Welcome to day 1! Let’s get right into it.

Today I want to talk a little bit about what makes morning routines so important to success.

But first – what is a morning routine? 

When the alarm clock goes off, and you wake up, but just long enough to hit the snooze button for the third time – and you do this every day – that’s part of your morning routine. If the first thing you do every day after waking up is pull out your phone or laptop to check your email and your Facebook feed – that’s part of your morning routine. Essentially a morning routine is anything you do immediately upon waking up.

Morning routines can easily be overlooked – especially in the quiet hours of the early day when the covers still feel nice and warm, and the air still feels a little too cold to embrace. It can seem easier, and of no real consequence, to just get up whenever you want and charge through the day marking off your list of to-dos. If everything gets done, what’s the difference, right?

But it’s never about what we can do, it’s about what we will do, consistently, over time.

Motivation is what makes us move, but motivation isn’t permanent. It needs to be fed and replenished constantly. If not, it fades and eventually, so will our desire and willingness to work hard for those things we want. This is the unfortunate fate of most New Year’s resolutions.

Morning routines allow our hearts, bodies, and minds to replenish and reconnect with our purpose and our desires. Once we take the time to remember that what we want most in this world is to make a difference in people’s lives or to be an example of light and love, we become invigorated once again, and those to-do lists seem less difficult because we’re moving with purpose. It’s a very different feeling than when we’re just going through the motions.

It’s also important that our morning routine balances our need for nurture with our current lifestyle and levels of motivation, else it may be hard to stick to over time. Today we’ll focus on four areas we should consider when creating our routine. Later this week we’ll address motivation and lifestyle concerns.

Dreams and Goals:
Dreams, we all have them. They are sources of inspiration in our lives. No matter where we are today, we know that tomorrow can be better. We make plans and hope against hope that this time it works out for us. And it can be, but – we need to understand what it takes to see a plan through to the end first. Goals are nice, but without the proper daily motivation, the goal falls flat. A good morning routine provides that daily dose of fuel and energy needed to chase your dreams with passion and patience, one day at a time – which is what it’ll take to reach them, eventually.

Mind and Emotions:
You know the saying, ‘he woke up on the wrong side of the bed’? Well, that guy had a bad morning routine. Most of us don’t realize the power we have over the way we think and feel. We tend to allow circumstances to control our thoughts and emotions – which is a recipe for disaster! If a loved one wakes up in a bad mood and is snappy as a result, it puts us in a bad mood. If we turn on the TV and hear a troubling story on the news, that sets the emotional tone for the rest of our day. This doesn’t have to be the case. You can decide how you want to feel and make it so.

The Body and Exercise:
Our bodies are made to move. We need to stretch it, flex it and sweat it out. Forgoing exercise doesn’t only wreak havoc on your body in the long term, the way you process thoughts and feelings are immediately affected. This doesn’t mean you have to run five miles a day to stay fit or turn into a reverse warrior, downward dog, Lululemon-wearing yogini. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about doing your best to meet your needs every day.

Our ability to think clearly and feel good is largely dependent on what’s happening in our bodies. If you’re not getting the right nutrition, every other aspect of your life will be affected. If your body doesn’t receive the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, it may leave you feeling sluggish and irritable, unmotivated and even depressed! Our emotions are not always our own; they can also be the result of an imbalance in our bodies. Starting the day with good nutrition is necessary to keep you feeling your best so you can be your best.

Creating a morning routine that addresses each of these areas of concern will keep you refreshed and place you in the best possible position to be your most productive self. String a group of days together, and it’s a recipe for knocking down any goal you set your sights on. And it all starts with what you do when you first wake up!

Well, that’s it for today.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s lesson!