Increasing Health, Happiness and Overall Success
Hi this is Conor Grace again from over at Team Rich Asian™. Since my early teenage years, personal development and growth has been a focus in my life.
After countless hours studying, trying and integrating concepts and strategies, I have experienced that habits and structure that are key to making me a more positive and productive person.
Today I will be sharing with you some ideas on structuring your morning for success: How to do it and why it’s a good idea.
How we do something is how we do everything
How do you start your day?
Be honest! At first, the truth will agitate you. But ultimately it will set you free.
Do you hit the snooze button and start procrastinating straight away? Do you reach for your phone and immediately go onto social media?
This is a HUGE problem for most people. While it seems harmless, it is devastating for your productivity and mental health.
Neuroscience is now showing us that constantly looking at status updates, notifications and social media is rewiring our brains!
Every time you hear that *bing* coming from your phone, you reach into your pocket and check, right?
By doing this you are subconsciously reacting to a stimulus instead of consciously responding.
I get it, you want to see who it is and what they have to say.
But is it really more important than what you’re focusing on already?
Like everything we repeatedly do – It becomes habit.
Do you want to create the habit of reacting subconsciously to life?
Do you want to live responsibly and be conscious of your actions and decisions?
I know you’re responsible as you have made it this far.
Keep reading to learn ways to create a positive and productive day and in turn - Life
Starting your day on the right foot
Waking up at the same time every day is fundamental to start your day optimally. The specific time will change from person to person.
But keeping a regular waking and sleeping cycle is very important as your body become accustomed to these cycles.
After waking, brushing my teeth and getting a glass of water, I will begin my routine. This is a concept that comes from the book “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod called Morning S.A.V.E.R.S.
S – Silence: As it’s the beginning of the day, it’s a perfect opportunity to take responsibility for our day and life.
Remember how Social media trains us to be reactive?
By taking 10 minutes to sit down and Meditate, we train our brains to focus on One thing.
When we get distracted, we return to our focus.
This is can also be used as a metaphor for our lives.
When we get caught up in life and distracted from our purpose, bring the focus back to our goals and intentions.
There are countless forms of meditations, but I find the Headspace app a great place for beginners.
It walks you through guided meditations and there are 10 sessions on it that are totally free.
A – Affirmations: Our subconscious minds take everything we say as the truth. Therefore, we can speak our way to success!
There are three ingredients to powerful affirmations:
1. Say out personal, present, positive words aloud with conviction - I am loving the life I live!
2. Close your eyes and visualize yourself in the manner you are affirming – imagine all the things you love and are grateful for. Your family, friends, opportunities, passions and the beauty of life.
3. Feel yourself experiencing the emotions attached to the affirmation – Joy, gratitude, excitement, fulfillment, passion and inspiration.
Try this out now for yourself. See how much better you feel after a few a few simple affirmations!
Affirmations have a compounding effect.
The more you do them, the more you believe them and the more you believe them, the more you become them.
V - Visualization: When we focus and imagine something in our minds, we will subconsciously try to recreate those situations in real life.
I invite you to take 5 minutes to visualize your perfect life three years from now. Bring all your senses into it and imagine all areas of your life being perfect in every way.
Such as your work, finances, passion, health, relationships, personal and spiritual development.
Next, invest a further 5 minutes to visualize your perfect day unfolding, morning to night. See all the great things you are doing and feel how amazing it is to be living your perfect day.
Make sure this corresponds with your three-year vision.
By having a clear picture in our mind of what we want, we are more likely to recognize and take action when the opportunity arises.
E - Exercise: Going for a quick walk or doing some light exercises such as jumping jacks, push ups or squats are all a great way to get the blood pumping and to feel alive!
From boosting mentally acuity to increasing longevity and preventing disease, the positive benefits of exercise are numerous. But sometimes it can fall to the wayside due to “being too busy”.
Do you find yourself making that same excuse? My question to you is:
Are you too busy to take some time out to make you healthier, happier and more productive?
Even 5 – 10 minutes of exercise will wake you up and give you energy to tackle the day head on.
R - Reading: Continuous learning is fundamental for any progress in life. By leveraging the knowledge of others, we save ourselves the time and energy that others have spent in acquiring the lessons.
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
The easiest way ensure you take action with an intention is to integrate it into your life.
I like to do this by reading 10-15 mins in the morning while I drink my tea. 25 mins at dinner and 15-20 mins at night before bed.
By integrating reading into daily tasks, it becomes easy to read an hour a day.
Maybe audio books are more your thing. If that’s the case, listen while commuting, shopping or even during your morning exercise routine.
S - Scribing: This is where I write my goals for the day and make any notes I might need for the day. By writing down your goals or important points for the day, it increases the likelihood of you remembering it.
It saves you mental energy as you don’t have to keep all that information in the front of your mind.
I like to carry my goals list in my wallet and I tick them off as I complete each one. I find it motivating to tick them off as I go. It creates momentum to complete the next goal!
This is the reason bench marks are placed at milestones in a marathon, it boosts focus and tenacity.
Always prioritize the most important goals on your list.
In fact, the more unnecessary things you can scratch off your list the better.
While it can be easy to fall into the trap of “being busy”, it is vital to your health and productivity to only focus on your most important tasks.
There is a huge difference between splashing water and swimming toward a specific point.
We all only have a certain amount of time and energy, don’t spread it too thin!
Less is more.
By consciously setting time aside each morning, we can greatly increase our health, happiness and overall success.
There’s a lot of food for thought here. But like anything, it takes time and effort to digest.
Start small, wake up 10 minutes early to implement one of these exercises per week. Each consecutive week add the next exercise until you have the complete sequence in place.
That’s my challenge to you.
You wouldn’t prioritize hitting your snooze button over productive habits, would you?
First you create your habits, then they create you.
If you enjoyed this article and have any questions, reach out and connect. I’m always open to sharing ideas and supporting ideas if I can. My email address is – Conor@clientasset.com.
Till next time brothers and sisters. Be positive, take action, say no to procrastination and yes to productivity.