Summary

  • Make it fun and satisfying, one of the main goals is to provide you with mental and spiritual energy, by giving you something to look forward to as soon as you wake up.  Because your morning is now “yours”, you’ll crave it and it will make getting up easier. Plus, you will create momentum that can carry you right through the end of game buzzer.
  • Before you start or do anything at all:
    • Drink a tall glass of water (bonus points: with electrolytes)
    • Shut down the outside world and isolate yourself as much as you can so you can have your moment of peace and focus (doing this early really helps)
  • Subtract:
    • Do not turn on your phone (I hope you turn it off at night)
    • Do not check email nor computer
    • Do not look at news
    • No food, no sugar
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“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. Robert H. Schuller

If it’s true, what Jim Rohn said, that the way you do one thing is the way you do everything, then it stands to reason that they way you start your day is critically important as it sets the tone for everything else to come.

Here is my success ritual evolved over 12 years of online business building, going from a minimum wage earner that struggled to get up and get to work on time to being to do more in a day than most do in a week.

I dare you to try this just once and see for yourself if it doesn’t put you into a peak state multiple times better than you’d be otherwise…

Keys:

  • Make it fun and satisfying, one of the main goals is to provide you with mental and spiritual energy, by giving you something to look forward to as soon as you wake up.  Because your morning is now “yours”, you’ll crave it and it will make getting up easier. Plus, you will create momentum that can carry you right through the end of game buzzer.
  • Behavior dictates identity: 7 x 7 does 2 things for you:
    • Waking up extra early tells you that you are really serious about getting results, which gives you steely resolve and commitment for all you do
    • Taking time for yourself and your betterment sets you apart from the other 99% and it cements inside you the idea that you are important and worth investing in.  Most do only basic and necessary maintenance on themselves, if that. Treating yourself like the high value vehicle of creativity and achievement that you are changes how you perceive yourself. And this feeling transforms your experience of being you well beyond all the other benefits you will get from doing this.

Before you start or do anything at all:

  • Drink a tall glass of water (bonus points: with electrolytes)
  • Shut down the outside world and isolate yourself as much as you can so you can have your moment of peace and focus (doing this early really helps)

Subtract:

  • Do not turn on your phone (I hope you turn it off at night)
  • Do not check email nor computer
  • Do not look at news
  • No food, no sugar

Just imagine that your mind is a calm and reflective lake.  A blank slate upon which you wish to cause no ripple but those you intend to cause.

The day and the world and all it’s demands will catch up to you soon enough.  This is where you set and strengthen your intent to control your focus, yourself, and the course of your time and effort for this unit of time.

Consider any outside influence as pollution, and keep it away for now.  Your goal is that all actions, thoughts and behaviors be truly yours, not a reaction to the outside world or others, nor to their needs or desires.

To Conquer the AM: do these 7 things for 7 minutes

Start with a conscious decision to move with purpose and intent.  Commit to quickly engaging in the next part of the success ritual without pause or hesitation.  Make it automatic.

This trains you to reduce activation energy.  In time, this will make it easier for you to switch tasks and engage quickly, in everything you do, saving tremendous time and energy.

When you start out, I recommend you do these in the exact order listed here: it comes from much practice and experimenting and you will be amazed at how you feel.

1) Exercise

Now that your mind is claimed for yourself, it’s time to wake up your body.  I prefer to do my hard exercise later in the day. However, there is great benefit to getting your circulation going first thing.

Since I tend to be stiff in the morning, I jump on a mini trampoline for 2-3 minutes.  Then you could do anything that gets your heart rate up for a few minutes. My goal is to get alive and wakeful, not to sweat since I want to continue my morning ritual without interruption. (you can do this however you want, it’s your practice, make it your own.)

I find kettlebell swings are a happy medium.  Or even a tiny 5 minute HIIT circuit when I’m feeling frisky.

Not only does exercise wake you up, but it is one of the only things proven to increase brain plasticity, a great ally to superior accomplishment. (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151207131508.htm )

2) Meditate:

Your mind is fresh, but if you are like most people, it won’t be for long.  Unless you endeavor to make it so.

