“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” (Marcus Aurelius)
They say, “Win the morning, win the day!” What’s your morning ritual?
Here are four suggestions:
1. Enrich the Spirit – Start with prayer and Scripture
Prayer puts everything in the right order. It strengthens your spirit, and therefore it prepares to strengthen the rest of you — body and mind.
2. Enrich the Body – Exercise
Break some sweat. Not only that exercise is good for your health, it also releases Endophrine, which “trigger a positive feeling in the body” (webmd.com). Exercise gives you a sense of wellness — that you’re taking care of yourself. At minimum, stretch and brisk walk for 30 minutes.
3. Enrich the Body – Eat Healthy Breakfast
There are many breakfast recipes — but make sure to take one that’s healthy. Don’t skip breakfast.
4. Enrich the Mind – Read a Motivational and Educational Book that Relates with Your Work
Before getting to work, fill your mind with new knowledge. Read a book that excites you with new concepts. You can also listen to audio books. This way, you go to work having a mind that contributes — a mind that wants to win!
Don’t take these suggestions lightly. It can have long term positive effects. Just remember: “Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it” (Richard Whately).
“O LORD, have pity on us, for you we wait. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of trouble!” (Isaiah 33:2)
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Kirby is an author, motivational speaker, trainer, and songwriter. He wrote the book “The Fired Up Life: Passion Principles to Motivate You for Work and Life.” He finished his Masters of Arts in Theology at the San Carlos Seminary Graduate School of Theology in March 2016 and currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Ateneo de Manila. He was a full-time missionary of Couples for Christ for 16 years and currently the owner of Uplift Learning Enterprise, a training and development company.