7 Before 7

Get Going in the Morning and Get Unstuck!

7 Awesome Strategies that will have you starting your day with Energy and Enthusiasm and no you don’t have to join the 5am club or give up your morning Java (unless you want to!)!! You can do these in any order – just do them all before 7am and you are off to a great start! I spend 30 minutes each morning doing this and I’m roaring to go!

1. Smile

Yes its true! Research shows that when we smile, the mere lifting of the muscles around our mouth into a smile changes our brainwaves and makes us feel more positive, no matter what mood we are in. Try it out for yourself! Get up-go to the mirror and give yourself a beautiful smile to start your day!

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

2. 7 minutes of Exercise

Getting the heart pumping and juices flowing is vital to starting of the day right! Moving and Shaking and pumps oxygen to the brain which motivates you to move forward on your goals. And come on people its 7 minutes- that means dancing around for 2 songs or something else you find fun, everyone can do 7 minutes right! Set a timer and get the blood flowing!

3. 7 minutes of Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness has so many benefits including lowered anxiety, more feelings of peace and focus and the ability to just BE! Yes, give yourself these 7 minutes. Use an app like Buddhify or HeadSpace and just breathe! Giving yourself to time to just be, clear your mind and breathe with make a huge impact- you’ll see a difference within a week- trust me- this is sooooooo totally worth it!!!

4. 7 minutes of Intention Setting

What do you want to get out of the day? Remember tiny steps each day equal huge progress over a year. Don’t get distracted in the busy stuff, the to do lists where sort out my financial future has the same weight as buy more milk. Think, how do you want to feel today- write those feelings down. What do you want to accomplish- pick one thing that will really move you forward in business or life and really commit to getting it done today, before all the other bits and pieces take over! Be intentional!

5 . Drink a glass of Water with Lemon

Yes I start my day, everyday with this simple trick. Lemon helps to alkalize your body and get the digestive system up and going. Besides that it has heaps of Vitamin C and is just good for you. Starting the day rehydrated helps your brain to function better too, so pour yourself a big glass and enjoy. Plus, I keep this by my side all day and make sure I drink plenty! It’s so easy to get dehydrated

6. Make your Bed

Research has shown doing this small daily tasks set you up for a day full of wins! The research says accomplishing this small task let’s your brain know- I get stuff done! Look at this, I already did one thing! Tim Ferris and Ramit Sethi are some of the online gurus I love who swear by this one too! Plus just seeing a neat, tidy bed makes you feel better than a big mess!

7. Be Grateful

Even when you are stressed or things go wrong, remember you have it better than 98% of the population who are living on less than $1 a day and are happy to have a tarp overhead. Living in Cambodia was huge for me, seeing the poverty on a daily basis, toddlers running naked alone on the streets, preschoolers working. When you realize just how lucky we really are, how our first world problems are someone else’s dream, you will fill your heart with gratitude and that in turn promotes amazing results! So keep a notebook and every morning write three things you are grateful for- they can be little things or big things! Simple things like the sunrise or more in-depth things like how you are planning an amazing trip to Costa Rica! The point is to focus on our appreciation for things in life.

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