Many of you know that I recently made a big decision in my business and it really changed my morning routine that had been pretty consistent for close to 9 years.
I recently decided that I would remove myself from leading classes at GTS. It’s been a challenging, humbling, crazy experience and many things I had planned on. What I didn’t anticipate was the depth to which my morning routine would impact my days and my mental outlook.
After so many years of setting the alarm at either 4 or 5am I no longer “HAD” to do this to get somewhere. At first it felt amazing, but something started to change.
Over the course of a month or so something started to shift, my workouts were not the same, my attitude at home with Brandy and the kids wasn’t very good and in general I just wasn’t myself. I was struggling with “happiness” and as hesitant as I am to share that publicly it was true.
There were a few things at play here, but the big thing I knew I had to change immediately was my morning routine. Did you know that almost all super-achievers in this world are early risers? Did you also know the vast majority of them also spend time in SILENCE, MEDITATION OR PRAYER? Tim Ferriss (author of “4-Hour Work Week” and “4-Hour Body”) has studied hundreds of these high achievers (Oprah Winfrey, Arnold S, Will Smith, etc..) and one of the only common themes for all of them is this early morning routine.
I made the decision one month ago to change, or regain my morning routine, back to getting up early and starting my day with specific intentions. The difference has been absolutely amazing. Not only in business, but my personal life as well.
The reason I’m sharing this with you isn’t to get you to wake-up at 5 or even 4 am, but rather to show you how impact-ful routines and habits can be in your life.
What area of your life could benefit from either establishing a new routine or habit? What if you decided that every morning, on your drive to work, you would turn OFF the news or radio and turn on some positive training that’s specific to your goals? I call this Mobile University and the 20 minutes going and coming to the gym are so helpful.
Routines are so powerful, they can drive and push you slightly closer to your goals or they can slowly push you downward into a state of mind that’s detrimental to everyone close to you.
Your Mission, “should you choose to accept it”: Focus on one habit or routine that needs some improvement.
Here are a few ideas to get you going:
- Immediately after waking up, drink 8 ounces of water. Our bodies are totally dehydrated after sleeping and this simple routine will refresh your mind and jump-start your day.
- Enroll in Mobile University. Find a podcast in your industry (or something that inspires you) and listen to it in your car. Heck, just turning off the news will put you in a better mood.
- Make one phone call to someone special in your life, that you don’t get to see very often. Carve out 10 minutes during your lunch break and make the call.
- As your shower is warming-up, take 5 minutes and stretch a tight area on your body. For me, its always my hips. Just a little tip, if you have kids at home, lock the door or do the stretches with your clothes still on… I’ll leave it there 🙂
This week, focus on revamping, improving or tweaking just one habit or routine. Sometimes the impact is immediate and sometimes it takes a little longer so make sure you stick with it.
Be STRONG my Friends!
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