And so my day begins; I wake up, do my routine, and go on with my life, oblivious to the early morning mechanics. Only recently did I stop to ask myself questions such as:
- How do others begin their days?
- Has my morning routine changed over the years?
I’ll answer the latter; your job is the former.
As a matter of fact, my routine had been the same since—as long as I can remember—high school. However, I changed my routine a few months ago. I’ll get to that in a bit.
I adhered strongly to the belief that I needed a shower to start my day. I was under the impression—as a consequence of self-indoctrination—that without one, I could not rise from the protective slumber of my oh-so-comfy blankets.
I recently receive the book Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss as a gift from two generous friends—thank you. Briefly, Tools of Titans is a compilation of the habits and routines of successful individuals, and is split into three chapters:
I read the chapter about Tony Robins (p. 210) the night I received the book at 2:00 AM when I got home from one of the aforementioned friends’ house. I was instantly dismayed. It took all of 15 minutes to dismantle my belief system of the mental shackle of the “holy morning shower” I had created.
In the chapter, Tim Ferriss explains how Tony Robins immediately gets out of bed when he wakes up, and start his priming routine. His routine consists of:
- 30 to 60 second cold-water plunge (very different from my 15-20 minute warm shower wake-up call).
- Quick breathing exercise—or alternatively his “breath walking” exercise.
- 9-10 minutes—split into 3 sections of 3 minutes—of cueing and prompting enabling emotions for his day.
I implemented a similar routine 6 hours after reading the chapter. Since then, I no longer need to bathe under the once-believed “shower of awakening”. Now I am walking outside with my jacket and boots on—it is still somewhat winter in Montreal—two minutes after my alarm rings. I walk around the block for about 10 minutes, and have applied my own adapted priming routine.
What is your priming routine? Do you have a must to kickstart your day?
Although my self-indoctrination has been abolished, my love for a hot shower has not dwindled. As I finish writing this post, I am imagining how nice the imminent shower will feel.