1. Before you can learn to focus in other areas of your life, you need to learn how to focus on a daily basis - that’s Personal Mastery.
2. A consistent morning routine sets you up for success throughout the day. Here are the first two keys to mastering your morning.
3. Key 1: Morning Affirmation. A morning affirmation can help you set your intentions for the day.
4. Key 2: Mindfulness and Meditation. Incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your morning routine to improve stress levels, focus, and overall well-being.
“Most people live within the confines of their comfort zone. The best thing you can do for yourself is to regularly move beyond it. This is the way to lasting personal mastery and to realize the true potential of your human endowments.” - Robin Sharma
Welcome to Personal Mastery!
Digital technology has evolved at a breakneck pace since the emergence of the smartphone a decade ago. Hundreds of apps have been developed since, each vying for our attention. People spend significant parts of their days checking social media. They provide a way for everyone to be constantly engaged but distracted at the same time, even though the information they provide is usually mindless.
The addiction to social media does make sense from a physiological perspective. You get a dopamine hit every time you check social media and see that somebody liked your post. You also hear stories about young people who become depressed because they’re not getting many likes on their posts. Social media can be very useful and beneficial, but not when it begins to control you. Unfortunately, more and more of us are letting that happen.
Therefore, in this first module, we’re going to focus on personal mastery. Before you can learn to focus in other areas of your life, you need to make sure you’re focused in your day to day life first.
There are several ways we can invite focus into our daily lives while also driving away distractions. Having a plan and executing it until it becomes routine allows us to set ourselves up for success each and every day.
A consistent morning routine is critical. If we look at all the elite performers in the world regardless of discipline, many are early risers who rely on routines to ensure they are controlling as many variables as possible. They do the same things every day and adjust their routines depending on outcomes, which enables them to be constantly improving.
Here are the first two keys to mastering your morning:
KEY 1: MORNING AFFIRMATION
A morning affirmation is something you can do as soon as you wake up. It takes only seconds but can set the tone for the rest of your day.
Take a moment to establish your intentions for the day and form a positive statement. It can be something as simple as, “This is going to be a great day,” or “I’m super happy to be alive.” You might tell yourself, “I’m going to change the world today,” or “Today is another chance to achieve all my goals.”
These might sound cheesy, but thinking intentionally about these kinds of statements first thing in the morning can set your mindset and establish control over your day from the get-go.
KEY 2: MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION
While the words mindfulness and meditation might have once seemed to apply to only a select group of extreme health-minded people, they are now used commonly in business settings as employers realize their significant impact on stress levels, focus, and overall well-being. In recent years, there has been an explosion of resources, from in-person classes to smartphone apps, aimed at helping people centre themselves and quiet their minds so they can be more present and more focused.
There are simple ways you can introduce meditation into your daily routine. Download an app such as Headspace, Calm, or Muse that guides you through quick sessions you can do right at your desk.
Today’s New Habit: Morning Routine
For the next two weeks, carve out a morning routine. If a morning routine is a new concept for you, start by making yourself a checklist. Try to include an affirmation, meditation, fuel, and exercise. However everyone is different and you might find different activities work for you. The key is to set yourself up to be at your best for the day ahead. We’ll check in with you next week to see how you’re doing.