Wake up, snooze, get out of bed, bathroom, coffee, shower, get dressed, go to work. This is how the majority of Americans start their day (or some variation thereof). It’s a cycle that continues day in and day out. So when I talk to people and they tell me they don’t have energy throughout their day, I always ask about how their day started!
The way you start your day sets the tone for your entire day.
When I first heard this, I didn’t think much of it. I’ve always gotten great sleep (minus the nights I overloaded my body with alcohol), and I figured I could “power through” my day. Then about three years ago a guy named Phil Drolet of The Feel Good Lifestyle came to live with me, and he was studying Tony Robbins’ Hour of Power. Being ever curious, I figured I would give it a shot and see how it worked for me. Well after 30 days, it worked so well I never stopped!
So here is MY morning ritual, albeit always evolving:
-Wake up, don’t snooze. Do you really want your first action of the day to be a “no?” Hitting the snooze button is a way of saying I’m not ready to start another day.
-Drink water. After hours of hibernation your body needs life force (that’s what I refer to water as!). Drinking water will let your body know it’s time to get rolling. Dehydration is not an option!
-Go pee. If you’re properly hydrating throughout the day you’ll probably need to pee first thing.
-Meditate. Since January 2nd 2012 I have been meditating on a daily basis. The days when I feel my best are the days I start with meditation. This time of stillness allows me to connect within and cultivate my power. I dedicate anywhere from 15-45 minutes every morning.
-Visualize. After my meditation I go straight into visualizations. This is a 10-15 minute process that lets me see myself at my best, doing the things I want to do, and giving my mind a roadmap for the reality I want to create.
-Movement. Some days it’s 15 minutes of yoga, others it is a run or a bike ride. I always connect my mind and spirit with my body. It helps me feel alive!
-Sustenance. I either cook food, or make a shake/drink a juice, but I always give my body fuel to power my day.
-Take action. I start my day feeling like I can conquer the world!
My process takes me anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes every morning. This routine gives me the foundation in which I build my days upon, and for the past 3 years it has helped change my life.
Is this the exact routine you should do?
We all operate differently, so see what works for you. Take a few of the suggestions from above and make them your own. Try new things, see what works and what doesn’t!
The three keys are:
- Awaken your mind
- Awaken your body
- Awaken your spirit
However you choose to do that is entirely up to you.
Start your day intentionally and you will intentionally change your life!