How to start a day like a boss.
It was late in November when I realised that I needed to start my days differently.
I awoke to the sound of crying from the cot. Ava was awake and needed me. I hopped out of bed and checked the time. 7:45. I had slept in again!! My alarm had not woken me up and I did not feel ready for the day. No time to worry about that, it was my wife’s turn for the car and they wouldn’t be ready to leave till 8:30 for nursery. I messaged my mother in law, they were heading my way in their car. She replied saying I could get a lift but they wouldn’t be leaving till 8:10. This meant I would get to work twenty five minutes before the children.
As I sat in the car, I made a vow to myself that this would never happen to me again. I was completely relying on others to get to work and felt powerless. It doesn’t seem like a good idea to start the day with feelings of powerlessness.
Two weeks later, I found a solution.
I was listening to a podcast by Pat Flynn. Here’s a link to his work: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/category/podcast/
He recently did an interview with a man named Hal Elrod. I had not heard of him before, but after listening to the challenges he had experienced in his life, I decided to pay attention. He has a fantastic mentality to life and it has helped him to overcome major challenges. He was talking about a morning routine that he created for himself that gave him great results. I wanted to find something to help me with this because I have been fighting a losing battle with the alarm clock.
Don’t get me wrong. I am always up for work and ready to go in good time, but this leads to me starting my day with a million things to do for my family before I am out of the door. I love doing things for my family, but filling every second with it means there is no time for those things that Steven Covey describes as important but not urgent. It also means that I don’t have time to mentally prepare for the challenges of the day ahead. I needed to create time for me to focus on early morning exercise, visualisation, reading and journaling and I wasn’t finding that time. It also speaks powerfully to my subconscious that I am in charge of my day and I have set my own agenda.
Hal describes a process that follows an acronym: S.A.V.E.R.S. These stand for Silence, affirmations, visualisation, exercise, reading and striving. I haven’t read the book and all the insight I have is from the podcast, but I have been incorporating it since January and have had amazing results.
*I have woken up at five A.M every working day in January with ease.
*I start the day feeling in control of my agenda and state of mind.
*I have been able to exercise first thing in the morning consistently.
*Instead of feeling tired, I have been feeling more energised and full of purpose.
*I own my day because I have time to write actions for the day in alignment with my goals.
I would not do justice to Hal by trying to explain how it works, but if you are interested in starting your days in complete charge of how you feel, this is something you have to look at. I wake up at 5 A.M so that if my children wake up around 6, (which they sometimes do) I can still fit the routine in. When the children get older, it will be even more time in the morning for me to pursue my goals and start the day right. You might not need to get up as early as me, but carving out this time is vital. All the successful people whose ideas I follow have a morning routine. I am really enjoying creating my own.
I wish you the best
P.S I also discovered that my phone’s alarm was not working when it was plugged into the mains. This has helped massively as well.
How to start a day like a boss.