The first and last time I visualized and affirmed my success was at the beginning of a swim meet in high school. A swimmer’s mom came to school before the meet. She had us all sit in a circle and close our eyes. She asked us to individually see ourselves winning the event we were about to swim. My event was the 100m freestyle. I ate a Tiger’s Milk Peanut Butter Bar and Lipton’s Brisk Tropical Iced Tea right before my event. I won it. I thought I jumped in the water earlier than everyone because I couldn’t see anyone in my periphery. Wow. It really worked.
It hit me yesterday. I need to do more of this visualization and start my day with positivity.
I searched for “affirmations” on Google and lo-and-behold, a Huffington Post article gave me a list of them. I started writing them out on index cards left over from studying for final exams and voilà! I had Minute 2 of my new found morning ritual: SAVERS (Thank you, Hal Elrod!)
Minute 1: S is for silence.
Instead of hitting the snooze button, and then rushing through your day feeling stressed and overwhelmed, invest your first minute in sitting in purposeful silence. Sit quietly, calm and peaceful and breathe deeply. Maybe you meditate. Center yourself and create an optimum state of mind that will lead you effectively through the rest of your day.
Maybe you say a prayer of gratitude and appreciate the moment. As you sit in silence, you quiet your mind, relax your body and allow your stress to melt away. You develop a deeper sense of clarity, purpose, and direction.
Minute 2: A is for Affirmations.
Pull out and read your page of affirmations — written statements that remind you of your unlimited potential, your most important goals and the actions you must take today to achieve them. Reading over reminders of how capable you really are motivates you. Looking over which actions you must take, re-energizes you to focus on doing what’s necessary today to takeyour life to the next level.
Minute 3. V is for visualization.
Close your eyes and visualize what it will look like and feel like when you reach your goals. Seeing your ideal vision increases your belief that it’s possible and your desire to make it a reality.
Minute 4. E is for exercise.
Stand up and move your body for 60 seconds, long enough to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain. You could easily do a minute of jumping jacks, push-ups, or sit-ups. The point is that you raise your heart rate, generate energy and increase your ability to be alert and focused.
Minute 5. R is for reading.
Grab the self-help book you’re currently reading and read one page, maybe two. Learn a new idea, something you can incorporate into your day, which will improve your results at work or in your relationships. Discover something new that you can use to think better, feel better and live better.
Minute 6. S is for scribing.
Pull out your journal and take one minute to write down something you’re grateful for, something you’re proud of and the top one to three results that you’re committed to creating that day. In doing so, you create the clarity and motivation that you need to take action.
Why not be your own champion everyday? Sounds good to me!