Change Your Life with this Morning Routine
Remember, the habit itself is more important than doing it the right way.
- Listen to something positive right away after waking up
I wake up at 6:30 am. I play a YouTube video. Not any kind of videos. Definitely not a trend video or news. Never. The ones that remind me who I decide to be for the day, for the month, year, and lifetime. That is your character for the day and that defines your destiny. That is why the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, said: “character is destiny”. Build your character every day and your destiny will keep going up, and the sky is the limit.
Over the past 4 years, I have been imprinting content into my subconscious. Teachings from Andy Puddicome, Eckart Tolle, the Great Tony Robbins, Joe Dispenza, Wayne Dyer, Allan Watts, Fearless soul channel on YouTube, Tom Bilyeu, Sidguro, Robert Green, Ryan Holiday, Mel Robbins, and many others. Some in person. And my morning routine has been calibrated based on the book “My Morning Miracle” a must-read book.
I meditate for 10 minutes using Headspace.
3. Become Grateful.
I write things that I am grateful for. You need to feel them and it can be anything. The fact that you can Breathe. The fact that you are not battling cancer. The fact that you have access to phone and internet to read this article. The fact that you and I can connect and communicate.
4. Write and recite affirmations.
Then, I do affirmation. I write and cite them. It does work. 100%. Do it for 30 days, without judgment. Don’t let your mind engage, just do it. It takes 1 minute per day. That is nothing. Trust me, you do not know me. I am a stranger. Trust a stranger over the internet and invest 30 minutes of your time over 30 days. This is literally programming your subconscious mind. Oh, I should say, that is the ONLY way for change. You may decide to go to the gym and lose weight. It is not going to happen. At least it never worked for me and for many others. The key is to brainwash yourself. Yes. I grew up in Iran. I know very well how hackable humans are. I moved to Canada as a teenager, lived there for ten years before I moved to San Francisco. It took me about 5 years to brainwash myself the way I want myself to be.
Here are a few of the affirmations I use to write every morning and the results are unbelievable.
“I speak amazing English. It is better than anyone because I speak slowly and clearly. OMG… I speak so much like Barak Obama.” Since then nobody has said “pardon me, can you repeat this? Etc.? “
“No matter what happens, I’ll be okay”
“I am a quiet-confident and an extroverted person”
“I laugh several times a day. I laugh for no reason. Sometimes people say why this guy laughs so much, I did not even say a joke” This one is a 4–5 days old software update, I still don’t laugh as often as I want to laugh. Oh, btw, I always start my affirmation with “today is going to be a great day” that is the most important one.
The rest of my affirmations is way too customized to my life. You want to program yourself based on what your heart tells you. Basically you listen to your heart and then fool your brain. You can program your mind with ANYTHING. WITH ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. Always remember. The mind does not have any limitations. Space and time are the limiting factors.
If you don’t write it down, you don’t want it. let it go. That is what we call fantasy. Always wanted to become a pilot? Write it down. “I will register for classes today”. If you don’t write it down, you may not truly want it. Let it go. If you do not write “I am an athlete, I exercise every day”, then forget it, it will not happen. Be happy with your body and move on. It will be extremely difficult to stick to the plan. It has to be programmed into your subconscious mind, not your conscious mind. You operate 99% from your subconscious mind.
This one is the most difficult one but the most effective one. Just imagine what you want to be. This trains your neurons to make new pathways. Without this, it is extremely hard to make new pathways, especially if you are not too young like me. I should mention that it will be also too painful. Making new pathways is painful and people give up before the habit sticks.
Then I read for 10 minutes or so. I am reading a few books in parallel, but in the morning I usually read one article from Medium. I usually read Tim Denning. He is such a phenomenal writer.
After reading, I write for a few minutes on my One note on my phone. I write stupid sh…t. Because my mind is full of garbage. Remember we said, our minds are unlimited? It is unlimited in all directions, meaning it can generate negative thoughts, the extreme ones.
Let me illustrate something quickly. I have had the same mind. Since I was 13ish till about 2,3 years ago, I have been extremely depressed, anxious isolated with every single night of suicidal thoughts, now I am extremely liberated which is hard to explain. The result is a great life, a happy and real life. The freedom I feel is not normal freedom. Everyone can get into this state. When I was in Iran with an environment that was not welcoming for growth, I focused on dark thoughts, they are still around, I kind of like them now, they are entertaining. I do not focus on them. I allow my mind to expand and pick whatever I want and steer my “software” that way.
This one is critical. Just become someone that exercises every day. Like eating food. Program yourself using affirmation and see yourself as somebody exercises every day. I cannot emphasize how important to move and sweat. And last I exercise for at least 10 minutes. A few pushups would do.
This takes up to 2 hours. I have blocked my work calendar from 7 to 9 for this. Some days the whole thing can take 20 minutes.
You may say, this is very nice, if I do this, my life may change. I tell you, if you do this, your life WILL change to something that you would not even be able to imagine. Now, the reality is that, similar to a gym routine, it may not stick. I steal some wisdom from the book “atomic habits”, and say, start by doing only 30 seconds. The key is to do it every morning. Okay, 30 seconds is too short, do it for 5 minutes. Do 1-minute affirmation, 1-minute silence/meditation, 1-minute reading, 1-minute pushups or sit-ups. That would do. Do it for 30 days, 5 minutes per day. Put your phone far away from yourself in the morning. Do not touch it until you do the 5 minutes. Whenever I feel lazy, I try to do it at least for 20 minutes. But even 5 minutes per day would do to develop the habit. Remember, the habit itself is more important than doing it right.