I was listening to the James Altucher podcast yesterday where he was interviewing AppSumo’s Noah Kagan. Noah was talking about how he pulled himself out of a funk by using GEBY (more on that in a sec) and James said he was stealing it. Noah then said “stealing is caring” and after I added my own mantra “caring is sharing” I decided to share with MY friends this “big secret” that helped pull Noah out of depression and hopelessness.
I have been doing something VERY similar that I call my KICK ASS MORNING ROUTINE, but I really want to share GEBY because it emphasizes something that I do automatically (so I don’t need to add it to my routine) but MOST people (especially women) do NOT do.
GEBY stands for…
I find when I set up a positive morning routine, the rest of my day just feels brighter and more productive. And I want that for all of you…especially since it hurts my heart to see so many of my peeps in pain.
I double dog dare you to try GEBY for 21 days and see how your life improves.
1. Gratitude. Be grateful and thankful for everything you already have in your life. Even if it seems small. Living in the RV makes me appreciate 2-ply thick TP and long hot showers, but I am still grateful I can have a lesser version of each, every single day of my life!
Every morning immediately when you wake up, write down at least ONE thing you are grateful for. I typically do this at night, but I like the idea of being grateful in the morning, before anything “happens” during the day for you to be grateful for…just BE grateful. Today I was grateful for the perfect sleeping weather the late summer mornings in Colorado bring.
2. Exercise. Moving and getting your blood pumping first thing in the morning will give you more energy during the day to get stuff done! Plus, it revs up your metabolism AND wakes you up better than coffee. OK…I can’t prove the coffee thing…but there are no negative side effects of exercise.
After you list what you are grateful for, exercise. This can be taking your dog for a walk, going for a 10 minute jog, doing a workout DVD (PiYo is my new fave), or just doing pushups or jumping jacks in your living room. No excuses! It doesn’t have to cost money and you don’t even have to leave your home! This morning I walked to the park and back.
3. Eat Breakfast. You have all heard it before…breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Studies show those who eat a healthy, nutrient dense breakfast make healthier food choices for the rest of their day. Sounds like a no-brainer to me!
My favorite is Chocolate Vegan Shakeology. I mix it with water so it is cheap, fast, easy, with very little clean up. If something takes me more than 2 minutes to make, eat, and clean, I KNOW myself and will not do it. Some other options I like are: fruit/veg smoothie, whole fruit, natural PB and J on seeded bread, or a raw food bar like Pro Meal. This morning I had more time so I went wild and had a shake with Vegan Chocolate Shakeology, Vegan Vanilla Refresh (protein powder), Almond Butter (bought before the recall), Alkalinize (green powder), Cacao Powder, Ice, and Water.
4. YOU! This is the one I wanted to spend most time on. You are the ONLY person you are going to be with from the time you are born until the day you die…SO TAKE CARE OF YOU! Plan at least one thing every single day that is nourishing, loving, and caring for YOU. It’s not selfish to do things for yourself. The very best way to have the capability to care for others is if your needs are taken care of first.
I find when talking with others, especially women, they typically put themselves last on their “to-do” list. And we all know what happens to the last things on our list right?? It NEVER gets done! I suggest making a list of ALL the things you love to do that feel good to you. And then make sure each and every day you do at least one of those things.
If you are having a hard time coming up with something, here are some of mine…
Nap, massage, walk, shower, plan, organize, text a friend, chill out on social media, get rid of things, watch a movie, listen to a podcast, eat Indian food, walk my dog (RIP Sammers), work on my schedule, meditate, write, read articles, hug my hubby, and anything that has to do with personal growth.
So depending on how much time you can carve out in the morning, this may look a little differently for each of you. If you are super busy (which most of you are), you may do 1 gratitude, 10 jumping jacks, toss down a banana and raw food bar, throw something that you LOVE to do into your schedule and you are off to have a FABULOUS day! That will take you 5 extra minutes and can have a profound effect on the rest of your day. IMO you have nothing to lose and everything to win. Who is willing to go for it?
Oh I LOVE a challenge! I challenge you to do this for 21 days. Post your results. What is easiest for you? What is hardest? And don’t forget that SHARING is CARING so share this with a friend who can use a little “pick me up” today!
If you need a reminder to post daily gratitude, join my free group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/IHeartGratitude/