“There is only one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way.” -Chistopher Darlington Morley, American Novelist
A “homework” assignment I often give to my coaching clients is to create a list of their helpful daily rituals. So often we just go along without really stopping to think what actions we can take on a daily basis that will add better health, success, joy and peace of mind to our lives.
It’s a pretty simple exercise, really. Make a list of those actions that you know — or you believe — would benefit you (and/or others) if you followed through with them on a daily basis. Below is a list of several different “daily rituals” that I have learned from a variety of clients over the years. Many of these I strive to follow myself and I can personally attest to the value of reading (and living) my “daily ritual” list on a regular basis.
- Jump out of bed with a smile at 6 am
- Go for a morning walk
- Do Yoga or a stretching routine
- Pray, meditate and/or visualize
- Work on most important project before reading email in the morning
- Plan the day and clarify the three most important items to focus on during the day
- Read or listen to something inspirational/educational every day
- Go for a walk at lunchtime
- Take a risk a day to build my business
- Connect with at least one friend each day
- Connect with at least one business contact each day
- Review my calendar and mail out any birthday or congratulations cards
- Sit in my car for a few minutes after work and give thought to how I want to be when I get home
- Read or tell stories to my kids
- Kids to bed by 8:45 pm
- Set up coffee maker the night before
- Layout clothes for morning walk the night before
- Visualize my top 3 intentions/goals/dreams before bed
- Be in bed by 11 pm
Choose your favorites from the list above and also add your own to create your own list of Daily Rituals that will add better health, success, joy and peace of mind to your life. Once complete, read your Daily Rituals at the beginning and/or end of each day. Over time, notice how these small actions make a big difference.