“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”Lemony Snicket
No seriously. What is your morning routine? I’d love to hear about it! For real. Let’s get open and honest about how we are starting our days. Shoot me a message or leave a comment below. What I’ve learned over the past few months while working on mine? It helps to have it out in the open! Hell, we can even hook up on social media and keep each other accountable. Your call.
In life, we create certain sayings… philosophies… ways of thinking about the conditions we find ourselves in. We might have 1 big way of doing things. We have 5. What seems common is that we create and define these things with specific areas in mind. What if we applied them fully? What if we did not change how we approach different tasks independently. We created habits and decisions across the board? Things that made us overall stronger?
How Will You Do The Little Things?
I used to always tell the family at EVOKE that how we do the little things is how we do the big things, too… that the little things matter and are worth doing well (and right). You can’t just decide to “turn on” the heat and get to work if you haven’t made the decision to do so prior.
When I played soccer back in the day, I used to always hear people telling me to “stay on my toes” so that I was ready. I sorta got it but never really thought it all the way through. What I have found though is that it is 100% true – in sports and in business and in life. If we are flat footed, not prepared, not willing to do the little things well – we fall short because we can’t react when the time comes. We aren’t ready to tackle the day. We can’t be the best we can be.
If we can make our routine in the morning a habit and a final decision, it will take it off our plate each day. It’s no longer a decision to do it or not. It’s just part of the day!
21 Days To Create A Habit – A Three Week Challenge
“Discipline is only difficult until it becomes a habit.”Colon Hudon / From the Rich Roll Podcast
They (whoever that is!) say it takes 21ish days to create a habit. All that means is you have to stick with it. Keep going. Trust the process. It will happen!
Practice Makes Perfect — we have heard this before, right? It’s one of those common philosophies we typically tag when trying to get better at something. Hoops, playing soccer, riding bicycles, math, reading… so many times we have used that saying. But do we ever tag it to our morning routine? If we aren’t practicing a routine, how are we ever going to make one or, better yet, make it a great one?
First things first, what should this routine look like?
My Morning Routine
I figured I’d share with you what my mornings look like. Do I miss a day or two here and there? For sure. As we talked about yesterday, don’t beat yourself up over a single day! BUT, use this as a challenge to not miss a day for 21 days. Create a habit!
I have really taken on to words by Rich Roll and Jesse Itzler when it comes to planning my days and how I try to tackle them as they come. I can’t get enough of their leadership and vision and influence. (Do you have someone you read daily to get inspiration?). Here is what I do:
5:30a — Wake up
5:30a – 5:45a — Mediation / 16 oz Cold Water
5:45a – 6:15a — Stretch, Sit-ups, Push ups, Curls, Planks (My days’ “buy in” so to speak)
7:00a — Kids wake up and it’s about them and getting them rolling!
Rest of the day — doing all those things we talked about last time!
I am working hard to go for at least one hour when I wake up and one hour before bed without technology so that my mind can rest and rebuild and process.
I’ll be honest with you – the past few weeks has put a lot of pressure on me and this routine. I have done parts of it. Not all of it. Not everyday. I know how important it is to get back to it and how differently my days go without it. I am writing this post mostly for me I think but I figured maybe you needed to hear this, too.
HOW YOU START MATTERS!
Don’t tell me you are not a morning person. You are. You just have to commit and make it happen! I understand there are those that work nights. Don’t let that take you away from how you start your day. Even if your “morning” is 2:00p in the afternoon, you can still commit to this.
Jesse Itzler said that You Didn’t Come This Far…To Only Come This Far. I try to remember that everyday and I think if we all can keep that perspective, we will finally be able to see how far we can actually go.
“It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but within any given day in life, there should always be a moment where the weight of the world is just a little bit lighter on your shoulders.”Christina Tosi
Ah, Christina Tosi – one of my favorite pastry chefs ever. She is SO right. My goal is to let my mornings be my sunshine and rainbows. Hopeful. Life giving. Free. Mindset building. Refreshing.
Comment below if you are in. I’m in. I will commit to you now that starting at 5:30a, I will be up and ready to tackle my day. For my business. For my health. For my family. I will get back to tackling my days as the strongest version of me. To not beat myself up over not getting to it all. To realize these days are not normal and that it’s ok. To live.
You with me?