People always want to know what “successful” people do in their mornings. You can google “morning rituals” and you’ll see tons of really thoughtful and well-considered information. It will also be sterilized and made to make it seem as if the person in question is a saint. Thus, when you compare how YOU start every day, you can’t match up because it’s this other person’s ideal. What if we showed our real morning rituals?
My Morning Rituals
Connect – When I wake up, I send Jacq a message. The first thing I do every morning is connect with the love of my life. (On those occasions where we’re in the same place, I usually don’t wake her so I’d skip this step.)
Goal Review – I check to see what I have on tap for the day. I use a system called the 20 Minute Plan JUMPSTART. I read my goals, my plans for the day ahead, and any other information that might move me forward.
Wander – Right after that, I waste time. I might read something fluffy. I might browse around Facebook. I could watch a YouTube video or two (usually video game play). I let my head wander. This takes an hour or so.
But wait! That’s not something a “successful” person does. They don’t waste time. They’re well-oiled machines. Pffft! Garbage. Everyone wastes time somewhere in their day. I do it before getting out of bed. I like my extra hour in bed. I like that lazy feeling before I get into whatever needs doing.
Beverages – I don’t eat breakfast. I know! Sinful. So I’ve been told. But I usually make one or two beverages every morning. I love my Sodastream thingy. I make sparkling water and then throw in a 1/2 packet of Crystal Lite of one flavor or another. I also often make coffee using a pot of boiling water and a french press coffee maker. It’s not fancy; it’s the opposite. Just easy.
Gym – Last year, I went to the gym mostly in the afternoon, but this year, I have a rule of “gym before ten.” Jacq goes at 4:15am every day so I’m thinking maybe like..8 or 9 works.
(Shower when I get back.)
Create – My creative stuff usually has to happen earlier in the day than not. If not, I risk losing some of that most important time.
Those Are My Rituals
I left out the bodily functions and the random times when things get thrown off like a kid is sick or something. But I wanted to share these for a specific reason: there’s nothing otherworldly or amazing in there. It’s just typical human stuff. I don’t read Shakespeare and do 1000 push-ups or anything. I just do normal everyday things, and yet, I’m successful.
Are morning rituals really all that important? Not exactly. I think good habits that match your goals are important. Build your life around your goals. That’s how to keep yourself from going off on all those wild tangents. That’s how to keep yourself focused on the price. I never worry about motivation. My life is built for me to complete my goals.
Give it a try!
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