There are very few things we can control in life. Many of us have chaotic days where we feel like we are juggling a million things at one time.
“If you want to be healthy and live a great life, you have to master your morning.” Simple, right? Yet for most of us, we have yet to do this.
You need to make it a goal to perfect your morning.
Here are the 5 things to perfect your morning.
1 Wake up with gratitude
You can do this with meditation, affirmations, and practicing gratitude.
Sit for 5 – 10 min in silence and just focus on your breath. Practice detaching from your emotions and seeing your emotions as separate from you. You are not your emotions and your emotions are not you.
Have a list of 5 or 10 short affirmations that you repeat to yourself while you are showering or getting ready. Anytime a negative thought or idea pops in your head, accept it, and change it to an empowering belief or idea.
Practice gratitude. When you start to think about what is missing in your life, focus on what you are grateful for. Maybe it is your family, friends, work, or partner.
I had a patient once come into the office and I asked him how he was doing. He said, “Great.” Of course I followed that up with, “Why are you doing so great?” He said, “I woke up.”
When are expectation for happiness or greatness starts with just waking up, we can handle just about anything with gratitude.
Whatever we don’t strengthen, begins to deteriorate. If we aren’t growing, we are dying. The same goes for our mind. The more we learn the better we become.
Start each day reading a book on spirituality, health, leadership, communication, or an inspiring story. Fill your mind with great stuff so there is no room for it to become polluted by all the meaningless negativity out there.
I like to start my day in a fasting state. I just have a little bit of coffee and I drink a big bottle of a special concoction of minerals, spirulina, amino acids, and collagen. It takes about 2 minutes to make and I am off.
This should be prepared the night before or at the latest, first thing in the morning. Create a plan for your day. That which you do not plan does not get accomplished. Plan your meals. Plan your workout. Plan your breaks. Even plan your fun.
Take the time to schedule the most important things or they will not get done. Prioritize yourself before anything else. You are worth it.
It benefits everyone for you to be at your best.
By far, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to start your day with MOVEMENT.
Most people go their entire day with no exercise and very little movement.
Take 10 minutes in the morning to move, mobilize, stretch, pull, and compress your tissues. Your body will thank you for it for the rest of the day.
I know what many of you are thinking – “I don’t have time.”
My answer, “Make the time. Get up 10 minutes earlier.”
It is really difficult, and many times impossible, to control our entire day. Life happens. Things come up and get in the way. The unexpected occurs and we are stuck handling a big pile of “you know what.” The one thing we can almost always have full control of is our morning.
Make it count.