The Power of Ritual
Listen, I get it. There’s a lot of woo-woo stuff out there. Let me tell you right now, rituals are not one of them.
Setting yourself up with behaviours at key points of the day not only allows you to stay on track with the bigger picture, but they also let you feel the power of mini-wins at these points too, which is huge for getting into (and maintaining) a positive mindset on the day.
Let’s start with one of the easiest ways to incorporate ritual into your life right now. Let’s look at what things we already do. Well, I think it’s safe to assume that most of us reading this book went to bed last night (if you’re still up, good on you…). And most of us will also go to bed again at some point tonight. These are two points of each day that stay pretty consistent, thought the time may change for some of us (we’ll get into that later).
That said, here is an example of a morning ritual I use. I borrowed some of this strategy from Tim Bilyeu*, an American entrepreneur that specializes in productivity. Please check his stuff out at impacttheory.com:
My Morning Ritual
Wake up and get out of bed! (no snooze button!)
You will trigger the cortisol effect and accelerate the circadian rhythm (natural body clock) the quick you get up and start moving. Wasting time and laying around snoozing is doing you no good! Get up!
I prefer warm water with freshly squeezed lemon while my tea steeps
Get moving, stat!
I do a 15 minute yoga-esque flow to loosen things up and get in balance, physically
Take 5 minutes to slow down, loosen up and be with your thoughts. This helps me organize the chaos of each day before I just start aimlessly trying to tackle projects.
Ponder a quote. Consider a word that means something to you and live it out that day.
Read, learn, create.
Try something new, write or play guitar, get that brain firing on all cylinders. Pick up a book and read few chapters to settle into yourself.
Make your bed.
A sense of accomplishment first thing gets your brain thinking abundance. You’re a champion because you’ve already accomplished a task first thing. It might be small right now, just remember small stones build mountains.
Fuel that brain with a nutritious meal right off the hop and undistracted by social media, TV or any other screen. You’re worth the 20 minutes to yourself. Eating mindfully will also help you process those nutrients.
Tackle the “Get To Do” list.
Yes, add “Get” to the title. You should be looking forward to the three biggest goals of the day. After all, now you’ve taken the first hour of your day completely to yourself.
While your morning ritual may look a lot like mine at first, it doesn’t have to. This is just a good start.It’s something to follow while you figure out what works for you. In my experience it’s easier to stick with something you add to what you’re currently doing as opposed to introducing a completely new habit. Drink water, with the coffee rather than instead of. Simple, right?
Two key principles to remember are:
At the very least try waking up and starting your routine at a time that is plus/minus 1-2 hours each day, regardless of your day’s schedule. This will help you build that ritual into your daily habit. It’s common for me to help coach folks out of the “sleep in Sunday”. Your body and mind wants consistency, so if you can learn to wake up at relatively the same time every day, you’ll start to see a big difference in energy, mood and productivity.
Hydration, Movement, Meditation!
Drink water, move and take a few moments to yourself before you start spending energy on others. You will be more successful fighting everyone else’s fire if you’ve taken the time to extinguish your own.
That’s it, that’s all. Please le me know what you’re doing for a ritual and be sure to reach out if you’d like to chat about how to incorporate these little tricks into you day. The 21-Day Journal I created is specifically designed to help you build better habits. Pick up your copy for FREE right here.
Ciao til next time,