Does this sound like you?
- Wake up & get out of bed – thinking of all the things you have to do today
- Pick up your cell phone & check emails, texts and social media, while continuing to think of all the things you have to do today
- Have a shower – thinking of all the things you have to do today
- Have a cup of coffee while continuing to check your cell phone – thinking of all the things you have to do today
- Have breakfast – thinking of all the things you have to do today
- Get dressed – thinking of all the things you have to do today
- Travel to work or head to your home office – thinking of all the things you have to do today
We do the same actions, think the same thoughts and, more importantly, feel the same emotions – every morning, every day, every week, every month, year after year.
And then we wonder why our lives aren’t changing for the better or why we’re not manifesting the goals we’ve set.
So, what’s really happening when we have a morning routine like the one I just described?
For starters, we essentially train our brain to repeat these actions, thoughts and emotions. There’s a saying “neurons that fire together, wire together” meaning that anything that you repeat over and over again creates a neural pathway in your brain. That’s what deeply engrained habits are.
Think of it like a bike path in a park. It probably started out as grass, then changed to a dirt path after hundreds, even thousands of cyclists rode on it, then the city paved it to make it smooth and long lasting.
The other thing with having a morning routine like this is that we’re training ourselves to overload our brains with information (which may or may not actually be useful let alone supportive).
We’re also training our brains to be focused on our long to-do list and stressing out about it.
Yes, we actually can train ourselves to be stressed out!
So, you might be wondering how you can go about changing your non-supportive morning routine if it’s literally become like a paved pathway in your brain.
That’s the beauty of what’s known as neuroplasticity. What this means is that just the way we can negatively train our brains by repeating non-supportive actions, thoughts and feelings, we can also positively train our brains by repeating supportive actions, thoughts and feelings.
In this episode of Your Best Self Minute I’m going to share 3 simple but powerful action steps you can take to start making your morning routine a powerful, peaceful, inspiring & empowering experience that will set the tone for the rest of your day.