Well, let’s take a break from the normal routine of writing about principles to grow by and discuss foundational strategies for growth. Let’s get back to the basics. These are not complex; they’re just basic things each of us can do to grow ourselves beyond our current limitations.
Ok, I can’t resist giving a growth principle only one paragraph after I said I wouldn’t. Here it is: The small day by day actions facilitate our growth as much as, if not more than, the big things. For example, making your bed daily is it as important as the 26 mile run done in preparation for a marathon. Making the bed is as important as necessary as a 26 mile run because in order to work up to a daily difficult gut wrenching challenging habit smaller habits help form major habits. If I can’t discipline myself to wake up and make my bed on a daily basis how can I discipline myself to run 26 miles straight in the cool of the morning alone with the pain and anguish that comes with strenuous exercise.
A time when we can take advantage of small repetitive action for growth habits is our morning routine.
This post will discuss options for morning routine so that we Cultivate conditions for growing our beliefs and behaviors beyond our current limits.
As a sidenote, although we might change one of our behaviors Developing our behavior as a growth habit. The belief that one can close them selves into a habit of behaviors is as important as the behavior itself. Our beliefs help shape our behaviors as much as our behaviors help shape our beliefs.
The morning routines will take between one to two hours to complete. So wake up early.
Movement g the metabolism each person has a different body some people prefer to exercise some for food exercise in the morning. Ultimately you have to make the decision of when is best for you to exercise but for me morning is best.
Below is a list of morning behaviors. Pick one or two to begin with and establish that behavior for 30 days and then choose another behavior and establish that behavior in 30 days. You’ll start seeing skill development in the area of habit formation.
- Tell everyone in your household good morning and give them a hug. If it applies a big kiss goes a long way too.
- Make up your bed and meditate within the first 30 minutes of the day.
- Review your Growth Foundations (vision, mission, and affirmations – see below for the templates)
- Preview your calendar
- Get movement (walk, run, stretch). Some people like to do this for their night routine some people do it in the middle of the day some do it at the beginning of the day the point of me putting this on the list is not so much that you do it at a particular time of the day but the point is that we do it at least once a day.
- Read an inspirational text. Growthucator.com writings may apply here. Other things you could read could include sacred texts, books on personal and communal growth, or a magazine of your choice. One place which typically does not have inspirational readings is the daily news. So I would avoid it.
- Listen to someone who’s inspiring on YouTube or a podcast.
- Write in a journal.
- Eat a nutrient dense breakfast.
This list is not exhaustive nor prescriptive. It is for you to pick and choose or better yet discover additional morning routines on your own. Regardless of what your routine is, just have one.