Do you have a particular ritual of events that you do each day?
What do you do? When? How does it impact your day?
Perhaps, when you read the title “rituals” you thought it had something to do with an eclectic activity. Rituals, by definition, is a “religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order,”. Sounds a little intimidating, but don’t let the wording fool you.
Individual daily mindset rituals are simply habits and activities that one finds essential and makes a priority to complete each day. Many successful entrepreneurs, such as Tony Robbins and John Assaraf recommend individuals practice daily mindset rituals that inspire, motivate, and sustain oneself.
- The art of gratitude. The attitude of gratitude is a recognized technique that can start your day with a
mindset that shows appreciation and respect for what is and what will become. The recognition of the emotions associated with such actions brings together a greater awareness of life. Gratitude is simply a self-inventory of thankfulness. Dr. Robert Emmons, UC Davis Psychologist and author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You, Happier shows how practicing the art of gratitude daily can have a profound impact on the quality of one’s life. Simple strategies that one can do: daily Gratitude Journal, verbally recognizing gratitude throughout the day, writing people that you care about “gratitude letters”, or creating a gratitude jar and stocking up the jar with notes about things that you are grateful for.There are many strategies that one can do to practice gratitude, but the biggest is awareness and consistency.
- Meditate. Consistent meditation practices can help individuals to reduce stress, improve concentration,
practice self-awareness improves health and really aids in sustaining balance. The science of meditation is all around, which is why many individuals and companies are incorporating meditation well programs into their daily and corporate strategies. Companies like Google’s Search Inside Yourself program – “Meditation is Good for Business”. Science has shown that consistent practice of meditation can have profound influences on individual and group performance, productivity, and happiness. Meditations can vary in content, time, and outcome. The University of Wisconsin Neuroscience Lab Director, Dr. Richard J. Davidson notes that there are several meditation techniques, and that each technique develops different skills. Due to the nature of many business cultures, it is hard initially for individuals to sit still and to simply concentrate on meditation. Concentration meditation can be short as a couple of minutes to hours, and the strategies that are used to aid practitioners with concentration may vary. Mindfulness meditation focuses on awareness toward thoughts that enter one’s mind, and the influence thoughts have on one’s emotional state. Other techniques for meditation: tai chi, chi kung, and walking meditations.
- Visualization. Top athletes, entrepreneurs, and success driven individuals practice the art of visualization. Entrepreneur and New York Times Best-Selling Author, John Assaraf supports and promotes the art of visualization – daily. Visualization connects short and long-term goals with emotions. Emotions influence one’s
state of mind. The state of mind has a profound impact on everyday activities and outcomes. The key to visualization is alignment between what, how, and why one wants to live his or her life. It is essential to evaluate one’s vision, goals, emotions, and activities. Reevaluating and refining goals of your individual vision is paramount. Feeling your vision for what you want in life is an essential ingredient. If what you want feels good, and it aligns with your vision, then you are on the right track. Next, to support your visualization activities, you can create affirmations that align with your vision. John also suggests asking yourself the following questions: “What stories am I telling myself as to why I haven’t done this work – the way you do anything is how you do everything. If you’re dragging your feet, ask yourself: why? What reasons are you giving yourself that you can’t do this? Your habits are forcing you to behave in the same old ways that you always have.” Simple, yet profound questions that can help you evaluate barriers to visualization and help you craft key goals, actions, and vision statements. Visualization requires actions, commitment and engagement is a process.
Three simple daily mindset rituals that can have a profound impact on one’s life: gratitude, meditation, and visualization. The simplicity of each can be done anywhere, anytime, and by anyone. Each strategy has been scientifically proven to improve the quality of one’s life through a variety of dimensions. Identification and understanding of the techniques are the first part, practicing the methods daily is essential to start and sustain personal self-improvement rituals. Entrepreneur, Tony Robbins, states “success comes from taking the initiative and following up…persisting…eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?”
by Katie Doseck, PhD MBA
Chief Visionary and Strategic Ace Up Your Sleeve | Viral Solutions LLC
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