Conquer Your Morning, Conquer Your Life

“Focused productive successful mornings generate focused productive successful days – which inevitably create a successful life” – Hal Elrod

If you are looking to alter the trajectory of your life, become happier, more productive, less stressed, more pro-active, and less re-active, than you need to create and commit to a tailored and consistent Morning Routine.

Each day we are presented with a new opportunity for living; a clean slate, and we get to decide what we will do with it. We each get to choose who we want to be, how we want to show up, what we want to give, and what we want to experience.

The results that we experience in our current reality are largely shaped by our everyday habits and routines. A routine is simply a set of actions performed regularly. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that all routines are “good” routines, or even conscious; they are simply performed out of habit.

We can choose to use our mornings to help us cultivate growth and success, or we can remain stuck in stagnation. So many of us leave our days to chance, giving no intentional thought or creation to our day. We tend to live life on ‘auto-pilot’ allowing our mood, conditions and outer circumstances to dictate the course of our day. We give away our power and let our day control us, as opposed to us controlling our day.

Creating an intentional morning practise allows us to take back the power of our day, and in turn, our lives. It gives us a sense of purpose, direction and accountability. We can go from unconsciously creating to deliberately creating, enabling us to make decisions that are aligned with our goals and desires.

A morning routine sets us up for our day, allows us to set and align with our intentions, increase focus and productivity, boost our mood, increase positivity, reduces stress, and enable us to be better equipped to handle any stresses and situations that may arise.

There is no one size fits all when it comes to morning routines. They will, and should, look different from person to person. Remember, the best morning routine is one that is tailored to suit you. If a practise feels forced, or like a chore, you will find it hard to commit too. Your morning routine should feel authentic and real for you. It should make you want to jump out of bed in the morning, with a sense of drive, purpose and motivation.

Morning Routine Tips and Practises to Conquer Your Day

Mediation

Mediation quiets the mind and allows us to control the direction of our thoughts. It allows us to focus more clearly on our intentions, promotes mental health, compassion, gratefulness and wellbeing, while reducing the feelings of stress and anxiety. It allows us to tune out distractions and return our true selves.

Visualisation

Visualising our goals increases the likeliness of achieving them. By clearly visualising what it is that we want to achieve, and feeling the feelings of having it now, we signal to our brain to begin working towards making our vision concrete in reality. As our brains cannot distinguish between what is real and what is imagined, it subconsciously works to bring about what is it that we are holding in our vision, and in our vibration, on a consistent basis.

Journaling

My personal favourite and a non-negotiable in my morning practise. There are so many different types and techniques for journaling, though it is essentially the act of getting out our thoughts, feelings, and intentions, goals and/or to-do lists onto paper. It allows us to de-clutter the mind and free up space for the things that serve us.

Gratitude

Practising gratitude in the morning is one of the best ways to cultivate joy and a positive mind set for the day. Expressing gratitude can be done through thought, verbally, or ideally written down in a journal. Cultivating gratitude is one of the best ways to raise your vibration and live more joyfully. Expressing gratitude is a morning practise that I simply cannot go a day without!

Affirmations

Affirmations are uplifting and positive statements that help us to generate confidence and help us to overcome and challenge our limiting beliefs and negative thoughts. By consistently repeating affirmations or mantras, or brain literally re-wires itself and begins accepting these affirmations as fact, which is then reflected into our life experience.

Movement

Moving your body in your morning can help bring about an improved mood as a result of the release of endorphins that exercise causes. It also brings about a sense of accomplishment, getting it completed first thing, instead of spending the day dreading the ‘after work’ work out. It helps us to feel productive and more energised for the day

Read, Listen and Educate

Set aside some time in the morning dedicated to expanding your knowledge and encouraging growth motivation and inspiration. Listen to a podcast, spend some time reading, or listen to an audiobook. Use this time to really focus on your personal growth and self-reflection.

Extra steps for creating a productive and positive morning can include:

Eating a healthy breakfast

Waking up earlier and avoiding the snooze button

Making your bed as soon as you get up

Turning off social media and the news, and remaining present

Practising mindfulness

Getting outdoors, grounding and connecting with nature

Petting your dog (because duh!)

Your morning routine can be as extensive or as simple as you like. It can take as little as 10 minutes or as much as an hour. There is no perfect routine, only the one that feels perfect for you.

