The alarm clock is ringing and the next course of action is to hit the snooze button for an extra few minutes of sleep that often times turn into 30 minutes or more (there goes that morning gym session).
After hitting the snooze button a couple of times, you finally get up and aimlessly wander throughout the house. Next, you reach for your smartphone and log onto your various social media channels.
This, unfortunately, describes the morning routines of a large percentage of people. When you aimlessly go about your mornings before arriving at work, you're missing a great opportunity to prime your body for more success, energy, and improved health.
In fact, to achieve all of the above-mentioned benefits, all you need is a total of 20 minutes doing these four things for five minutes each.
1. Five minutes of exercise.
What better way to wake up than to charge up your body?
Motion generates emotion and energy throughout your body. This will lead to improvements in your mood and your cognition due to endorphins being released.
When you feel great and energetic, you radiate positive energy that is appealing and contagious to those around you.
No need to be fancy--alternating between pushups and squats for a full-body workout is more than enough.
2. Five minutes to hydrate and express gratitude for three things.
Expressing gratitude helps you start the day off with an abundant mindset instead of a scarcity mindset. After expressing gratitude, it's essential to hydrate, since a big portion of your body consists of water. After sleeping for the recommended seven to nine hours, you're going to be dehydrated upon waking, which is why hydrating is a must before reaching for any type of caffeine.
Hydration is essential for delivering nutrients to the brain, removing toxins, and thus helping with creativity, among other things. Proper hydration not only helps you function cognitively and physically, but also plays an important role in your DNA.
3. Five minutes to meditate.
Fve minutes in the morning is not only ample time to get the benefits of meditation, but it also provides the opportunity to get centered and address your internal world.
4. Five minutes to read over your vision, daily affirmation, and objectives for the day.
Whether the goal is to build a dream business, a dream life, or a dream body, it's imperative that you stay focused on the task at hand. In today's distraction-filled world, where new shiny objects appear every day, it can be difficult to stay on track.
This is why for the last part of your morning routine, it's important to review your vision and remind yourself of what you're working on and why. After you review your vision, the next step is to commit to a few small, but effective daily objectives that will place you closer to that vision by the end of the day.
Lastly, before you end the routine, use an empowering statement, or affirmation as some call it, to guide you through the day. Every day, something or someone will tempt you or try to drain your happiness and positivity.
My favorite statement, which you can borrow, is "All things contribute to my advancement." I write it out and read it aloud as well.
Taking ownership of the trajectory of your life, business, and health doesn't require magic tricks or complex tasks--it just requires a few minutes of intentional action in the morning.