Every successful person engages in morning ritual habits. Do you?
I'm a big believer that how you start your day determines how you live your life. This is why I've been practicing morning rituals since I was 17 years old.
This one habit has literally transformed every aspect of my life and continues to do so to this day. For the last 15 years, I have been studying the morning ritual habits of some of the most successful people in this world.
My findings were so powerful that I decided to write a book on 67 morning rituals for your body, mind, and spirit.
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Morning ritual habits have transformed my life.
As many of you know who follow me, I am always looking for ways to biohack my health and level up my life. For a while now I have had the desire to dive deeper into the world of morning ritual habits. This is why I decided to write a book on the topic. I was curious about all of the rituals that people may not even be aware of that I could share and implement into my own morning ritual.
During the writing process, my team and I did comprehensive research to determine the benefits of each of the 67 rituals that I talk about in my book. I have personally engaged in all of these rituals. Keep in mind that I don't practice all 67 rituals in one sitting. I don't recommend that you try to accomplish that feat either! It's just not realistic. However, I do engage in about 5-10 of them every day.
Keep in mind that there is no ideal way to start your day. Everyone is different. However, from my research, I found that there are certain morning ritual habits that successful people adopt. These rituals have been found to have powerful effects on their lives in the long-term.
As you can tell, I'm extremely passionate about morning ritual habits. However, I wasn't always a morning person. For the majority of my childhood, I would sit for hours on end staring at a computer screen playing video games, eating junk food and feeling horrible about myself. It's fair to say that I had low self-esteem and terrible self-discipline.
Not surprisingly, this way of life cost me my productivity, focus, and happiness.
However, the moment that I was introduced to morning rituals, the game changed. It seemed like such a simple concept. I didn't believe that it was possible to level up your life by simply creating new habits. I was wrong. Researchers have found that simple rituals can be effective at increasing confidence and alleviating anxiety. These were two aspects of my life that I had struggled with since I was a kid.
When I was introduced to the self-development world, I learned that if I wanted to change my life, I had to start by changing myself. This was a massive wake-up call. I realized that I had a lot of unhealthy habits. The reality is that habits can be your servants or masters. If you don't take the time to connect to your inner world every single day, how do you expect to show up for anyone else?
Unfortunately, a lot of people choose the former. They roll out of bed, slam a pot of coffee, eat junk food, complain about their lives, and stress out to the point of becoming burnt out. They may have the desire to break these bad habits, but they don't know how. These patterns of operating have become so ingrained in their systems to the point that they feel normal.
Even though bad habits are toxic in nature, they continue to provide some type of benefit to people's lives. Simply stopping a bad habit will not work. In my experience, the only way that you can break a bad habit is by replacing it with a good one.
One of the most effective ways of changing your belief patterns is through practicing morning ritual habits.
By waking up every day and nourishing your my mind, body, and spirit, you will feel calmer and more in control of your emotions. Keep in mind that, when it comes to morning ritual habits, there is no gold standard. You need to find a routine that works best for you and your life. I encourage you to experiment with what feels good and monitor your state throughout the day.
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Below are 7 life-changing morning ritual habits that I talk about in my book and that I personally engage in on a daily basis. These rituals (and 60 others) have allowed me to be unstoppable in every area of my life. Again, find what works for you, but I encourage you to test these out and see how they make you feel.
1. Practice Yoga
The benefits of yoga are limitless – you get to relax and reflect, all while doing something good for your body. Keep a yoga mat close to your bed and let this be the first thing you do once you get up. You don't have to be a yogi or a yogini to practice yoga. While there is no wrong time to practice yoga, I have found that doing practice in the morning is the best time. After a long night of sleeping, it's a great way to wake up your body. Practicing yoga increases your flexibility and supports your posture, which helps to support your alignment. This is especially important if you are someone who sits in front of a computer all day.
While yoga is good for the body, it is equally as good for the mind. Before starting a busy day, yoga gives you a chance to unwind and focus on your own energy. What “you” do you want to show the world today? Yoga gives you the chance to start the day revitalized and ready to put your best foot forward.
In the words of Ymber Delecto, “Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without.”
2. Use a Foam Roller
While yoga may help you prepare for the aches and pains you may feel from a long day of work, a foam roller does wonders for the pains that are already present. While few of us have the time to invest in frequent deep tissue massages, a foam roller provides the same pleasure. Though it might take a while to get used to the foam roller’s unique sensations, it will help your body heal from the stress that it takes on every day.
The rolling helps stimulate blood flow to release knots throughout your body. You can literally foam roll almost any part of your body. While this might sound too good to be true, you can often get a foam roller for less than $20 at any store that sells fitness goods. There are also an endless amount of options on Amazon, from the most basic designs to complex textures meant for those with intense workouts. Keep your foam roller close to your yoga mat so that you can get in a yoga session and a foam rolling session before you even leave your bedroom!
3. Recite Positive Affirmations
It is so easy to be controlled by limiting stories and beliefs. My limiting beliefs used to control my world, so much so that I was extremely anxious and depressed. It wasn't until I started to condition my mind with positive and uplifting thoughts that my internal landscape started to shift.
I am living proof that reciting positive affirmations works. This isn't to say that I don't still have negative thoughts from time to time. However, these thoughts are fleeting. Just like building a muscle, you need to actively strengthen your mind every single day. If not, your inner critic will take center stage.
