Throughout my endeavour to study the greats, like any data there are commonalities. You start to see patterns in a web of information that tells you fundamentally all successful people did certain things to get to where they are.
Until recently, although I knew about morning routines, they were at best vaguely a part of my daily ritual. I didn’t encompass everything I knew, and that was one of my shortfalls. This recently changed after reading: “The Morning Miracle” – a book that comes highly recommended from me, as well as one which has a foundation of credible reviews on Amazon.co.uk. Since reading this book, I have implemented a “Morning Routine” – or as I like to call it, the “Power Hour” into my life because it adhered to a principle I believe in so closely:
“Mindset Above All”
Here’s my exact routine, with a reason as to why each technique has been implemented.
Step 1: Breathing like the Ice Man – 10 Minutes
Yes, you read that right. You will learn to breath like the man who walks in his shorts across ice, and who swims in freezing sub zero temperatures. I know your probably thinking: ” Milan – I’m just a consultant. Why do I need to breathe like the Ice Man”. As the diagram dictates, doing this for about 10-15 minutes every morning as soon as you wake up, makes oxygen rush into your lungs giving you a euphoric rush of vitality. Furthermore, it has been scientifically proven that regular practice of the Wim Hof method can help activate our autonomic nervous system whilst inhibiting our innate immune system.
The following are the results found after Wim Hof trained 12 subjects for a period of 10 days. Research was conducted at the Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. Ultimately, the basis of the scientific testing involved injecting all of the 24 subjects with an endotoxin, which contained a component from the cell wall of bacteria that evokes a reaction from the bodies immune system.
The results showed: “The trained men produced more of the hormone epinephrine as a result of the techniques they had learned.” Epinephrine is a stress hormone that is released during increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system and it suppresses the immune response. “We indeed observed that in the trained subjects the release of inflammatory proteins was attenuated and that they experienced far less flu-like symptoms.”
The exact track I listen to can be found HERE. After doing the breathing for even 5 minutes the track subsides into a relaxing song – at this point you feel your body tingling, almost as though a sensation of “pins and needles” covers your body. Your cells truly do feel revitalised with a rush of oxygen.
If you would like more information on Wif Hof, you can read his book HERE
Step 2: Gratitude – 10 Minutes
Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You open the door through gratitude.
– Deepak Chopra
I’ve got to be honest, I hated the gratitude part – after reading about it in so many books, I tried it several times and eventually I found I was always thankful about the same things, and then I got bored about being thankful about those things so I quit. However, I often see life as a circle. It’s an evolutionary process that constantly reminds you to adopt certain skills and make them a part of your life in order to progress to the next stage of your evolution.
The Morning Miracle, reminded me of the greats such as Oprah, Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, were all doing gratitude every morning. I knew this was a key element of process that I was slipping behind on, so I decided if I was going to do gratitude, I was going to enjoy the process of doing it. Not too long ago, I watched a film by Tony Robbins called: “I am not your Guru”. Towards the end of the film, there is a section on gratitude, I can’t find the last ten minutes of it on Youtube, but I found the sound track – this is the exact track I listen to every morning. There is something incredibly powerful about drawing in energy and feelings from moments in your life that otherwise just seem to wash by and be taken for granted. I promise you, if you listen to that track with your eyes closed undisturbed you will walk away feeling a lot more powerful than when you started.
I learned to become good at gratitude because I found a powerful video that helped me enjoy the process. As a result, every day I found little things to be thankful for – even if was something as small as being able to observe a beautiful day in the four days of summer we experience in the UK :(. My results so far have been more opportunities coming my way from people that had no obligation to help me. I find people reaching out to me for business opportunities and more people trying to help me with no catch.
Step 3: Gabby Bernsteins Guided Meditation – 3 Minutes
“Let Go. Be Guided. Expect Miracles”
– Gabby Bernstein
Gabby Bernstein is an incredible women. Her story combines the essence of every day challenges with the tools to overcome everything life will throw at you. She changes the mere perception of how to view certain challenges and gives hard examples from her life to back up her claims. She provides a realistic story of the every day women who eventually learns to become her best self, and her book – “The Universe Has Your Back” is one of the best books i’ve read this year.
She provides a brief guided meditation that metaphorically talks you through the process of “letting go”, it takes 3 minutes to do and every time I do it I feel a weight has been lifted off of my chest. As an Entrepreneur, there are always things at the back of my mind. Deals to be signed, designs to be created, etc. The process of “letting go” helps you surrender it to the idea of faith and the belief that everything will work out for you. In hindsight, looking back at the moments where I used to stress and worry about certain outcomes, it never resulted in much, and it certainly did not contribute to the successful completion of the outcome. What the process of “letting go” taught me is to become an observer of thoughts and accept the situation, but more importantly a sense of detachment. In business this is critical, as I sure you can agree it’s always risky making an emotional decision.
