On the 1st of January 2020, I made a commitment to consume everything I could on the habits of highly successful people for the remainder of the year.
I watched entrepreneurs being interviewed on YouTube.
I devoured books written by millionaires and CEO’s.
And I attended classes and webinars online.
Within a few months, I discovered one habit that all highly successful people shared — A COMPULSORY MORNING RITUAL.
The rituals varied somewhat for each individual but the rules of the rituals were the same.
- Each person would complete their morning ritual every single day — without excuses!
- Rituals were to be done early in the morning before checking emails, before logging into social media and before consuming any news
By February, I had designed my own morning ritual which consisted of the four components below:
Until 2020, I had never meditated in my life. After all, meditation was for monks and hippies — not for me!
A year later and I cannot imagine surviving one day without it.
Meditation has reconnected me with my higher self and intuition. It has given me the tools to deal with my life in a more positive way.
As my favourite Australian podcaster, David Boyle said in one of his episodes, and I’m paraphrasing:
“You don’t realise the benefits of meditation until you miss a day and want to kill everyone”.
I am always amazed at how much I resist working out when it makes me feel so good — physically and mentally.
For me, this is the hardest component of my morning ritual.
I bitch and moan before it.
I bitch and moan during it.
I bitch and moan after it.
If you’re the type of person that bounces out of bed every morning, naturally chipper — well good for you. But I am not.
I basically have to beat my thoughts into submission like a little bitch.
I have affirmations written everywhere and I say them out loud in front of the mirror EVERY day repeatedly.
My mind likes to play tricks on me.
It tells me that I am unworthy.
It tells me that I am pathetic.
It tells me that I am not good enough.
So I’ve been whipping it’s arse and changing my thoughts by repeating affirmations over and over and over again..
I have said so many positive affirmations this year — that even my mind is beginning to believe that I AM FUCKING AWESOME.
Out of all of the components in my morning ritual — scripting has been the most life transforming.
What is scripting?
Scripting (also called future journalling) is when you write down your dreams as if you are already living them.
I know, it sounds woo-woo doesn’t it? That’s what I thought until I started to do it EVERY single day and the things I had written started manifesting.
For example, one of my goals for 2020 was to increase my income by a certain percentage via freelance writing. So every day I would write in my scripting journal.
“I am so grateful to have increased my income by ____%. Every day I wake up and attract well-paying writing gigs. It feels wonderful to be an independent woman. To pay for an apartment with the money I have earned with my creativity. To be able to afford to purchase shoes, handbags and perfumes.”
The above manifested. The apartment, the writing gigs, the money and the retail items. It all manifested without me busting my arse. I willed it into being with my thoughts.
2020 was one of the most transformational years of my life.
It will be remembered as the year I went inward.
It will be remembered as the year I finally started to heal.