How you start your day is how you live your day. How you live your day is how you live your life.
Every successful person I’ve met has a morning ritual. Tony Robbins, Oprah, Louise Hay – they’ve all talked about how important the first few moments out of bed are because it sets the tone for the entire day. I’ve been a solopreneur for a few years now, and I’ve learned that the way I start my day affects my productivity, my health, my mood and my business. (That’s a lot of my life on the line for such a tiny, little part of my day!).
AND the way that you and I live our lives as individuals shapes our community as a whole. We see it every day: a stranger smiles at you on the street and it instantly lifts your mood; a car lets you ahead in rush hour traffic and you give a small nod in appreciation; someone at work stops to tell you how you inspired them to try a yoga class and now they feel healthier and more alive.
Every action we take creates a ripple, and it all starts with getting up on the “right side” of bed. It allows us to be intentional in the way we shape our lives and our community.
Here are a few ways I begin my morning that have been game changers for my happiness and success:
Spend 3-5 minutes visualizing how you want the day to go (best case scenario). You are more powerful than you think, and if you can take a minute to direct your mind, it will take care of the details and the how.
Drink 2-3 glasses of water (with lemon if possible). Your body gets dehydrated through the night and needs water to get going. It cleanses your system, wakes up your organs and keeps your cells functioning at optimum levels.
Say thank you. If you can appreciate something in the first thought you have every morning, your life will improve drastically. There is so much to be grateful for that we take for granted: thanks for your bed, a job, and for the fresh air you’re breathing.
Move. Your body always speaks to you. If you take care of it, it will take care of you. Spend a few minutes to do some yoga or exercise early in your day.
Your brain will have a surge of fresh oxygen, which makes you more alert and productive at work.
Confession: I’m not perfect at doing all of this all the time, but the results are amazing when I can stick to these starters.
And how about you: What do you do to start your day with positive momentum? I’d love to hear!
Sending you lots of love and encouragement!
Erin DiAngelis is a health to wealth coach, speaker and yogi. She specializes in helping clients heal their relationship with their body and food, without dieting, so they can create more money, love and happiness in their lives. When she’s not coaching, you can find her running on the beach, planning her next travel adventure, or doing yoga. You can connect with her at www.erindiangelis.com.