How we begin our day greatly impacts how we will feel and what we will accomplish during that day. The same way that having a bad dream and leave you feeling down and moody in the morning, a bad start to the day can leave you feeling like this the whole day. There are simple things that we can all do to start our day off feeling excited and ready to take on whatever challenges we might face.
I created this short film in one day to try and express what I do every morning to stay motivated and focused. I have started waking up at 5:45am during week days to make time for my 2 hour morning workout. I start the day off by drinking a green smoothie that I usually prepare the night before. It consists of...
- half a cucumber
- celery stick
- whole lime
- whole kiwi
- whole avocado
- thumb of ginger
- bunch of spinach
- bunch of kale
- mint leaves
- wheat grass powder
- coconut water
I have it with green tea and lemon water. I stick to this overly healthy breakfast because it gives me the energy I need to workout hard while giving me valuable nutrients that really pay off later in the day.
My workout begins in the local gym at 6:15am and consists of a warm up on the exercise bike followed by an intensive weight training session. I rotate the focused body part trained to make sure I effectively hit each muscle group in a week.
- Monday - Chest + 5k run
- Tuesday - Back + Abs
- Wednesday - Marathon training (15-25k run)
- Thursday - Shoulders + Abs
- Friday - Arms + 10k run
- Saturday - Legs
- Sunday - Rest
After weight training I either go for a 5-10k run on the treadmill or do an ab routine. On Wednesdays I go for a longer outdoor run of around 20k since I don't have any weight training and am training for a marathon.
When I am getting ready to go to the gym and when I go for long runs I like to listen to motivational speeches instead of music. I listen to speakers like Tony Robbins and Les Brown. These kinds of speeches are not for everyone, but I feel that they stimulate my brain even after I finish the workout. Their advice and insight acts as a reminder to give it my best everyday, and I therefor choose to engage in being reminded everyday. Along with being motivating they are also extremely useful for adopting new habits and strategies that can be used to improve myself in different areas of my life.
One such strategy that I have adopted from the morning ritual of life coach, businessman, and philanthropist Tony Robbins is a quick and simple 10 minute meditative exercise. After my workout and before I begin with my daily tasks of promoting and growing my start-up filmmaking business I sit on the floor in the middle of the room for at least ten minutes. I spend 3 minutes thinking of 3 things that I am grateful for. These 3 things can be big things like my family or my health or they can be small simple things like the sun on my face or the calmness of the moment. Then I spend 3 minutes thinking of 3 things that I wish for others. Similar to praying I spend these 3 minutes thinking about others, but in a non-religious way. Finally, I spend the remaining minutes thinking of 3 outcomes that I wish to achieve. Again, these outcomes vary from being massive long term goals to smaller daily goals. The trick is that instead of just thinking about wanting to achieve these outcomes I vividly and with great detail visualise them as already being done. This allows me to feel confident that I will achieve them because I have already done so in my mind. Throughout the entire 10 minute process I focus on taking deep breaths and sitting with an upright posture. I usually add on an extra 5 minutes at the end of each session to actually meditate and stop thinking completely, emptying my mind of all thoughts instead focussing on the sounds and sensations around me.
This morning routine leaves me ready to begin my work day at 9am. More importantly it leaves me feeling positive, energised, and focused which leads me to having a more productive and fulfilling day! You may say that I could be spending these 3 morning hours actually working, but I would strongly argue that these 3 hours not only keep me healthy physically, but also put me into a daily state of peek mental and emotional functionality. This allows me to work twice as effectively and with more enjoyment, heavily outweighing the negative of having 3 less hours to spend.
Everyone has a morning ritual whether you realise it or not. Take a look at your own morning ritual to see if there is something you could improve on.
Please feel free to email me if you want to know more or have any questions! I'll make sure to reply!