Start The Day Right With A Morning Routine That Feeds Your Mind

Start The Day Right With A Morning Routine That Feeds Your Mind

If your morning routine consists of a mad rush to get out the door on time, it’s time for an upgrade so you can frame your day better. Weblog Daring to Live Fully details two methods for feeding your mind the best stuff and setting the tone for the rest of the day.

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The first is a morning ritual author Tim Sanders uses to get in the right frame of mind.

  • Sanders begins each day by recollecting two people that he’s grateful for from the day before. He thinks of two people who did something good for him on the previous day.
  • Then, he thinks of his upcoming day and of someone who’s going to be an asset to him on that day. He feels gratitude for that encounter ahead of time.
  • Next, he puts on a cup of coffee and he reads something inspirational for half an hour.
  • Finally, he sits down with another cup of coffee and he takes five minutes to rehearse the coming day, including any hurdles he thinks he might come across. He plans ahead of time how he’s going to overcome these hurdles. Sanders calls this “rehearsing his dance moves”.

If you don’t have a half hour available to read something inspirational or positive, even just a few minutes might make a big difference in your daily life. Taking a more leisurely approach in the morning may help boost your creativity.

The second method Daring to Live Fully mentions is a “Daily Success Routine” developed by Derek Franklin. It consists of seven small things you can do that added together and done consistently can improve your life. The steps are very similar to the routine above, including expressing thanks (gratitude pops up a lot as a method of becoming happier and more compassionate), reading something positive and watching something inspirational. Franklin adds spending a few minutes writing and reviewing your goals.

I still need to train to become a morning person, but making the best use of those quieter hours in the day does sound smart. Have you upgraded your morning routine yet?

How to Start Your Day the Right Way [Daring to Live Fully]


  • I start the day in a similar way except I think of the pricks who got in my way the previous day and what I will do today to mess up the coming day up for them. This la de da feel good Buddhist crap doesn’t work in the real world. My experience is the nicer you are to people, the more open you are to being treated like dirt by those who aren’t.

    • There is nothing wrong with being nice to people.
      You do however need to be firm and assertive, and not let people walk all over you. No need to be an asshole though

    • So you preemptively treat everyone like crap?

      That just turns you into a douchebag.

      Sure there are douchebag’s out there, but if by beating them you become one, then you’ve let them win. Plus you only get one life. Do you want to be remembered as a douchebag?

      I’m a nice person. If someone’s mean to me, i give them a look like “I feel sorry for you, douchebag” and then I waste no more energy on them.

      I win because I don’t let them get to me (usually, we all have limits)

  • @Chickenfeed.. perhaps ironically, you’ve become one of these “pricks” you so despise to others around you. Why do you choose to let these people affect your life? If you think Buddhism is la-de-da crap you probably don’t understand it properly. Ignorance is no excuse.. look into the 4 noble truths re: suffering.. simple wisdom but very true and at the heart of living a peaceful life.

    I used to be like you but decided my life should be driven by the things that I enjoy, care about and love – not the negative, hateful, immoral behaviour of others around me. If someone is a prick to me, I tell them so, at the time and move on (in the most constructive manner possible and without resorting to name calling. I used your terminology to try and convey my point). What you might be lacking, is closure.. so you’re stuck on this never-ending cycle of being victimized then becoming the perpetrator to seek revenge in a misguided attempt to restore some sense of balance to your life.

    Just some ideas & opinions to consider.

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