The Company Our Minds Keep: A Morning Routine for Making your Mind the Source of your Happiness
At Daybreaker, community is everything. Our lives are so influenced by people we surround ourselves with (as Jim Rohn famously said, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”) But what about the company your mind keeps?🤔
We created a week of morning routines, centered around our thoughts. It’s based off the idea that what we feed our mind, impacts our beliefs, which then impacts our happiness levels, which then impacts how we show up in the world.
“We are a walking, talking, living, breathing (and dancing!) experience every day. Whatever it is that exists in our hearts and minds, is what we ripple out.”
Are you rippling what you want to ripple?
We created this mind-heart-soul scan to give our ripple the most ideal starting point.💞 Every morning this week, take yourself through one mind shift, and start filling your brain with the good stuff …
// MONDAY: Redefine the word, “belief”
As you’re laying in bed before your day, think about the following. What is a belief? And why do we tend to think it’s something concrete? A belief is merely a thought we tell ourselves over and over. That’s it. If we believe we aren’t the type of person who is assertive at the workplace or if we believe the timing’s not right to meet our next partner, it’s simply because that’s the thought we’ve been replaying in our minds. Nothing more.
☀️ MORNING ROUTINE #1: Run through this new definition of what a belief is. Keep it in your back pocket and prompt yourself now to take it out at any point of the day where you aren’t in love with your own belief about something. Refer back to it often.
// TUESDAY: Anticipate you might experience a Shitty First Draft (SFD) today.
Brene Brown created this phrase and it’s genius. Have you ever been sitting in a meeting and someone gave a disgruntled sigh after something you said? Did it make you feel paranoid? Did you create a whole story around how this person must think you’re stupid or this person flat out doesn’t like you? Only to find later in the day, they were just reacting to a text message they had received under the table, saying their workout class had been cancelled? It’s a small example to a real story that happens to every single one of us, every single day.
☀️ MORNING ROUTINE #2: Prep yourself mentally to go into your day, knowing you’re probably going to misinterpret some things. That way, when you catch yourself doing this, you can call it out immediately and remember this story.
// WEDNESDAY: Treat your morning hours like gold
Our minds are most impressionable first thing in the morning. We’ve just woken from sleep (where finally the momentum of the day prior stopped and our minds experienced a reset). This is our chance for a fresh start in priming our minds for happiness. Taking in social media, interacting with our phones, watching or reading the news strip us of this opportunity. Our minds get frenetic and automatically we are en route for a day less stellar than it could be. Prime your mind first so that later, you can take in this sort of information in a better, healthier way.
☀️ MORNING ROUTINE #3: For the first hour of your day, don’t look at your phone. Don’t text anyone, don’t open any apps, don’t scroll through social media. Instead, put on a playlist and dance, mediate, do some yoga, make yourself breakfast, sing, paint, draw, go to the gym, go outside — do anything that fills you up. You know what that specific thing is for you. Do it!
// THURSDAY: Remember your Anti-Armor
Anti-armor is a concept you can use when you’re met with negativity, intense situations, stressful situations or anything of the like. Today, as these things are coming at you (and they inevitably will at some point), imagine the words and energy entering through the front of your body and out the back of your body. The alternative (that we don’t want to do) is catching those negative words or intentions in your body and holding on tight.
☀️ MORNING ROUTINE #4: Warm up your anti-armor by standing still in your room and imagining empty air coming at the front of your body. Practice allowing it to move right on through and out the back. Remember you can do this with anything negative that comes at you today that you don’t want polluting your body, mind or energy.
// FRIDAY: Spend 17 seconds riding a positive vibe
With every negative thought we’re tempted to think, we actually encounter a cross road. So often we default to riding the negative vibe because if we’re practiced in going there, it’s the easy route. It takes effort and energy to pick ourselves up to a higher vibe, but the more we do it, the easier it becomes. Eventually, it becomes our natural default. And this isn’t to say we go all “Susie Sunshine,” making up positive mantras we don’t feel are true. “Being positive” has nothing to do with denying what is. In any given moment, there genuinely is always something positive to set our focus on — even if it’s just looking at the sun and deciding you like it. Start general, with a positive thought that’s easy to accept.
☀️ MORNING ROUTINE #5: Spend 17 seconds enjoying a positive thought you know to be true. It only takes 17 seconds for a shift to begin. Keep this tool in your back pocket today and do this exercise anytime you think of it.
And there you have it! We lovingly challenge you to give these a shot — then watch the gradual attitudinal shift that unfolds …. (oh, and if you were wondering what to do for Saturday — on Saturdays, we play!)