The last thing I want, is to add something else to your day. And I know at first glance, this may feel like just another thing to add to your to-do list. But, I believe this step will help you gain clarity and focus, which will allow you to do less rather than more. It’s all about quality over quantity.
Carve Out Reflective Time in Our Day
I know the mornings can feel like an extremely busy time. Many of us get up, grab a cup of joe and hit the road running. I used to be up at 5:45 and out the door just after 6 with a mug of Irish tea and bowl of oatmeal… With my work bag and workout bag in tow.
My guess is that there are many who can relate to that scenario. The alarm goes off and we either hit snooze as a way to pause the inevitable or we wake up and GO!!!! .
What I’d like to encourage is that we try a different approach.
Rather than waking up when we have to in order to meet our responsibilities, I’d like to encourage you to wake up earlier so that you have an extra 5-10 minutes for quiet, reflective time for ourselves.
Shift Your Operating System
It becomes so easy to go on autopilot, that this one simple gesture can really allow us to slow down and look at the big picture. It’s especially useful when you’re feeling stuck or when you want to take things to the next level.
During our Morning Ritual, I’d like you to write down your intention for the day. How do you want to feel? The simple task of setting an intention for the day can serve as a compass for your mind, body and heart. It can provide direction and serve as a personal GPS system that reminds you to align your values, feelings and intentions to the choices you make. Thus shifting your “operating system” from a reactive model to a proactive one.
Make It Happen
For myself, after many years of eating breakfast in my car, I decided to slow down, wake up earlier and give myself time to sit at my counter and eat my breakfast. It was during this time that I would pull out The Daily Practice and write down my intention for the day.
Since this ritual was attached to my new morning/breakfast routine, I found that I didn’t skip it…unless I skipped breakfast, which was rare. I’ve since adjusted this ritual a bit to fit more with my current lifestyle, but this was my starting point.
The most important thing is to keep things simple and attach the act of writing down your intention for the day to something you do every morning. Maybe you get up and go for a run. You can write down your Intention for the day while doing some stretches after your run. And here’s some great stretches to do!
Maybe you shower every morning. You can record your intention for the day after drying off from your shower.
The Main Theme…Take Care of You!
Even if it’s just 5 minutes. This small gesture sends a strong message to you and those around you of your self-worth. And you are worth it!