What gets us up, gets us moving in the morning – and gets us producing?
Life is not a clickable link we select, and we are instantly delivered to ‘solutions website’ where what we need to do, or what we need to consume like intellectual-caffeine. Some people start their day with a list, with music, with an alarm clock, or a dog with a full bladder in need of a walk. Or all of those.
“If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.” – anonymous
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” - Robert Collier
“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan
Most experts agree, having a process/routine or ritual of self-affirming and motivational activities leads to better mental health and more productive days. Too often, I believe, and this has been my personal experience: we start off with great intentions of listening to a podcast during a workout, reading a few pages from a motivational book before breakfast, reading, and writing positive self-talk affirmations, or all of these into morning routines.
Who has time for that?
We all do, which does not mean you have to get up at 4 AM or go to bed at 8 PM to work this into your day. You are smart. You can manage time, manage people, and manage a busy day, so why not start with organizing the first hour of your awakening day for success, for power, for personal growth, and own satisfaction? If not for yourself, do it for the well-being of your partner or spouse, your 4-legged friend – for all those who must put up with you all day, do it for them, the benefits will be incalculable. But first, do this for yourself. A process like this one I have described will ensure you live longer, live better, and live a happier life.
Yet so much of what is new, trendy, social-media and businesses overwhelming us with their technology, apps and web-presence, suggests it is.
Whatever you need or want, ask Siri or click a link. Search, find a clickable link. It’s not just branch banking that morphed from bricks and mortar on street corners to a phone APP; it’s also the library where we used to look things up in books.
So much of running our lives is about data connection, or is the data connection running our lives?
What can we conclude?
I believe, more than ever, we need two other essential ingredients: people connections and self-motivation.