Mornings Are A Nightmare … it’s time to make them great

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Mornings Are A Nightmare … it’s time to make them great

Yesterday I wrote an article called ‘Your Morning Power-Up Routine – Wake up with more Energy and Motivation’. Here is part two.

A daily one hour power up session will revolutionise your life. Anthony Robbins calls it your ‘Hour of Power’, and Richard Carlson your ‘Golden Hour’. I call mine a ‘Power-up Session’.

Our fast-paced lives often mean we are burning the candle at both ends. Most of the time, we go to bed too late, particularly if you are a blogger it seems. You then end up hitting the snooze button all morning, getting up at the very last minute, leaving just enough time to dash to work or school. Did you know that experts are finding that sleep deprivation could be linked to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, depression and heart attacks? Any wonder why there seems to be such an increase in all these health problems.

Most of us wake up with our mind full, thinking about how we are going to meet the demands of our day and fulfil all our obligations and the promises we have made to other people. We begin our day in response mode and remain that way until it’s time to go to bed. This is not the recipe to make a really great day. So to take control of your life at the start of every morning is a really important thing to do. This morning power up session, is you time, it’s not for anyone else. This is the time where you come first.

That may be a new concept for some of you. Having worked in Ladies only gyms for quite a while, it never ceases to amaze me, how so many women put others ahead of themselves. First they are mothers, wives, daughters, domestic engineers, employees and friends. They never have time for themselves. Well you are the most important person in your life, because without you your dependants are going to struggle. Once your energy levels hit rock bottom, your immune system crashes, what good are you going to be to your family when you are layed up in bed with one illness or other. Take control of your life, and start every morning by filling yourself with mental and physical energy.

What also amazes me is the way some people try to awaken themselves in the morning.

In my mind the worst possible way to start your morning, is to wake up to the sound of your alarm, where after a short time of trying to ignore it, hoping that it will stop of its own volition, you move the necessary muscles to reach across and turn it off, allowing yourself to drift back to sleep, having allowed your inner dialogue to convince you there truly was no need to get out of bed.

Another way, is at 7:00 am your alarm screams into action, those annoying radio broadcasters on the breakfast shows talking rubbish into your ear, unless you listen to Bishop FM’s Lee Brownson (cheap plug for a mate), waking you up, you pull yourself out of your warm, comforting bed, climb into the shower, get dressed, then turn your attention to the kids, before leaving for work at 7:45am, grabbing a take-away coffee on the way, arriving at work by 8;15am, and jumping straight into your work by 8:30am. Probably taking a quick break at 9:00 to make yourself your next coffee, already being in need of a caffeine kick.

I have heard of worse ways to wake up. Having an ice cold bucket of water thrown over you in the morning. Setting three alarm clocks positioned out of reach around your bedroom. Using a ladder to place an alarm clock on top of your wardrobe, and then taking the ladder out of your bedroom before retiring to bed. Having your mum call you every morning seems a very common solution many people use.

Removing the duvet from my daughters bed, has always proved a workable solution to get her out of bad in double quick time, as does allowing my Collie to enter her bedroom, and jump on her bed and lick her face until again she bolts out of bed.

As effective as some of these methods may be, they are not conducive to powering up your morning.

Let’s get you to the point where you can now start making the changes. So you want to get in control of your life, and start creating a better life for yourself. Well the starting place for you is to set up for yourself a morning routine, that will set up a high energy tone for the rest of your day. The way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day filling you with energy and making you more productive.

Anyway, if you want to create your perfect morning each morning, do so. It will probably be one of the most rewarding things to conquer in your life, enabling you to live optimally, in a peak state and secure your goals and live the life that you have always dreamed about.

As you follow this morning power up session, you’ll soon find that you are naturally becoming more and more positive, feeling physically stronger as you reduce stress.

Imagine living every day with passion, having the courage to dream of even more and the determination to make it real.

Learning and implementing the morning power up session will put you on track to creating that better life.

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got. If your life is not where you want it to be, then you can be absolutely certain that nothing will change until you determine to make it change.

You have the capacity to change your life any day you want to. It is never too late to make a change in your life, to transform yourself. Building the best routine for yourself in the morning is absolutely key.

