The optimal Daily routine for Growing & Expanding your mind.

We all have a daily ritual. Whether you wake up in the morning and scroll through your timeline or you start every day off fresh with a meditation. Some people begin every morning dreading the day ahead, and others wake up excited for what the day holds.

Which category are you in?

I used to wake up every morning and immediately begin worrying about what would happen and how I would survive the next 16 hours.

Technically, your daily routine defines your life. When you tilt your head and squint your eyes, you realize that your daily ritual makes up the core of how you live out your existence.

Do you spend your waking moments growing, being happy and developing yourself? Or, do you live out your days as comfortably miserable as possible?

 

Now, I thought today would be a great day to shake things up a little. Admittedly, I woke up feeling pretty shitty, this morning. My immediate first thoughts, while still transitioning from my deep slumber, were “oh my god, here’s to another difficult day.”

And, while having studied psychology and traditional philosophy, I was quickly aware that my thoughts and feelings from last night were still subconsciously playing in my mind this morning. I had a pretty overwhelming evening, last night, as I spent my entire Saturday night battling when I should stop working and my sad tendency to avoid “play-time” at all costs.

Oddly enough, I came across these two quotes (nearly simultaneously) this morning and, from that moment on, decided I was going to add something new.

 

“You are today the result of your thoughts of yesterday, and the many yesterday’s preceding it. You are forming today the mold for what you will be in the years to come.” Robert Collier

 

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our own mind” Buddha

 

So, what can we do to make sure we’re adding as much value to our daily routines as possible? I learned, some time ago, that the mind (well, the brain… really) peaks in susceptibility to new information (according to your body’s natural clock) when you’re just waking up and when you’re getting tired.

While alertness and focus may, at these times, diminish, the brain is far more likely to be influenced and persuaded.  The thoughts and information you feed your mind, especially in such a receptive state, become integrated subconsciously and easier to access consciously. This is subconscious learning. 

So, how do you maximize the integration of higher-level information within your mind, by simply shifting your morning and night-time routine?

 

You read.

 

I did it today during the first hour of waking up and picked up another book right before going to bed.

The first book I read, this morning, was “The Sales Bible” by Jeffrey Gitomer. I went from anxiously worrying about my work day to actually building a connection and landing the sale I wanted, just by reading and empowering my mind with useful information. One chapter! In less than 12 pages and fifteen minutes, I changed the entire outcome of my day because I consciously chose to feed my subconscious mind new and practical information. It’s that easy.

And, as opposed to worrying about how you’re going to convince yourself to pick up a book during the hustle and bustle of your morning routine, read an inspirational or informative article. If the first thing you do in the morning is check your phone, #guilty, use it for constructive purposes! Instead of scrolling aimlessly through Social Media, feeling bad about yourself in contrast to the “successful and powerful” guru you follow, start immediately by checking out that successful and powerful article that will contribute to bettering your day and expanding your mind.

Then, when you’re ready for bed, reading has been proven to (pretty much) hypnotize you into falling asleep. Hypnotize yourself for growth and success and, when you wake up tomorrow morning, you’ll have new and better information to work with.

So, here’s my tip. In the morning, read something that will contribute your goals of the day. If your objectives are career, business, or discipline related, read something that will support you at work, in acquiring new sales, and finding inspiration to keep you going. I chose to read The Sales Bible because I want to learn new techniques for expanding my business and learn the valuable knowledge I can, then, refine and teach to my customers.

At night, whether curled up in bed or in your last hours of the evening, read something that will teach your mind to work for itself. I loved reading mindfulness books, articles on how to cultivate peace and develop a positive mentality. This way, in the morning, no matter how I feel, I can recall the wisdom I learned and use it for best living out my days.

What you feed your mind, you’ll get out of it. I learned that the very, very hard way. It doesn’t have to take years of undoing and rebuilding to reach a state of mind that is constantly bettering you. You just have to imagine who you want to be and start showing up as that person. 

If the highest version of yourself is happy, start learning that and becoming happy. If your ideal Self is successful, what knowledge and information do you need to become successful?

To be anything, you have to learn it, think it and breathe it. To be joyful, you think to think joyful thoughts. If you want to be rich, think rich thoughts and learn how to be rich. If you want to travel, what do you need to know to travel? If you want to develop yourself spiritually, start learning about the spirit. Anything you want to be demands becoming. In order to become, you must learn what, how and in which ways it exists, as well as how to develop yourself to be it.

 

Maybe you’ll start your day off, or end your night, reading this article. You’ll learn new ways and techniques for cultivating inspiration in whichever direction you choose to go. I know that, in even the tiniest way, this will contribute to the path you’re taking to become the “who” you want to be.

 

Keep on developing your routine (and learning every single way) to become the best version of yourself. The more days you live being happy, successful, inspirational, or joyous – the closer you’ll become to being that person. One day, you’ll be there.

 

All my love, babies!

Sarah Elle