I just shared with you my morning rituals for success. These rituals play a major role in helping me kick off a productive day. Some of you may have read my rituals and felt intimidated because you aren’t a morning person, you don’t feel like you would have time to do all the things I listed or you just don’t know how to immediately start?off the day in an efficient way. Well I’m here to share how I’m able to have such productive mornings/days with a ritual I call The Daily Win email.
The Daily Win is an email that I send to myself and a Coach/Accountability Partner?that?maps out how I want my entire next day to go and I decide how I will “WIN” the day. First of all, everyone loves winning. Whether it’s a win for my son’s Little League team, or I win a humorous speech contest, winning is always fun. This is why I set myself up to win each and every day with The Daily Win.
Here’s how I set up The Daily Win. I write down a chronology of the?activities I plan on doing the?next day, and how I want to feel while doing them. ?It started off just asking myself, “what would I have to do in order to feel like I won the day”…and now its an entire mapping out of the day…here’s a sample:
Coach: ?Tomorrow is Tuesday, January 19th and I will WIN THE DAY when I:
Notice how I start each activity with an action or verb that I can physically accomplish or “WIN”. At the end of the day, I then go through the list and?”report” on how I did while writing the entry for?the next day. ?Life doesn’t always go exactly how we plan, but you’d be surprised how much of it DOES go exactly as planned IF YOU ARE WILLING TO PLAN!
I encourage you to incorporate The Daily Win strategy into your day. Here’s an easy way to start: Take a look at the items on your to-do list. Place a winning verb in front of one of the items, then notice how you feel after you complete the item. If you would like more insight on how to make sure you win your day, then I’m happy to help you with this in one of my complimentary coaching sessions. You can sign up here and we can start winning together!
Got Rituals? ?Spring Cleaning is one of the “all time” rituals we can all relate to and it usually occurs in April!
April is an exciting Month for so many reasons (my birthday, the start of Major League Baseball Season and the signs of Spring ?that represent growth and blossoming)…and, it marks the END of Q1 and beginning of Q2. ?Aren’t you one of the millions among us that exclaim, “Wow, it’s April ALREADY?!?” wondering how the year’s first three months flew by so quickly!?
My real question is, are you one of the millions among us that are still LYING about “time.” ?Saying things like, “I don’t have time” or “I ran out of time” or “I wish I had more time” or “I couldn’t make time” or my favorite of all, “I need better Time Management!”???
April is the month that reminds us, TIME MANAGES ITSELF! ?What WE must manage is our SELF and ACTIONS in time. ?If you want to learn more about “Time Management” and being productive, join me for my next OOHs Session happening Wednesday April 27th at 2pm. Sign up HERE. ?One of the most effective “Time Management” strategies I’ve known is to create daily/weekly “rituals” to ensure the most important things in your life get done consistently.
Today I want to share my morning rituals that help me kick off a successful day. Some people call this a morning routine, I call it my morning rituals because while my “routine” may change on a day-to-day basis, my RITUAL does not. ?Meaning, “routine” is about task and “ritual” is about the BELIEFS BENEATH THE TASK! ?I don’t do the same exact thing every morning. It really depends on how my day is structured and what is scheduled. Sometimes I have to wake up earlier to teach a class…or coach someone in a different time zone/country…sometimes I have triple daddy duty if my wife is traveling for business?and sometimes I have a little more time in the morning because my wife?offers to handle all the kid duty.
But, no matter what I have going on in the morning, these are the 4 things I do every day:
Hydrate- The first thing I do in the morning is hydrate?my body with water. I drink 40 ounces before putting anything else in my body (except vitamins, see below). I love the refreshing feeling I get when I hydrate first thing in the morning. Also, my health goals include a commitment to drinking 5 gallons every week…so starting each day with 40 ounces before I do anything else makes the “gallon a day” much more do-able. ?No matter how busy my morning is, I always make sure to hydrate.
Vitamins-?While hydrating my body, I take my daily vitamins and fish oil. My vitamins keep me feeling strong and?it’s the next best thing I can do for?my body after hydrating with water. This is another ritual that gets done no matter what the day ahead holds. ?From a “time management” perspective, its called “synergy” (doing one thing that serves two purposes)…so, vitamins while hydrating is a no-brainer.
Exercise- I do push ups and sit ups every day and USUALLY in the morning. ?Starting in January, I keep adding 10 each to the number that I do every 10 days (i.e. 10/day for the first 10 days of the year…then 20/day for Days 11-20…then 30 per day for days 21-30, etc.). ?So right now I’m up to 120 EACH of push ups and sit ups. It’s a wonderful?feeling to get my workout done first thing in the morning…and if I don’t do it (“routinely”) first thing in the morning, I DO make time to get it done some other time during the morning or afternoon (knowing that if I don’t do it before 5:00 p.m., its likely not to happen at all). ?My goal is to be doing 300+ pushups and sit ups per day by year’s end…I’m almost halfway there!
