The Morning Rituals Of Successful People – Simplicity
Hello, As Always A Warm Welcome,
Ever wondered what a ritual was? Paints a picture of people in black hooded robes with candles burning in a medieval cave somewhere, or it did to me. But in simple terms, rituals are a series of actions or behaviours that are habitually carried out by someone.
We all have rituals whether we know it or not, and they have a huge impact on our lives both short term and long term. Let’s consider together what we might call the Unplanned Rituals of those of us with a Mediocre Life and the planned Morning Rituals of Successful People.
Just Going Through the Motions or Unplanned Rituals
We all have first-hand knowledge of the unplanned rituals, and personally I can look back and laugh at how my day use to start, woefully is a good word, and it rarely got better as the day went on, sucked up by the backwash of 10 ft wave and then dumped into the sand all the while gasping for breath might be a good description. To give you some idea lets have a look at my old rituals.
- Waking to a horrible sounding alarm clock with the absolute minimum amount of time to prepare for work
- Not wanting to get out of bed… let alone go to work
- Overcome with negative thoughts for the day ahead
- Craving my coffee fix
- Turning on the TV and listening to all the bad news
- Getting on Face-Book and checking for likes for the previous day’s photos and remarks
- Check my watch and…Whoops I’m behind schedule
- Shower and Dress in an almighty rush
- Rush out the door late… knowing I have to beat my all-time record to be at work on time
- Drive to work stressed to the max, one eye on the road…the other on the clock with every other maniac
- Arrive at work on the edge… hoping the boss wasn’t there and ordering a pie, doughnut or bagel for my breakfast.
I was without even knowing it setting myself up for a day of continued stress, anxiety, fatigue and overwhelm. I was easily distracted easily annoyed, had a minimum of motivation and generally speaking had a mind and body that was performing at 50%, 75% if I was lucky.
The Morning Rituals Of Successful People
The first waking hour is the rudder for our day or the golden hour and we have a choice as always on how we choose to use that hour, whether we want to swim against the current or just flow downstream.
Having researched some of the world’s most influential and respected people of our time including-
They all have specific simplistic rituals that while varying in some respects were all basically the same.Here are some of the very significant benefits they listed for not only their day but their lives.
A slowing down providing a feeling of calm
More alert and resilient to the ups and downs of everyday life
Much more productive and creative
More cheerful and lighthearted
More connected to everything and everyone
More confident and less hesitant in making decisions
Ability to be in the moment
Less stressed and more focused
Much more positive attitude and outlook on life
A general feeling of well-being and a knowing everything is going to be ok.
As you can see this first hour of our day ( the golden hour ) can set the tone for the rest of our day, and have a massive effect on our overall lives. Let’s look at the rituals they perform and the resounding benefits of each one.
Your feelings of gratitude will create for you better physical and mental health, greater happiness and a stronger connection with others. This ritual of gratitude is not simply a mental exercise.
First, you must have focused on what you are grateful for. It may be for this glorious new day, your wonderful spouse, the love for your children, your friends, nature, abundance or simply the fact you are alive, or hopefully all of the above.
You can also simply ask yourself the question “What am I grateful for right now? ” and listen for the answers. The secret though is to see or visualize the gift and then feel it with all the emotion you can.
Our feelings of stress can be managed by meditation, allowing us to permanently take charge of our emotions. It will raise our level of concentration in everything we do. We will find that we are encouraged to adopt a more healthy lifestyle.
We will find ourselves feeling happier more often, and have a new outlook on life. We will find ourselves feeling happier more often, and have a new outlook on life.
You will enjoy an increase in your self-awareness, which can bring about an understanding of your negative reactions to things and move you to make immense changes.
While becoming aware of ourselves, and the way we act through meditation we will also find an acceptance for those things. Studies show that through all the benefits of meditation we also receive the added bonus of a slowing down the ageing process.
Another common trait among those listed above was to read. The newspaper didn’t come up once, no surprise there. What these men and women read in every case was something Uplifting, Motivational or Inspirational to them personally.
They like us, have their own heroes and in all cases, they choose to read biographies or autobiographies of famous sportspeople, entrepreneurs or business people.
They also enjoy reading motivational and personal growth books (some of them are reading each other’s books). These people have had and will continue to face challenges, heartbreak, and disappointment just like us, but they are in a constant vacuum of learning how to better themselves.
They all had a preference for this ritual over reading the day’s news or social media.
Their exercise rituals varied greatly, of course, having included some of the greatest sportspeople on the planet, but they all had some type of exercise plan that they followed every morning.
A few simply walked their dog, some went for a swim (Michael Phelps certainly does ) or a 10-minute run, the common goal was to get the blood flowing and get the brain to release those good feeling endorphins.
Some type of stretching or yoga followed by some aerobic/cardio exercise which included walking, jogging, bike riding or swimming. For those keen enough and have a specific goal we could sneak some anaerobic exercise (weights) in there as well, finishing off with a hot shower will leave you feeling invincible.
The sense of achievement upon completion is a super satisfying feeling, not to mention the inevitable weight loss aspect, along with a slowing down of the aging process, giving a real boost to our ‘triangle of joy’ which includes the mind, body and ultimately the soul as well.
Ok, so having incorporated and done any or all of the above, there’s no way we are going to allow ourselves to eat anything that isn’t going to benefit our body, and this one ‘Nutritional Breakfast ‘ was one all the success stories above had in common.
It was commonly pointed out that this meal sets your metabolism and the amount of energy you will require for the day. A nutritional breakfast doesn’t have to be too complex or difficult to prepare, let me list a simple example for you.
- Freshly squeezed orange juice
- High fibre low sugar cereal or muesli
- Topped with banana or strawberries and some honey
- Boiled egg on toast
- Tea or coffee
This breakfast is a simple starting point, and as your rituals become a habit you will no doubt be looking at blenders and juicers, to gain maximum nutrition. Don’t give up the coffee yet, its time will come, no need to be perfect yet.
In summarising this post it’s quite obvious you don’t have to be Albert Einstein to see the tremendous value performing these rituals will have. Their impact on your life can and will be staggering, maybe you’re thinking ‘I have no time, or this is just too difficult for me.’ My suggestion is to just take on one ritual, to begin with, and align it with a great breakfast to kick off.
‘But where do I start I hear you say? ‘ Start at the beginning would be my answer. Maybe the first step is to make a plan and start by going to bed an hour earlier each evening.
One thing I promise you is that once you begin and start feeling the benefits you will never go back to your old routines.
Keep in mind these ‘successful people’ mentioned above we’re doing these rituals way before they had their successes. Remember this:
Your small steps TO SUCCESS, are really your steps.. OF SUCCESS !
I’m really excited to know you are about to begin your New and Life-Changing Start to the Day. I know personally of the changes in my life, one day at a time, and as I continue to evolve and fine-tune my Morning Rituals, they have become nothing short of a blessing, and my results in life are nothing short of miraculous.
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