Whether you want to lose weight, want more energy, need nutrition tips – whatever the reason – there is something in this for everyone. I’m going to talk about how in just six minutes a day you can conquer the battlefield of the morning routine. Why do we want to conquer it? Because if we can conquer the mornings when we’re trying to be the healthiest, most energetic version of ourselves, the rest will just fall into place.
Do you ever wake up and feel like you are running a million miles a minute, but your day hasn’t really even started? Most of the time, how our morning starts is the way the rest of our day will go too. You know how sometimes you see someone (or yourself) and think, “Man, they woke up on the wrong side of bed and they just need to go back and start over.” There’s a reason they (or we) have that mindset. It’s because when we start off our day stressed out, mad, or with dozens of things on our to do list and we haven’t even brushed our teeth, it sets the wrong tone for the day.
When we start off our day stressed out, mad, or with dozens of things on our to do list and we haven't even brushed our teeth, it sets the wrong tone for the day.
Starting Off the Morning on the Right Foot
So, what we really need to do is set us up powerfully so when we do start our morning, whether it’s with the things that we had planned on, or the unexpected, we can still enjoy our day. I like to encourage people, especially if they are new to this morning routine thing, to write on their mirror with a dry erase marker. Write something like “I’m beautiful,” “I’ve got this day,” etc. As crazy as it sounds, your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between what’s occurring and what’s real. So, if you set a positive tone for the day, you set yourself up for a whole day that’s positive. If you leave that same message on the mirror for a while and stop noticing it, it’s time to change it up to something new so that it will catch your attention again.
Also, consider playing some upbeat music in the morning. It took me forever to get on board with streaming music. At Christmas I got an Echo Dot for upstairs and it took me two months to get it set up. Now when I get up, I’m blaring worship music and wondering where music has been my entire life (because it seems like forever since I jammed out to some tunes). I am rediscovering how important music is for uplifting our souls.
Maybe you listen to music, or you have a favorite video clip that you watch first thing to get you uplifted. Whatever it is, do something uplifting, because if you just keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. I know it seems almost too easy and it almost is. But what is easy to do is easy not to do, so jump in and experience the miracle of this simple and enjoyable way to start off on the right track.
My Miracle Morning Start
I know it’s way easier to say you’re going to change up your morning routine than it is to actually do it. So, I want to share with you what I did that really cemented how I started doing my mornings. It’s called the Miracle Morning. It’s a book by Hal Elrod, and I’ll be honest that I didn’t read it all the way to the end, but I use several things out of it, reference it often, and use it a lot in my coaching.
I started this two years or so ago and I started and stopped, started and stopped, and now I do it 100 percent of the time and it has changed me deep in my core. So, understand that if you start and stop something, whether it is exercising more, eating healthier, having a better morning routine, or whatever it is, just because you start and stop doesn’t mean you are failing. You’re still building the foundation little by little. In that time, you are adding tools to your belt. You’re learning what is working and what isn’t, and what tweaks you need to make to succeed and make it stick. As long as you make the tweaks and keep moving forward, you will succeed!
Before Miracle Morning I would hear people talk about affirmations and visualizing positive things – all these bits and pieces, but in the book it all got put together. The author actually recommends an hour each morning, but he says that if you can’t fathom that much time, you can still accomplish a great start to your morning in just six minutes.
So, I want to share with you those tips he shares for that six minutes, but first, I want to address the “I’m too busy to take time for myself” issue. Who out there feels like they don’t have enough time, not even for six minutes? What does your “too busy” look like? Are you too busy to exercise? Too busy to meal plan? Too busy to fix nutritious meals? We all have so much to do that it is IMPERATIVE that we stop and be silent. Stop and be still. We must replenish ourselves. And I get it, it is soooo hard, but once you make the time you will find you actually have MORE time.
We all have so much to do that it is IMPERATIVE that we stop and be silent. Stop and be still. We must replenish ourselves.
Those Six Day-Changing Minutes
Can six minutes really change things? Yes! So please, carve out some time in the morning and give this six minutes. One minute for each step. You can, of course, spend more than one minute on each step, but give each one at least one minute because it can really change the trajectory of your entire day and ultimately your life.
- Write – Write things you need to get out of your head. You don’t need a fancy journal or paper. Write it on scratch paper if you want to. But write some positive statements. Write your feelings. Don’t write your to-do list. That’s not what this time is for. Write a note to God. Write some healthy meals and snacks. Just write whatever comes to mind for one minute.
- Read – I would encourage you in this time to read something that is going to help you grow. Something about whatever it is that you want to get better at. This isn’t the time to read your work email. Read something from the Bible, a daily devotion, one of my longer nutrition posts or blogs. It can be anything, for one minute.
- Be Silent – This isn’t silence where you are thinking or praying. This is the time to be silent and focus on your breathing. Maybe you already do this, but if you don’t, this is a baby step toward meditation. It’s crazy how just 60 seconds of complete silence in your mind can catapult you into a more positive day.
- Exercise – I know it sounds really funny to exercise for just one minute, but it can still get your heart pumping and your blood flowing. Do high knees, pushups, jumping jacks, a combination of several things. Whatever you choose, just move for one minute. This increases your endorphins and gets you going for a powerful day.
- Affirmations – This could go along with the writing that you did earlier if you wrote down some positive things. Affirmations are literally just telling yourself positive things but speaking them as if they are true in the present tense. Speak life into things that are truthful and things that you want to be truthful. “I am beautiful.” “I am strong.” “I am confident.” “I am a size (insert GOAL size here).”
- Visualization – I’ll be honest. This is the hardest one for me. Maybe it will be the easiest for you, but it isn’t for me. What is your visual? Is it that slimmer, more confident, more energetic you? Is it you in a dress seeing yourself in the mirror and being happy and proud? Is it you on vacation with your family laughing? You with the love of your life walking hand in hand? What is it? Spend one minute visualizing what it is and what is to come. You don’t have to know the how. This is simply your time to dream freely.
Yes, I’m serious.
Six minutes each morning really can change the trajectory of your entire life.
Will you give yourself these six minutes each morning and see what changes it can make to your day and life? I know that you deserve it and I have experienced the changes it can make deep in your soul. I challenge you to see what it can do for you too!