Morning Motivation: Ideas for Starting Your Day on a Positive Note
Morning motivation is not the easiest motivation to find. Some people hit snooze so often their palms hurt when they finally rise, while others run consistently late because they can’t find the steam to get out of the sheets. Still others count on a huge mug – or pot – or several pots – of strong coffee to get them through the day. Take our motivation booster course, where students learn how to become – and stay – motivated, and then make it a point to add some morning motivation to your schedule.
With some morning motivation techniques you can get your day started off on the right foot without ever having to hit snooze. (Okay, you still might hit snooze from time to time, but you just might begin to look forward to waking up from your sleep!)
Ideas for Finding Your Morning Motivation
In this article we will take a look at a variety of ideas you can use to find your morning motivation. While one idea might appeal to you more than most, you might also find that combining several of these works the best. For instance, you might decide certain mornings are tackled the most appropriately through vigorous exercise, while other mornings respond best to a gentle waking of meditation or yoga.
The key to creating a morning motivation routine that works best for you is to listen to your body and mind. If you set a goal to get out of bed and exercise five days a week, but you are doing too much and your body is sore while your mind screams “I’m not doing that again!” you might need to scale back a little and mix up your days. Listen to what your body and mind are telling you, and switch around your routine if you need to.
On to our morning motivation ideas . . .
Exercise. Many people swear by early morning exercising, and they are out before the dawn pounding the pavement in their running shoes. An early morning exercise routine does many things for your morning motivation. It gets your blood pumping, which is great for your health. It assists with weight loss or maintenance, which is important to some. It keeps you energized throughout the day without the need for shots of caffeine, and it gives you an excellent (and quiet) opportunity to work through those issues you wake with each morning.
To get started on morning exercise, you might walk, jog, cycle or join a gym and head to the weight room. Spend this time thinking about what it is you hope to accomplish for the day. Maybe you have a meeting at work in which a large decision must be made, and you want to think through the steps to making that decision. Perhaps you have a meeting with your child’s teacher regarding behavior; use this exercise time to work through the questions you want to ask.
Exercising for morning motivation does not have to be strenuous, though, and it is best done by varying your routine. Your muscle groups need a rest between workouts, so if you run one day, consider hitting the yoga mat the next morning for an easy and relaxing morning motivation wake-up call. Become a student of our tai chi class and start your day with a stretching routine that will leave you feeling relaxed from the start.
Writing. Many people find comfort in writing, and it can be a great way to get motivated for the day as well. Make a cup of tea, water or coffee, find a special spot in your home (for instance, next to a window so you can watch the day begin!), and write.
Some people work best when they don’t have a topic in mind. If you are one of them, you might find free writing works well in the AM hours. Write what comes to you, whether it’s a poem, a story, a list of what you have to get done for the day or even a note to your children that you can send with them to school. Take our class on memoir writing and then work each morning on penning your own.
You might also find this a great time to begin a motivational journal. This could include one thing you would like to accomplish for the day. You might want to make someone who has been down smile. You might want to do something good for another person. You might want to take that next step in furthering your career. Think of one thing that day that you could do to make you feel happy, or to make someone else feel happy, and write that thing down. Then make a list of the things you could do to make that come true. This will motivate you to do something great for yourself or others that day. You can revisit your plan tomorrow to see if it came to fruition.
Pray/Read the Bible. Many people find that waking and reaching for the Bible is a great way to start the day. Reading scriptures, figuring out how they pertain to life and writing about how that particular scripture relates to your life is a great way to get morning motivation. Reading certain passages that have special meaning is another way to get started on the day. After reading the scripture, ask yourself how this reflects your own life. How can you use this lesson to make today better?
Meditation. Meditation is another great morning motivation practice, as it helps you start the day with a clear mind. The things that you wake up thinking that you have to do – appointments, meetings, calls –can all be lessened in intensity by sitting in silence for several minutes. Spend this time clearing your head of these thoughts and remembering that they will come when it is time. Sign up for our meditation practice on mindfulness and learn how to become mindful at the to get started with this morning motivation routine.
Weekly Goals. One way to get motivated in the morning, and for the rest of the week, is to set a weekly goal. Start the goal on Monday morning. Think of one thing you would like to accomplish during the week. It might be that you want to spend $25 less on groceries. It might be that you want to make up with a friend with whom you fought. Think of something that will make a change in your life to keep this practice motivationally appealing to you.
Now, Tuesday through Friday work on how you will attain that goal. Each morning when you wake revisit what you wrote on Monday. Then add one thing you can do for the day to make that goal a reality by Friday. If you are trying to spend less at the store, your Tuesday goal might be to avoid stopping at the store altogether. Your Wednesday goal: Purchase only $X amount of food that day at the store and make sure it creates at least two meals. If you want to make up with a friend, Monday you might list the things you miss about that friend. Tuesday you might write about why the fight you had was so ridiculous.
On Friday, attain that goal. Check your receipts to see if you saved money. Call your friend and tell her the things that you thought of during the week. This morning motivational habit has a slew of benefits. It helps you create longer term goals, and it also helps you find motivation to get up and do something that will create positive change in your life.
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