“[I] never talk about gratitude and joy separately, for this reason. In 12 years, I’ve never interviewed a single person who would describe their lives as joyful, who would describe themselves as joyous, who was not actively practicing gratitude.” – Brené Brown
People often ask about my morning routine.
I don’t blame them!
I’ve used my morning routine to 15x my net worth and lose 30 pounds.
Starting off the first 10 to 20 minutes of the day right was crucial to achieve my goals of passive income and covering my living expenses.
Now I want to share my routine with you!
Before we start, though, I have a confession:
I am not a morning person.
I actually enjoy the evenings more.
There are people that believe in the miracle morning.
You get up at 5:00AM, which is before God wakes up, and you start your day.
If that works for you, that’s great!
But that might not work for everyone.
No matter what time you wake up, though, you really need a solid routine.
In this blog, I’m going to get very personal.
I’m gonna share some very deep things about my life and my faith.
It’s impossible to not talk about them because they have been so helpful for me.
If my habits can create transformation in your life, I am more than happy to share.
Let’s go over my morning routine in three steps!
1. Reading Affirmations and Goals
The first thing I do is read my affirmations and goals.
I know you might feel like affirmations are a little cheesy.
You might be picturing yourself in the mirror, saying: “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And gosh darn it, people like me!”
Honestly, it can kind of feel that way a little bit — at least in the beginning.
But overall, affirmations are so powerful.
We all talk to ourselves.
A lot of the things we say to ourselves are negative.
We wouldn’t speak to a friend that way, but we speak to ourselves that way.
We need to change that.
Here’s the way I do it:
Affirmations usually take me about five to ten minutes in the morning.
I go over them while I’m waking up; I go over them while I’m shaving.
Doing this gives me fuel and intention for the day.
I have 14 general affirmations that I cycle through.
I’m gonna share two of them:
The first reads: I, Bronson, am strong and confident, even when things don’t go perfectly or I face criticism.
I wrote that during a time when I had it gone through a big defeat in my personal life.
I didn’t feel strong.
I didn’t feel confident.
I wanted to feel that way, but I didn’t.
When things don’t go perfectly or I face criticism, that’s difficult.
As I started reciting this affirmation, I started to become a person who didn’t let that stuff get to me.
Saying something out loud can actually create a powerful creative force in your life.
I also have affirmations about faith, identity, focus, people, and so much more.
The other affirmation idea I’m going to share is one I got from a friend.
They encouraged me to remember what God has done for me:
The affirmation reads:
In middle school, I got into fights and I didn’t like myself. I didn’t know I was dearly loved by God. I prayed: God, if you’re real, you can change me.
I told you we would get personal!
I am a follower of Jesus.
You may believe in other things that’s totally fine.
You can still use this affirmation to remember what the creative power in the universe has done for you.
This kind of affirmation leads to a place of gratitude and remembrance.
My affirmation draws from the time when I didn’t know if God was real.
In middle school, I got into fist fights regularly.
I had a bad attitude.
I didn’t know that I was loved by God.
So to me, this affirmation is a great remembrance.
I was at that place in life and I grew from those experiences.
Those are only two of my 14 affirmations.
Try to put your own together and see what you come up with!
2. Bible Reading and Prayer
The second thing that I do is read the Bible and pray.
A lot of people who are religious say that they should read the Bible more and pray more but they just don’t have time.
They’re very busy.
I totally get that!
I’ve found tools to help me fit in my prayers and readings even on my busiest days.
There’s an app called Daily Audio Bible.
I listen to this app every day.
It goes through the entire Bible in a year.
You can speed it up and slow it down.
You can listen on walks or in the car.
I usually end up listening in the car when I’m dropping my daughter off for school.
I try to spend time talking to God.
I tell him about my day, what’s happening, and what I’m worried about.
Prayer is just talking to God and listening.
I think it’s a really powerful tool and that’s why it’s part of my morning routine.
It keeps me humble.
The third thing is gratitude.
This is life-changing.
If you’re not practicing gratitude, your joy is probably not where it should be.
That’s a big statement, but there is a huge link between gratitude and joy.
I keep a gratitude journal.
This is what I wrote down recently:
I’m grateful for Belize.
(I was in Belize for the Real Estate Guys Summit and had a great time!)
I’m thankful for friends at work.
I’m thankful for my health
I’m thankful for my bed, especially after I’m tired.
There are a lot of things you can put in a gratitude journal, both big and small.
Whatever makes you feel grateful, write it down!
Lean in and experience gratitude for the things in your life.
As humans, we don’t realize what we have until it’s threatened or taken away.
Take 10 minutes in the morning to write in a gratitude journal.
It really does help!
Brené Brown, who penned the quote at the top of this blog, has become one of my favorite authors.
Her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, is now my favorite.
The book asks what it means to live a wholehearted life.
If you’re not actively practicing gratitude, you will not experience joy.
It took me years to figure that out.
The more time I spend being grateful, the more I really experience that joy.
I hope you can experience joy as well!
Now I want to hear from you.
What is your morning routine?
What have you done to transform yourself?
Let us know in the comments below!
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