About the image on this post. I took that picture when I was in Sedona, AZ. When I saw it, it literally stopped me in my tracks as I was making my way up Bell Rock. There were rock piles everywhere stacked by humans (against parks policy, btw). But a couple decided to do something different. They decided to tell the world that they love each other.
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Ever since reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, I’ve been working steadfastly on daily rituals. I started calling it journaling but now call it grounding. It’s much more than writing in my journal. It’s about starting off my day in the right mindset and emotional well-being.
The very first thing I do when I wake up is go make coffee. This is paramount to being able to sit down and focus on the next task, which is journaling. In another post, I’ll go through my insane coffee routine. It’s insane because it’s definitely out of the ordinary, and most won’t attempt it.
Back to my grounding.
My journal writing always starts with writing the number one and drawing a circle around it. I jot down the first thing I am grateful for at that moment. Then I write the number two and circle that and write down the second thing I am grateful for. I do this ten times. Why ten? Because it’s the first number with a double digit, and by reaching 10, I feel like I crossed some sort of threshold or finish line.
Following the 10 gratitudes, I send love to one person. This is a direct tip from The Compound Effect (or maybe it is from Darren’s other book, The Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster). I’m “reading” both of them at the same time in the form of audio.
Side note: I don’t have time to focus my time solely on reading, so audio books are the way to go for my jam-packed schedule.
I choose one person to focus on that I know to a reasonable degree. It’s usually the first person that comes to mind. I don’t spend a lot of time debating who it is, since tomorrow is another chance to choose a different person. I try to avoid choosing the same people, as there are many to go around 😉
In focusing on that person, I think of what I perceive to be their life situation, and I wish them the best in the challenges that they could be facing. I try to put myself in their shoes and think of what positive emotions and circumstances they would like in their life today.
This first part of my grounding ritual typically takes up one piece of paper. If I don’t accomplish anything else in my ground routine, I make sure I at least get this far every single day. There was one time (yesterday) where I allowed multitasking to interrupt my journaling, and I only made it to 7 gratitude pieces and I didn’t get a chance to send love to anyone.
It was a busy day and wasn’t my best. Today, I’m fixing that and determine not to let that happen again. Life does come up, and so we can’t beat ourselves up over our own unmet expectations. Doing better each day is what matters the most, as well as doing them with love.
What is your daily routine that helps you have a great day?