What’s the first thing comes to mind when you hear the word ‘ritual’?
Is it something like this?
That’s what used to come to mind for me. Until I read Peter Voogd’s book, 6 Months to 6 Figures, I didn’t realize how important rituals could be. I quickly discovered that they can make or break your day upon waking up and can drastically help to achieve your goals in a shorter period of time. In the past, I used to have no rituals—or I wouldn’t label them as such. My daily “ritual” consisted of going to my classes, taking a bunch of notes, going back to my room, and pumping out as many hours of video games as I could before I completed a little bit of studying. Sound productive?
I didn’t take any time to think or reflect on my long-term goals and what my actions would do to affect it. I knew that playing video games would definitely hurt my ability to achieve my long-term goals quicker, but at the time, I didn’t care…because the goals were so far away. I always pushed my obligations further and further away as “I would do them later”. My life became #ProcrastinationNation.
Fast forward to the present. I’m living by my rituals. If I somehow forget to execute my daily routine, I feel off. If I forget to journal before I go to bed, I can’t sleep. The greatest value I’ve taken from my adherence to my rituals is structure. I’ll go into this in a bit, but for now, this structure has helped me to retake my life and get my work done.
My morning routine takes place between 6-7 AM and is as follows:
-Wake up and make bed
-Journal and Visualize my day
-20 jumping jacks, 20 push-ups. Stretching.
-5-minute cold shower
-Change and get ready
-Breakfast (no processed foods, prepare breakfast the night before or have food ready)
-Leave the house by 7:30 for work/school
This is the routine that I’ve been executing for two months now. I almost never skip my morning routine, and if I do, I feel weird throughout the day. Is it tough? Definitely. How’s the cold shower? Effin’ horrible. But it adds structure and electrifies my day, EVERY day. Every day becomes one more day closer to achieving one of my long-term goals: balance.
That’s just one way to spice up your life. There’s plenty of other rituals i perform each day, most of them being subconscious decisions and habits that I’ve cultivated over time. But that’s for another post. If you’re already using any rituals, I encourage you to comment them below! I would love to hear what helps you to get through your day.
Also, if there’s any topics you would like me to cover, please write them in the comments. Any ideas are appreciated 🙂
I hope you had an amazing day!