June of 2019 I began to do something that I had been wanting to do for a long while.
I started a morning routine.
I have been building a business with a Social Marketing company for ten years and at every single conference I attended, the very successful leaders who would train on the main stage would mention the importance of their morning routine.
Most personal development books and videos I was reading or watching mention how a morning routine could transform your life.
It all made sense to me but for some reason, I wasn’t doing it.
I had a few really good reasons (or should I say excuses).
1. I believed I could achieve the success all of those people had, without doing all of the things they did.
What a joke, right? That’s like me watching my friends get a personal trainer. They are working out and following a food plan designed by their trainer. They are disciplined, committed and doing the work even though at times they don’t want to. I see they are getting results. I am inspired. I want the results they are getting. But I’m not willing to make the sacrifices, develop the discipline or do the work that they did. Which means what? No results for me!
2. I didn’t WANT to nor, did I think I COULD wake up earlier
I’m a mom of three kids and because I work from home, my kids were my alarm clock! They got me up early enough so the thought of getting up 15-20 minutes earlier was a sacrifice I wasn’t willing to make.
3. I didn’t know what the heck to do!
There was all of this talk of a morning routine and one massive thing holding me back was that I didn’t know exactly what to do. I had an idea, but I was afraid to do it “wrong”.
What changed for me was being sick and tired of not moving forward with my goals. I knew that I was capable of more but I felt stuck. I knew that something needed to change and I felt like maybe, just maybe, if I implemented this routine I would be able to create some change.
I decided that I would create my morning routine to be what I needed. I decided that I couldn’t do it wrong. That doing SOMETHING was better than doing nothing.
Here is what I committed to:
· Waking up 20 minutes earlier than I normally would have (yes, this meant setting an alarm).
· A 5-minute meditation .
· Writing out 10 goals I want to achieve in the next 10 years. Write them as if I already achieved them.
· Write out 5 things I am grateful for.
I purchased a notebook (a pretty one of course), set my alarm, searched “5 minute morning meditation” on YouTube (this was my commitment level to meditation at the time), listened to the guided meditation, wrote out what I was grateful for and what my 10 Dreams where and within a few weeks I was telling people, “This stuff works!”
I started to feel different. First of all, I was dang proud of myself for finally doing this. Knowing that I was following through with that I said I would do made me feel better about myself. Having that new focus every morning (Monday to Friday for me) set my day up with the right intention. Instead of my kids waking me up and my day starting in chaos, I began the day dedicated to me, to my dreams and to my God/Source/Universe.
Things started to happen around me. My business started to grow, my intuition was heightened, I felt more creative and felt like I could take on the world.
And then, I had a thought. Why am I just implementing this at the age of 42? What if we could teach our kids this daily healthy habit? Imagine our kids waking up every day, opening a notebook or journal, writing out what they are most grateful for, stating their goals, jotting down what’s most important to them. Imagine the amazing humans they will grow up to be?
What you focus on grows. A morning routine for ALL OF US, kids and all, will start the day focusing on what’s good, focusing on the positive, on what’s possible.
During this incredibly uplifting and creative time last summer I started having conversations with a friend of mine. We decided to create a prompted journal for women and kids. It’s an opportunity for the parents (who are the kid’s first mentor) to show the way and go the way.
Our goal was to let people know that there is no wrong way to do your morning routine. We wanted to make this simple and time friendly.
It feels incredible to know that we created something that will impact other’s lives in a significant way.
To this day, I believe that it was my morning routine that gave me the courage to start this new venture with my friend.
Truth be told, you don’t need our journal or anyone else’s (unless you really wanted it😉.)
All you need is a notebook and a pen, an alarm clock and you will be good to go!
I encourage you to give it a try. Design it as you see fit. There is no right or wrong, there is no perfect way to do it. I can say with confidence that you doing something will be the first step for you. You will be stepping into becoming the greatest version of yourself.
I would love to hear if you gave your morning routine a spring clean up and if you did, how do you feel? What progress have you made? What have you learned about yourself? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your experience.
Happy Spring my friends!
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