I know it has been a while since I did a post dedicated to motivation and to really inspire us all to do more. This is mainly because I had fallen out of my habit of listening to motivational speeches in the morning. I have started doing this again and honestly, I can’t believe that I actually eased out of it. It is not a habit I want to lose. For me, it helps me to take hold of my morning and therefore the rest of the day.
Sovereignty and Power in the Morning
My most productive days are usually determined by how I start my morning. Which is why what I feed into my mind is so Important. Jim kwik states “most people give away their sovereignty and power away first thing in the morning, the first thing that they will do is to check their phone for everything, by doing this dopamine is realised and the brain begins to rewire, training them to be distracted all the time”. Imagine having your brain distracted for a min, then hours, then days, can you see how unproductive you are most likely to become? If the first you do in the morning is something that moves you, it will prepare you to do the same for the rest of the days.
Make Your Bed
Like everything, it is easier said than done. Most of us know that the habit of checking our phones first thing in the morning is not healthy. Nevertheless, we still find it difficult to stop. ‘Bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with’. If you do not want your days spent distracted, then it is best we create new habits for the morning. How do we do this?
Lets us start with the little things. In a speech by Admiral William McRaven, he tells his audience if you want to change the world then start by making your bed in the morning. this may sound silly initially but as he goes on to explain it all falls into place. making your bed in the morning is simple. Meditating for 2-5 mins is simple (same amount of time if not more you will spend on your phone). The point is if you can allow yourself to do the simple things first, it will bring you satisfaction and push you onto bigger things.
MANAGE YOUR MORNINGS
Here are a few things I have learned to use to help me manage the first hour of the mornings.
- Buy yourself an alarm. the excuse that your phone is your alarm is ancient now. First of all alarm clocks are not expensive but you can get fancy if you want. I have one which slowly lights up my room (mimicking sunrise) before the music starts. this way I am not jerked out of my sleep and waking up in the morning is a more pleasant experience.
- Read a morning devotional / Write down or speak affirmations for your day. What do you want your day to be like? You need to see it in your vision before it becomes a reality.
- Make your bed!
- Affirm this with a podcast / audible book/ meditate / as you get ready for the day.
These are four very simple steps that are not time-consuming at all. As you get more comfortable you can include into it exercise as well.
Hope you find this post and tips useful, be sure to comment if you have other things that you do in the mornings.
“Good habits are hard to make but easy to live with, Bad habits are easy to make but hard to live with”