Mind Feed-?I have several books in each of my bathrooms because I KNOW that I will be going to the bathroom each and every morning. ?Without giving TMI, let me just say the morning trip to the bathroom is the perfect place to feed my mind with something good to read. ?Sometimes, its blogs and articles I find through social media or from email lists I’ve subscribed to…and other times it is a handful of pages from any of the personal/professional development books I read to stay sharp in my industry. ?Either way, our mind is NO DIFFERENT from our body…we are what we eat. ?Do you read at all? ?And, do you read GOOD/HEALTHY “stuff” first thing in the morning? ?I do!
That’s it! My four simple morning rituals I do almost every morning. What are your morning rituals? What is your morning ritual? Do you have things that you do before getting the day started? Please share with me in the comments.
OOHs (Online Office Hours) for April are here! You know the deal, OOHs is a “public” coaching session I host and record in a virtual classroom. You can join my monthly sessions IN REAL TIME and get specific coaching questions answered or review recordings 24/7 at your leisure. Participants get “first come, first served” coaching. If there are no questions/participants, then I “default” to covering my “go to” coaching content/strategies for an area of personal/professional growth. This month I’m talking time management. This topic is one that I love because there is so much to learn! Also “I don’t have time?” is the #1 lie people tell! After this session you won’t have to tell this lie anymore
Here’s just a taste of what I’ll cover during the session:
- Time manages itself, so why do we call it time management? Hear my take on this and it may change the way you prioritize your day for the better!
- How to use your goal setting skills to manage your time more wisely and why I believe goal setting is the number 1 strategy for effective time management.
- Have you ever been to a meeting and left thinking, wow that was a waste of time, or that meeting could have been an email! Well I will discuss effective meeting strategies that will make your meetings much more valuable.
Vulnerable is as vulnerable does! I am a big believer in a willingness to be vulnerable…and, a couple weeks ago, I announced that I would be featured on my friend Alexandra Harbushka’s podcast, Real World Woman: Sex, Money, Food!. Talk about Vulnerable! Alexandra is a Lifestyle expert and SO MANY becoming adjectives describe her that she’s a bit intimidating…I expected to be “honest and vulnerable” on her show, but I got a little more vulnerable than I anticipated.
I had such a great time chatting with Alexandra! We had many laughs, a-ha moments and unexpected insights.
Here are some teasers of what we discussed that I am hoping will get you to listen:
- I was asked to rank Sex, Money and Food in order of importance…find out what I listed 1st, 2nd and 3rd!
- Got Vulnerability? Find out the story I can’t tell without crying!
- Want to know my theory of “Gaming and Walling” when it comes to adult dating?
- I was asked “what it smells like to be a Father of 3 kids”…
- How “love” is a brand and why it is HARD to raise your parents!
- All that and MUCH more!!!!
If you want the full scoop, then be sure to listen to the full episode HERE. Let me know what you think and, above all, please continue to support Alexandra and her fantastic series: Real World Woman: Sex, Money and Food!
As you can imagine, I offered a couple of “gifts” for Alexandra’s listeners…and, expecting that you’ll download and listen to my episode, I am hoping you’ll listen all the way to the end to find out what I offered….AND, please take me/her up on the offer if you feel it will benefit you.
But, again, most importantly, please continue to support Alexandra and her fantastic series: Real World Woman: Sex, Money and Food!
A huge and humble thanks to all who took time to post a birthday well wish for me yesterday…lately I have been feeling like EVERY day is my birthday. Life is good right now and even better knowing I truly have so much love in my life…thanks again for the birthday love! Whether it was a phone call, a text, a Facebook comment, a LinkedIn note, or an in person wish, I sincerely appreciate it all.
This was a special birthday that I will always remember. Not only because I got?to celebrate with friends and family, but I also had many opportunities to give back. Giving is what I live for and to do it on my birthday was icing on the cake! Speaking of giving, I launched my online birthday gifts for everyone in my community that you can still take advantage of. Join me for a FREE Power Breakfast, Speaker’s Training or Coaching Session!?
I started off the day??volunteering at?my kid’s?elementary school for the jog-a-thon on wellness day. It was an honor to participate in an activity ?that promotes healthy living for kids who have their whole lives ahead of them.
Then I received an opportunity to be on the alumni Panel at the SDSU School of Communication. I am always looking for excuses to get back on campus, this was just as good as any! I shared my insight on running my own business and how I incorporated many skills I learned from my SDSU days. This was yet another huge honor for me and to do this on my birthday, really made my time giving back even more special.
After a full?day of giving back, I enjoyed dinner with my team at my favorite sushi spot Boto Sushi. Dinner with my family is always a treat. Sometimes we are all busy and can’t always get to the dinner table together, but on my birthday we made it happen with a giant sushi boat that we all devoured.
Thanks again to everyone who made this day great! Remember that I am offering birthday gifts to you too, just click HERE. I look forward to continuing the celebration with so many positive things on the horizon for me!