Do you wake up in the morning and wish you could go back to bed? You have a full day planned, but sleep sounds better than attending meetings and handling other important tasks. I have been there. This piece shares three-morning activities to help you get your day off to a dynamic start.
Our brains are designed to find comfort and safety. This desire for pleasure surfaces in our tendencies to oversleep and overeat. To push yourself out of bed and away from the dinner table, it is necessary to create new behaviors.
With the intention to improve in any area of your life, the process will begin with awareness. You must make time to self-reflect and decide how you plan to change. The morning offers a perfect time to think and take actions aligned with progress.
In the early hours of your day, there are fewer distractions. If you’re a father with young children in the home, take advantage of the time they are asleep. Before everyone is awake, you have the opportunity to focus on creating success strategies without interfering with valuable family time.
These are three activities to do before work to charge your body, mind, and spirit.
- Smile at yourself in the mirror.
Forget beliefs that include, men, don’t smile in pictures or that it’s only okay to smile at sports events. No one will get upset with you for choosing happiness from the start of your day. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, place it in the bathroom on the sink. This forces you to get out of the bed. While you’re there at the sink in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and smile.
- Pray and Meditate.
Whether you consider yourself a religious man, spiritual person, or a combination, make prayer and meditation a priority. In the words of Matthew Kelly, “Clarity emerges from silence.” It is through time reserved for contemplation, that we can receive directions to extract the greatness inside ourselves. Prayer and meditation are useful activities to begin your day aligned with actions that can lead to achievement.
- Do something physical.
Get your blood flowing. You can go for a jog, lift weights, practice yoga, or do push-ups. Every day, some physical activity is vital to keeping your body healthy. In addition to training Capoeira on most days of every week, I use fitness apps in the morning. Through apps such as Yoga Studio and Sworkit, you can find at-home customizable yoga and Pilates practices.
If you’re reading this in the evening, make tomorrow the start of a new you. Beginning new resolutions on any day of the year is possible. You do not have to wait until January 1st, to decide you will make changes to how you live your life.
To accomplish any of the morning activities suggested in this piece, it will require discipline and accountability. If you need some assistance in creating positive self-awareness or establishing a custom morning routine, explore my leadership coaching services.
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