You can find her meditation HERE. It’s the one called: “Chapter 6: Turn Over Your Obstacles Meditation”. If you try this, please comment how you felt after doing it below, very interested in hearing the results.
Step 4: The Mental Cleanse – 10 Minutes
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unities your body to your thoughts.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
I call it the mental cleanse technique because for me it’s a filtering mechanism to clear the mind. There are two steps to the process of the mental cleanse, and they are as follows:
- Think positive thoughts: success, abundance, etc. You need to metaphorically breathe in these feelings. I actually feel like I am taking in success, better health etc when I do this technique. While breathing in, I focus on two things, the feeling of how it would feel to have the things in my positive thoughts and secondly I visualise filling my lungs so every cell of my body is energised with these thoughts.
- Breathe out all of the negative thoughts, mental blocks, worries, fears, stresses, anxieties, etc. I metaphorically visualise all this dark energy being released from my body as I force it out. While I am blowing out, I am also releasing myself of these negative thoughts and feelings.
I typically conduct this cycle for 10 minutes, and after 10 minutes of breathing in success and happiness and breathing out all your limiting belief’s you genuinely feel like there’s nothing in the day that can prevent you going about in achieving your goals. Furthermore, your “tank” of negative thoughts are cleared, so you’re always waking up on the “right side of the bed”.
Step 5: Affirmations – 10 Minutes
After reading the book: “The Power of The Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy I was compelled to try the technique of affirmation. Countless subjects studied by Joseph Murphy throughout his life experienced things starting to unfold for them once they practiced the ideology of embedding thoughts into the subconscious mind. This was done by a repetition of certain thoughts multiple times throughout the day or at regular moments through the day such as straight after you wake up and just before you sleep.
I was further astounded when I was watching this interview of Lady Gaga, who spoke about her morning affirmations (watch from 6:30 onwards). This further gave power to the idea that there was something more to this idea of affirming a thought until it manifests into reality. From a quantum science perspective, when you look at the Double Split Experiment, it’s fascinating to see that the moment you observe matter it starts behaving in a certain way. Further reading has suggested, that with thoughts being energy, ultimately the gathering of more thoughts leads to the formation of matter and eventually wills the object into reality.
I started small with this experiment, to be completely honest it was all materialistic things done to trial if this actually works. Within 3 weeks, things I wanted were either gifted to me or somehow came into my life. What’s interesting, is that sometimes I wanted certain things, however within just a few weeks I realised that I no longer needed those. I see this as a shift in my evolutionary consciousness to seek something greater to I am now focusing on the “bigger picture” and just like a ship that has a sail, I am setting my sail every morning to give the ship a clear direction to steer towards.
Step 6: Visualisation – 10 Minutes
Visualisation has been by far one of the most regular things I’ve seen this come at business events, conferences, and on Youtube videos of success people such as Jim Carrey and Conor McGregor to name a few. Some other mainstream media that talk about visualisation are books such as: “The Secret”.
The concept of visualisation came to me when I was quite young. I was watching a documentary on an experiment scientists were doing: Scientists took a group of basketball players, divided them in 3 groups and tested each player’s ability to make free throws.
- The first group would practice 20 minutes every day.
- The second would only visualise themselves making free throws, but no real practice was allowed.
- The third one would not practice or visualise.
The results were astounding. There was significant improvement on the group that only visualised; they were almost as good as they guys who actually practiced. The reason why this happens is because apparently if you trigger all your senses in the mind your brain actually fires neurons that act as if you were actually doing the physical activity.
Like this, there are countless examples of where visualisation has helped people all over the world. I am a big day dreamer, and being able to actually experience your dreams daily through the process of visualisation is empowering to say the least. Personally, I find it quite grounding and visualisation acts as an anchor, constantly reminding me of what I am working towards every day. I feel a sense of overriding thoughts that remind me of my purpose when I feel certain actions take me away from my goals.
For me, visualisation makes my dreams real and if I can experience that for moments throughout my day, then life doesn’t feel so empty with me knowing there is a greater purpose.
One of my favourite books on visualisation is “Creative Visualisation” by Shakti Gawain
Step 6: Your Favourite Songs – 7 Minutes
Do you have that one song, that makes you want to dance? Whenever it comes on in the club, you can’t help but channel your inner: “Dad Dancing” – that’s the songs I am referring to. After i’ve done Steps 1-6, i put my headphones in and listen to 3 of my favourite songs. These songs literally make me want to jump out of bed – far better than the annoying horning of the alarm.
Why do songs work? Songs work because as humans we associated powerful emotions, feelings and physical activities to certain songs. In other words, your brain has a neuro-linguistic program to feel and act a certain way when our favourite songs come on in the morning.
It’s the perfect way to start the morning, keep assigning more powerful emotions to those songs, and for a moment while you’re peaking on an “emotional high” — leverage off of that feeling and experience having the things you desire.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle.
That’s it! Start your day. Good Luck! 🙂
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