A Morning Routine that covers all bases: SAVERS
I talk about morning routines a lot but usually it’s in the context of movement and how to prepare the body for a day of activity after a night of stillness. Today I’d like to talk about a routine that was introduced to me by my business coach called SAVERS. If you want to change your life or you simply want to be a little more disciplined and organized, SAVERS is a great way to cover a lot of bases with a 15 or 20 minute morning routine.
Beginning the morning with a few minutes of silence is a great way to check in with yourself and to hit the pause button before jumping into the day. Whether that means you do a full on meditation or simply take 5-10 slow breaths, by taking a quiet moment by yourself, you will start the day clear and free of distraction.
Your nervous system has a really hard time differentiating between an internal experience and an external experience. We all now how good it feels to be recognized by one of your peers and so by cultivating this inner experience on your own through positive affirmations, we can start the day filled with feel good hormones which will go on to affect the rest of the day. Think of an affirmation statement for yourself and connect to it by saying it out loud each morning. If you have trouble thinking of one yourself you can start with this: I am happy. I am healthy. I am whole.
Just how positive affirmations can influence your mental state, visualizing what a successful day looks, smells and feels like can also be a great motivator to go out and get it. Whether you believe it or not, the law of attraction exists and the science of quantum physics proves it, so the more clear you can be and the more energy you can put into it, the faster you will move towards your goal. There is a caveat to this however, you still have to take action but knowing exactly what you want to take action on makes everything a lot easier.
No surprises here. Just do what feels good. It could be some light stretching, some Foundation Training, CARs or even a few pushups. I like to think that if I pick a task that I can do for the rest of my life that has real world carry over to the things I like to do, then the day that I stop being able to do that thing will the day that I seriously need to check myself.
Again, it doesn’t need to be a whole book, maybe just a few passages to get you inspired. Personally, I’m a fan of the Tim Ferris books and I’ll just go and pick a random page about someone successful and it pretty much guarantees that I’ll learn something new every day.
Write down your thoughts, write out your plans, write a to do list or write out all the things you love about your life. Whatever it is, there is magic to be found by putting pen to paper and the more you do it, the easier it becomes. I hope this offers some inspiration and a way to gain some consistency at a time when many of our lives have been turned upside down. Give it a go for a week and I’m sure many of you will find it to be a positive experience.