Its 6:00 in the morning and I just finished my morning rituals. Rang the gong, chanted in the mountains, sacrificed and burned a goat for offering. Just kidding! Ha!
Finally, it’s now a habit of mine to wake up before 5:00 and do my morning rituals:
2. Dreams Journal (If I have dreams I wrote them down. I’m happy to have learned how to see messages through them, and oh, how much have they helped me. Want to Learn?)
3. Meditation. It’s just very simple. I don’t do “ohms”, I just climb on top of the tree and start chanting and floating. Kidding again! My meditation is simply on focusing on one thing, and that one thing is….. NOTHING. Yep, it’s basically staying clear from any thought from 20 minutes.
4. Lemon Cleanse. I’m proud to say that It’s a family habit now! Before everyone takes in anything we drink pure lemon juice as prepared by my happy Mom, Founder of Cebu Packed Lunch, coming from her early morning mass.
That just it! Now, I turn to my desk and start bringing my creativity to life. Yes, that’s what I do for a living.
How was I able to bring about that habit? Imagine me last year, everyone calls me as the guy who doesn’t know how to sleep! Yeah, when everyone is about to wake up, that’s the time I’m about you sleep.
Here are 10 scientifically backed-up techniques and truth that will successfully form habits – or shall I call, success patterns.
1. I believed I can do it. Yeah, I am totally convinced that I can pull it off. And said to myself, it will be different this time. Different from all other yearly new year’s resolution that were killed – yearly.
2. I have so many reasons why I should do it. Aside from being uber productive the whole day, powering your wellness with a consistent fast metabolism, and that conducive time to work in the early hours; it’s only in the stillness of the morning that I can actually listen to what God is telling me – Psalm 46:10, “Be Still and Know that I am God.”
4. I want my 2013 to be a blast, so I’m making my best by forming small awesome habits each month. That means 12 simple tweaks per month, results to a 12 new habits, and one better me.
5. Humans are creatures of habit, that’s a fact. So what I did was to simply consider that by training my nervous system. Meaning? As what scientists would say, doing something straight for 21 days – the time that takes astronauts not to become seasick, shall I say, space-sick – will reprogram your mind, in turn reprogram your behavior. Let’s just extend if for 30 days, a month, to make sure.
6. Because we are creatures of habit, that means it should be part of our routine – one with our instinct. Forming a new one, means replacing an old one. In my case, that part of my routine that must be replaced is not the waking up late but its root is sleeping late. So when I have convinced myself to sleep early by 11, that’s when the change happens. In your case, you might be replacing drinking soft drinks by just drinking water, or getting late to appointments by taking a bath earlier. Hit the routine, then the habits form.
7. Plan of action! That’s basically a support to what I have discussed in 6. Write things out. I wrote mine in my journal. How can I execute them on my daily routine.
8. Never do an exemption! Never! My friend, William James, one of the great American Pyschologists, says that the brain works this way: if something is not being reinforced continually – not aligned – it disrupts or hinders the building process. In other terms, the brain will consider it as inconsistent so it supports and continues the other bad habit you are to break.
9. Tell a friend about it. Or simply make it known to someone else. The moment you share it, talk about it, with enthusiasm and conviction to people, the brain registers that. By then the brain believes that this actually is true.
10. The U-curve. Don’t worry, been there, done that. The first week will be a breeze. It will be easy, and you seem to keep hitting it. But after that, it comes into a dive, then you begin to struggle. How to keep ’em fire? Easy. Do a little act of gratitude each day for doing your new habit! Gratitude is one high positive emotion so if you connect that with your habit – rather than feeling sorry for skipping or worried of trying to keep it up – it seals your new habit.
Its’ the first day of the month! And it’s just right to nail and build in those new success patterns!
Live in Love,
PS. Who wants to learn how to make USE their dreams when asleep to become successful in life?
Please leave a comment below. And also, what morning rituals you want to learn as well?