5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Day
Even if your motivation tank’s running on reserve
Do you wake up in the morning wondering how you’re going to motivate your team, or your kids, when you’re hardly feeling motivated yourself?
As soon as the sleep wears off, you remember that it’s a work day and that familiar knot in your stomach returns as if someone shouted “Charge!” before hitting your gut with the paddles.
If you’ve been feeling “pants” for ages, getting stressed out over work or life isn’t like gaining credits towards your final degree award (although the stomach knot was probably there back then). If that’s the case, you and Knot are familiar bedfellows. That doesn’t mean to say you have to keep sleeping with “K”, or hanging out during the day. If you can point to a single time in you life when “kicking it” with “K” was cool, fine; keep doing what you’re doing. If, however, you’d rather hang out with peace, joy or excitement instead of dread, you and “K” definitely need to break up.
So, if you’re tired of the mornings you lie there wondering how you’re going to make it through the day - if it’s going to be as hellish as yesterday…
The best thing you can do is stop.
Now, before you protest that you can’t stop, there’s too much to do; you’re too busy worrying about deadlines, meetings and people are looking to you for solutions, there’s a good reason you should pause…
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result. Unknown
You’re wasting the Golden Hour.
The golden hour when you first wake up is your chance to determine how your day is going to play out. Instead of trying to control a bucking broncho and hang on for dear life, masterfully ride the horse as though you’ve trained it to obey you since being a foal (it won’t know the difference). It is your dutiful servant, but you’ve got to take control.
That magnificent beast that you will steer, or be at its mercy, is your mind. Your unconscious mind, to be exact. Even if it’s feels like you’re having an “Annus horribilis” that rivals (HRH) Elizabeth’s circa 1992, there’s always something you can do. Hopefully, yours isn’t as public as the Queen’s, but if your life, right now, has scandals that rival Shonda Rhimes’ storylines, you’ll be in a better position to move forward if you detach from the story.
You can’t think clearly, be calm and coherent in order to act wisely, when you’re in the drama. You need a balcony seat - from that vantage point you can watch the drama unfolding on stage, instead of playing the leading role in your own personal nightmare. In other words, go meta to see the context clearly and observe the situation from different positions.
Here’s five things you can do during your Golden Hour to start changing how your day pans out:
Get deliberate with your Posture
Look, if you moan and groan, shoulders slouched and drag your heels to the bathroom, trip over the dog on the way downstairs and curse the poor mutt before sloping out the house, what sort of day are you setting yourself up for? Do something different. Anything. Look into the mirror and say aloud, “I’ve got this,” even if you don’t feel like it (yet). And, yes, here comes the touchy, feely language: take a moment to feel into your body - are you standing tall or hunched over like you’ve been crushed one too many times? Stand in the bathroom doing a Superman pose naked (or dressed), to help you feel more confident. Actually, that last one is not bathroom-dependent; you can do it anywhere, but you might get some strange looks if you do it out in public.
Get Intentional - Design your day
Become the architect of your life and design your day so YOU decide how it will pan out. Energy follows thought, so focus on what you DO want, and pay no mind to what you don’t want. Your unconscious mind loves instructions, so indulge it:
- Write down the goals you want to achieve or work towards today. You can even write your list out the night before and go through it again in the morning.Committing your intentions to paper is powerful and underestimated.
- Visualise your day going to plan, notice how you feel when it’s going well.
• What is your day looking and feeling like now? Imagine you’ve got the Midas touch and are tasting success. What sort of dialogues are you hearing? Does it differ from the usual conversations? If not, replay the scenes replacing the language so it’s positive, instead of the usual “We can’t do that because…” and “That’s unlikely to happen because…”
“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” — Richard Bach
Blast your body with cold water
I’m not talking about the Ice Bucket Challenge, though if you have a partner who throws cold water on you when you’re in bed, coach or no coach, I’d strongly advise you seriously consider banning them from the bedroom. For all the love and positivity I am here to spread, I would absolve myself of all responsibility for any diatribe that left my mouth after such a rude awakening (#justsaying).
At the end of your shower, be brave and turn the thermostat dial to cold. Apparently, Pharrell Williams credits his youthful appearance to washing his face in cold water (though, personally, I think he’s less fresh-faced since fathering twins).
Hydrate your body
Drink a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon first thing in the morning, instead of your usual “cup of coffee to get me going” fix. Keep hydrated throughout the day - the adult human body is, on average, composed of 50–60% water. So, if you experience brain fog, try cutting down on the caffeinated drinks and upping your water intake. Not mind-blowing, nor earth shattering, but always worth remembering.
“Drinking water (preferably spring or distilled water) helps to release the toxins that accumulate in the intestinal tract, which is important since bowel toxicity is directly linked to brain fog. Water also helps to flush the blood of metabolic waste products that can travel to the brain and disrupt its functioning.” Natural News
Write a note of gratitude
List 5 things you’re grateful for. On phenomenal days, you’ll get a rush like popping candy fizzing on your tongue and you’ll reel off your gratitude note with speed and ease. Other days, you may need to look at blessings like family, health and home for inspiration. Once you get into the practice of writing daily gratitude notes, consider buying a gorgeous journal that beckons you to write in it.
Why you should bother instructing your mind?
Have you’ve ever driven somewhere and not remembered the journey? That’s because you were driving on autopilot. You’re not the only one, we all do it. We run our lives on autopilot 95% of the time, unless we knock off the cruise control and deliberately become aware.
According to Bruce Lipton, Cell Biologist, the subconscious mind processes~20,000,000 environmental stimuli per second compared to a measly 40 environmental stimuli interpreted by the conscious mind. In other words, there’s a lot going on under the hood that we’re not even aware of.
When I’d had enough of seeing the same patterns playing out in my life, I decided I needed to understand what makes people tick and sends some people over the proverbial edge with catastrophic consequences. I think the following is crucial to us understanding why we do what we do, and the more people are aware, the more empowered we are to create a life of our choosing:
The subconscious mind is a data base of stored programs, primarily derived from the programming a child receives from the last trimester of pregnancy through the first six years of life. These are stimulus-response programs, that is “habits.” There is no thinking in these subconscious behaviours, it’s more like push the button, play the program. Unfortunately, the downloaded programs comprising the subconscious data base are derived from recording the behaviour of others (parents, siblings and community). AND … psychology reveals up to 70% of these “learned” behaviours are disempowering, self-sabotaging and limiting. — Bruce Lipton, PhD
If this distinction between the conscious and subconscious mind is new to you and you’re trying to wrap your head around the concept, most people will resonate with this down to earth example from Bruce Lipton:
“Operating together, the conscious mind can use its resources to focus on some specific point, such as the party you are going to tomorrow night. Simultaneously, your subconscious mind can be safely pushing the lawn mower around and successfully not cutting off your foot or running over the cat — even though you are not consciously paying attention to mowing the lawn.” Bruce Lipton PhD
How do you frame your day for success? Do you follow a morning routine, regardless of whether you’re geared up for a day of productivity or self-care pampering? Does your Golden Hour include meditation or exercise?
Tricia Mitchell has been described by clients as an alchemist, seer, and a tornado. She is a multi-modality energy therapy practitioner, using a fusion of coaching, spiritual practices and neuroscience-based approaches to help people move beyond feeling stuck when their head wants one thing and their heart another, so they can pursue their dreams with ease. If you’re looking for support to achieve your dreams and want to connect, you can contact her here.