BEEP, BEEP, BEEP
Your alarm goes off, waking you from your beauty sleep, your hand reaches to your dresser and slaps your phone finally silencing the painful ringing that penetrates your core. The next 10 minutes are mindlessly spent scrolling social media until you decide to venture from the comfort of your warm bed. You finally find yourself in the shower where you defrost from your previous nights sleep, only to look at the time to see you’re late. You run to the kitchen and begin to pour your sugar ladled cereal into a bowl and begin mindlessly spooning mouthfuls of this crud into your mouth. You rush out of the house defeated by the day already.
Everyone has experienced these mornings, you simply got out of bed on the wrong side. Every morning however, you wake up with a willpower to take on the world, your frontal cortex is charged and ready to go (depending how well you sleep). How we begin our day determines whether we have a good day or a bad day.
What if I told you there was a way you could start your day that would improve your focus & willpower while setting you up to win for the day?
Behold the morning routine!
I first heard of morning routines through Tim Ferris podcast, at first I shrugged it off, but then I began to think to myself why is it all these high performers have some kind of morning routine? I began to analyse my own day, my time in the defence force always started the same way and it was always a productive day. My mind was made up, there was something to morning routines which has lead me onto developing my own.
“Little wins” I can’t remember who said this, but those words ring true every morning. Small wins’ in the morning mean bigger wins throughout the day.
I wake up at 4:30 most mornings, don’t get me wrong I’m not the biggest fan of early mornings but, it’s something I can’t change so I don’t stress about it. My first win for the day is jumping out of bed instead of pondering over social media (win 1 for the day). I pull the covers over the bed and begin to make my bed (2nd win for the day) my room is clear, my head is uncluttered. From there it’s straight into the shower, I finish the last 30 second of my shower with a cold water exposure bout (3rd win for the day), cold water exposure has many benefits including increased alertness (no shit Sherlock), improves immunity & stimulates weight loss. It’s not the easiest thing to do on a cold morning but damn it feels good when the feeling of completion rushes over you at the end.
Once dressed I head to the kitchen and hit a shot of apple cider vinegar (4th win of the day), again I’m not the biggest fan of the taste but I know the benefits so the positives outweigh the pain. Apple cider has the ability to kill pathogens, lowers blood sugar & reduces your risk of many chronic diseases. Then I’m straight into rehydrating my body after 8+ hours of sleeping (5th win of the day), 1 litre of water with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt to help with absorption.
A cup of coffee in hand and I’m out the door.
Once in the car I chuck on an audiobook (6th win for the day) see how good you feel when you’ve learnt something before even getting to work.
If you look back at my morning, within 30 minutes I’ve already had so many little wins that my motivation is at an all-time high and I’m ready to press on with the day instead of crawling back under the covers into the safety of my blanket.
So tomorrow when you wake up, I want you to think of one thing you can tick off as soon as you roll out of bed because that one thing might be the difference between winning or losing for the day!