I want to show you a few of my favorite ways to utilize the hours before you go to sleep to make your next day most effective. Some are very practical; others are less tangible but just as effective.
1. If at all possible, cut lots of extra raw, fresh veggies while making dinner. Then, even if you get behind in the morning, you will still have a container full of healthy snacks to take with you and you will still feel successful and on track.
2. Plan out the waking moments of your next morning. Create some image in your mind that you want to wake up with. If you want to wake up thankful, or excited or passionate…focus on those before sleep. If you want to wake up and bang out a quick set of pushups to set the tone for the day, prepare for that. One of my favorite things is to wake up with praise and thankfulness on my lips.
3. Lastly and similar to #2, spend a few moments visualizing before you go to sleep. Whatever your goal or dream is, take a moment…even a few seconds…and focus on it. One of the most successful Olympic athletes of all time, Michael Phelps is well known for implementing this tool.
Check out this excerpt from “Visualization” The Key To 15 Olympic Gold Medals:
“In fact, Phelps claims he’s been visualizing since he was seven years old, watching what he calls “his videotape” of the perfect swim in his mind each night before going to sleep to mentally map out his ideal swim for the next day.”
Have fun trying these out and waking up with a smile on your face!
Expecting great days,