3 profoundly effective ways to bring YOUR A-Game every day
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle. The more I read and educate myself on habits, the more I realize how our decisions are directly related to the habits we’ve developed. Thankfully, good habits can be permanent and bad habits don’t have to be. In fact, you can change a bad habit a lot quicker than you realize. In as little as 3 weeks, or less in some cases, you can seriously alter the course of your life. For example, getting up at 4:30am to go to the gym was a grind at first, until I discovered that the hardest part was actually getting out of bed.
I follow Mel Robbins 5 second rule where within 5 seconds of waking up, I’m out of the bed, getting mobile, go to the bathroom and splash cold water on my face, then I go and jump on my mini-trampoline to wake my entire body up. Try going back to bed after doing this! For me, this gets my entire day rolling as I’ve started to gain a momentum that is incredibly difficult to stop, nor do I want it to stop. Get up early, get moving, and I promise you’ll make better decisions throughout your day.
#2. The 2-Minute Release Method
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass. With a hectic schedule, it’s difficult to bring our best selves to every encounter. You’re rushing from the gym to get to work, rushing from work to get to a school play or sports activity, you had a bad experience with someone during the day while you have clients waiting to see you, etc. We know how critical first impressions and personal branding is, yet I’d argue that the majority of us don’t take an effective approach to controlling our outcomes. I certainly didn’t until recently because I used the excuse that there wasn’t enough time to slow down, there was simply too much to do so I rushed on to the next thing without even thinking about the possible repercussions my body language and attitude had on my next encounter.
While reading Brendon Burchard’s “High Performance Habits”, I came across a technique that has since enhanced my encounters with my family, friends, partners, and clients. It’s called “The 2-Minute Release Method” and here’s how it works; Before going into work tomorrow, take 2-minutes to yourself and ponder these questions “How am I getting the most out of today?” and “Who do I want to be?” While doing this, take deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. This will get you on the right path for the day. Let’s say you come into a negative situation at work and need to regain your positive vibe, do the same thing but this time instead of asking yourself questions say the word “release” out loud for 2-minutes while still taking deep breaths in and out. A simple but powerful technique that works!
#3. Daily Reminders and Affirmations
“I’m going to make you so proud!” – Note to self. Even with the right intentions and actions, it can be difficult to bring your A-Game all day, every day. Here’s the final piece to the puzzle that will help you break free from the negative emotions that are constantly fighting to get in you; Set Daily Reminders and Affirmations on your Phone.
Here is what I have and how they are structured;
6:00 am – Review Goals
6:15 am – How am I going to get the most out of today?
7:00 am – BRING YOUR A-GAME!
8:00 am – Giving, Loving, Grateful
1:00 pm – BRING YOUR A-GAME!
2:00 pm – Giving, Loving, Grateful
6:00 pm – BRING YOUR A-GAME!
8:30 pm – Review Goals
9:00 pm – Giving Loving, Grateful
Every day these alarms go off on my phone and are synced to my Garmin Smartwatch. What’s great about these reminders and affirmations is that I often forget about them until they show up on my watch. I could be in the middle of a meeting and the alarm “BRING YOUR A-GAME!” will go off reminding me to step up my game! And having the “Giving, Loving, Grateful” alarm go off before bed allows me to go to bed with a positive energy which has a direct impact on my attitude when I wake up the next morning only to be welcomed by the other reminders I have set.
Success comes down to having an everlasting obsession with self-development, but it starts with you and taking control of your day.
Make it an awesome day!