Your “Early Morning Success Ritual” is one of the most important acts of discipline you can practice. It is the foundation of a productive day. What you do first thing in the morning sets the tone for the entire day.
Strong early morning success ritual = strong day.
Mornings have consequences.
What you do first thing in the morning has a ripple effect on the rest of the day.
Why don’t people go to the trouble to develop a E.M.S.R that really works?
They don’t realize the value + laziness
“The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day” – Henry Ward Beecher
“Million dollar habit”
Reason 1: Weak Ambition or Motivation
If you’re not that ambitious, if you don’t have huge goals, then it’s real easy to not think the morning matters. Why not stay up late, wake up late, and just go through the motions?
Some people think they are not a morning person. I think this is B.S. Over the years I have found that people with a well designed E.M.S.R. and a big enough WHY, will be motivated to wake up early…regardless of how they’ve labeled themselves in the past. I have converted many, many individuals who once described themselves as “not morning people.”
Fix: Have HUGE goals and know your WHY.
Reason 2: No Clear Focus
Problem: You wake up early to start your morning routine, but once you are up, you don’t have a plan for what you are going to do.
What constitutes a successful E.M.S.R.?
What has to happen for you to consider your Early Morning Success Ritual to be optimal?
If you don’t have a clear focus you will be scattered. You will be thinking about what you should do next, and you will probably fall out of the habit before it locks into place.
Design an E.M.S.R. that is fun, fresh, productive, and engaging.
The three main areas I encourage you to engage are:
- Spiritual -> devotion, prayer, bible study, review bible verse, meditating, gratitude
- Directional -> looking at goals, short term and/or long term, reviewing personal mission statement, affirmations
- Physical -> some kind of movement, workout, stretch, walk
Fix: Have a clear plan for WHAT you will do and WHEN you will do it
Reason 3: Lack of preparation
Get ready for you morning routine the night before
“Set the table”
Be obsessive with your preparation. If you are going to workout in the morning, set out your workout clothes. If you are going to journal, or review your goals, make sure you have those items located, organized, and available for use in the morning when you might be a bit groggy.
The idea is to minimize the number of decisions you have to make in the morning.
If you can do any chores the night before instead of waiting until the morning, go ahead and get them done.
Fix: Get everything ready so there is no setup, no hunting for what you need, and no decision-making in the morning.
You must get sufficient sleep, preferably optimal sleep. Choose your bedtime based on the time you must get up to not be rushed during your E.M.S.R.
If you feel groggy or tired when you wake up to do your E.M.S.R., do it anyway. Over time it will become easier and easier to get up…and will help you fall asleep easier that night.
-To overcome weak motivation, remind yourself of the value of getting up early and grounding yourself.
-To clarify your focus, decide what you want to accomplish before most people wake up.
-To overcome lack of preparation, make a checklist and execute early the night before.