Your morning ritual is something you try to do in one way or another each day to start your day in the best way possible.
Your morning ritual or routine is so helpful in reaching your highest potential in all aspects of your life.
The first and most important part of your morning ritual is motivation.
Why are you getting out of bed this morning? If the answer is, “because I have to”, you are setting yourself up to create a “have to” kind of day. People who reach optimal levels of performance, happiness and success don’t get there because they “have to”.
You, in fact, do not have to get out of bed – you choose to get out of bed – and each day that you are able to, you are blessed to get out of bed.
Start believing that first thing in the morning and your whole day will start to look a whole lot different. Promise.
You are on a mission to become magnificent, and you are waking up today to accomplish the tasks you laid out to get there. That’s why you are getting up.
Simile. Get excited. Then start your ritual.
Morning Ritual Outline
1. Get up. (1 minute)
Once you wake up, get up. Once you open your eyes, take a few moments to stretch and prepare to be awake. Do not give in to the temptation to hit snooze and roll around in bed, falling asleep and waking up every minute or so for the next 15 minutes. It’s going to make you even more tired and less productive for the day because you are sending conflicting hormonal messages throughout your body which can make you groggy.
2. Get out. (1 minute)
Once you are out of bed, get out of your bedroom. Your bedroom is psychologically connected with sleep. The quicker you get out of bed, the quicker your brain will get you awake and energized. Avoid picking up your phone and checking emails or social media. You do not want the bombardment of the external world to be the first stimulus in your brain for the day. There will be plenty of time for that once you are fully awake.
3. Get sun. (1 minute)
If it is nice outside, step out for a minute of fresh air and sunshine. If not, go to the bathroom or kitchen and turn on the lights, or look out the window if the sun is out. Light exposure in the morning balances your circadian rhythm, which affects many things, including your metabolism. Not only will this help you wake up, studies have shown that 20-30 minutes of morning light exposure helps you lose weight.