Developing the Six Morning Rituals for Success

Developing the Six Morning Rituals for Success

Do you have a morning ritual? I imagine you probably have some kind of ritual that gets your day started. But what specifically does this ritual entail? Is it energizing, motivating and empowering? Or do you simply dread waking up in the morning? Did you know that getting your day started in the right way can put you into an optimal state-of-mind for goal achievement? In fact, high achievers the world over partake in carefully scripted morning rituals that are designed to help improve their mental focus, productivity and performance. With this in mind, here are six morning rituals for success that high achievers typically partake in.


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The first morning ritual for success comes in the form of meditation. Meditation involves sitting comfortably in complete silence for up to 30 minutes. While meditating people quietly observe their thoughts or concentrate on the movement of their breath. This allows them to be still and mindful of the moment. Meditation can however also be used as a time for prayer, for self-reflection and for gratitude. Incorporating meditation into your morning routine can help relieve stress, promote better sleep, enhance mindful self-awareness, and improve concentration and focus throughout the day.


6 Morning Rituals

The second morning ritual for success comes in the form of learning. High achievers understand that in order to keep their edge, they must consistently feed their mind with new ideas and information. However, it’s not enough just to read a book for 20 minutes each day. Reading without a purpose brings very little value. What you read must be immediately actionable and applicable to your life, goals and circumstances. In other words, this information must help you gather valuable insights and perspectives that allow you to develop the skills needed to advance your career and achieve your objectives.


Developing the Six Morning Rituals for Success

The third morning ritual for success comes in the form of exercise. Partaking in regular exercise is of course something that can help improve your energy, promote emotional well-being, and enhance concentration and mental alertness. However, as great as that sounds, exercising first thing in the morning is excruciatingly difficult for many people. But exercise doesn’t necessarily need to feel like a burden. It could simply involve some basic stretching, yoga, weight training or a short cardio workout. 5 to 10 minutes is all it takes to get your day started on the right track.


6 Morning Rituals Successful People

The fourth morning ritual for success comes in the form of journaling. Journaling could for instance involve writing down your thoughts or self-reflections, which of course can help you make better sense of your life and circumstances. Journaling can also be used as a tool for capturing ideas to help improve your career and relationships. Some people even like to use journaling for goal setting purposes or for planning out their future. Given all this, journaling will help to reinforce what’s most important in your life, while keeping you focused on your highest priority activities throughout the day.


6 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day

The fifth morning ritual for success comes in the form of visualization. This involves the process of visualizing something in your imagination that you would like to accomplish. For instance you could visualize a goal that you would like to achieve. However, don’t just visualize your destination. Actually spend time visualizing how you went about accomplishing that goal, including all the obstacles and setbacks you overcame along the way. Visualize also the habits you developed, how you handled difficult emotions, and how you responded to adversity. Doing this will subsequently help improve the choices and decisions you make throughout the day.


6 Daily Rituals of Highly Successful People

The sixth morning ritual for success comes in the form of affirmations. Affirmations typically involve repeating words and phrases that send very specific instructions to your body and brain. These instructions come in the form of commands that help direct your thoughts and decisions. Your affirmations must therefore be tied to very specific actions that you will take throughout the day. These actions must build upon empowering beliefs, habits, and attitudes that move you closer toward the accomplishment of your goals. Repeating your affirmations in the morning and then throughout the day will help you to stay focused on your most important actions.


These six morning rituals for success will lay down the foundations for an empowering morning routine that will keep you focused and inspired throughout the day. You of course don’t need to incorporate all of them into your morning schedule. Pick and choose what works best in your situation, and start there. Getting started is the most important part.

This is of course great, but how long should this morning routine be? Well that’s also up to you. Anything from 20 to 90 minutes works well for most people. Again start somewhere and then make adjustments as you begin feeling more comfortable with the routine you have chosen.

Over the long-term, consistency will of course be the key. Every single time you undertake your morning routine you will make subtle mental shifts in how you think about your life and circumstances. These shifts will in fact probably go unnoticed. However, over time these shifts will eventually lead you toward making a different set of choices that will guide you down a vastly different path — toward a life that you may never have imagined was possible.

Six empowering morning rituals


Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

Visit the IQ Doodle Store to learn more about how to use this IQ Doodle and begin optimizing the way you live your life today.

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Swapping Lives

Swapping Lives with Richard Branson…

There are always plenty of excuses for not doing the things that will move us closer to our goals. There is for instance never enough time, or there is a lack of money, or you just don’t have the necessary support you need to pursue your goal. You have so many excuses on your plate that of course it’s no surprise you aren’t making any progress.

The truth of the matter is that there are always going to be excuses. There are always going to be reasons why we just can’t or won’t do something. These reasons exist because we live with very little urgency. With no urgency there is a lack of desire and motivation to move forward. Instead we get distracted by short-term pleasures that are just too enticing to pass up in the moment. And then there’s our goal. It’s just so big and far off in the distance. Yes, you want it, but maybe you’re just not willing to do what it takes to achieve it.

Every goal you set requires something from you. It requires that you make the necessary sacrifices to achieve that goal. The sacrifices you make come in the form of time, energy and maybe even money. However, even with these sacrifices there are still no guarantees of success. That’s why it can be so difficult to keep ourselves motivated over the long haul. At least that’s how life is for the average person.

Let’s change pace for a moment…

Just imagine Richard Branson swapped lives with you for one whole year. That is 12 months or 365 days. Actually it’s also 8,765 hours or to be more specific 525,949 minutes. For exactly that period of time Richard Branson would swap lives with you. He would inherit your name, your job, your house, your car, your family, your friends, your goals and aspirations, and let’s say he miraculously also inherits your appearance.

