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My Favorite Morning Routines

My Favorite Morning Routines and My Express Ritual… When I Don’t Have Time for My Routines

Chaos theories teach us that small changes can have very large consequences. This is known as the butterfly effect.

One consequence of this phenomenon is what we call sensitivity to initial conditions. Depending on the initial state of the system (system = my body, my family, an organization, a business, a country, humanity…), self-amplifying phenomena will lead to completely different results.

Hence the importance of morning routines: it’s a bit like deciding the initial conditions of your day!

That’s why I invite you to have 5 minutes of routines to start your day.

My Favorite Morning Routines

Of all the routines I have experimented with, these remain my favorites.

  • A moment of silence (meditation, silent walk…)
  • Some physical exercises (yoga, sport…)
  • Gratitude (find 3 events or people for which I feel gratitude)
  • Forgiveness (find a person to forgive, often, I forgive myself!)

And When I Don’t Have Time

Five minutes isn’t long… yet some days it’s still too long!

There are times when my morning gets disrupted, making it difficult to calmly and correctly perform my success ritual: I have to catch a train, I am preparing to give a lecture, I have guests at home (in this case, I often still hide in my room to do my routines…)

I imagine those with young children know what I’m talking about.

For all these cases, I have developed the express ritual that takes me less than a minute and that I can do in almost any context.

Your Express Ritual

To prepare your express ritual, I invite you to set aside about an hour and follow the process below:

Meditate for a few minutes or go for a walk in nature, by the water. Answer these questions:

  • What are the three words that describe the best of yourself?
  • What are the three words that define your ideal interactions with others?
  • What are the three words that will define your success?

To answer these questions, do not search for an answer, let whatever comes up naturally emerge. And if nothing comes today, that’s okay, you can try again another day.

Write down your answers somewhere.

And there you have it, you have your express ritual. Now, it will only take you a few seconds to visualize the nine words you found during the previous exercise.

For example (and of course, you are welcome to copy me…)

  • The three words that describe the best of me: love, peace, and harmony
  • The three words that define my ideal interactions with others: loving, inspiring, reliable
  • The three words that will define my success: learning, visionary, and evolutionary

Visualizing these words, even very quickly, is enough to align me for the day towards my vision, my dreams.

And as usual, I don’t ask you to believe me, I invite you to try!

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