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.  Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you.” 
― Buddha

There are a thousand ways to do this and they have different names:  Meditation, prayer, mindfulness.

Here are 2 uncommon ones I’ve discovered through years of struggling through more traditional methods that work well for me.

I encourage you to try different ones until you also find what works for you.  Then it will be easy and enriching.

A former martial arts master explained to me that the goal of meditation is to put a single drop in the bucket of inner peace.  However you deposit your daily drop, it will eventually begin to fill the container and create tremendous benefits.

The first one is that you will have full control of your mind and emotions longer and longer throughout the day.

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.” Bob Marley

1. Om Japa in the chakras:

Sit cross legged, close your eyes, put your tongue to the roof of your mouth.  Starting at the base of the spine, mentally say “om” in your first chakra, then move up and do the same in each successive Chakra.  On the way down, start at the medula chakra and work your way down in the same way. This is one cycle, and each should last approximately 30 seconds.

I find this keeps my mind sufficiently occupied to become thoughtless.

I also suspect that this becomes a neuronal training exercise where the directing of nerve impulse actually increases myelination of the spinal cord, which leads to all kinds of good things. (http://jcs.biologists.org/content/127/14/2999 )

2. Calm Mind/Calm Body.

This is a technique taught by the great Dan Kennedy in his excellent reworking of the classic work and 30 million copies bestseller Psycho Cybernetics by Dr. Maltz.

If you struggle with meditation, try this, it just might blow your mind how well it works and how great it feels.

  • Lie down on your back
  • Take a few deep breaths
  • Imagine your body being composed of 5 inflated tube parts: legs, hips and torso, neck and shoulders, arms, head.
  • First take a deep breath into your legs and on exhalation, relax them as you imagine that all the air exits that tube until they are empty and flat.
  • On the next breath, do the torso and so on until you’ve deflated the 5 tubes.
  • Once all tubes are done, take 3 deep breaths
  • Feel the calm and say in your mind: Calm body, calm mind. Calm mind, calm body
  • Repeat at least 7 times
  • In time, it creates a very powerful anchor. So you will be able to go from agitated to calm in one breath just by saying this in your head.

Anything, from prayer to mantras or any other technique whose purpose is to quiet the mind will do, so don’t get caught up in the what, the benefit comes from the doing…

And it’s the daily practice that fills the recipient.

3) Read:

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” ― Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

Be extremely deliberate in this practice.  

Remember that the entire goal of this morning ritual is to cock the bow of your intention and undeniably propel you to your target.

Read something that elevates your thinking.  It can be something new, or a reminder of something important.

It must not be fiction but rather something that sharpens the skills that are crucial to your undertakings.

In short it must serve your purpose.  Here are 5 excellent choices:

  • Essentialism – Greg Mckeown
  • Willpower Doesn’t Work –  Ben Hardy
  • The War of Art –  Steven Pressfield
  • The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday
  • Triggers –  Marshall Goldsmith

4) Journal:

“In the journal, I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.”  ― Susan Sontag

You are now largely awake, both mentally and physically.

Journaling is an act of self-direction and observation at the same time.  There is something magical about putting thoughts to paper, not least of which that you immediately gain a new perspective by exteriorising your thoughts.

Someone really smart (I forget who, maybe John Doerr) once said that the true value of experience comes not from experience itself, but from reflecting upon it.

Yet all too often we just go through the motions without trying to make more than superficial sense of things.

Writing makes it real.

Here is my 7 minute morning journaling ritual:

  • Write down 3 things you are grateful for.  Take just a few seconds to let the actual feeling of gratitude occupy you, otherwise the impact is lost…
  • Connect with the main thread of your ambition: describe it, expand it, sharpen it, ask questions
  • Name the obstacles that must be overcome for this ambition to materialize
  • Note what in yourself has prevented you in the past or could prevent you today from reaching for it with all you’ve got
  • Write down 3 affirmations that describe the person you wish to become.  If you can, stand up and say them out loud and add a physical gesture like a fist pump or a chest thump. Huzzah!

