The way you structure your morning can make all the difference to your day. You are setting the mind up for what’s to come both consciously and subconsciously. You are priming yourself to get to work and moving towards your long term goals. Even if you don’t have that much time to spare in the mornings, you should aim to do these six things, recommended by Hal Elrod, and you’ll be moving in the right direction!
The Six Minute Morning Routine
Hal Elrod outlined six simple steps that you can take every morning. As simple as those steps were, he ran into the same complication time and time again as he tried to teach his peers.
“I don’t have the time.”
“I can’t dedicate that much time to my morning.”
“I am not a morning person.”
Whilst, excuses can always be overcome, he wanted to show that it doesn’t need to take your whole morning to perform these six steps. In fact, it can take just six minutes.
Here is an example of a 6-minute routine that could transform your morning. This is perfect for those days when you’re extra busy and pressed for time, or for those of you that may be feeling overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you have going on right now, that an extra thing is just too much. I think we can all agree, it’s certainly worth investing a measly six minutes into developing ourselves each morning. At least give it a try and then you may see how powerful it can be!
The First Minute – Let the Silence Begin
Envision opening your eyes in the morning, and rather than chaotically tumbling into your manic morning – overcome with pressure and manic thoughts – suppose you, instead, allowed yourself to float into a single minute of purposeful silence. Allowing yourself to drift into the present moment, breathing effortlessly as you remember what it is like to be alive. You may take that time to practice gratitude for some of the things you feel lucky to have. You may choose to spend that time in pure meditation. But in that single minute – you allow yourself to feel your breath and to be present – in control.
The Second Minute – Self Belief
It’s so important to remind ourselves of who we are, of our values, our beliefs and what we stand for. Sometimes we can get lost in the everyday. We forget who we are. It’s now time to pull out our affirmations. A simple list of traits we want to manifest in ourselves. Forget the cheesy, cliche, affirmations – this is a time for truly reminding our subconscious of who we want to be.
Read the list out loud from top to bottom. As you do this, allow the words to drift inside. Feel them. By doing this, you speak to your reticular activating system – as you come to make decisions throughout your day you are now more likely to abide by those affirmations. After all, humans love to be consistent.
The Third Minute – Visualise Your Goals
A fresh taste of those things you truly desire can set you on the road to achieving those things much like a sniffer dog tracing the scent back to the source. Close your eyes, or look at your vision board (if you have one). Start to imagine and visualise how your day is going to go, how you interact and smile with people, how you move closer to your goals. Think about it with every sense as if it were real.
The Fourth Minute – The Magic of Writing
Now pull out your journal and take a moment to write down three things you feel gratitude for. After that, write down three things that you are committed to working towards that day. It does not need to be the greatest thing in the world. It can be simple. But it must be attainable and push you towards your long term goals.
The Fifth Minute – Reading Time
One minute to read? Yes, sure. Grab a book off your shelf. Swiftly cut to a section of interest and take something of value in. Even a simple minute perusing a book can leave you with something to think about as you get dressed for your day.
The Sixth Minute – Get Your Heart Racing
The big finale of the six minute morning is to get into your body. Motion creates emotion and you have to get yourself moving to start to feel more energised. Take an exercise of your choice – press ups, jumping jacks, squats…
Spend just one minute and do as many as you can. Take in air deep into your lungs and feel your body move. You’ll feel a lot more energised and ready to get on top of your day!
How would YOU feel if that’s the 6-minute you started your day with? How would the quality of your day—your life—improve?