21-Step Morning Ritual for Boosting Motivation, Productivity, and Results
Change Your Life with Just a Few Minutes Each Day
Have you found too much information online about different morning routines and habits? Me too!
Researching for years about how successful people start their mornings, this is a culmination of many household names of what they do.
I’ve been practicing each one over the years and now I’ve finally determined the most logical, sequential, order to truly jumpstart a successful day for my 2018.
If you’ve heard of Jack Canfield, when I met him in Chicago he told me that every morning he makes sure he appreciates everything that he already has.
Appreciation is the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.
After I wake up, before I even open my eyes, I make a point to appreciate at least three things (or people) in my life. Spending a minute on each one, a positive energetic feeling begins to fill my body and mind.
2. Alphabet Math
Keeping my eyes closed, after giving apprecation, I begin to exercise my mind for it to fully wake up before I even get out of bed.
The idea is to say a number then a word in sequential order that begins with the next letter in the alphabet. Every time I do this, I pick a different random theme to continuously challenge myself.
For instance, the theme for today could be Food. What I do then is in my mind, or out loud, I say “One…Apple…Two…Beets…Three…Carrots…Four…Dumplings….etc, etc.” all the way to “Z”.
3. Write Affirmations
Do you follow anyone who makes a lucrative living teaching people how to be successful? If so, then this is a no-brainer.
I have chosen to HANDWRITE my affirmations in a small journal the instant I get out of bed.
The trick I’ve been taught is that they’re all written in the positive and present tense. Since our subconscious doesn’t acknowledge negations, only write towards what you want. It’s also in the present tense because if it’s based in the future, then it will always be out of reach.
4. Mirror Work
The most prominent individual who promotes Mirror Work is Louise Hay in her book, “You Can Heal Your Life.”
There are so many variations of what you can do with this and you’ll know what’s best for you with your own research.
Standing in front of a mirror while looking into your eyes, remind yourself that you’re in love with you. I personally tell myself everything that I love about myself.
5. Visualize Goals
Whether you follow Bob Proctor, Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, or thousands of other people who achieved great things, this is another one of those habits a majority of successful people do each day.
The biggest key to this is that you see yourself living the end result while experiencing that exact emotion you’ll be experiencing at that moment.
Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles” has a lot of great information on this.
6. Gratitude Checklist
If you go to YouTube and look up Bob Proctor, you’ll find a plethora of life changing videos. The specific video being referred to is the power of gratitude in the morning.
Pulling out a separate journal, I HANDWRITE ten things I am grateful for. It doesn’t matter if I actually have it or not. Meaning, I give thanks for achieving the goals I haven’t achieved yet while also expressing gratitude for what I currently do have.
7. Set Direction for Day
Following up from the previous step, after writing 10 things you’re grateful for, sit in silence for five minutes asking direction for the day.
Think of this as a mini-meditation. Take a few deep breaths, relax the body, and just ask for guidance.
What we’re doing here is that we’re asking our subconscious, if you believe in God then you’re asking God, and if you don’t believe in either of those, you’re just asking “the universe” to inspire your direction for that day.
8. Send Out Love
As Bob Proctor mentioned in that video linked above, next is to send out love to three people that are bothering you.
If you’re anything like me, you could have a list bigger than three. It took me some time to control myself and only focus on three people each morning.
Even if you send love to the same three people every morning, it’s the same as sending love to everyone who is bothering you. Think about one person at a time and then think about something you love about them, that’s what I do.
9. Shadow Work
According to Wikipedia, the Jungian Shadow is, “an unconscious aspect of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify in itself, or the entirety of the unconscious…Because one tends to reject or remain ignorant of the least desirable aspects of one’s personality, the shadow is largely negative.”
Think of this as a mini psychotherapy session with yourself. You’re allowing a part of you that you either don’t know exists, or the part of you which you despise in others to come out and express itself.
#1 International Bestselling Authors of Bankroll Your Mind, Richard Perry and Larunce Pipkin, say to spend 30-minutes each morning writing everything that “needs to be said.” This allows you to safely vent and uncover what you can work on.
Everyone is different here and it’s up to you to decide how much energy, time, and money you’ll invest in your health.
The one thing every health professional can agree on is that “Food is Medicine.”
There’s an old Zen saying which states, “Everyone should sit down in meditation for 20 minutes a day unless you’re really busy, then sit down for an hour.”
