Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about what your reality should be. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be. One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals.
Here are some the easiest yet life-changing rituals you can do every morning. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bedtime rituals, but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.
Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.
2. Write down your most important tasks
Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life. What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. This step will also prioritise and manage your time better.
3. Hot water with lemon
Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells.
4. Rise earlier
The practical advantages of waking up early include that you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or yoga, more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carrying out the other morning rituals! It has been shown that sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus promoting more restorative sleep. Studies also show for instance that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.