Most of the successful people that I know have a morning ritual. They do a few things each day that set the tone for what they will accomplish and how they will create the world around them. When I was younger, just starting out in business, I had my rituals as well. I have realized, however, that I had given up many of the great rituals that had helped set the right tone for the day. I was reading the book, E-Cubed, by #pamgrout, and was reminded of the importance of waking up and creating my day instead of letting things create themselves.
I had read a study by U.C. Berkley on the impact that your body posture has on your emotions and learned that smiling not only can, it does change your emotional state to a more positive one. A little over 6 years ago, I had my kids start smiling in the morning for 2 straight minutes. The impact on their attitudes within 72 hours was incredible! I had heard a speaker in Austin, TX talk about singing in the shower and what a positive impact that had on you, and so, 16 years ago, I started to sing in the shower. It really is incredible what it does to pump you up. In 1999, I read Napoleon Hill's book, Think And Grow Rich, and I started writing down my goals every day. It was ming-boggling how much more I accomplished at that time. This is one that I am restarting today!!!
The point is that, within the first 30 minutes of being awake, there were a few things that I could do that would impact the field of potentiality and change my world. I was and I am creating the world around me by identifying what I want to see and what I want to draw into my life. By intentionally focusing on the things that make my world better, it is much easier to draw the right things into focus. My belief is that the good and the bad are just options. They are options that exist in the field of potentiality. I have intentionally achieved bad results in the past by intentionally doing the wrong things with my thoughts and my rituals. That means that everything that we do is a choice. Choosing the right path is just as easy as choosing the wrong one.
So, here is my challenge to me and to you.
1. Smile for 2 or more minutes every morning before anything else happens.
2. Say something nice in your head about everyone that you interact with. Yes! Everyone!
3. Write down 3 things you want to accomplish every morning and 3 things that you did accomplish every night.
Do these things for 1 week and reexamine your world. I am absolutely confident that you will live in a better place if you do!
To Your Choices...
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.