Do you ever dread getting out of bed in the morning? Dread spending the day in your cell  cubicle  country club? I sure do, pretty much five days a week. I decided to read some books on creating a morning ritual in the hope that I can develop a more positive morning attitude.

Morning Ritual Guide by Richard Carroll

This is a very short book with a few good basic ideas. My favorite chapter was “A Leap of Faith”. I have to pass on the prayer and the Scripture reading, but meditation and inspirational readings would be good ideas. I also like the idea of listing what I want to accomplish during the day, and visualizing it happening.

Amazon readers gave this book an average of three stars (out of five). I rate it at two and a half.

Morning Ritual Secrets by Stephen James

This is an even shorter book, but I found enough inspiration to take notes, and I think I’ll develop much of my morning ritual from this book. My favorite idea was to ask yourself empowering questions like, “What am I happy about in my life?” “What am I proud of?” “What am I committed to?” “Who do I love?” “Who loves me?”

Amazon readers gave this book an average of four stars, but I think it’s a five star book. Warning, there was a little cursing, which was part of why it was rated lower by some reviewers.

The Ultimate Morning Ritual by Stephen Hall

This book had a lot of the same philosophy of the previous one (both are students of self-help guru Tony Robbins), but was denser and a slower read. It had more explanation and background material for the suggested ritual components. Frankly, I liked the writing style in Morning Ritual secrets better. I found it much more inspiring.

Amazon readers gave The Ultimate Morning Ritual four stars. I give it three.

So, after reading these three books, I think this is what my morning ritual will consist of:

  1. Smile.
  2. Stretch.
  3. Take 3 deep breaths.
  4. Drink 2 glasses of water.
  5. Ask and answer empowering questions. (Can I do it in Telly Savalas’ voice, “Who loves ya, baby”?)
  6. Plan 3 accomplishments for the day.
  7. Affirmations, geared towards accomplishments or the way I want to feel during the day.

I also read Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries Book 2)
Coach Boyd Watson is murdered and his wife, Danielle, has motive, means and opportunity. Hannah can’t let her friend Danielle go to jail, so she does a little investigating on her own.

Stay tuned…

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