My job as a career intuitive coach is to point to the “X” that is marking the spot of your life’s buried treasure—you know, the one you’re standing right next to while you look wildly at the sky? Then, I help you to notice the shovel you’re holding in your hands. Yes, it’s been there all along. Finally, my coaching sessions can be summarized in one word, “Dig.”
Read on for the second of three questions I ask my clients to help them find their “X”, notice their shovel, and to begin to dig toward their buried treasure.
Question 2: How do you start your days?
One of the Seven Habits outlined by Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Successful People, is this: Put First Things First.
What do you put first each day?
For a long time, I would wake up at the last possible minute and begin my day in a harried rush of activities: breakfast, changing, tidying, dishes. Or, if I woke ahead of my alarm, I would lay in bed and stare at my phone, immediately filling my day with the news of the world, gossip, texts, or status updates. These activities set the tone of my day.
I recently attended a retreat at Kripalu, a yoga center in Western Massachusetts, where I would awaken each morning at 5:00 a.m., if not earlier, with the light coming through our dorm windows acting as my alarm. I began my days there with yoga, a walk, or meditation. The difference was immediately noticeable. My retreat gave me the reboot I needed by helping me to cultivate the opposite of my previous mindless mornings.
When I returned home, I lifted the room darkening shades in my bedroom and awoke early the next morning and every morning since. I now start each day with movement, some physical activity to move my energy (or chi). Then I sit on my meditation cushion.
In addition to creating space for my body and soul, I’ve noticed that my right-brain creativity is activated by my new morning routine. When we sleep, our brains restore and reboot. Before, I was filling my brain with screentime before this highly-charged creative energy could be released. Since beginning this new approach, I’ve been gifted with daily ideas for my writing and spiritual work.
Analyze your morning routine and notice what you put first. Try putting first things first. Begin your day with movement, meditation, love, joy, or peace. Notice how things change.
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