ALL of the world’s most successful people SWEAR by their morning routines. The likes of Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Tim Ferriss have all designed impactful routines of their own, and their phenomenal accomplishments speak for themselves. So, whose routine should you try?
A) None of them.
The basic idea surrounding the Miracle Morning/Hour of Power is to set your day up for success (whatever that may mean to you). As a teacher, that might mean moving through your day with ease and dealing with surprise situations in a calm manner. It’s a non-negotiable for the world’s most influential people, and whether you’re running a multi-billion-dollar company or a classroom, it’s time we put more thought into our own routine.
We may not be makin' it rain Subaru's like Oprah Winfrey at Christmas time, but as teachers, our impact can have a lasting affect on the kids we interact with each day. Our words and actions matter, and despite the ridiculous pressure that puts us under - we will not crumble!
So, how can we show up each day and make a positive impact on our kids, and (importantly) ourselves?
Do we need to choose our favourite celeb from the above list and do what they do? Nah. Believe it or not, Tony Robbins and I are two very different people, and his breathing exercises just aren't my thing right now. And that's fine!
What we need to do is understand what our routine options are, find something that works for us, and create strategies that help us stick with it. It's easier said than done, but it's a heck of a lot simpler when we utilise our top character strengths. (Find yours now at www.viacharacter.org).
Step One: Consider your activity options
The following list has been created by collating the various morning activities and exercises from the influencers above.
Take a look at the list below and choose 3-4 that sound the best to you.
NOTE: Two activities every influencer has in common? Movement and stillness. I would highly recommend incorporating movement and stillness (meditation, breathing, silence) of some kind into every single morning. They’re both fundamental parts in setting your day up for success. Ironically, these are the two elements I struggle with the most (but try to do anyway)!
Step two: Stick to it!
How? By using your top character strengths.
If you haven't already, go to www.viacharacter.org to find your strengths now. It only takes 10 mins and it’s free!
Here’s a graphic I created to help you link your own top character strengths to the strategies that may encourage you to stick to your morning routine. Tweaking your routine to include some of these things will make every second feel like time very well spent!
Now, let’s put it all together!
Choose 3-4 activities that sound best to you (remembering to include some form of movement and stillness)
Choose a time frame (1 hour is most popular, but work with whatever you’ve got)
Find your top 6 strengths
Use your strengths for two things:
To help you stick to your morning routine, and stay consistent.
To make your morning routine more appealing to you.
Set your alarm for tomorrow a bit earlier
Let the people who live with you know that this time is important to you, please respect it.
I’m beginning to revamp my morning routine now, so here’s how I’ve planned it all out:
Movement (walking OR yoga)
Stillness (guided meditation)
Learning (read a non-fiction book or listen to my favourite podcast while I walk)
Time frame: One hour
Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
Love of learning
Stick-to-it strategy (no backing out!): Gratitude - I’ll be insanely grateful for... my healthy body, the beautiful weather, my healthy mind, my meditation apps, my cute Nike’s, my fav Podcasters, money to afford to buy books etc. I’ll feel SO grateful that my positive emotions will be elevated, my motivation will be increased, and my reasons for not doing my routine will seem silly. Hope – I’ll be driven by my hopes for a more productive day, more moments of joy, a more successful future, and more pride in myself for taking time for me.
Make it appealing: Appreciation of beauty & excellence – I know that being outdoors in nature makes me feel a million bucks, so I’ll pop to the coast for a walk, or do yoga in my sunny backyard. Love of learning – I’ll read my book for 10-15 minutes because I know reading inspires me to implement the things I’ve learnt and share new ideas with the world. Gratitude - I'll think of three things to be grateful for as soon as I wake up in the morning. Hope - Visualising my future via a guided meditation would help to boost my strength of hope, and boost my mood and motivation for the day. All of this honestly sounds sooooo good to me!
So, there it is, movement (walking or yoga), stillness (gratitude practice and guided meditation), and learning (reading non-fiction books). I'm actually so excited to do this.
With these tips, you can make yourself a morning routine that you can be proud of. But, if you miss a day, don’t for a second think it’s ok to beat yourself up. Nooooo, sir. If anything, you can assess how skipping a day made you feel, then mould those feelings into the little kick up the butt you need to get back into it tomorrow. When you feel like it, switch it up a bit. Change things. Try new things. There are no rules!
Let’s remember, your morning routine will probably look different to mine, and that’s exactly as it should be!
Love & Happiness
P.S Do you know someone who could really benefit from reading this? To give them the motivation and push they need to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of the young people around them? Share this post with them. Even if they don't embrace it straight away, you've done your part. Thank you.
P.P.S For character strength resources to use with the kids, check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
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