How to Live a Happy Life with a Winning Morning Routine
9 Uplifting Options, What NOT To Do, & the Best Life Changing Daily Action
What does a Winning Morning
Routine have to do with how to live a happy life? Plenty! The moment we awake brain patterns quickly claim our attitude towards
the day. For many of us by 12Noon we feel good or bad about what we have accomplished. By mid-afternoon, energy levels decline.
Wait, we have choices… to take new actions for new results! Read on for 9 uplifting options, what NOT to do, and the
best life changing daily action you can take.
Prepare Ahead- Be clear on priorities. Plan action
steps the day before. Think through the day to come. What can you do in the evening to save steps? Make lunches, your outfit
is clean and ready, kids backpacks prepared with homework inside (yes, it needed to be said). What will save time through
the day? Any errands you can knock out in the direction you are going? Keep priorities first and secondary tasks second. Wake
up knowing your road map.
the Best Sleep- Bedtime can be a soothing ritual of self-care.
Your bed should be as comfortable as possible. Create the most relaxing atmosphere. In contrast, create a great environment
to awake to with sunlight, fresh air, pleasing accent colors, etc. Get your body in rhythm by going to sleep and waking up
at the same times daily. Shoot for 7-8 hours of sleep for an enthusiastic start and enduring energy.
Turn Your Snooze Time into an Awakening Time- Allow a spiritual moment before the ego awakes to connect with your soul. Pray, be grateful, listen silently,
or visualize and feel your ideal end result when achieving your goal. You can set your intention or a theme for the day that
supports your success. Imagine the impact on your relationship if you used this awakening time daily to tell your significant
other how much you love and appreciate them.
Hydrate- I will save the abundance of health benefits
from water for another day. The point is you just awoke from one-third of the day without water. Every cell in your body from
head to toe needs water for you to function at peak performance. So when you are preparing fuel for your body, add a glass
or two of water.
Fresh Air, and the Morning Sky- Allow the sunlight in to awaken
you naturally if possible. Open the windows or step outside on lovely mornings for a refreshing start to the day. A few minutes
watching the beautiful changes of the horizon during a morning sunrise is uplifting.
Self-Care with Benefits-
At the very minimum, music is energizing. Exercise kick-starts your metabolism.
Stretching and deep breathing stimulates the brain. Yoga combines stretching, breathing, and meditation. Whatever your propensity
choose self-care with benefits to get off to a great start.
Shower and Shine- Kind of a given. Feeling
clean, fresh, and looking your best to start the day increases your confidence walking into the office along with the number
and type of opportunities that come your way.
Fuel Up with a Healthy Breakfast- Your
body slows while you sleep but still a surprising amount of activity is going on within. Your eyes and brain become quite
active through REM cycles. Tissue growth and repair takes place. The immune system increases production of certain proteins.
Hormones are released and the list goes on, all running on stored energy. So it makes sense to fuel your body with a nutritional
breakfast for a peak performance day.
Moment- If you are looking for a deeper experience incorporate
a quiet block of 10-20 minutes or whatever you choose for meditation, journaling, gratitude, prayer, spiritual reading, writing
down your goals, etc.
NOT to Do
Avoid Email First Thing in the Morning- Email can quickly detour you off your plan and lead to others rearranging your day. Set up blocks of time
a little later to manage email.
Prep Time, The Best Action to Take First Every Morning
what is going to make you happy long-term! Want to lose weight, write a book, or stop procrastinating? Then exercise, write,
and do. Want to build a skill, develop expertise, overcome a fear, or create more income in your business? Practice the skill,
read or call an expert, take steps to face your fear, or take action that directly develops income. Do it first! We learn
in action. You may feel resistance. Growth is not easy. Use gumption to carry through. Feel great for going for it even if
you are still emerging, and allow it to energize you for the remainder of the day. Action builds knowledge, experience, strength,
confidence, and the list goes on. Taking the most productive actions puts you in the best position for the rest of the day
and the rest of your life!
paper jot ‘My Winning Morning Routine puts me in The Best Position for the Rest of the Day & The Rest of My Life’.
