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Win the Morning, Win the Day

For a lot of people the morning is a time of chaos, stress and distraction. People hit snooze, sleep as late as possible then as soon as they get out of bed they immediately go on their phones, social media, emails, etc. Immediately they are swept into the world of distraction and stress. They rush around and fly out the door running late. Stressed, overwhelmed and trying to get things straightened out for the rest of the day. Does this sound like you? Well what if I told you that a small simple change in our daily habits can allow you to start the day fresh, stress free and in a great mind set ready to conquer anything that comes your way? Keep reading to find out.

What I am about to share with you is quite amazing. So much so that most of all successful people including Tim Ferris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hal Elrod, Steve Jobs, etc. have adopted a form of this into their own lives and attribute it to a large amount of their own success and happiness.

I was originally planning on using this technique for a month before I posted but after just 7 days the change and results have been so remarkable for me that I wanted to share it as soon as I could. So are you ready for the secret?

The secret is a simple mourning ritual or morning routine. A morning ritual is simply a daily routine that you do everyday first thing in the morning no matter what. It is done before you begin the rest of your days activities. It can consist of meditation, exercise, reading, journaling, or a combination of any of these. The key is to focus on gratitude. As the saying goes “what you appreciate appreciates”. The other key is to focus on relaxation and clearing your mind of the constant chatter and distraction so that you can focus on your day and be more in the present moment. This not only helps you better deal with any adversity that arises but puts your mind in a happy flow state.

Below is the routine I developed for myself and I love it. I look forward to getting up a little earlier to do it because it makes my days that much better. You can adopt any or all these techniques or ideas according to your own goals and liking’s. The whole thing takes me about 25-30 minutes. Therefore, I get up a half hour earlier each day and it is worth every second.  I also provide links and recommendations to great apps and programs that I enjoy.  Some are free, and others cost only a few bucks per month. Please explore them and find which ones you resonate with.

Morning ritual/routine

  • Wake up a half hour earlier. Do not check your texts, emails, social media, watch TV etc. Why? Because as soon as you do you immediately get sucked into the world of distraction and you will miss the quiet calm opportunity to reflect and set your day up the way you want it.

  • I do 5-10 minutes of guided meditation using one of the following programs. I like to rotate around depending on my mood and circumstances. This allows me to calm my mind, clear negative thoughts, de-stress and become present.
  1. Headspace is a great app for guided meditation. It has meditations for stress, sleep, relaxation, gratitude, happiness etc. The programs are easy to follow, and you can choose the amount of time you wish to meditate. https://www.headspace.com/
  2. Calm is another great app for guided meditation. It also has meditations for stress, sleep, relaxation, gratitude, happiness etc. The programs are easy to follow, and you can choose the amount of time you wish to meditate. https://www.calm.com/
  3. Primus Meditation is one of my favorites. The full meditation is about 25 minutes long, so I do that at least 1x week. During the week I use the 12 breaths refresher each day because it is 5 minutes and leaves me in a great place. You can download it here free Primus Meditation Here is the creator Naisha Ahsian’s description of this meditation.

“In order to break the current karmic cycle that is playing out, with fear and anger driving decisions and choices, we must activate those parts of the nervous system and brain that can conceive of new possibilities and solutions. I designed the Primus meditation to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, promote heart-brain coherence, and activate the parts of the brain that are responsible for both forward thinking and spiritual awareness. I would like to offer everyone the opportunity to reach this physiological and emotional state, and so I am offering a free download of the Primus Meditation, the 12 breathes technique (for refreshing this state during the day or under stress) and an informational track about the meditation here:

  • I then immediately do 12-20 minutes of yoga using one of the following apps.

    These apps offer a variety of classes for all levels. Especially beginners like me who currently suck at yoga. lol

  1. Daily Yoga https://www.dailyyoga.com/#/ is a great app offering numerous programs of various lengths for everything from strength, flexibility, relaxation, stress, etc. There are some free classes as well as a membership for a few dollars a month
  2. Global Yoga Academy https://globalyogaacademy.com/pages/official-app is another great app offering numerous programs of various lengths for everything from strength, flexibility, relaxation, stress, etc. There are some free classes as well as a membership for a few dollars a month
  3. Yoga Studio App http://www.yogastudioapp.com/ is the last one I have tried. is another great app offering numerous programs of various lengths for everything from strength, flexibility, relaxation, stress, etc. There are some free classes as well as a membership for a few dollars a month. One thing I really like is that they have sun, earth, salutations as well as other types of classes.

Performing yoga continues to help me relax and gets me in tune with my thoughts and my physical self, improves flexibility and relaxes and strengthens my body and mind.

  • The last action I do is I use the 5-minute journal.

    This only takes 2-5 minutes and further sets my mindset into a positive state of flow so that I am ready to take on whatever the day has in store for me. You can use a any journal or notebook but I love The 5 minute Journal The journal contains motivational quotes each day, allows you to recognize things you are grateful for, sets up the days production and lets you create an affirmation to further put your mind in the right place. The other benefit is you also journal just before bed to finish your day on a great note. This promotes quality sleep and happiness.

The total time for this added routine is only about 25-35 minutes.

I then take a relaxing shower that lets me continue to think and reflect, get dressed, eat and I am on my way.

Think about it, for a short 25-35-minute investment of time you can be less stressed, more grateful, happier, more present in your life and more productive. If those things sound like things you would like to have then explore some of the links above and develop a morning ritual for yourself. It is positively changing my life and I am confident it can positively change yours.

 

To your health,

 

Kevin

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