There is literally no end to the amount of information available on morning routines – I know, I’ve been obsessed with finding the perfect morning routine for years and I’ve already written a few posts on the subject.
I’ve tried so many things to be healthier, happier and smarter as part of my mornings but most routines just never seem right. Maybe it’s because I’m not a natural morning person but I always felt like all of the “steps” in these morning routines just made everything more complicated than it needed to be, and they never seemed to flow! Even if I loved a routine when I started it, they were never sustainable, because they were all so much work! And, I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings for self development when you throw in a business, a blog, a full time job, building a house and keeping a household running. I wanted one activity that could be used in multiple ways to get me the same if not better results. You might have noticed if you follow the blog that I haven’t been posting about morning routines recently, and that’s because I have been experimenting with figuring out this morning routine must-have so that I could share it with you.
I created a morning routine which centres around just one thing: my vision board. Using one central theme every day was the morning routine must-have that I had been waiting for and has made my morning practice a lot more powerful and much more time efficient. If you have been wanting to develop a powerful self development section for a morning routine but just can’t get everything organised every day and have limited time, then this is a morning routine must-have that you need to try.
A vision board is a visual representation of the life that you want to lead now or in the future, it is a tool for motivation and inspiration and it is a key driving force in helping you to achieve all the biggest dreams you have in your life. Every single self development habit that you hear about incorporating into your morning routine can be streamlined, simplified and made even more powerful by using a vision board to center these ideas and thoughts.
The self development habits that I have been incorporating into my vision board morning routine are the ones that help me achieve my goals, feel happier and more aligned for the rest of the day. They are all practices which draw on the powers of manifestation, the law of attraction and the role that mindset has in our success.
All of these practices and personal development habits are only becoming more and more popular as successful people are starting to share their results of using them with the world. Successful actors and athletes often credit visualisation with helping them reach their success, businesswomen often talk about overcoming blocks to their fears or money issues and gratitude and other positive journal practices are on the front page of every other lifestyle blog. There is a reason for that – because this stuff works. If you haven’t tried any of these practices – why not?! This is your chance to start to use them in a really simple way. And you owe it to yourself to start to use these kinds of resources over just plain old goal setting as part of your morning routine.
But I do get that they sound like they can take a lot of your time, and they can, but not if you use a system which incorporates several of these habits in one sitting which can take on average 15 minutes, for the entire process!
The reason that it can be so fast is that you aren’t moving out of one area and into another – you are staying in the same headspace and just building on the last exercise that you implemented each time. No matter where you stop with your time restraints you will still get a lot of benefit, because you don’t need to do a minimum of 30 minutes before you get to the good stuff, it’s all the good stuff.
No longer do I have to spend a huge chunk of my morning on various different practices. I can get through 5 separate rituals in the time I would have spent on 2 in the past, and I’m seeing much better results as well.
So, the thing that makes this the morning routine must-have actually flow is that they all have this underlying link – the vision board. I can literally do 5 different practices while sitting in front of my vision board in the morning and get different, powerful results from every single one. And that is what makes it very different from all the other morning routines I’ve ever done.
If you want to make your own vision board, but you want some guidance, click here to download your vision board cheatsheet.
6 reasons why a vision board is an absolute morning routine must-have:
- You’ve already done the hard yards in creating it
You will have spent a fair chunk of time planning, creating and building your vision board and that is pretty much the hard part over. From here on in, it’s all about making sure you look at it, pay attention to the goals on it and do these practices consistently to allow the power of all that work to come into reality.
- Consistency is the key to success
Consistently writing down your goals, removing the obstacles in front of you, remaining positive and working on your goals is the only way that you are going to create real change in your life. And yes, they are all possible to do without a vision board, but it’s far more powerful to do them all sitting in front of your board and seeing your big and beautiful goals in front of you.
- They make you so freaking happy
Is it even possible to look at all your goals and then go into the day feeling crappy? I think not! If you have made your board right then just looking at it will instantly elevate your mood and your vibrational frequency, an amazing and necessary way to start the day!
- It is an anchor for your overactive mind
In the morning particular, we often have a million things racing through our minds about what we need to do, should have done and could do. It can be hard to centre and focus on the things that are truly important to our values and goals in those situations. But by looking at your vision board you are going to pull away from all that confusion and be able to focus on what truly matters. Using this time to focus and study the things that you need to do allows you to start the day in a state of peace.
- They are not complicated
You don’t need a university degree to use a vision board, you just need to know some specific exercises which bring out the powers of the board and allow you to do your best work. I love learning the shortcuts to everything, and vision boards and personal development practices are no exception!
You can create an entire daily practice around a vision board even more powerful and purposeful than any ordinary morning routine, which is what makes it a morning routine must-have.
Let me give you a little run-down of a simple morning routine that I absolutely love. All of these steps are done while sitting in front of my vision board, in a quiet and comfortable space.
Step 1: after looking at your vision board for a few moments, close your eyes and visualise walking through your perfect day, once all these outcomes are achieved.
Step 2: open your eyes, take out your journal and write down 10 things that you are grateful for right now letting the positive emotions from your board wash over you.
Step 3: next, quickly make a list of the goals that you are going to achieve in your life, looking at your vision board for guidance.
Step 4: now, without your journal identify your biggest fear about achieving one of those goals that you have. Write down, or say, this sentence, filling it in with your own fear or situation, “even if I can’t pay my mortgage when we buy this house, everything will be ok”, to release that fear from your mind.
Step 5: do 5 minutes of EFT on that fear
Step 6: Take 1 minute to just sit, breathe, and soak in your vision board or meditate.
If you do these kinds of routines every single morning you will start to results very quickly. It’s amazing how things shift around us when we start to unblock our fears of the outcome, focus on the good and keep our minds on the goals that we are working towards. But it isn’t always easy to do these practices every single day..until now. By using a vision board to centre these practices I have created a really easy and powerful morning routine for myself and I want you to have it too.
So, there you have it. My completely new and different approach to morning routines and the morning routine must have that you need to start using, like, yesterday!
This is only a fraction of the ways that you can incorporate this morning routine must-have into your day, and if you want to know more about how you can create and use a powerful vision board, check out my course, Vision Board Boss right here >>
To your success,