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Season 1, Episode 43

Morning Routines – How to Get Into the Optimal Morning Mindset

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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?” 

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. We are not present when we’re focused on what we are going to do later. 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 the creative use of your own morning routines, and it can actually be really fun. Today we share some of our favorite tools and tricks and give ourselves permission to continue to play and experiment and make this morning mindset time 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. 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.



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Creating an impactful morning routine begins with a shift in mindset. Acknowledge your role in shaping your circumstances, rather than playing the victim. Set intentions and commit to living consciously throughout the day. Starting the morning intentionally influences your presence, focus, and flow. Experiment with various practices that resonate with you, such as journaling, meditation, or movement. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all routine. Connect your intention with action, and become the conscious leader of your day.

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As creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, we create tools and products because we, ourselves, need to work on something. For Canadian entrepreneur superstar, Alex Ikonn, co-founder of Intelligent Change and creator of the best-selling Five Minute Journal and Productivity Planner, gratitude was his Achilles heel. When Alex, who had a challenging childhood and at times had felt like a victim of his circumstances, learned the power of gratitude, it shifted his whole life. 

If you have scarcity in your life of some sort, whether it be from things that are happening in your family, in your career, or in relationships, you can get into that trap of saying, “Why me?” 

When Alex had that first huge realization that you are planting seeds to your reality with your everyday thoughts and that what you focus on, you cultivate and create in your life, everything changed for him. He learned that if you want to make any difference in your life, you have to take responsibility. This led him to create tools like the Five Minute Journal that could act like “toothbrushes for the mind” and help people build new, healthy habits through a daily routine of being grateful that catapults them on a new life trajectory through changing their mindset.

No one can make you unhappy. Once you take responsibility in your life, there is power. If you take care of that one being that you can be responsible for – YOU – you’re making a massive change that will create a ripple effect and you’re going to inspire others. 

In this episode, Alex Ikonn shares his personal journey and it demonstrates how one truly simple question, asked once per day, can make a massive, fundamental difference in your life.