiety?
This isn’t just my opinion by the way. There is a ton of research that backs up the statements in the previous paragraph. Don’t believe me? Google it.
Think about your morning ritual. You most certainly have one… even if it’s by default. How have you been starting your day? Has it been with intentionality? Is it from a place of empowerment? Is your morning ritual raising your quality of life or dragging it down?
I’m excited to be offering you a gift in the next three weeks. I have developed a powerful and informative tool to help you create your morning rituals. It will include key components of highly successful people who have sustained growth for years due to their rituals. It will also include a plan for incorporating what will work best for you, according your value system. This is my gift to you and I will be releasing it later in month. Keep an eye out for it.
“Ritual is necessary for us to know anything.” – Ken Kesey
“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” – Miles Davis
“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Tony Robbins