Below it list options you want to create your Winning Morning Routine. Do what is needed to keep it forefront until it becomes
routine. Pick up a free Rewarding Daily Habits Chart on the Develop Good Habits Page of the author’s website to track
your progress. Begin incorporating your Winning Morning Routine and let me know how your days change…
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One Word, One Focus, Creates New Results
“If I really want to improve my situation, I can work
on the one thing over which I have control - myself.” Stephen R Covey
Happy New Year! Are you excited about 2013? Did you know significant change can occur
with consistent, persistent focus on just one word? We all have within us access to many different traits with free will to
choose. We can be enthusiastic or pessimistic, calm or impulsive, productive, courageous, determined, skillful, friendly,
a learner, healthy, adventurous, etc. How would your life, career, or business change if you chose to focus on just one word
daily as your theme for the year? Well, we are going to discuss exactly that here in a minute.
First, if you look
behind what is not working- those patterns of discontent, that sabotaging thought or behavior- what you are likely to find
is a trait or characteristic which has not been developed. Yes, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, and it is productive
to leverage your strengths. In addition, no matter what your endeavor you may be called to stretch out of your comfort zone
and strengthen a character trait in order to step up to the next level. What I would like you to consider here is what is
your missing ingredient? How about developing a character trait that may be a positive influence in various areas of your
life? Here are a few examples:
Healthy- Being healthy daily can lead to making
better food choices, exercise, better sleep, etc. that leads to looking your best, feeling more confident, higher energy,
etc. which can open doors to new opportunities.
Productive- Procrastinators and those easily distracted can focus on getting the important things done first,
taking small action steps, and setting boundaries on tasks such as email, phone calls, etc.
Courageous- Since fear is behind most sabotaging
behaviors this is likely the best one yet. Choosing to be courageous daily helps you to take risks that lead to love, building
your business, and impressing your boss.
Skilled or Educated- If you are new in business or your career and want to build expertise this can be your reminder
to take daily action steps to read, connect and learn from others, say ‘yes’ to a new class, etc.
looking for the best way to get things done with the least waste of time. The more you work at it, the better you get, saving
time at home and work. The more you talk with others and read about it, the more information you gather and the stronger the
One who tends to be shy might focus here. While maintaining boundaries they may opt to say hello more often, attend
a networking event with a smile, and take small steps to stretch daily that could lead to a promotion, a new relationship,
Keep in mind, however,
that strengths can sometimes be weaknesses. Positive traits are not always positive in every situation. Being a risk taker
is often a great asset in career-building. However, risky driving does not serve anyone. So become aware of how and when to
best use your winning ingredient.
"Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns,
they constantly, daily, express our character." Stephen R Covey
Now it is time for a new good habit.
1- What is holding you
back? Get to the source. List thought patterns or behaviors that stop you.
2- What is the one character trait that will best serve you
to turn things around? A character trait that positively improves various areas of your life is a fantastic choice.
3- As you wake up daily
and carry on through your day focus on your word as if you already are pro-active, determined, imaginative, communicative,
adventurous, decisive, frugal, a finisher, or whatever word best serves you. When a negative habit turns up remind yourself
that you are your new trait. By seeing in your mind, doing, and experiencing yourself being this character trait your brain
is working to strengthen that connection.
4- Expect success and step over failures. Plan to succeed each day and when you have a failure step
over it like a fallen branch. No big deal. Life is not smooth but it is adventurous. Learn from it and continue to grow.
a daily structure to focus on your one word daily. You can use your screen saver, a smart phone reminder, daytimer, a daily
habits app, web tool, the Daily Habits Tracking Chart, etc. to track your winning streaks until it becomes a habit.