Your morning practise should leave you feeling uplifted, focused, calm, grounded and ready to conquer your day with a confident, positive and abundant mindset.

How you show up for your morning, is how you show up for your day, and ultimately how you show up for life. Give as much time and love to yourself as you give to others, and watch your life transform.

Remember, if you win your morning, you win your day, and when you win your days, you win your life.

To learn more about Habits and Routines don’t forget to check out my post: Why Habits and Routines Are Essential For Success.

The Life Changing Power of Gratitude

The power of gratitude cannot be overstated. Its impact is immense, transcending, healing and an essential part of living a happy and fulfilling life. Gratitude is a power that we all have access to, regardless of who you are, where you are, or what you have. It is quick, easy, and doesn’t cost a cent, yet produces the most profound benefits to our health and quality of life. 

So what is gratitude? 

Gratitude is simply the acknowledgement of the good in life. It is the act of appreciating and seeing the value in all things. We waste so much of our lives waiting for something extraordinary to happen before we can express any sense of gratitude; a raise at work, a new job, a new home, a new car, a holiday, receiving a gift, the start of a new relationship or the birth of a child. And on the other hand, we find it near impossible to express any sense of gratitude when we are going through a hard time. Cultivating a sense of gratitude from the smallest of things, to the grandest, from the ups to the downs, means that we leave no room for anything to be taken for granted.

Living in a state of gratitude not only make us feel good, but the act of expressing gratitude itself has been scientifically linked to an array of health benefits including improved physical and mental health, elevated moods, closer relationships, more life satisfaction, enhanced empathy, better sleep, increased self-esteem, strengthened immunity, and the ability to better navigate through and recover from tough times. 

Before all else, simply waking up to a new day is something we should all be giving thanks for, and yet sadly few of us do. We get so caught up in our external environment, our schedules, our egos, and our emotions, that we don’t take the time to feel grateful for all things that we have right now, in this present moment. Every day we let small things go unnoticed, while magnifying our problems and misfortunes. We spend more time complaining about all the things that are going ‘wrong’ then we do appreciating all of the wonderful things that we have. 

Being grateful doesn’t mean that we are ignorant to the problems or emotions that surface in our lives. But it does mean that we are better equipped to shift our focus and perspective from the things that we don’t have, to the things we do. And when we compare our problems to our blessings, we are able to become more grounded, more present and see that our ‘good’ always outweighs our ‘bad’. 

How to Start a Gratitude Practise

Keep a Gratitude Journal
Start a journal that you will commit to writing down a list of things that you are grateful for daily. When you wake up in the morning, write down a list of all the things that you feel grateful for, and before bed write down a list of things that you noticed and appreciated throughout your day. Commit to this simple practise and see for yourself the changes and shift in mood and mindset that it cultivates.

Don’t just write it, feel it
Its important when writing in our gratitude journal that we really feel the feelings of appreciation. Feeling grateful is a sure way to raise our vibration and shift our point of attraction.

Be Mindful
Being mindful is a great way to cultivate gratitude. When we ‘get out’ of our own heads, we give ourselves the opportunity to become more focused in the here and now. We can start to notice and appreciate things that we might normally overlook; a smile from a stranger, the cool breeze and the morning sun, the beauty of nature, or simply the satisfaction of our morning coffee.

Express Gratitude 
When you practise gratitude, you are more likely to feel happier, and in turn be kinder to others, and when you are kind to others, you feel more grateful. And so by expressing gratitude, being kind or courteous, or doing something kind for somebody, we enable the good-feeling cycle to keep going. There is a term “Helpers High” which refers to the production of the ‘feel good’ hormone, dopamine, which is released when we do something kind for another.

Grow from Adversity
Gratitude allows us to shift our perception and therefore allow us to perceive adversity and struggles as not a negative, but a lesson or an opportunity for growth. We are more likely to see the positive in a negative situation when we are adapt at cultivating a sense of gratitude.

Living with gratitude is simply a shift in mindset. It’s an “I get to” instead of “I have too” attitude. It’s seeing the good in all things, big and small. It’s choosing to see lessons in adversity, instead of being a victim. It’s appreciating all of the things that we often take for granted. Its finding joy in simplicity, seeking out pockets of happiness where we would once overlook.

When we can find gratitude in the simplest of moments, we no longer need to live in anticipation of the next big thing to bring us joy, because we can feel it in every single moment, of every single day.