Rise & Shine!
That’s right, I’m coming at you ready to roll. For some of you, including my husband, even the fact that I just used an exclamation point is a little abrasive pre-coffee. I’ve recently been reading and listening to podcasts of uber successful entrepreneurs and I have found it fascinating how they start their day. Below I’ve outlined the trends that I’ve captured and how I apply them practically.
How to Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed Everyday
- Make Your Bed. There is an actual reason your Mom always nagged you to do this; both major military commanders and gentle monks can agree on this one. Why is this number one? Navy SEAL William H. McCraven says “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.” Simply put it’s instant gratification for helping you tackle more challenging tasks throughout the day. For me this one is actually one of the easier ones to do since I’m a tad on the OCD side 😉
- Meditate. This can be different for each person and should be conducive to your season and schedule in life. Hip-Hop mogle Russell Simmons goes through guided sound or vibration meditations, Peak Performance Strategist Tony Robbins starts the day with 10 minutes of verbalized affirmations and intentions, and the late great Mother Teresa spent her mornings in prayer. For me, I start with 15 minutes of reading some sort of devotional literature or scripture and 9 minutes of the 3/3/3 rule. Three minutes of expressing gratitude – this doesn’t have to be religious or revolutionary just be grateful you are above ground as a starter; three minutes of sending healing out to others -once again this could be to whatever higher being or universal energy you believe in; and then three minutes setting goals and strategizing accomplishments for the day.
- Drink Warm Water with Lemon. There is conflicting advice as to whether you should have your cup of joe, but this one is tried and true. Benefits: aids digestion, boosts immunity, balances pH (this controls inflammation), clears skin, helps with elimination, energizes, mental clarity, aids in weightless, freshens breath, promotes healing and many more! This has been a game changer for me, if I decide to have a cup of coffee I do so later in the morning.
- Eat Breakfast. You will want to do this within an hour of waking. I’m always confused when people say it’s hard to eat in the morning – I am starving as soon as my feet hit the floor. As far as what’s best, each person is different and should consider dietary options that help them feel their best. Right now, I am eating a half of english muffin with an over easy egg and a half of cup of berries. Stay away from the bacon and sugary muffins that could be disguised as ‘low fat or bran.’
- Tackle the Hardest Task First. Since you have just marveled in your bed making skills, gotten some quality nutrition from breakfast and all your systems are moving from the lemon water you are primed and ready. It is so easy to say ‘I’ll get to that later’, but from a perspective of success, knocking out the low hanging fruit on your task list will allow you to avoid the pile ups and allow you the bandwidth to deal with the things that are bound to pop up throughout your day. When you have the extra minutes, use them wisely!
In other news, I am stoked to add our one and only Lindsay Jackson to the video cue this week. Our next couple of videos are going to breakdown the Pilates technique because without a core foundation (pun intended) the more advanced exercises are really just a throw away or worse yet can have you literally bent out of shape. These next videos are great for even the most advanced student.