Each day as you focus on one word, one trait, it becomes
more and more a part of who you are. Track your victories. The more victories you experience and as you build longer streaks
of successful steps the more confident you become. As your new thought patterns and actions take root you begin experiencing
exciting new results. So go ahead, try it out… one work, one focus… Starting
50 Sample Character Traits:
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Ideas Bank for Good Habits
Here are some ideas for daily
habits listed below. When choosing habits customize them to fit you and make them specific. Do what you want to do, not
what you think you "should" do or what someone else wants for you. Skim through the list and see what chooses you!
Pay attention to those that aren't on the list. The ones that just pop up unexpectedly.
Smile and say hello
A friendly process for meeting someone
A system to remember names
How you answer the phone
Eye contact when communicating
How you greet a stranger
Showing interest in others
Slide under the bed covers earlier and get a full night's sleep
Take 10 minutes breaks every 90 minutes for peak performance
Eat 5-9 fruits and vegies per day
Drink 1/2 your body weight in water daily
Regular extreme Self Care time (capitalized for importance)
Pray, meditate, have spiritual time, or journal
Healthier foods on your grocery list
Look your best
Do something you absolutely love
Professional/ Personal Development Actions
Read, Study, or Learn
Know your priorities-
daily, weekly, monthly, etc
Develop a skill
Watch less tv
Stop charging, pay cash
the day ahead
Handle items that need to be handled
Focus on tasks that make the biggest difference
Hear critiques and brush off criticism
Take time to think
Make 3 new business contacts per day
Write 1 blog post daily
Schedule 10 tweets a day
Contact 2 speaking venues per day
15 second biz intro
30 second ad that you leave
when you get a voicemail
Business marketing block of time
Act on priorities before 12 noon
Do the least appealing
task first each day
Product development time block
Follow through on what you promise
no more than 2-3 times a day
Block a specific amount of time for social media
Give to Others
Give something to someone
Let go of control, anger, jealousy, or resentment
Give a compliment or add value in another way
Respond vs. react to situations
Listen without interjecting (especially
Tell someone you appreciate them
Share your message with 1, 5, 100, or 500+ people
Look at how
people are similar vs different
Spend 30 minutes+ daily listening to your children
Set your intention in the morning
More Personal Development
Try something new daily, weekly, or monthly
Develop self discipline
Take educated risks
Face a fear
Leverage your strengths
Improve communication skills
Shift negative thoughts to productive thoughts
Orient your life around your values
Become Your Own Best Coach thru Positive Self Communication
Feel good about
who you are and who you are becoming!
Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective
Begin with the end in mind
Put first things first
Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Sharpen the saw- Personal renewal
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Daily Habits- Are They Expanding or Diminishing Your Life Experience and
“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted
from your good ones.” Benjamin Franklin
to 90 percent of our normal behavior is based on habits," an excerpt from The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor
Hansen, and Les Hewitt. One-by-one daily habits generate a full life. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.”
In the past, habits formed that served you in some way…the time you go to sleep, how you react in situations, how you
communicate, what you eat, how you focus your time, etc. Because habits run on autopilot we forget they are a major influence
in the results we experience. Are your daily habits serving you? When was the last time you checked? Here are 5 A’s
to support you to move beyond limits and make a long-term positive impact one habit at a time.
Attention- First, pay attention to your daily actions. Are there any to improve, add, or eliminate? One positive, new,
long term habit a month results in 12 rewarding habits in place by the end of a year, 60 after 5 years. Wow, imagine how your
life might be different then! Secondly, pay attention to new possibilities.Take a look at the Ideas Bank above.
Adjust- Make a list of the habits to develop over the rest of
the year. What habits do you want to add or eliminate? Instead of eliminating a bad habit you may add a good habit. For example,
instead of choosing to stop snacking you may opt to drink more water. The water fills you and automatically reduces
snacking. Consider habits with long term results. Then set your plan for each month. You may choose easier habits to incorporate
in the beginning. The clearer your focus the better so 1 or 2 a month is sufficient. If you choose more, select one as your
primary habit. Tip: Choose what you want, not what someone else wants for you.
