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CREATE an empowering morning routine

Posted on: December 3rd, 2018

Welcome to the second episode of the Lifestyle Breakthroughs podcast! You can listen to the episode on Soundcloud and Apple Podcasts, or you can read the episode below. Enjoy!

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/lifestylebreakthroughs/ep-2-create-an-empowering

Apple Podcasts – https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/the-lifestyle-breakthroughs-podcast/id1425492109?mt=2

FULL Script – 

All successful people that I know of have a morning routine. Having a morning routine is super important, because it sets the tone for your day. 

When you start the morning in a focused and inspiring way, this sets the tone for the rest of your day. 

It is up to you how you fill in your morning but here is what I recommend. 

First of all, wake up early. 5am is great and not too early, if you can, 4am is even better. Or perhaps you need more sleep and decide to wake up at 6am. 

You all know the saying: the early bird catches the worm. And Benjamin Franklin said: early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy & wise! 

Stick with this time for every day of the week. It makes it so much easier for yourself until it becomes your habit and you look forward to wake up at this time. 

Secondly, When you hear your alarm, don’t hit the snooze button, get out of bed and make up your bed immediately. 

Why?

Well, when you do this, you have accomplished two tasks already: you woke up early and you made up your bed! Check, check! Two goals achieved. It may sound silly and stupid, but it sets the tone for achieving other tasks. You are already successful and other tasks will get the same success energy from you. 

After you have done this, I recommend drinking two glasses of ice cold water, with some lemon in it if possible, to help you start you day healthy and to detox your body rapidly. 

That’s it, the simple 3:

  1. Wake up without snooze
  2. Make up your bed and
  3. Drink cold water.

It’s that simple. It makes you feel awake, successful and relaxed. And it only takes 1 minute!

On the other hand, What do unsuccessful people do? Their alarm goes off, they hit the snooze button and go back to bed. They wake up a couple of hours later, sluggish, and still feel tired. If you really need some more sleep, I found it’s still better to wake up early, but take a little half hour nap around noon, you benefit much more from this than when you wake up still tired, not having achieved your simple 3 in the early morning. 

This is called polyphasic sleeping, I can do a whole episode on this and maybe I will, but for now you can just take my word or google it if you wanna know more about the benefits of this. 

After you have done your simple 3, wake up early, make up your bed and drink cold water, you can start your morning routine, depending on the lifestyle that you have or want. 

Independent of what this is, I found that successful people have some sort of guiding process. They are grateful for what they have and feel this sense of gratitude. They also breathe like a grateful person, deep and calm, with a smile on their face. 

After this, they visualize their success for a few minutes as already accomplished. They see their goals as already achieved and they step into this. And from this 

One thing I used to do but not anymore in the morning is meditation. Why? Well, I love to meditate, but if you just woke up and listen to meditation music, chances are, and this happened to me a lot, that you go right back to sleep for a few hours, even after the meditation has finished. And you go like: but I woke up early? What happened these past few hours? 

 If that’s not you, great, go for it. But if you’re like me and still feel a bit sleepy in the morning, choose for breathing, focusing and gratitude to start your day, instead of doing calming meditations, which are great for evening by the way. 

A great guided exercise for this is Tony Robbins priming exercise. Just google it or look it up on YouTube. It’s a very powerful 15-minute morning routine that you can enjoy after your simple 3 to start your day well. 

Finally, it’s great when you wake up early, but make sure you have something important to do! When I just started out, I woke up early, I started my day well. But I had nothing to do! 

So I realized I needed a list of priorities to do, ready on my desk, that I had made the night before. So I didn’t have to do this in the morning, I knew what I had to work on the night before, so when I slept my mind already started to work on it. 

I could combine these and these tasks, I could outsource this and this, if I did my tasks such and such way it would have a higher impact. So in the morning I had a clear focus to work on for the day. 

So to summarize this episode: wake up early, at 5am if possible or even earlier if you can. Start with your simple 3: wake up early, make up your bed and drink cold water. This will only take a minute or so. Then do your morning routine, which should only be about 15 minutes. Tony Robbins priming exercise is great. And then start your day with your priorities, that you have prepared the night before. 

Good luck and let me know how you go!

Love and wisdom, 

Bart

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