For some reason I keep hearing about or maybe its just hitting me that morning routines are very important. I have seen it on some tv show where they follow the CEO of a company for a day where he spend time every morning (at least the work week mornings) stretching with his wife. When I first saw this I thought it was very different and a good idea and I suppose one of those things I wish I could do.
It seems most mornings I wake up and then start thinking about all the stuff I want to do in the day and how I had better get going. In some ways I thought this was the best way to get the most out of my day. Upon reflecting about it I remember the day that I would wake up at 7:55 am and walk down the hallway to my home office and sit down at my computer desk and get to work. This was no doubt not good for me mentally. I wish I had gotten into the routine of doing something relaxing in the morning…having a good breakfast and maybe even getting outside for an hour before jumping into work. It is no wonder I ended up putting on a lot of weight, drinking lots of coffee and drinking lots of pop. I actually remember going through at least a 2 Litre bottle of pop each day. And it was not good if I didn’t have the pop in the house…I would be running out to the store to get some if I was out.
Now that things have changed a bit…I am usually having a coffee first thing in the morning but am learning to take the morning slow and relax. I am commonly thinking I need to stop drinking coffee in the morning and stick to drinking water but I know I will miss it and go through some caffeine withdrawals. So the smart thing to do is slowly cut back and start drinking more water in the morning.
I was reminded of this recently in a video where Tony Robbins is interviewing Eban Pagan. The video of the interview is below:
So back to the morning routine. I have learned to start the day with a clear head and also have learned I will need a lot of guidance to achieve my goals (which are my dreams, but with a deadline) simply because there is going to be a lot of things in life that will try to get me off my track and on to other peoples. Part of this lesson for me has been sometimes being in situations and then making a decision that was not a good balanced decision. And watching Rick Warren videos in the morning has definitely help me to think more clearly and helped me to focus my mind.
For today, I am writing this post after having a couple coffees and relaxing before getting into watching the video. I have even written this post before watching the video, which is probably not the best….so I will try to only write a post after my morning routine in the future. This is another one of my goals, where it might seem small, but will probably have a large impact on my life over the long term. Being as it is a new habit or ritual to get into, I have to admit, it does at times seem a little hard or unnerving because I am dropping my old habits and trying to build a new one.
And I also have to give thanks to my Dad, who is also helping with guidance and reminding me to take things one step at a time.
Here is the video: