The best athletes in the world create rituals.
This is not news. There are many studies that show that the best athletes have specific rituals that they build in during months and years of training that enables them to reach high performance.
The trick though is that many of us ordinary folk also need to be in high performance each and everyday. And rituals, quite simply, make high performance a more automatic and regular occurrence. … they make us productive.
One of the most important rituals, I believe, is how you start your day.
Do you start clear of mind?
Do you start optimistic (but realistic) about the day?
Do you start having a game plan for day … such that by the end of the day, you know you did what you needed and wanted to do?
The best way to start of your day is to have a morning ritual … a morning routine.
And I would start with a simple one because the first thing to do when building a routine is to have a consistent trigger that you respond to in the same way each and every time.
And here’s the good news … you already have one for the morning!
It could be getting out of bed.
Or it could be brushing your teeth.
Whatever the case is, figure out what you trigger for your morning routine is and then tack on your morning routine from there.
Here are some ideas:
- Reading motivational quotes
- Reciting your mantra
- Doing a gratitude journaling session
- Having breakfast with your family, at the table
- Asking yourself that one important question such as: “Am I doing what I love? If not, what would I really rather be doing.”
- Having a quiet cup of coffee
- Having a cup of coffee with your significant other
- A quick run
- A walk outside
And the list goes on.
The important thing to remember is to select the routine that sets you up for the best attitude throughout your day AND it should be something you will also enjoy.
And what you’ll start to find is that the minute the trigger occurs, you’ll slip into the mindset shift and enjoyment … regardless of what happened the day before.
I do a very simple ritual which kicks off when I start brushing my teeth. And I share it now here:
- What is one thing you are grateful yesterday? Be specific. Think about at least 3 reasons why you are grateful for it.
- What is one thing you are looking forward to today? Be specific. Imagine how you will feel when you have accomplished it.
- Carpe Diem!