The alarm clock startles you, and for a moment, you don’t know where you are. Then you realize that despite feeling like you didn’t sleep a wink last night, it’s time to face the day. Whether you’ve got an important meeting or need to take the kids to school, use these 3 powerful techniques to ensure you start the day with a bang.
1. Jump out of bed immediately
As soon as the alarm rings, immediately jump out of bed. Don’t wait 5 minutes. Don’t idly lay there coming to terms with the new day, get out of bed. As soon as your feet touch the ground, I want you to powerfully swing your arms out whilst looking upwards and howl “WHOOOOO”.
Put all of your energy into it and go through the whole sequence three times.
This simple mind/body technique that I call ‘I Have The Power’ will instantaneously alter your internal state by immediately sending a signal to your brain and nervous system that you are awake, alert, and ready to rock. Just make sure to do it silently if someone is sleeping.
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin
2. Take a hot and cold shower
You might be afraid to try this, but once you give it a go the results will speak for themselves. Following your announcement to the world that you are here “WHOOOO”, jump in the shower and turn it up as hot as you can take it for 2 minutes. Don’t scold yourself but make it hot enough so that you have to move the spray to different body parts.
After 2 minutes, turn the shower to maximum cold. I know what you are thinking, why on earth would you ever want to take a cold shower first thing in the morning? Here is why. By taking a hot shower, immediately followed by a cold shower, you will literally jump start your nervous system in such a powerful way that it will oscillate every cell in your body.
Not only will it thoroughly wake you up and improve circulation, it will stimulate your lymph; an internal sewer system responsible for pulling waste away from your cells. It’s like jump starting a dead car battery, cleaning out the air filter, and injecting nitrous, all at the same time. You will leave the shower tingling and invigorated with life.
Congratulations, you just super charged your system. Now it’s time for the final part of this wake-up call.
3. Prime yourself
You are going to dedicate 9 minutes to what Tony Robbins calls ‘Priming’. Sit down in a quiet place, close your eyes, and concentrate on this simple 3 stage process:
Stage 1: Gratitude
Spend the first 3 minutes focusing on 3 things that you are extremely grateful for. Dedicate the first minute to something simple such as giving thanks for your legs, or the roof over your head. Now spend the next two minutes being grateful for 2 more things that you hold dear to your heart.
This could be a recent business success, achieving your dietary goals, a financial win, or rekindling an old relationship. Make sure that they really mean something to you, and really step into it. Really give thanks and experience the feelings of gratitude.
Stage 2: Prayer
This isn’t religious at all. It’s ok if you want to make it religious, but for the nonreligious out there, like myself, it’s not necessary to attach a religious connotation. Spend 3 minutes sending positive vibes to 3 people dear to you, dedicating 1 minute to each of them.
Send thoughts of goodwill to family members, friends, even clients. It could even be an enemy if you’re feeling particularly empathetic. Pray for their abundance, good health, material wealth, or that their operation will be a success. Send as many positive well wishes their way as you can.
Stage 3: Visualization
Finally, I want you to think of 3 things that are of high value that you are most committed to achieving. It could be losing 10 pounds by Christmas, completing an important business deal, or rekindling the spark and zest in your marriage.
Devote your attention to 3 things that are precious to you, 3 things you are driven to achieve, and visualize them as already done. Envision yourself as slimmer, healthier, and super sexy. Create a movie in your head where you see the major business deal being a huge success. Walk yourself through the whole process, visually signing the contract and shaking hands.
Use the power of your imagination to chase your ideal partner along the beach. Create every detail in your mind, from the color of their hair to the clothes they are wearing. Make it as holographically real as possible.
Do these ‘three to thrive’, meditation techniques every morning after your shower. Spend 3 minutes on each section for a total of 9 minutes. Or longer if you’re really getting into it.
“To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan… believe… act!” – Alfred A. Montapert
By using the ‘I HAVE THE POWER’ technique, followed by a hot/cold shower, and then spending around 9 minutes harnessing the creative power of your mind to give thanks, love, and positive affirmations, you will have literally primed and wired your nervous system for success.
Within 15 minutes of waking up, your body and mind will be running at maximum velocity. You will be an animated, laser sharp, supreme machine. While the other zombies are putting on their slippers, you’ll be out the door moving mountains.