Your Morning Sets the Foundation for Your Day
“By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.” — Hal Elrod (author of “The Miracle Morning”)
Yesterday I presented the idea of you taking some very specific steps, each and every morning, in order to successfully create and maintain the habit of health. (Read the post here if you missed it)
Success stories like those of entrepreneur Richard Branson, and motivational experts Brendon Burchard and Tony Robbins, have highlighted their insistence that having a good morning routine gave them the edge they needed to create the life they desired. While that credo certainly applies to business success, in my opinion it’s even more important when it comes to achieving and maintaining good health − which is a lifelong endeavor.
Think about it for a moment… What is your morning routine?
Do you drag yourself out of bed after hitting the snooze button a few times, hastily make yourself presentable, grab something quick and portable to cram into your mouth on the way to work, then drink a couple of cups of coffee in an attempt to kick-start your day?
Or maybe your morning is a bit less hectic than that, but you still find yourself having a tough time getting going… even if you start with great intentions. You soon give up on the great plans for healthy eating you had, or fitting in exercise, or your to-do list… all because the “fires” in front of you just keep coming and you can only do one thing at a time.
Either scenario is common. So is a combination of the two.
Now, we won’t get into the importance of sleep here, and all the things you could (and probably should) be doing to ensure a good night’s sleep so you awaken super-refreshed and give your body the opportunity to be its best.
When it comes to both sleep and health, we may know what we should do, but actually doing it is much harder. Not only is change difficult, but when it comes to establishing healthy morning routines, we often have some very specific objections! Here’s how you can overcome the three things standing between you and a healthy morning routine, which ultimately sets the stage for your overall health.
Objection #1: I’m Not a Morning Person
“But, I hate mornings!” I hear you say. “I’m not a morning person.” First off, the more you say it, the more it will be true. If you believe that, it will be true, no matter what. Only you have the power to change that. However, simply taking action will create change too.
What do I mean by that?
You may not have the motivation to get up a little earlier because you dislike mornings, as a rule. But the simple act of doing so, taking that action, will begin to create the motivation. Especially if you persist, and have the clear goal of putting your health first.
Objection #2: I’m Too Busy
“On the one hand, we all want to be happy. On the other hand, we all know the things that make us happy. But we don’t do those things. Why? Simple. We are too busy. Too busy doing what? Too busy trying to be happy.”— Matthew Kelly (author)
It becomes a bit of a catch-22, doesn’t it? We know what we “need” to do, but we’re too busy to do it. Then we find we’re out of time, for one reason or another.
Before that reason becomes failing health, I want you to think about making a daily investment into YOU. What is the point of being so busy that you can’t fit in 30 minutes to jump-start your day right, if ultimately you become sickly? Don’t you deserve to have a wonderful, full, energetic, disease-free life and to enjoy it all?
Yes, you do! But the price for that is a daily commitment to health and learning how to stay healthy.
Objection #3: I Have Tried and Failed
“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” — Gena Showalter (author)
Maybe you’ve tried to incorporate lifestyle changes before. Maybe you have begun a complete health make-over and it lasted a couple days. Weeks. Months. Then old routines come back. You kick yourself for failing. You feel guilty. You wonder why bother.
All I can say to that is: Practice makes perfect. Just because you have tried and failed before does NOT mean you should not try again. I’ll say it again: health is a lifelong endeavor. And as the quote above cites, the ONLY way to truly fail is to give up.