I am a morning person.
You have no idea how weird it is to say that. I’ve never been a morning person. I’ve always been the one who stays up as late as he can, just to read the book, play the game, surf the web, or just stay awake a few minutes longer. No longer. So, how did I do it?
Think back to the last time you woke up excited and ready to go. Was it the morning of a vacation trip? A birthday? Was it back as a child waiting for Christmas morning when you couldn’t bear the excitement of waiting a moment longer?
We wake up energized when we are excited for what happens in the morning. It’s as simple as that.
The thing that helped me realize this was a book my coach, Jodi Phillips, recommended I read. It’s called The Miracle Morning.
The Miracle Morning takes 6 of the best self-development practices and starts your morning with all of them. A typical morning looks like this:
- 5 Minutes Meditating
- 5 Minutes of Affirmations
- 5 Minutes Visualizing Goals
- 10-20 Minutes Exercising
- 5-15 Minutes Reading
- 5-10 Minutes Writing
Most folks will do one or two of these a day. Beginning your day with all 6 super-charges your morning and puts you in a fantastic growth mindset.
Try it once. Set your intention the night before or you won’t have the energy. What goals will you visualize? What will you read and write?
If you don’t want to wake up an hour early (it’s really not that hard once you experience how awesome this day is) then do half an hour or even just 6 minutes. One minute for each activity.
Personalize it. Don’t do these activities just because I said so. Take a personal development practice that matters to you and do that. I’ve added working memory exercises and a strategy game called Tak to many of my mornings. Make it yours.
I’m a morning person. So are you.