Morning Ritual Challenge
The father of life coaching, Tony Robbins once said, “We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish”.
Tony has empowered over 50 million people in over 100 countries with many of the practices that we both implement on a daily basis, one of which is known as Priming.
The positive effects of priming on psychology have been proven again and again. You can learn to change your state of mind by changing your physical state with an effective priming routine.
Here’s how it's done:
Find a chair in a relatively quiet area and sit actively. Place both feet on the floor, shift your shoulders back, chest up, and hold your neck long and your head high.
By changing your breath, you change your state of being. Tony’s method incorporates a breathing exercise with three sets of 30 breaths, with a pause in between each set. 1 MINUTE
3. BEGIN HEART BREATHING
Put your hands on your heart. Feel its power and strength as you breathe into it. 30 SECONDS
4. PRACTICE GRATITUDE
Think of three things you’re really grateful for right now. They can be from your past, present or future. Step into the first moment and picture it as vividly as possible. After about a minute, go to the second thing, then onto the next. Pro tip: Make one of these things simple, like a child’s smile or a time someone said, “thank you” and really meant it. Even on your worst days, you can find something small and meaningful to be grateful for. 3 MINUTES
Now comes the part that’s like a blessing or a prayer. It can be as spiritual as you want it to be. Tony imagines colorful light coming down and filling his body, healing anything that needs to be healed – body, thoughts, emotions, feelings. Envision your problems being washed away. Ask for the best parts of you to be strengthened. 1 MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS
Now send all the energy you’ve gotten through your healing and strengthening out to others. Feel the energy going up and down, pouring out to your family, loved ones, colleagues, clients, friends and even strangers you’ve only met once. 1 MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS
7. FOCUS AND CELEBRATE
Now think about the three outcomes or goals that you want to achieve the most. These are things that will excite you once they’re completed. What would achieving them feel like? Place yourself in that position of achievement and celebrate that feeling of completion and victory. Visualize how it will impact you and what those victories could do for those around you. As with gratitude, go through each outcome one by one, fully experiencing the feeling of success. 3 MINUTES
8. GET READY TO ROCK
Take as long as you’d like to stretch and reflect on all of the positive work you just did. You are now positioned to excel in the state of your optimal self. Stay in character and get out there to conquer the day.
When you understand priming psychology, you can apply it to every aspect of your life. At work, use priming in your emails and interactions with colleagues by opening with positivity. As a leader, positive priming words can help you influence others and set them up for success. Priming works the same way in relationships: Prime your partner to expect constructive solutions instead of fights by changing your tone and the words you choose.
This morning ritual can be more of a priming exercise or a priming meditation – whichever works better for you. No matter what your personal morning priming ritual looks like, it will help you direct your focus because, as Tony says, where focus goes, energy flows.
Are you ready to start achieving your goals and creating real, lasting change in your life? When you learn how to leverage the very real psychology of priming, you’ll experience an incredible shift in the quality of your thoughts and emotions. When you prime your mind to experience more positivity, you’ll not only find more fulfillment in the everyday, but you’ll also become better at reaching your goals. But don’t take our word for it – give it a try yourself.