One of the most important things I've ever done to transform my life is harnessing the power of a morning ritual. You might be asking, "what is a morning ritual?"
A morning ritual is a ritual you do every morning that conditions and trains your mind and body to achieve its peak potential.
My morning ritual ensures that I'm confident, happy, and bursting with unstoppable energy each and every day.
To achieve great things in life you need to be able to master your thoughts, emotions, and feelings. That's the power of having a morning ritual.
I learned about the importance of adopting a morning ritual from Tony Robbins, someone I look up to immensely. If you ever see Tony at his live events, you may find yourself wondering how the heck he's able to stay on the stage for that long and maintain such a high-level of energy. It's incredible.
We are creatures of habit. If you want lasting change in ANY area of your life you have to ritualize it, or else it won't last.
It's important to know that my morning ritual changes depending on where I am in my life, as it should for you as well. You can customize your ritual to prioritize what the most important in your life.
Keep that in mind.
If what you need to focus on at this particular moment in time is creating a successful online business, than you can create a ritual that supports that.
Back in March of 2012, I created a very popular video explaining my morning ritual. Below is a very quick summary of my morning ritual at the time.
I firmly believe that the quality of your life is the quality of your emotions. That's why I always start the day smiling and being grateful for what I have in my life.
You will notice that as soon as you smile you will immediately start to feel good. This is powerful way to start your day.
Stretching is so important. It wakes you up, gets your blood flowing and feels amazing. Stretching also improves your health and reduces stress.
Deep breathing will fill your body with energy and wake you up. Every single cell in your body is made up of oxygen, so it's important to oxygenate your cells.
What I do is inhale for a count of 5 seconds, then hold for 20 seconds, then exhale for a count of 10 seconds.
Most people know the importance of drinking water and the ill-effects of dehydration has on the body. By the time you wakeup in the morning your body will be very dehydrated. So, I drink two glasses of Kangan water. I have a Kangan Water ionizer machine that basically filters, ionizes, and alkalizes that water.
I don't drink tap water as it contains harmful chemicals such as chlorine, fluoride, etc.
When we were kids we were constantly running, jumping, skipping and playing. Motion is one of the best and easiest ways to change your state in an INSTANT. As we get older and have more responsibilities, we tend to move much less.
Physical movement energizes you and has countless health benefits. I usually jump up and down on my rebounder, which is like a mini-trampoline.
Thoughts have a huge impact on your state. So I make sure to ask myself Empowering Questions, such as:
These questions will change my focus and therefore my state. Remember, your state will dictate your actions so it's important to be in an empowered state.
As the saying goes, "where focus goes, energy flows." In my morning rituals, I want to remind myself of my vision and purpose in life. In order to have what you want in life you have to constantly focus on it, which is why it's important to ritualize it and make it a part of your life.
Reviewing my vision, purpose, and goals every morning is a big reason why I'm able to achieve a lot of goals I've set for myself each and every year.
I deliberately stay away from the news or newspapers because it's FULL of negativity. Instead, I read, listen or watch something that will feed my brain and mind with positivity and improve the quality of my life.
To achieve your goals and be productive, you need to proactively plan your day. Many successful entrepreneurs plan their day the night before. I personally like to plan my day in the morning. Regardless, you must plan your day.
Not only should you plan your day, you need to then SCHEDULE it in your calendar. Only once you schedule it in your calendar does it become real.
Hopefully by now you're convinced that you need your own morning ritual.
Over the years I've helped hundreds of people change their lives for the better through developing a daily morning ritual.
Below is a video I did back in 2012 (back when I had hair!) that will guide you through the process of developing your very own morning ritual:
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Stefan James is a digital marketer, life and business coach, fitness enthusiast, and world traveler. Stefan is passionate about helping people achieve their true potential.