How Not Starting Your Day This Way Costs You Greatly

I was watching a Red Sox game with my daughters the other night (I'm raising them right).

My oldest (9) asked me why 'that man' kept "touching his helmet and his shoulder between every pitch."

"It's his ritual sweetheart."

"What's a ritual daddy?"

This started a long conversation about routines, habits, and rituals that get and keep us in our peak performance states.

(It also led to exploring some of the funnier rituals for professional athletes on youtube).

What's your ritual?

When I woke up this morning I already knew what my most important tasks were for the day, who I needed to be in communicating with, and how I was going to value my time for the next 8 hours.

I didn't have to spend any energy figuring anything out. Straight into 'go' mode.

Water, gratitude, prayer, movement... all before 7:30.

I knew I would be writing this post this morning before I went to sleep last night.

I knew it was for the purpose of helping someone who doesn't have a morning ritual or routine get some leverage in their life.

I value helping others.

If your morning routine looks more like hitting the snooze button and wishing you had another hour to sleep, WE SHOULD TALK.

You can choose so much more.

Rituals and routines help the performance of professional athletes and it can help your performance in life.

Because life ISN'T a game.

I think when you compete every week, when you play under pressure daily, you find your rituals to be 100 percent focused on what you’re doing.
— Rafael Nadal - 15 Grand Slams Singles Championships