A little over a year ago I became intentional about having a morning routine and what went into it. I had just started my business and I wanted to make sure I gave myself the best opportunity to be successful each day.
Now, this all sounded good in theory but I needed some motivation and help with consistency. It took me a couple of months in what I like to call a “self-observation phase” (better known as procrastination phase) before I actually created a morning routine.
I had never really thought about my morning routine and honestly, I didn’t know if I even had one.
During this aforementioned procrastination phase, I became aware of what my mornings looked like. I wasn’t exactly the poster child for emotional and mental health. It went a little something like this… The alarm goes off. Be angry about it. Jump on social media and start scrolling. Waste about 15 minutes of my life. Finally, get ready for the gym. Workout. Be happy for .5 seconds because my workout was over. Become angry, sad, and depressed as I made my way over to work. Put on repeat.
This led to to a few things:
- Me pretty much hating Monday through Friday
- Starting off EVERY DAY with a scarcity mindset
- Playing the victim focusing on all things negative
I constantly felt overwhelmed, stressed out, and OVER IT. I didn’t even feel like working on my business because I was too busy wallowing in self-pity about how stuck I was and how miserable I felt. My overall state of well being was slipping and I had absolutely no chance of accomplishing my goals.
I finally decided to start a morning routine after “they” (millionaire entrepreneurs and Oprah) said having a morning routine is an integral part of their success and mindset. I pretty much do anything Oprah says so there was no turning back.
Come to find out, it actually is as important as “they” say it is and here’s why:
4 Reasons to Implement a Morning Routine
1. Set intention for the day
The morning is the only time you truly have to yourself. Before other people, things and projects grab your attention. Before someone upsets you or something doesn’t work out or the crazy driver cuts you off. It is your opportunity to decide what kind of energy you want to give out and the person you want to be today.
Some questions to ask yourself, What do you want to accomplish today, how do you want to show up, what do you want to focus on, what is most important to you right now? Setting an intention helps you step into your higher power and increase your productivity. Being specific and intentional on what you want to accomplish that day will allow you to get more done in less time.
2. Reduce Stress
Instead of grabbing your phone right when you wake up to scroll social media, use a meditation app like Calm or Insight Timer. Just 10 minutes a day of mindful meditation can not only reduce our current stress levels but also our stress-induced symptoms.
According to Healthline, meditation can also help with anxiety and disorders brought on by anxiety.
Lastly, meditation allows you to connect with yourself and stay grounded which can reduce your triggered response brought on by high-stress situations.
3. Keeps you focused on the WHY
Each morning I take time to look at my vision board and the goals I have written out for myself. Before I get caught up in the busyness of the day, I want to remind myself why I am deciding to show up.
When working toward your goals, especially life-changing goals, the only way to stay disciplined and consistent is to have a strong why. Think about how many New Year’s Resolutions have been forgotten about on day 3. Giving up sugar isn’t going to motivate you to stay with it. Giving up sugar because you run a high risk of getting Type 2 diabetes is a strong why.
Staying attached to your why will help you push through the not so fun stuff because you can see how it will serve you in the bigger picture.
4. Increases Joy
Remember all that stuff I said about being overwhelmed and stressed out? Well, that still happens sometimes let’s be real. However, those days are not nearly as common because I start off each day with positive affirmations and gratitude.
I am reminded of how fortunate I am and to enjoy this part of the journey. I am reminded of how powerful I am and what I am capable of creating. It’s a chance to start off each day with the good stuff that feeds my soul.
When you start off each day feeling your best, it is much easier to fight for that feeling and stay in a state of joy and abundance. You don’t have to seek it from outside factors or rely on having a “good” day to be happy. You get to create your happy, starting first thing in the morning!
Each day is a clean slate and new opportunities are presented. You get to decide who you want to be and what you want to accomplish.
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