For 525,949 minutes of that one full year Richard Branson lives your life and gains access to all the resources you currently have at your disposal. He is basically YOU with a different attitude and perspective. Just imagine after 12 months what your life might be like when Richard Branson hands it back to you? Do you think things would be somewhat different? What specifically?

Over those 12 months Richard Branson wouldn’t waste a minute. He would completely turn your life around because he would spot opportunities you would have missed; he would make connections you would have overlooked; he would take risks you would have feared; he would maximize his time, money and available resources in order to achieve your goals. In fact, he would do many things you probably wouldn’t do… or could you?

On the flipside, how would you manage Richard Branson’s billion dollar empire over a period of 12 months? Would Richard Branson be better off or would his empire lie in ruins?

It’s certainly interesting to think this way about life and about how other people might manage things if they swapped lives with you. It really brings the decisions we make and the actions we take into full perspective?

Of course you might very well be experiencing unthinkable adversity right at this very moment. But you certainly aren’t alone. In fact, Richard Branson and just about every person who has achieved great things in this world did so despite adversity. For them adversity was an opportunity to learn, grow and do things better to help move them forward towards their goal. However, for the average person adversity is only another excuse that gets them nowhere.

The honest truth is that how Richard Branson managed your life over a period of 12 months is exactly how you could manage your life over the next 8,765 hours. Don’t spend another one of your 525,949 minutes procrastinating and waiting for the perfect moment to act. If Richard Branson wouldn’t spend his time waiting, then nor should you.

Action Points

Whenever you feel your life stagnating with things not moving forward as expected, take some time to imagine yourself as Richard Branson. Ask yourself:

  • What would Richard Branson do in this situation?
  • How would Richard Branson think about this problem?
  • What opportunities would Richard Branson spot here?
  • What necessary risks would Richard Branson take to move this forward?
  • What connections would Richard Branson try to make?
  • How would Richard Branson best utilize his time right now?

Yes, of course you’re not Richard Branson, however you can still think and act like Richard Branson, and that by itself can make a world of difference. Why not just give it a try?

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Wealthy vs. Poor Daily Rituals…

There are those who are born into wealth and then there are those who are born into poverty. Those born into wealth are the lucky ones, right? They have the best education, they have a comfy lifestyle, they literally have anything and everything they want handed to them. Life is certainly good when money is abundant.

Those born into families who struggle financially or that live from paycheck to paycheck unfortunately do not have those same luxuries. They can’t afford the same level of education, they need to make do with the little they have, and nothing comes easily. In fact, it seems as though everything is difficult to come by and life becomes an endless struggle.

Being born into an underprivileged family might not give you the same opportunities as other people who are born into abundance and wealth, however the life you were born into doesn’t need to define who you are for the rest of your life.

Every moment, every day you have a choice. You can either accept your circumstances as they are or you can do something about them.

Many people who came before you were born with far less opportunities than you have right now. However, these people weren’t satisfied with their circumstances. They didn’t accept things as they were. Instead they decided that if things were to change then they needed to change.

There are many stories of people born into poverty or into an underprivileged family who eventually became self-made millionaires and billionaires. These people didn’t make excuses for the life they had, they instead used their circumstances as fuel that helped them to create a better life for themselves and their family.

Your circumstances should never define your entire life. Circumstances are temporary — fleeting moments of your life. Yes, of course accept these circumstances. This is very important. But don’t indulge in these circumstances by feeling sorry for yourself or for your life.

The great thing about circumstances is that circumstances change. However, they only change if we are willing to take the necessary actions to change them.

Self-made millionaires and billionaires at one point decided that their circumstances must change — that their life must be different. And so they took massive action in a new direction that transformed their destiny. But how did they do this? How did they escape from a prison that many people succumb to?

There are of course many factors that cook the ingredients of success, however for the purpose of this discussion let’s look at six opposing daily habits/rituals that separate the wealthy from the poor.

  1. The wealthy write down their goals daily to help keep them focused. The poor also have goals but their goals come in the form of reaching the next level in their video game.
  2. The wealthy keep a to-do list that directs their actions towards their most important goals. The poor don’t keep a to-do list. Instead they are constantly distracted and lacking focus.
  3. The wealthy listen to self-help audios and podcasts during periods of downtime. The poor get lost listening to music.
  4. The wealthy read books for 30+ minutes per day about topics that help them in the pursuit of their goals. The poor watch on average 5 hours of mindless television per day.
  5. The wealthy network regularly to build strong relationships to help them achieve their goals. The poor gossip regularly about other people’s lives to make themselves feel better.
  6. The wealthy get their day started early with an empowering morning ritual. The poor over sleep and then wonder where the day has gone.

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If you desire to change your life then you must begin by changing your habits and the rituals that currently control your daily decisions and actions.

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Action Points

Take into account the daily rituals you indulge in and ask yourself:

  • What are my current daily habits/rituals doing for my life?
  • Are they helping or hindering the goals I would like to achieve?
  • Where am I wasting my time?
  • What does this mean for my future if I continue along this path?
  • What new habits/rituals would help keep me focused on my goals?
  • Which of the above rituals of the wealthy could I incorporate into my life? How?

It’s important to understand that everything counts. Absolutely everything makes a difference. Everything you do each and every day (the little and the big things) build your future. Isn’t it time you designed your destiny with purpose?

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