Good Monday morning,
Snooze button 3 times – Check.
Roll out of bed – Check.
Read The Monday Morning Motivator while taking the dog for walk – Check.
Workout & shower – Check.
Get dressed – Check.
Coffee & breakfast – Check.
Routines, we all have them.
I was struck this weekend while watching the Super Bowl, we all have routines to get prepared for events, from small ones like a Monday morning, to the biggest day of our lives. Each football player has their own unique ritual, before getting ready to play. John Henderson of the Oakland Raiders has a very strange routine, It involves this…
I am not sure that you would want our boss to do what John does before going on the field…world class athletes have world class routines. What is your “Get ready for the big game routine?” According to the Australian Sports Federation, pre-game rituals have 3 benefits.
1. Get ‘in the zone.’ The main purpose of a mental routine is to get you into the right mindset.
2. Increase your confidence & control your mental energy. You feel more in control and rituals increases confidence.
3. Narrow your focus & create certainty. Technical cues such as, explode off the blocks, direct your attention towards the things you can control.
Dr. Epstein of Harvard Medical School states “Our body craves routine and likes to know what’s coming. By creating rituals, you’re establishing a clear association between certain activities and specific results.”
1. Create & pay attention to what increases your energy & focus.
2. Practice & protect this routine before all specific events.
3. Tweak the routine from time to time, to optimize your performance.
Rituals are the best & easiest way to prepare you for success. Don’t leave home without them!
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