Activate- Get in motion by knowing your motivation. What will you gain by incorporating this daily ritual? How will
you be different? How will you feel different? What results may you experience long term? Review your motivation daily while
instilling the habit.
Accountability- Choose a structure to keep your new habit in
front of you daily. It may be helpful to schedule it at the same time daily, add it at the top of your “to do”
list, or do it first thing in the morning. Tell the world what you are doing, find a friend to connect with weekly for support,
or get a coach. You are welcome to pick up a complimentary Rewarding Daily Habits Chart for tracking purposes at www.StartingNowCoaching.com which includes your motivation and support structure at a glance.
Make a commitment and take consistent, persistent daily action. Don’t just try it…
do it! When you miss a day because life gets in the way, don’t quit. You can do this. Jim
Rohn says, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habits is what keeps you going.” Begin creating habits that lead
to extraordinary results… one habit at a time… StartingNow!
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10 Ways Life Gets Easier When You Build Good Habits
once established are just as hard to break as are bad habits” Robert Puller
Habits add enough structure to
change life drastically long term. Picking up one new good habit a month leads to 12 improved habits over a year and 60 in
5 years. Even half of that could change behavior that leads to significant results. What kind of impact would that have on
your career, business, goals, relationships, health, finances, etc.? How would your quality of life be different? Aristotle
explained, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Here are 10 ways life
gets easier when you change habits in a positive direction.
Setting up small habits to help you stay clear on priorities, plan ahead, or be organized
can increase and sharpen your focus. This results in achieving more, faster; and saving time.
Happier Relationships- Setting boundaries, daily gratitude and
affection, etc. can lead to upgraded relationships. I once met a man who started his day turning to his wife and thanking
God for her every morning when they awoke. Imagine what this small habit could do for a relationship?
Healthful Lifestyle- Exercise, deep breathing, yoga, drinking
more water, increasing healthy foods intake, etc. can reduce trips to the doctor and hospital while allowing more time for
feeling good, having fun, and getting things done. Begin with just one small addition at a time.
More Energy- With some habits you can pick up bonus benefits.
Developing habits above that sharpen focus and improve health can also give you more energy. Getting the right amount of sleep
each night helps, too.
Higher Education- Good
habits that make time for reading, education, developing a skill, etc. can lead to developing expertise and a well rounded
education that improves communication with others, opens more doors, and helps you make educated decisions.
Steadfast Confidence- Naturally, all of the areas above can help
build a stronger sense of self when you feel good about who you are, have focus and purpose, and the support of good relationships.
More Opportunities- More doors open when you are feeling great about yourself, you are continuously developing your education
and skills, and you have a network of great relationships around you.
Better Choices- Good habits can add structure to save
time and remove you from chaos. Then you can get out of your head and into your heart to connect with intuition and make great
choices. Intuition is rarely wrong. In addition, educational habits help develop a library of resources that you can access
quickly when needed to help make tough decisions. And developing good relationships leads to knowing just the right person
to call for advice.
More Spiritually Connected-
Studies have found that those who are spiritually connected are able to handle crisis more easily.
Habits that develop your soul strengthen you to handle hardships.
Notice how much of the above builds on each other to develop you, your career, family, and life
in a way that makes you feel great. Personal development through change of habits creates the foundation to make your journey
a whole lot easier and enjoyable.
We all have habits that are in place or developing. The question then becomes: Are your
habits supporting you to achieve goals you envision for your career, relationships, business, life, etc. long term? Follow
these steps to change habits and change behavior one step at a time:
~ Choose one small habit to develop this month that will bring
you benefits for years to come.
~ Keep it simple while developing the routine. You can always expand on it later. Create
the lifestyle change.
~ Put structure in place to add accountability and stay on track, such as keeping a journal
or having an accountability partner.
~ Stay focused on the benefits.
Enjoy feeling life become easier as it transforms in a positive direction one habit at a time… Starting Now!
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When you stand firm
in your commitment
to a positive new
You are saying 'yes!'
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