When I mention this to average and ordinary, they laugh at me because they don’t believe their mind can work in their favor. Believe me, it can!
Meditation helps me to “create more time,” it also helps to solve problems, improve physical health, improve mental health, and there’s also case studies where is “cures” dis-eases — still waiting for that one!
Smart Reading, according to Tai Lopez, is reading what you need for that day. Instead of reading one book at a time, cover to cover, just read what you need.
To do this, read over the Table of Contents in all your books so you have a general idea of what you can learn. Then each morning, after you know your direction for the day, read what’s going to help you.
13. Body Exercise
Personally, I don’t exercise for the purpose of keeping my physical body healthy and in shape. I do it to keep my mind alert, creative, and productive. Just a simple 10-minute walk can have profound benefits in numerous areas of life.
Whether if you desire being a body builder and gain weight or if you want to lose a couple pounds, exercise is vital (along with diet). You don’t have to go extreme and do P90x, a simple walk will do the trick.
I climb up and down the stairs while listening to an audio program my phone randomly chooses for me.
14. Personal Hygiene
Because I have multiple sclerosis (MS), I do my best not to come near breaking out in a sweat at any point of my life. If I do, the chances of me doing anything for 24–48 hours drops drastically because I’ll have no energy.
I convinced myself that there’s no need to shower every day because why clean something that’s not dirty or smelly? What I did notice is that when I do take a cooler shower in the mornings, I become more alert, refreshed, and confident than if I don’t.
Yes, I do shower to cleanse myself but in my own personal world, I shower to ignite the day.
15. Brain Exercise
If we are recommended to exercise, read, and meditate everyday, then by reading between the lines, we should exercise our most vital organ too; our brains.
There are a lot of brain training programs but my personal favorite is Lumosity. I stick with their basic daily recommended training program which doesn’t take more than 20-minutes.
There are so many apps and games you can play like Sudoku, I personally prefer Lumosity. I love it because not only is it activating different parts of the brain each morning, I get so into it that my heart starts pumping faster than me climbing stairs.
16. Plan Day
Benjamin Franklin said “By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.” Your morning planning is to review what you determined the night before.
Whether you use a daily planner, an app, or if you’re like me, a sheet of loose-leaf paper; review what you have planned for the day and make any necessary adjustments.
By this time, after all the physical and mental activity you’ve exerted, an\ “Eureka Moment” may have occured and now is the time to make any necessary adjustments for your daily tactical action items.
17. Sell Myself Commercial
Dr. David Schwartz wrote in his book, “The Magic of Thinking Big” to sell yourself to yourself each day.
Create a 30-second commercial where you’re selling your talents, skills, and abilities to the most important person in the world, yourself. This is a motivator by reminding yourself of what you’re capable of.
The point here is not to express love to yourself like before, but rather to ignite your motivation and building up excitement to have the most successful day of your life!
18. Visualize Day
This isn’t visualizing your goals like we already did, this is watching yourself in your minds-eye successfully completeing all the tasks that need to be accomplished that day.
I am still experimenting whether or not to keep this here or to switch it around with the “Sell Myself Commercial” exercise or even after the “Technology” section described below. Do what you know is best for you!
This visualizing practice doesn’t need to last even 5 minutes. The more you do it, the quicker it becomes. Once you know exactly what you want to accomplish that day, “watch” yourself achieve it all!
19. Then Technology…
Even though I make money with technology, it’s not something I want in my morning. After however many tens of thousands of years people have been on this planet, it’s only until recently technology is now in most of our lives. Meaning, technology is very unnatural for humans.
Once I take care of me, then I take care of business. I check all my emails and respond to only the urgent ones that need to be addressed. Same with social media.
While doing this, I sometimes need to go back to my daily plan and make a minor adjustment. It’s rare for me to do this because I make it a point to plan far ahead so that I can have a morning with no surprises.
20. Another Snack
While checking my messages online, another meal or snack is something to do. This concept comes from the idea to eat 6–8 small meals every day.
“Never be hungry and never be full.”
21. Go Get It
Take action! That simple. Read Brian Tracy’s book, “Eat That Frog” to remind yourself to take on the biggest, most important task first.
Dr. Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is another one that will upgrade your overall success too!
What works for you?
All of this is technically just one persons opinion on having a morning ritual to set yourself up for a motivated and productive day.
Share in the comments what morning habit works best for your motivation and productivity!