There are some amazing benefits of skipping a little shut-eye and greeting the day early. According to early birds everywhere, what you give up in ZZZs, you’ll gain in clarity, fitness, and increased productivity.
What’s not to love?
Well… For those of us who have a long-standing love affair with their snooze buttons, the idea of waking up any earlier than you have to can be a little dicey.
But don’t worry, Bright Eyes. Hal Elrod’s quick-read guide to the perfect morning routine is here to help.
It’s incredibly important to get at least eight hours of sleep every night.
…Or is it?
Elrod suggests that while sleeping in can be a beautiful thing, other factors can determine your energy level. Telling yourself that you’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning can help you rise and shine regardless of how well you’ve slept.
We won’t be rolling out of bed at dawn any time soon, but Elrod brings up an excellent point: A positive attitude can make all the difference.
Enjoy the Silence
A cornerstone of Elrod’s awesome morning routine is to give yourself the gift of a little bit of silence.
Whether you engage in meditation, prayer, or some other activity that keeps your thoughts from running amok, the centering benefits of even a few minutes of stillness should not be underestimated.
So many of us forget to take a moment for ourselves. By starting the day off with a nurturing, meditative moment, you could do wonders for your outlook.
Positive Affirmations Don’t Have to be Hippy Dippy
Many people avoid positive affirmations like the plague because of their reputation for being a little… Oh, you know.
Flakey. Hippy dippy.
But with Elrod’s guidance, affirmations suddenly feel very practical. The key is setting yourself up for success by engaging in some quiet, centering time before you read your positive affirmations. The point is not to deny the reality of your situation — the strength of affirmations is that they help you set a hopeful, positive tone for the rest of the day.
Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become…