How many times do you wake up in the morning and just feel like you can’t get out of bed?
Like the day ahead of you is something that you want to run a million miles from?
I know I feel like that some days.
What I have been able to do is create a routine that means that 80% of the days, if I follow the process, I’m feeling energetic and pumped about the day ahead.
If you’ve got a problem filling your days with energy so that you can do the things that are important – here’s a way that you can do four simple things to help you create and build energy throughout the day.
The last three months I’ve been coaching a guy who’s got three different businesses running… he’s really stressed and things aren’t working for him.
The reason they’re not working for him is because he himself doesn’t have a lot of energy. He can’t get out of bed…
I asked him “What happens in the morning?” He answered “Well normally I just… like, roll over and then turn the alarm off… and then I think to myself : Can I get out of bed? and I think – No, no I can’t.”
I could’ve worked with him by thinking of what his strategy is and what he wants to do with his three businesses, but I knew nothing was going to change until we were able to work on his own energy and what he was personally capable of and able to get out of himself.
If this is a problem for you, the first area that I will aim to change is what you do first thing in the morning.
Now the reason is because the first thing in the morning is the time at which you almost reset your body, prime your body to get the maximum you can from it during the day.
With him I worked on four simple things to change.
First off, he was going out most nights for beers and waking up in the morning, I reckon fairly dehydrated.
Now I couldn’t say “You’re not going out for beers anymore“, but what I could say was “I want you to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.”
The interesting thing about water – we know with brain function and the body – if you’re dehydrated you can’t pump blood where it needs to go. It’s really difficult for the brain to get started and for the body to work if you’re not hydrated the way you need to be.
So, first thing: Glass of water.
Second thing is: Movement.
One of the things I’ve been able to do is commit to trying to exercise for thirty minutes each day. Now the reason I do that is NOT to maintain the body of a god (ha!) it is actually for my brain, right?
Because when you get your body moving the endorphins happen and it wakes you up and you’re ready for the day ahead.
Right, so, glass of water first.
Exercise for thirty minutes.
And the third one is: At the basis of all creativity (and I think unique thought…) is a fundamental idea around gratitude and being grateful.
So I would ask him to journal every day. “What are the three things I am grateful for today?” That got his mind thinking about all the things that are working in his life not all the things that aren’t working in his life.
And the fourth is nutrition. Aim to have a great breakfast. Whatever that is for you… Yoghurt and muesli for me… could be eggs, spinach, whatever it is, but don’t skip it because it’s the first piece of fuel that goes into your body.
In summary: I’m working with a guy who’s not doing well in his life.
He hasn’t got energy in the mornings and it means he can’t tackle the challenging things he’s got going on in his business.
So the first thing I worked on with him was changing his morning routine
and there’s four areas we looked at.
Hydration: glass of water.
Movement: 30minutes a day.
Gratitude: Journalling three things that he’s grateful for.
Nutrition: Make sure he’s having a great breakfast.
Now if you’ve got a problem with your energy and sustaining it throughout the day: If you start your day well using these four things what you’ll get is more success and more satisfaction.
Talk to you soon.