It’s worth taking the time to get good at this.  The brilliant young author of “Willpower Doesn’t Work” Ben Hardy has a great course on the topic and a free cheat sheet based on which I modified some of my own ritual.

5) Connect to the Signal:

This is probably my favorite part, and I suspect it might become yours.

The signal refers to experiencing  as fully as possible, that which you aspire to.  It’s a term coined by Daniel Coyle in the Talent Code.

“Where deep practice is all about staggering-baby steps, ignition is about the set of signals and subconscious forces that create our identity; the moments that lead us to say “that is who I want to be”. We usually think of passion as an inner quality. But the more I visited hotbeds (of talent), the more I saw it as something that came first from the outside world. In the hotbeds the right butterfly wingflap was causing talent hurricanes.” ―  Daniel Coyle

Watch a quick video of someone performing a feat that is beyond your grasp in the field in which you wish to excel.

If you are afraid of public speaking, watch a great orator deliver a powerful speech.

Watch someone go through unsexy, inglorious practice at an ungodly hour.

Watch a person run straight toward that which they fear most with steely eyed determination.

Watch someone sacrifice the ordinary for the great.  The goal is that it instill within you the seed of superior accomplishment, discipline and decision making.

Anything by the late Jim Rohn does the trick for me.  But again, make this practice your own.

Have your tracks selected in advance so you don’t have to search or flounder but can just get straight to it.  Set a timer for 7 minutes. You can always have more later 😉

6) Imitate/practice:

Now it’s time to emulate what you’ve just seen.

This is a time to break the mold of who you think you are and be 3 or 10 times better, bigger and bolder.

Be Tony Robbins for a few minutes, or Will Smith, or Michael Jordan or Muhammad Ali.

Be larger than yourself and larger than life.  Cultivate the increasing greatness within you. Break the normal boundaries you impose on yourself.  Be totally shameless.

This creates a different experience of being you.  Channeling the greats rubs some of that greatness off on you.

7) Clear:  

“Clarity equals Success” ― Greg McKeown

Now you are super ready.  Your mind is calm, yet energized.  Your spirit is enlivened and soaring high.  Your body is awake and full of vitality.

You should be in a near perfect state to see things clearly, make good decisions and attack your most important items with quiet determination and purpose.

And this is the step where you define what that is.

I personally use several micro tools to do this, but it would take another entire long form piece to cover it, so instead, let me give you the goals/outcomes of getting this clarity section right.

What is the one thing I can work on today for 2-3 hours that will move the needle along the most toward my biggest goal?

Commit to doing this thing first.  Decide when and where you will do it.  Write it down.

What are the 2-3 other important things that would make today a big success?

Then you may have todos.

It’s important to note that as counterproductive as it may seem, you can almost throw away your todo list, only somewhat succeed at the “important” and still score big if you always get 2-3 hours of real production on your big goal.

If you skimp on the big goal or fail to put it first and make it the one thing, then immediately, the horizon of your potential shrinks to average, middle class, C+, B- on a good day.

And if you focus on your todo list, you can wake up one day, to quote the great Jim Rohn, “stupid, broke, sick and ugly.”

The hierarchy matters.  

In fact, this one point changes everything, so figure out what the greatest point of leverage is, and attack that first and like clockwork.

You are now ready to have an excellent day.

You are healthy and clear.  You have re claimed your mind and your time.  You’ve shaved away the false obligations and ridiculous demands of modern life.

You’ve identified your guiding star and locked your gaze upon it.  

Right now, others are slowly waking up, barely knowing what day it is.  In a matter of seconds, they will be sucked back into the chaotic void of a connected life, where someone else will begin to write and scribble furiously on the blank slate of their existence.

But not you.

You are like an arrow, shot from Apollo’s bow, flying high above the chaos to find it’s mark.

Go forth and conquer.