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Want to Take Control of Your Morning? Build Your Routine Around These 3 Pillars

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Do you ever feel like you can’t get ahead during the day?  Are you tired or sluggish and can’t seem to get energized? Are you constantly putting out fires and feel overwhelmed with the situations that confront you? Until I began and stuck to a morning routine, I used to battle these feelings for most of my days.

When I reflect on the small changes I’ve made that produced the greatest results, a morning routine is #1 on the list.  It allows me to center myself before the day begins. I am able to respond instead of react to circumstances.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment before the day begins and energizes me to remain productive throughout the day.  

I built my morning routine around the 3 pillars of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.  

1. Spiritual

I begin my day with breathwork and meditation. While I am doing this practice I ponder on a few questions.  How deep is my breath going?  What thoughts keeping popping into my head?  How do I feel compared to other days?  Am I stressed or do I feel relaxed?  Am I having trouble focusing on my breath?

Pondering on the answers to these questions allows me to center my mind and get in touch with my body.  It helps me focus throughout the day and not let stress take over.  I know I can always come back to the breath if I need to settle down.

“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” – Tony Robbins

2. Mental

When I finish my breathwork and meditation, I move into a journaling practice.  I will write about my meditation and breath experience plus anything that pops into my head. I use this exercise as a brain dump to release my subconscious and anything that is on my mind.  

There is something about writing down all of the thoughts that come into your mind that is freeing. I will also use my journaling to write three things I am grateful for each day.  It does not have to be something big either.  Sometimes it is as small as the smell of my puppy’s breath.  

My goal is to think of different things every day.  This helps train the brain to look on the bright side and seek out positive experience during the day.  Lastly, I will include goals I would like to accomplish during the day and a few affirmations.

After I finish writing, I will read a passage from a book.  The reading allows me to introduce and apply beneficial information from great minds throughout history to my life.  The first information I consume on the day needs to be beneficial.  It needs to be educational and allow me to grow.  

I do not want my brain to take a look at the latest hysteria on the news or mindless social media.   From the breathwork, meditation, journaling, and reading, my mind and spirit are ready for the day.  Now I need to get the body moving.

3. Physical

My morning movement practice is not intense and is focused on opening up the joints and tight muscles with stretching and flowing movements.  I use a program called 5-Minute Flow by Max Shanks.  It consists of flowing movements similar to vinyasa flow yoga but with less structure.  It primes the pump, allowing the joints and muscles to wake up after being asleep all night.  It takes me five to ten minutes and I am ready to attack the day once this is complete.  

“If today were the last day of my life, what would I want to do? What am I about to do today?” – Steve Jobs

To Sum it Up

My morning routine takes me less than an hour and is the most beneficial time of the day for me.  It allows me to focus, brings creativity to my work, and builds on the three pillars of a whole person (mental, physical, and spiritual).  Since starting this practice over a year ago, my anxiety dropped and I have an ability to go with the flow as problems arise during the day.  

It is the structure I need to give me freedom for the rest of the day.  Starting the day knowing I have moved my body, learned something new, and delved into my inner thoughts is my first win of the day.  

If you are looking to start a morning routine, I advise trying one of these activities and see how you respond.  If you are having trouble getting movement during the day, start stretching.  If you are stressed, try breathwork and meditation.  If the thoughts in your head are getting in the way, try journaling.  The key is to start small and build.  Win the morning and you will win the day!

What does your morning routine look like? Comment Below!

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Taylor Somerville worked in the investment business for the past 15 years in Memphis, TN. He recently decided it was time to move on to the next chapter in his life and is currently on sabbatical. Taylor lives an active lifestyle and recently completed the World's Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour race around Lake Las Vegas. He enjoys focusing and learning all he can on mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. He reflects on these in his weekly newsletter, The Long Game.

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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