Affirmations work their magic by shifting disempowering belief systems and replacing them with more empowering ones. To make affirmations work, you need to know which belief(s) you want to change. Do you lack confidence, have body issues, or question whether or not you even deserve success? Find an area of life that you want to develop. If you make positive affirmations an integral part of your morning ritual, your mind will start to believe them to to be true.
Here are some of the morning ritual affirmations that I say to myself every day.
- I always focus on and find the good in everything.
- Life doesn’t happen to me, it happens for me.
- In order to earn more, I must learn more.
- If I change, everything will change for me.
- The past does not equal the future.
Choose affirmations that resonate with you. If you need help, there are thousands of affirmations online to choose from. You can recite them out loud to yourself in the mirror while you are getting ready for work. Similarly, you could integrate them into your yoga practice and silently repeat them to yourself while you move your body.
You don't have to be a guru to experience the benefits of meditation. I've got to be honest… when I first started meditating, I didn't connect with the practice on an emotional level. I knew that it was a “healthy” thing to do, but I couldn't wrap my head around how sitting in silence with your eyes closed could change your life. However, once I forced myself to meditate on a daily basis, over time, I was hooked.
I started to notice the effects that it was having on my mental and emotional state. Sitting in silence for 10 minutes every day has been a game changer in my life. It has allowed me to effectively cope with stress and find inner calmness and clarity, which has become my natural state of being.
The best way to get started with meditation is to just start!
Find a quiet and calm place, void of distractions. The moment that I wake up I prop up my pillow and go inward. I focus on my breath and the present moment. I don't try to force my mind to go blank. That is impossible. Instead, I become an active observer of my thoughts. I notice what comes up and then I allow my thoughts to come and go.
If you’ve never practiced meditation before, spend a few mornings finding what suits you best. Some people like to meditate in total silence, while others like to listen to relaxing music or sing along to mantras. If you can start your day with a relaxed mind, free of worry, you are winning at life. Remember that every day is a new opportunity to start fresh. Meditation gives you that freedom.
5. Start Journaling
In my experience, journaling first thing in the morning is a great way to make sense of your thoughts. This process is not only cathartic but it gives you an opportunity to check-in with where you are and how you feel.
Before you engage with the external world, why not take a look at what's happening in your inner world? You don't have to write a thesis. Even one sentence is enough. If you give yourself the space to write freely, you will surprise yourself how much you have to express.
Journaling has become my favorite mind dump exercise. It helps me connect with my feelings, especially when I'm struggling with something that I just can't find the answer to. Sometimes it's impossible to express how you feel in words. Writing is a great alternative for self-expression.
As part of my morning ritual, I engage in an exercise where I write in my Five Minute Journal. Using the science of positivity to improve happiness, this journal is structured in such a way that inspires you to start and end each day with gratitude.
As part of this process, I ask myself three questions that allow me to set an intention for my day ahead. Not only does this make me feel more grounded, but it also helps me create more empowering beliefs. The next time that you journal, don't overthink it. Just allow your thoughts to flow and don't give yourself a limit to your creativity. Your thoughts are important. Honor them. By doing so, you honor yourself as well.
6. Engage In Random Acts of Kindness
I've talked a lot about how to nourish yourself before you start your day. Without a healthy sense of self, it is difficult to have the energy to give to others. However, there comes a point when you need to go out into the world and connect with others. A great way of getting yourself out of a bad mood and lifting your spirits is by engaging in random acts of kindness.
Every day that I wake up I ask myself, “How can I be of service to others?” There’s no denying that giving makes you feel good. If you can instill some happiness in your day and in someone else's simultaneously, you are winning.
You don’t have to join a non-profit and travel to Africa to make a difference. Start in your community. It can be as easy as paying for the coffee of the person standing behind you in line. Similarly, you could hold the door open for someone. It's that simple. When someone is the recipient of your random act of kindness, they may even pay it forward, creating a beautiful exchange of love. In my experience, there is no greater feeling than knowing that you have made someone's day brighter.
7. Celebrate Yourself
How often do you celebrate yourself? Every day, once a week, once a month… or worse, never? I think that all of us could take more time to celebrate how far we've come, no matter how small the milestone may be. Thinking about yourself in a positive way is one of the best things that you can do for your health and well-being. If you want the world to celebrate you and your gifts, then you first must learn to accept yourself unconditionally.
Let's be real… life can be hard sometimes. It is during your lowest moments when you need to love yourself the most. Research shows that recognizing your own achievements has the power to boost your motivation and performance. Praising yourself may feel awkward at first, especially if you don't do it enough.
Just keep in mind that the celebration of oneself is a lifelong journey. Just take one day at a time. You're doing a great job. You are enough. Make sure that you remind yourself of this every single day.
A morning ritual will supercharge your mind, body, and spirit.
I'm excited to finally share the 67 rituals that I have personally tested and utilized at different stages of my life. The benefits that I have received from all of them have been incredible. If you feel called to, I encourage you to head over to Amazon and check out my book! It is a simple and easy-to-read book that will help kickstart your healthy habits. Think of it as a resource guide with rituals that you can easily integrate into your morning routine or pull upon them when you are looking for motivation.
You can purchase it as a Kindle book or as a paperback book. I've made it very inexpensive so that it is accessible to everyone. It sells for $2.99 on Kindle and the paperback version is $5.99.
I promise that if you commit to engaging in morning ritual habits, you will start feeling more energized, excited and passionate about your life. A daily morning ritual has the power to take your life to a whole new level. What activities will you engage in today that will nourish your mind, body, and spirit?
Do you want access to 67 powerful morning habits for your body, mind, and spirit? CLICK HERE to purchase my new book!