“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius
Why is momentum so important?
Imagine a train that is at a standstill. It cannot even move over a pebble. Then imagine a train moving over a hundred miles an hour, it could go through a car and barely lose speed. How? The power of momentum.
Our lives are the same way. When things are going well and you are feeling good, things that normally bother you like waiting in lines or your favorite menu item is not available does not bother you as much. But when you have no momentum and you are already upset, if someone so much as forgets to do their dishes, an explosion happens.
This difference is when we are moving towards our goals and are making progress, we do not have time to focus on the negative things in our lives. We are experiencing the joy of moving towards our goals. We do not want to lose that good feeling so our brains find ways to keep the momentum going.
As the old saying goes:
“If you got a big enough dream, you don’t need a crisis” -Jerry Wesch
Inevitably obstacles will show up. That is why knowing what momentum is and how to generate it, is so important for accomplishing your dreams, goals, and objectives.
Tony Robbins explains the formula for generating momentum. He uses to guys who were the first people to make over a million dollars in one day online as an example.
The Best Way To Generate Momentum: A Morning Routine
Everyone knows about morning routines nowadays. The old, wake up and do the same thing every day.
Whether you realize it or not you have a morning routine. For some people, it is chaotic and stressful. For others it’s incredibly centering and empowering.
The idea is to create a morning routine that gets you into a state where you can power through any obstacle because you spent the time in the morning generating momentum.
I am not going to tell you what to do for your morning routine. That is for you to decide. But here are some tips for how to manage your state so you can figure out on your own how to create a personalized morning routine that generates momentum for your life.
Pillars of a Successful Morning Routine
- ENGAGE YOUR BODY: This could be anything from going for a walk, yoga, zone exercises, a workout. Something that gets the blood flowing a little bit and wakes you up. Also, fasted cardio in the morning is great to trigger a fat burning response in your body!
- ENGAGE YOUR FOCUS: Engage your mind, you want to train what you focus on with your mind. This could be a meditation (which is engaging your focus with your mind/breath). Other great ways to engage your focus are journaling, reading, reviewing your goals.
- ENGAGE YOUR LANGUAGE: I am a big fan of affirmations. I use them everyday and think it is the most powerful way to train the subconscious mind. This pillar really means to watch your self-talk in the first hour of the day. 90% of our thoughts are just recycled from the day before. So if someone upset me yesterday. I will generally wake up ruminating on that situation. By having a morning routine where I engage my body, focus, and language, I am able to change the narrative in my head to help me focus on my goals and not my obstacles.
WHAT TO AVOID:
- Checking your phone/email first thing in the morning – puts you in reaction mode and increases stress levels.
- Watching the news – designed to make you either angry or afraid which is not what you want to set the tone for your day with.
- Consuming massive amounts of sugar – this will put you on a blood sugar roller coaster ride of emotional highs and lows, so it is best to avoid a lot of sugar in the morning.
There are other health-oriented suggestions like drinking 16oz of room temperature water first thing in the morning because your body dehydrates while you sleep. However, a lot of your routine should be up to you and in alignment with your goals and lifestyle!
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO COMMIT TO A ROUTINE FOR A MINIMUM OF 21 DAYS!!!
Decide how you want to get yourself in a peak state in the morning and do just that.
An example of my most recent morning routine:
- -Wake Up
- -16 oz of water with Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon, and Sea Salt
- -4-7-8 Breathing (5 times)
- -20 minutes of meditation
- -Affirmations/Gratitude Journaling
- -Hot/Cold Shower Contrast
- -Dry Brushing/Stretching
If you’re interested in learning more about why I include these things in my morning routine or how to create a healthy and empowering routine yourself email me at email@example.com
We can see if more coaching is right for you so you can achieve all your fitness and health goals!