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Create an Impactful Morning Routine Through Your Mindset

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Ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed? And you couldn’t shake that nagging feeling that the day was already ruined before it even started? I know I have…

It’s easy to say, “I’m in a bad mood because this bad thing happened in the morning and somebody woke me up or I had a bad night of sleep, or I had a really early morning flight.”

Now it’s common to fall into the belief that all of those things happened TO you. When life is happening to you, you’re in Drama in Victim mode. 

Conscious leadership emphasizes accountability. That means acknowledging the part you had in creating your circumstances. Did you start your morning on your phone? Did you start your morning by reading the news? Did you decide to press snooze a whole bunch of times and end up oversleeping? Did you head straight to your email as soon as you opened your eyes? I know from my own work experience that if I begin my workday jumping straight into email and problem-solving, I am not at my best at all. I’m not as creative or present.

One of the most important skills of a conscious leader is asking yourself, “How did I create this current situation that is in front of me?” 

That’s why morning routines are important. It is a time of day to set your intentions and mindset for the day. It’s a time of day where you can commit to living the rest of your day consciously. 

The way you start your morning can impact your presence, focus, and flow for the rest of the day. 

The morning is an opportunity to get intentional about who you want to BE by the end of the day and to focus on cultivating a way of being present.

Mindset is really about the way you are being and the most important way of “being” is being present – in ease, in flow, aware, and grounded in current reality.

There are so many different fun and creative ways you can support yourself with your morning routine

By creating a personalized morning routine focused on the optimal mindset for yourself, you will gain the benefits of energy, clarity, and inspiration. 

Give yourself permission to play and experiment making your morning routine a time of self-discovery and expansion. Claim your role as the creator of your day. 

Connect your intention with your action. Be proactive. Be creative.

The only person who can make you a conscious leader is you. And it starts first thing in the morning.

So that’s why I care about morning routines. I found it to be personally for myself the number one most important practice of leading consciously, of leading as my best self in my zone of genius in full presence and flow from above the line in a way where I am of service. Of service to those who care about me, of service to those who need my leadership. So

Experiment with Your Morning Routine

For me, I’ve noticed I’m much more likely to do a morning routine of some kind if I, A, give myself permission to change it and then B, continue to inspire myself about what new thing can I bring and how could I make it more fun and more meaningful to me, and more in line with my own system, my own body’s needs?

So if you’ve tried out having a morning routine before but couldn’t stay committed, consider that perhaps you were trying to fit yourself into a morning routine mold that’s not the right fit for you. Your morning routine can look like anything. 

If you’re not an early riser, you don’t need to set that 5am alarm. 

If you hate running, try dancing instead. 

The most important thing to remember about a morning routine is that it’s YOUR morning routine. What works for me may not work for you. Finding the routine that suits your needs and mindset is the goal. 

One way to remain present throughout your day is to focus your morning on cultivating that mindset and way of being. There are so many different ways that you can support yourself through creative use of your own morning routines, and it can actually be really fun. 

Give yourself permission to continue to play and experiment and make your morning mindset a time of self-discovery and expansion. 

Here are some practices you can add to your morning routine: 

Journaling 

Coloring books

State-Shifting

Meditation

Movement

Breathwork

Reading

Listening to a podcast 

Dancing

Sitting outside

When you are intentional about your morning you establish yourself as the Creator of your day. 

The most important part is connecting your intention with your action. That strong integrity plays into a positive mindset that will make you more proactive and creative. 

Boost your energy, remain in presence, stay calm, and see what inspires you. 

There are so many ways to find this optimal morning mindset, and ultimately all that matters is that it works for YOU! There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to your growth. 

Claim your role as the creator of your day. By creating a personalized morning routine to develop the optimal morning mindset for yourself, you will gain the benefits of energy, clarity, and inspiration. 

The only person who can make you a conscious leader is you. And it starts first thing in the morning.

Connect your intention with your action. Be proactive. Be creative.

This article is related to my podcast episode on morning routine – Listen here. 

Photography by Kelley Raye // kelleyraye.com

Dr. Caneel Joyce is a CEO Coach and social scientist who helps people break out of the invisible traps and make whole-life changes easily and naturally.

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