The most creative, highly successful and utterly powerful people who have ever walked the face of the earth all have one incredible secret in common. And it’s not their luck in life, their bank balance or even their natural talent that has got them there- it’s their daily rituals.
These rituals help them to feel positive, healthy and strong from the moment their open their eyes, and also help them to enjoy a laser focus on the part of their life that matter most, and move skilfully towards them.
Excitingly, we too can use this secret to supercharge our own lives so we too can become just as happy, productive and successful as the likes of O’Keeffe, Branson and Obama. And best of all, because they’re rituals, we don’t have to exert too much willpower or even effort to gain full benefits.
Here are the top eight daily rituals that will propel you towards success.
#1. Outline Your MITS
Outlining your most important tasks, or MITs, is the most single most effective way you can be as productive as possible and move towards ticking those essential tasks off the ‘to do’ list! It doesn’t matter what your day looks like- as long as you make this daily ritual part of your morning, you’re more likely to actually get all that stuff done, even if you’ve been procrastinating about it for days!
No longer will you feel overwhelmed with those endless tasks and deadlines that can really slow you down, but instead ease into your day calmly with incredible focus and motivation.
Ask yourself, which three tasks are vital to complete today? Which support your long-term goals and will help you move closer towards them? Write them down and do them!
#2: Be Grateful
Starting the day with a positive attitude of gratitude and you will feel much happier and achieve more with your day. Why? Because the more you look for the positive things in your life, the less you notice the negative and you will feel happier and more content as a result.
As soon as you open your eyes, take a few moments to consider what lights up your life.
What are you grateful for?
You could include anything such as, ‘I’m grateful today is Saturday and I don’t have to go to work’ to ‘I’m grateful for a healthy and strong body’ or ‘I’m grateful for a loving relationship’.
#3: Be Your Own Cheerleader
A great way to increase your self-empowerment and help boost your confidence is to make daily affirmations a part of your morning routine. They will help reinforce your personal vision for life and show you that you really are taking steps to achieve it. When you can see that all of your daily actions (no matter how small) all add up to a bigger picture of success, you will enjoy the reward you need to keep moving towards it.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to create those affirmations! What positive messages could you remind yourself of every day? Try these out for size:
- “My self-confidence and sense of self is increasing every day”
- “I am happy and healthy in body and mind”
- “I am losing weight the easy way and will soon fit into my favourite jeans”
You can write these affirmations into a positivity journal, or if words really aren’t your thing, you could consider drawing, painting or even creating music to express these ideas.
Meditation works by calming your sympathetic nervous system and reducing the impact that stress has upon your body and mind, making it a perfect morning ritual to develop. You’ll also think more clearly, feel (almost) as calm as a Buddhist monk enjoy the focus of a ninja, the memory skills of an elephant and you’ll be on the right track to become the best possible version of you.
This isn’t just the stuff of New Age myth- recent studies back up these claims, demonstrating that even short-term meditation training can improve your attention and self-regulation. So imagine what it could do for your entire life if you made it a habit?
#5: Scrape That Tongue!
Have you ever wished you could get rid of that horrible ‘morning breath’ quickly so you can stop feeling embarrassed and instead enjoy your day? If so, then tongue scraping is the answer. Simply pull a specially-designed tool over your tongue several times to remove that horrible white coating and lift the bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells that can accumulate. This will help boost your immune system, improve your digestion and help your food taste significantly better.
#6: Drink A Refreshing Glass of Lemon Water
Kick-start your metabolism, your digestive system, and your body and brain by drinking a long cool class of lemon water soon after waking up. This simple habit will help you alkalize your body, boost your energy, improve your memory and motivation, eliminate headaches and even help you lose weight, so you’d be a food not to give it a go. Our brains are 90% water so it really does make sense to keep it in tip-top shape.
#7: Get Up Earlier!
As they say “The early bird catches the worm”. So if you want to supercharge your morning routine and transform your life, you should consider setting your alarm a couple of hours earlier and witness the magic that happens.
Fans of the 5am starts say that getting up earlier helps carve out essential ‘you’ time in which you can get inspired, practice your daily rituals, learn a new skill, work on a new project, or simply take time to chill before the madness of the day hits.
Science also backs up these claims- when we tune ourselves in to the earth’s natural circadian rhythms in this way, we feel better, perform better and even sleep better. Of course, you don’t have to get up quite that early for results- why not try setting your alarm for 30 minutes earlier tomorrow?
#8: Listen to Uplifting Music
Start the day with a smile on your face by listening to some uplifting and energizing tunes. Because it’s all too easy to forget just how great music can make us feel- that seems to get lost somehow as our lives get increasingly hectic.
But if you make music part of your daily ritual you will lift your spirits, supercharge your energy levels and positivity and feel empowered to make the best of the day.
If you really want to fulfill your true potential, achieve all of those goals and claim the life of your dreams it’s time to make daily rituals a central part of your morning.