Do you want to be hyper happy, hyperproductive, and prosperous? Get a morning routine!
When I began hacking success, the first thing that came up on countless google searches was creating a morning routine. And boy, oh boy, it was a rough start.
To me, mornings were for sleeping, so the thought of waking up at 5 am, made me a little apprehensive, and my husband laughed at me when I told him. But I did it, and you can too. Even if you are a “hit the snooze button” sort of person!
Successful people create a morning routine to prioritize themselves and bolster creativity. You can follow other great entrepreneurs and build your morning routine utilizing these essential tools for success.
Note: It’s essential to resist the urge to scroll through emails and social media in this first waking hours. Think of this as your time and the gateway to limitless success. This skill is for you and your business. It’s time to flex your willpower.
5 Am Is Calling
If you are one of the lucky people who get up effortlessly in the early mornings, I envy you. It has been a hill I must climb on my way to success. (That I have conquered, thankfully). For those of you who already do this, you can skip to the next step.
Now for the rest of us, I have put together a couple of key strategies to conquer the dreaded alarm clock.
Set a bedtime intention
When you dread the alarm clock, as I do, you need to do a little reprogramming to make that wake-up effortless.
Before I go to bed at night, I recite my bedtime intention repeatedly as I fall asleep. Then upon waking, if I’m struggling to get out of my ooooo so comfortable bed, I again repeat my intention.
Here are a few that have worked for me.
I effortlessly get up at 5 am.
I am an early riser.
Every day I wake up refreshed and restored.
Waking up early is the key to a productive day.
I am successful because I wake up at 5 am.
I wake up before dawn to get a headstart.
I get out of bed quickly when my alarm clock goes off.
Use your language to create your own and put it on your nightstand until you automatically recite it before bed. Or until you change it because you have become a morning person.
Go to bed at a reasonable time
This one was difficult for me, as the evenings are my only kid-free time, so it’s essential to utilize it for self-work, relaxation, and time with my husband. Luckily, my little ginger baby goes to sleep at 7, leaving me with two blissful hours of freedom.
Whatever the excuse you give yourself, make sure you get between 7-9 hours of sleep. That means going to bed around 9 pm if you are waking up at 5 am. (Gasp!)
Put your alarm as far away from your bed as possible, to get out of bed to turn it off. This strategy works amazingly.
Now, if you have a sleepy bed mate who would be unhappy at the thought of being abruptly woken at 5 am, there are some other options.
I have one of those, my husband, who works 24 hours as a Fireman and desperately needs his sleep. So I got creative.
I began with the alarm, but I added in a light alarm without sound. The light starts to go on slowly 10 minutes before my bell. I set it to the orange color to be less intrusive to my husband. I find myself much more alert when my real alarm goes off, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to ditch my alarm and only use my light.
Note: Some people find it useful to deduct time over a few weeks slowly, so try that if it sounds more appealing.
This one is simple. Drink eight ozs of water upon waking.
Our bodies are made up of anywhere from 50%-75% water, so when dehydrated, the body functions at suboptimal levels. And that’s the opposite of what we need as success-driven visionaries.
Nearly all major systems in the human body require water to function, and that includes your brain!
Want peak performance? Drink more water.
Studies show that exercise is imperative for a highly functioning mind and body.
- It increases the heart rate which pumps oxygen into the brain
- It aids in the growth of brain cells through the release of hormones
- It encourages neuroplasticity by helping to create new connections between cells.
- It has an antidepressant effect
There are endless choices when it comes to methods of moving the body, from running to yoga. Find something that you look forward to and feels good in your body. I recommend yoga, but I’m a yoga teacher, so I’m biased. 😉
In yoga, we refer to breathing exercises as Pranayama, and the purpose of them to cleanse the body and prepare it for Meditation.
Now, let’s talk about the basic anatomy of breathing.
Your diaphragm is an integral part of proper belly breathing. The membrane looks like one of those plastic round “rubber poppers” you see kids use.
This flap moves with the breath, creating a raised bubbled top that physically pushes the air out of the lungs on the exhale and a depressed bubble on inhale that fills your belly as it fills your lungs.
Here is the exercise.
Place your hand on your belly and take a big inhale, allowing the breath to fill your belly first, continue to inhale until you feel your chest expand, and finally, the collar bones to rise. When you exhale, you think your core engages as the diaphragm creates that raised bubble to push the air out of your lungs.
Other breathing exercises that are worth a google are:
- Wim Hof Breathing
- 3 Part Yoga Breath
- Square Breathing
- Alternate Nostril Breath
- The list goes on…
Whether you call this silence or Meditation, the purpose is the same. It is relaxation of the mind.
Make sure you have a proper meditation sitting position before you start. I use a meditation cushion, but you can simply prop your sit bones on a rolled blanket. Just make sure your hips are higher than your knees. Your body will thank you. Gui
I begin with concentrating on my breath, and then as I become more relaxed, I move my concentration to the third eye, the center of the forehead, but you should find the method that works best for you. And don’t worry if silence isn’t so silent. When a thought appears in your mind, acknowledge it and let it go, then redirect your concentration back.
Other Methods To Look Into
- Guided Meditation (great when just starting)
- Mantra Meditation (choosing a word or phrase to repeat)
- Transcendental Meditation
- Sound Meditation, such as chanting OM
- Concentration, like candlelight, gazing
- Metta (In loving-kindness Meditation)
- And many more!
There can be a little overlap here if you use mantra meditation, but it’s good to create a phrase that is meaningful and inspirational to repeat in your mind.
Because I am sometimes who strives for balance in all things, I prefer to use the Chakras to help guide my affirmations — creating an affirmation for each chakra in the body.
The direct translation is wheel or disk. Chakra refers to energy centers throughout the body that align with the spine. These energy centers corresponding with nerve centers and the major organs. Think of it as a guide in creating affirmations for every part of your life.
The Root Chakra Muladhara
Location: At the perineum, the base of your spine or pelvic floor.
Concentrations: Stability, safety, and the feeling of being grounded.
Sacral Chakra Svadhisthana
Location: Pelvis and sexual organs
Concentration: Creativity and sexuality
Solar Plexus Manipura
Location: 2 inches below the navel
Concentration: Power, Purpose, Wisdom
Heart Chakra Anahata
Concentration: Connection to others, love, healing, compassion
Throat Chakra Vishuddha
Concentration: Communication, Self-Expression, Authenticity
Third Eye Ajna
Location: Center of the forehead
Concentration: Awareness, Intuition, Imagination
Location: Crown of the head
Concentration: Knowledge, Consciousness, Spiritual Connection
I say an affirmation for each as I picture the location full of the associated color.
- I am grounded
- I am creative
- I am powerful
- I seek connection
- What I say is valuable
- I am limitless
- I am one with the universe
Come up with your own!
Imagine your life when you’ve met your goal (or goals). Be detailed,
Now how did you get there? Take yourself on a journey through time, starting with the end, and taken a step back the envision the journey as it reverses through time. Meeting each goal and the steps it took to get there until you make your way to today.
The more detailed you are, the more real it will become.
>>>this is when I grab my coffee<<<
Reflection, Creativity, and Expansion
I keep a journey with any great ideas or thoughts that come up during my morning routine and often create a blog post for you all out of it. Then I start my day by taking 1 hour to do something that will propel my business forward, like creating a lead magnet, working on a sales page, creating great content or social media posts.
Your routine should be truly unique to you. Have fun, and find success!