Bad breath is the LEAST of your problems.

Does your morning routine set you up for success or failure?You wouldn’t think of leaving the house for your first appointment of the day without brushing your teeth, would you? No way; such basic physical hygiene is a habitual part of your morning routine.  Skipping it would definitely lead to some awkwardness and, very possibly, less-than-ideal results.

But what about mental hygiene? Do you have a mental morning routine that sets you up for success in the coming day?

Tony Robbins, one of the many very successful entrepreneurs who puts a high value on a positive mind set, calls his routine his “hour of power.” Mike Dooley, creator of Notes From The Universe, has created magical results by starting his day out with just 5 – 10 minutes of visualizing how he’ll feel when he’s achieved his current big goal(s).

The beauty of creating this success habit for yourself is that you can choose whatever activities put you in a place of confidence, calm, and positive expectancy. In other words, the exact activities you include in your morning mental hygiene routine are less important than doing them consistently and focusing on how they make you feel.

So what are some of the things you could experiment with to see how well they work for you? Here, in no particular order, are some great activities to choose from.

Meditate.

No, it doesn’t have to be for an hour. Starting out with even five minutes will give you a little bit of calm to begin your day.

I personally like guided meditations. I have enough decisions to make during my day, so I like to start off by letting someone else suggest a mantra to use or a visualization to practice. If this sounds like it might work for you, you can check out my go-to meditation resources: The Chopra Center and musicians Deval Premal and Miten.

Do yoga.

No, it doesn’t have to involve handstands! Your morning yoga can involve just enough poses to stretch out any kinks you developed while sleeping. When you concentrate on your form and your breathing, you become gently energized and focused.

Interested but need instruction? You can find a qualified teacher near you by checking out either the Yoga Journal or the Yoga Alliance.  Or if you prefer the DIY route, you can find some great yoga tips at Relax Like A Boss.

Dance.

This can be especially wonderful if you prefer movement that’s more freestyle than yoga. Moving your body to music not only gets you loosened up and your blood flowing; when you choose music that makes you happy, it also gets your endorphins up and running, too. And who couldn’t use some more of those feel-good hormones when starting the day?

Write.

This practice can take many forms.

Read.

Choose a powerful book you’ve been “meaning to get around to” and commit to reading just one chapter each morning before you start your day. Some of my favorites:

Listen to powerful CD’s or MP3’s.

This is obviously a great option if you’re more auditory than visual when it comes to taking in new information. In addition to the audio versions of the above titles, here are some other offerings I really like:

A positive mind set is one of your most critical success factors.

Begin, refine, or contemplate your vision board.

Also called a treasure map, this is a basically a collage of images representing what you want to create in your business and your life. Based on my experience learning about and creating vision boards, here are some tips to get the most out of using one for yourself:

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So what are some of the key elements to your mental morning routine? What do you find works especially well to center you, bolster your confidence and optimism, and set you up for success? Or don’t you have such a routine just yet?

If the latter, does the thought of adding one more thing to your Too Much To Do list make your eye start to twitch? If you’re already feeling overwhelmed and not sure of the next step to take, maybe the best next step would be finding out if you and I would make a good problem-solving team.

My specialty is showing busy, overwhelmed entrepreneurs how to calmly and confidently decide what to do next and how to do it, and then I hold them accountable for implementing those step-by-step action plans that get them to their important goals.

If that sounds like something long overdue, my vote is that we get together for a 30- or 40-minute get-acquainted call. During that time, we can ask and answer enough questions to know whether we’ll suit each other or not. If we’re a mediocre fit, then we wish each other well and say good-bye; if we’re a great fit, we start kicking serious business butt together.

Are you curious enough to find out which decision is right for us? If so, just call me at 319-270-1214 or email me with “Should you be part of my morning routine?” in the subject line. We’ll talk and figure out what’s in both our best interests.

(BTW, thank you to Ekke for posting her smelly image in the Creative Commons section of Flickr.)

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6 Responses to Bad breath is the LEAST of your problems.

  1. Great post; what great ideas. It’s always good to have a strong reminder of the things that work. Thanks!

    • Kathleen Mavity Kathleen says:

      My pleasure, Louise. Although it’s curious – and a little frustrating – to me that I need so dang many reminders about what works!

  2. Some of my favorite pastimes are listed here. I’ve had The Artists Way for about 25 years and have never read it through – A gift from my voice teacher many moons ago – I’ll use this as a sign and break it open again! Thanks, Kathleen!

  3. Tricia Pine says:

    Bookmarking and sharing this one! Love it! So many great resources. I think you would give me a gold star on the meditating, journaling, yoga, and dancey, dance, dance! But you listed books I have never read… must.put.on.my.wish.list 🙂 Thank you for this complete list!

    • Kathleen Mavity Kathleen says:

      Ooh, ooh – I’ve been bookmarked! Thanks for letting me know that, Tricia; I must go now and do a happy dance of my own. 🙂

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