We're going to talk about that precious first 60 to 90 minutes of your day.
What should you do?
Once you wake up, two things you shouldn't do is 1) grab your phone. You don't need to check into social media, or check your email, or check in the news first thing in the morning. Why would you want to do that? Why would you want to enter the world of negativity and drama after you've just woken up?
First of all side note here, go on a news fast. I haven't looked at the news in about six weeks and I feel great just like Tony the Tiger, okay. So don't check email, don't check social media and don't check the news in the first 60 to 90 minutes of waking up.
The second thing I don't want you to do is rush. Allow yourself enough time. So when your alarm clock goes off, hopefully, you wake up before the alarm clock goes off. You wake up and you're refreshed. So what do you do when you wake up?
Well after you take a bio break because most people have to do a bio break, first thing in the morning, here's some ideas of what you can do.
Number one: read something inspirational.
Now, this could be the Bible, it could be the Quran, it could be a classic book, like, Think and Grow rich or How to Win Friends and Influence People, or how to Stop worrying or and Start Living. Read something inspirational.
Number two: maybe pray. Or if that's not your thing, maybe meditate, or that's not your thing. Maybe sit in silence for a while.
I mean, we want to transition from bedtime to alertness, consciousness, awakefulness without stressing ourselves out.
So read something inspirational. Now, when I say read something inspirational, I don't mean like a sentence. I don't mean a tweet. Because remember, we're not going to go check our phone first thing. Something that is really going to edify you. Equip you for the day.
Then I want you to either pray, meditate or sit in silence.
Now silence is something we don't do a lot of. So I want to talk about that for a few minutes.
Our bodies, our lives are constantly in motion. We're always looking around. We're always listening to things. We're always talking to people. We're always consuming all this stuff bombarding us. But it's really awkward when we sit in silence. When's the last time you sat in silence? I mean, literally. I don't mean silently scrolling through social media, or silently checking your email. I mean, you just sit there. Maybe you're on your back porch and you're looking out at the lawn or maybe you have a woods in the back of your house and you look at the woods or maybe you look at the sky and the clouds, and you're just not thinking about anything. You're just quiet. When's the last time you gave yourself that gift? If it has been a while, maybe you're overdue. Maybe it's time that you start gifting yourself moments of silence every day now.
This is something that's not going to hurt you. It may be challenging because you may have little ones that wake up in the morning, or your house is full chaos in the morning, find the time, especially in the morning to give to yourself. Silence, it will serve you well, I promise you.
Another thing that I recommend you do that I do every day is write out your goals. On paper, in pen, in your own handwriting. It's not enough just to think about your goals and go "oh, someday I'd like to", "someday I'm going to". No, write down your goals and don't worry about getting the goals perfect. Just write down your goals. What are your dreams and desires?
And here's a tip I'll give you. I use Brendan Bouchard's High Performance Planner. You don't have to use that one, although I highly recommend it. But write down your goals every day in the planner, not on your phone. Remember, we're not grabbing our phone yet. I want you to write down your goals. But I don't want you to review what you wrote yesterday. Okay? I don't want you to turn back to yesterday and then write them verbatim because this is not going to cement into your brain. You can use a legal pad for all I care. I don't care. Just write your goals down. But don't look at the previous days. Just say okay, what's on my heart today? Because guess what? I know you're going to find this hard to believe, maybe not, but your goals are going to change as time goes on. So write your goals.
I actually write my goals in the morning and I write my goals before I go to bed. And when I write my goals again, before I go to bed, I actually cover up my morning goals. I don't want to be influenced by what I wrote this morning. I hope that make sense to you. So write and review your goals daily.
The next thing is I want you to either plan your day or if you already planned your day, the day before, I want you to review it. Okay? So before you put it on your iPhone, or your smartphone, I want you to take time and say, "okay, what's already on my schedule for the day? Okay, I'm going to work nine hours today. I've already got four hours allocated. What am I going to do with that other five hours? Well, I probably should get a workout in probably should work. I probably should, you know, take a break here and there or lunch or something like that. Maybe do some meditation".
Fill in your schedule. Because what gets scheduled gets done. You don't want to just put the real events on your calendar. Because what's going to happen is what's going to happen when you're not on that coaching call or you're not on that podcast interview? What are you going to do? If you haven't taken the time to plan, probably you're going to goof off on social media and we don't want to happen.
Finally, the fifth idea I have for you is move.
Now I don't care if you do push-ups or you go for a walk because the dog needs to go for a walk or you go for a run, go for a swim, you go for a bike ride you get on your stationary bike, I don't care what you do. You can do jumping jacks for all I care. Move!
Our bodies were designed to move. Our bodies were not designed to stay sedentary.
I shared this story before. My mom has been diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimer's. She's got it really, really bad. And her mother had Alzheimer's for the last 40 years of her life. The two things they had in common was they didn't move. And because I'm my parents only son, I actually got an opportunity to talk to my mom's neuropsychologist who told me that research is showing that people, even if Alzheimer's runs in the family, who stay active may never get Alzheimer's. Because what they're finding out is as we age, we don't move. And so the veins and the arteries becomes become a calcified in their heads and they think that causes Alzheimer's. And by staying active every day, well, we keep our veins and arteries supple, which is important for brain health.
It's one of the reasons why I run every day since August 29, 2017. I have run every single day. I don't run to train for a marathon. I just run because I enjoy it and because I want to take care of myself. So moving is really important.
Now if you're not used to moving in the morning, you may want to consult your doctor because I'm not going to tell you to do something put yourself at risk. Okay, but you need to move. There's the old joke that I do one push up. I do one sit-up a day, I do half and I wake up and half when I go to bed. Hopefully, you get that joke! But you gotta move. Don't hurt yourself. But move. This could be a leisurely walk around your block or down the street, whatever the case may be. I'm not saying run a marathon tomorrow, but I'm saying move.