Before You Get Out of Bed…or Soon After

Good morning, my friends. The American TV personality John Tesh shared this on his Facebook feed this morning. I wanted to share it with you. What a simple, fantastic morning routine.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today. YOU are awesome.

Ray

11 Ways to Jump Start Your Morning Energy – Day 243 of 365 Days to a Better You

Let’s face it. Even most uber go-getters would rather hit the snooze button a couple more times. Most people have to push themselves to get out of bed and get going. Arriving at your desk, the job site, or school reminds you that you have a long list of to-dos, meetings, and commitments today. All of that’s good. It means you’re contributing to the world.

Here are 10 non-caffeinated – not judging the caffeine- ways to to fire up your engines ant have you off after your goals and dreams at warp speed.

  1. Say an affirmation or positive quote. Say it to yourself until you really feel it…I mean REALLY feel it.
  2. Reconnect with nature. Go find the sunrise. Absorb it and reconnect with the cycles of nature. If you’re an early-riser, go find the moon. If you’re a late-riser, go listen to the birds or the wind. Just connect.
  3. Do some busy work. Literally, pay the bills, clean out your inbox, or wash the dishes. Any mundane task will do. Action puts you into the flow of the day and prepares you for the next task.
  4. Spoon full of sugar. You remember the old sing. “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Dealing with tasks that feel like “medicine” this morning? Set a mini-goal and grant yourself a reward when you complete it.
  5. Feel the fear and do it anyway. This was a title of a fantastic motivational book by Susan Jeffers back in the day. What’s your toughest task today; the one that has you most stressed? Do it first. Get it out of the way and you’ll be rewarded with an emotional high, not to mention sense of accomplishment, for the rest of the day.
  6. Ease into it. This is the opposite of the previous strategy. Knock out several quick, easy tasks. The sense that you’re getting stuff done today gives you a momentum to tackle the bigger things.
  7. Email or text. Do you need help or input from someone at work or in your personal life? Send them a text or email first thing. That way they can start working on what you need while you push forward with other tasks. By the time they respond, you’ll be ready to use their input.
  8. Learn something new. I always say the reason I get up each day is to learn something new. We live in an amazing time where limitless information is right at our fingertips. Google something you’ve been curious about and learn more before you start your regular work.
  9. Let something go. We all accumulate baggage as we go through life. It’s hard to get a balloon- or your morning – off the ground with weights holding you down. Cut some baggage loose to lighten your load.
  10. Small stokes fell great oaks. Feeling overwhelmed by your do-dos this morning? Does have you paralyzed? This famous Ben Franklin quote reminds you that big risks can be achieved by breaking them down into small tasks. You don’t have to do it all at once,
  11. Remember your purpose. Having trouble getting started today? Remind yourself why you do whet you do and for who. Obstacles seems much more conquerable when compared to your why.

I hope these tips help you get your day off to a GREAT start! As always, thank you for supporting my work and this blog.

Ray

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Get a Morning Routine – Day 20 of 365 Days to a Better You

Develop an Empowered Morning Routine

Good morning, empowered minds! It’s Day 20 of 2019 already. How time flies when you’re building your dreams!

Today’s concept is to develop a morning routine for success. This is something I used to do years ago, but I have fallen out of the habit. I’m going to be joining right along with you in getting it started again.

Those quiet, often dark minutes early in the morning are a quiet, empowered place to transition from your dreamworld back to the real world. Many, many successful people absolutely swear by their morning routine.

Here are some basic ideas of things you might include to get your day off to an intentional and energetic start.

  1. Read – those first few minutes after your feet touch the ground in the morning are a great time to begin feeding your mind.
  2.  Meditate or pray – your busy day leaves few spare moments for quiet reflection and connection. By making time first thing, you ensure that you’re plugged into the power of being plugged in.
  3. Stretch or exercise – some people prefer gentle stretching or yoga to begin the day, while others prefer weights, basketball, or running to get their blood flowing. The key is to get your body moving and your juices flowing.
  4. Say your affirmations – start with thoughts that empower you and point you to your goals. Listen, read, or say your affirmations or do all three.
  5. Remember your purpose – look at your vision board, pictures of your family, or your mission statement. Why are you doing what you’re doing? Make sure you have that firmly planted in your mind from the beginning of the day. It will help you keep the day’s hiccups in perspective and help you stay on goal.
  6. Protein and vitamins – make sure your system has the protein (benefits of protein in the morning) and vitamins it needs to function effectively.
  7. Gratitude and Thank you – start by feeling grateful for another day, another chance. Wayne Dyer used to say he started his day by just saying “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” Thich Nhat Hanh talks about using your feet hitting the floor as a reminder to be grateful for a new 24 hours to live.
  8. Walk the dog – My dog Mia and I go for a walk every morning before I start working. She’s almost 15. It’s something the two of us have been doing for years.

This is the regimen I plan to employ. I’m already doing some of them, but to stick with my word for the year, I’m going to do them more intentionally.

You can use these, come up with some of your own, or get some more ideas from these resources. The key is to have a routine that points your day in the right direction. A strong house begins with a firm foundation.

  1. Morning Routines of Successful Entrepreneurs
  2. 12 Odd morning routines of successful people
  3. What Tony Robbins does every morning
  4. Rachel Hollis journals every morning

Keep your momentum headed forward today, my friends!

Ray

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