If you do them in the morning before distractions and interruptions can occur, you’re bound to always get them done. It starts the day off right and really sets the stage for what the rest of the day will be like.

Isn’t it time you took control of your day. Facts are, if your morning starts well, the rest of the day will follow through with a positive outlook. So what can you do about it.

I want you to create for yourself a happy, relaxed, productive day, where you have a positive mind and an energised body right from the start.

The first action is simple. No more lying in bed in the morning, fighting off your alarm, grabbing those extra few minutes in dream land, and then rushing around like a headless chicken, trying to get everything done before you fly out the door. Let me make this extremely clear. Even if I know I’m sounding more like my mother every day. Waking up tired to the sound of an annoying alarm clock, hitting that snooze button multiple times, and then rushing out the door without even having time to fuel your body, that’s the purpose of breakfast, you are creating the problems that will now face you for the rest of the day.

The magic is too programme yourself to get up one hour early. Yes that right, one extra hour in the morning can and will make such a significant difference to your day ahead, as well as your life.

Getting up an hour earlier than you normally do. Now don’t pull that face! I don’t know you but I do know what your initial reaction is. You are questioning my sanity! You’re about to give up reading this, because I’m suggesting something so impossible! But am I, or perhaps am I giving you the key to unlock your potential, to now be able to achieve so much more than you ever have before. Am I not giving you an uninterrupted one hour ‘MY’ time! At this time of day you will have your own private time. This is the time of the day that is truly your own private time ‘Me Time’. You will now have one hour, every day, to programme yourself for success.

You have to make yourself a priority in your life. A great start to the day will make a huge difference to you. Eliminate any excuses, give it a go, and get started creating your perfect morning each morning. I call it my Morning Power up Session. Give it a try and see the difference it can make to your day.

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it ~ Richard Whately

You will have a lot more time to do things that are more interesting than sleeping. You’ll gain extra hours per week doing this. That extra time is very noticeable. You will have time for everything that’s important to you, making your life more balanced, relaxed, and optimistic. And best of all, you’ll have loads more energy all day long.

Think about what you could do with that extra time. Even an extra 30 minutes per day is enough to exercise daily, read a book or two each month, maintain a blog, meditate daily, cook healthy food, learn a musical instrument, etc. A small amount of extra time each day adds up to significant amounts over the course of a year. 30 minutes a day is 182.5 hours in a year. That’s more than a month of working full-time (40 hours per week). Double it if you save 60 minutes a day, and triple it if you save 90 minutes a day. For me the savings was about 90 minutes/day. That’s like getting a free bonus year every decade. I’m using this time to do things that I previously didn’t have the time and energy to do. It’s wonderful.

Your productivity will be much higher, not just in the morning but all throughout the day. You will also noticed a significant feeling of well-being.

In my next article I will tell you how not only is it possible to wake up one hour early, but that it is easy to. Rather than being even more tired than you are on a daily basis all ready, this will be one of the ways where you actually find yourself with loads more energy.

The older generation thought nothing of getting up at five every morning – and the younger generation doesn’t think much of it either. ~John J. Welsh

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.
3 Comments
  1. admin February 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for this comment Ed. On waking in the morning, i can think of no better way of starting your day, than focusing on prayer. One of my favourites is: “Dear Lord, I thank You for the Grace of being alive this morning; I thank You for the sleep that has refreshed me; I thank You for the chance to make a new beginning.”

  2. Bongo February 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Wellllllll..LOLOL I am a night owl…I was always told that would change as I aged..but they were WRONG LOLOLOL…I typically sleep at 3 am…..and wake between 8-9 I am not a hppy camper..and don’t look at me till I’ve downed a pot of coffee….so as you arise at 5 am…..enjoy your “MY” time…and and watch me ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZ…….thanks for the chuckle…As always…XXOXOXOXO’

  3. Yogasavy February 18, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Waking up early is not an issue for me. As soon as I am up a glass or 2 of water is what i go for. Then a small warm session before I teach my morning classes. The days when I do not have a class I look forward to watching the sunrise.

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