“Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.”
-Doctrine & Covenants 88:124
Getting started with your own Latter-day Morning
You now know the story (because you read our About page), but how do you actually have a Latter-day Morning? What kind of things should I do right after I wake up? What are the steps? Great questions! That’s what we’ll show you now.
Please note that our morning routine isn’t set in stone. In fact, it continues to evolve, little by little, every day. The following steps are the fundamentals to creating a routine that will bless your life with the success you desire and deserve in all aspects of your life—spiritual, family, professional, and personal. Once you have these fundamentals down, experiment and make it your own.
The Latter-day Morning routine is comprised of the following steps:
- Preparation and pre-sleep routine
- Wake up routine
- Prayer and meditation
- Journal writing
- Affirmation and visualization
- Spiritual development
- Success development
- Health and fitness
These 8 steps make up the foundation of our morning routine. You can change the order of the steps and even spend more time on some than the others (we do), but the important thing is that you try to do all of them every morning. 8 steps like a lot, but honestly the amount of time that you spend on your routine is up to you.
I recommend starting off small, as small as even 10 minutes on your first day, and increase the time as you get more comfortable with the process. Each day is a little different for me, but I spend no longer than an hour and a half doing my morning routine (unless I get caught up exercising).
Now that you have the outline, continue below for a detailed explanation of each step:
Step 1: Preparation and a pre-sleep routine
When you’re just starting out, the thing that can really hurt you is not being prepared and getting distracted. To prevent that, here’s what you’ll need:
- Alarm clock (your cell phone will work)
- Face towel, a toothbrush, and toothpaste
- Glass of water
- Change of clothes if needed
- Pen and a notebook or journal
- Your written-out affirmation
- Scriptures or other church materials
- Any non-fiction book that will help you improve your life
Here’s what you do. Set the glass of water, clothes, pen, notebook, affirmation, and other books in the place that you want to do your Latter-day Morning. I suggest you pick a quiet place with a desk and chair. Then set your alarm to your desired time (remember if you’re starting out, just set it a little bit earlier than you normally would wake up), say your prayers, and hit the sack. You’re now ready; you can hop out of bed and won’t have to waste any time fetching all those things from all over your home. Perfect.
Step 2: Wake up routine
Alarm goes off. Jump out of bed with all the energy you can muster. Hurry to the room with all your things and put on some more clothes if it’s too cold. Then go to the wash room, wash your face, and brush your teeth. This part is important, you will feel a lot more awake if you just do this one step! I also like to stretch while brushing, but that’s optional.
When you’re done head outside (remember, if it’s chilly don’t forget your jacket) and take a few deep breaths. Give thanks to your Heavenly Father for His amazing creations and for a beautiful, awesome morning. I also like to do some light stretches here to warm up my body. When you’re ready, head back in a drink that glass of water and change your clothes if you wish. Now you should be wide awake and ready to conquer the world.
Step 3: Prayer and meditation
Wait, wait, wait! Shouldn’t prayer be the first thing you do when you wake up? Oh, you caught me! I understand your concern, but be honest with yourself and think back to the last time you prayed after “waking up”. If you’re like me, you probably opened your eyes long enough to turn off your alarm, lied back down, closed your eyes, said a prayer that you didn’t even remember because—you fell right back asleep. No, let’s save the act of communicating with our Heavenly Father till after we’re awake and conscious.
So pray. Check. The next part is meditation, which is basically a conscious effort to clear your mind. There are many variations to this, but simply it involves relaxing your body and mind, and trying to disregard any random thoughts that poke into your head. When your mind is empty and free from distraction, then you can fill it up again with the ideas and thoughts that will help you grow.
Step 4: Journal writing
I will try to make this simple: pick up your pen and just write anything about your life. Here are some suggested topics or questions to answer: What did you do yesterday? What are you grateful for? What do you want to accomplish today? How can you improve? What are your challenges? How do you plan on overcoming them? etc.
Personally, I complete these two ideas:
- I am grateful for: (write down three things I’m grateful for today)
- Awesome goals: (write down three things I want to accomplish today)
Start off simple. Journal writing doesn’t have to be a long-winded task. Pick a few things to write about and focus on them. If you want to write a lot, be my guest, but don’t feel compelled to write a novel, especially on your first few days.
Step 5: Affirmation and visualization
Along with meditation, affirmation and visualization are probably concepts that are foreign to Latter-day Saints; at least it was to me when I first started. In a nutshell, affirmations are short, powerful statements, that, when repeated often, bring more focus and purpose to one’s life. The words become your thoughts, which undoubtedly effect and change your reality. We recommend that you make your own affirmation, but if that seems a little too difficult at this point, simply read your Patriarchal Blessing.
Visualization is the process of making mental images in one’s mind. Various practices include visualizing one’s goals and future aspiration becoming realities, visualizing one’s self successfully completing tasks, and imagining fixes and reactions to specific situations (for example, I have personally used the power of visualization to change my habit of yelling at my daughter every time she spilled her drink on the table). We use visualization at this phase in the morning routine in order to see yourself accomplishing your the dreams and goals that you have committed to in the journaling and affirmation stages.
Step 6: Spiritual Development
The step that most Latter-day Saints are familiar with: spiritual development. I won’t expound too much on this because you know what you have to do—read your scriptures; read Church magazines; watch devotionals, talks, General Conference, etc. The only other thing I can add to this is to encourage you to take notes if you don’t already.
Step 7: Success Development
After you have filled your mind with spiritual things, now it’s time to feed it with words and ideas that can bring more success to other areas of your life; it’s good to be successful spiritually, but we still are encouraged to seek learning out of other books.
Read books that will help you become a better person: read self-help books; read books that will help you advance professionally; read books on finance, economics, health and fitness, organization, motivation, communication, parenting, etc.; read biographies of other successful people; read anything that will make you better than yesterday.
Remember, stick to non-fiction. I love fiction books too, but you want to read something that can give you action-oriented and applicable skills and ideas. If you don’t know where to begin, you can see some of our favorites in our recommendations page.
Step 8: Health and Fitness
After working your spirit and your mind, it’s time to make your body stronger than it was yesterday. There are no set routines, just take any fitness concept and do it. Well…try to do it. I enjoy lifting weights, and sometimes I dab into yoga. I tried running, but it’s just not as enjoyable as it used to be when I was younger. At the very least, just take a walk around the block. Whatever you do, please remember to be careful, take it slow, properly warm-up, and please rest when you need to. The last thing we want is for you to stop doing the routine because of an exercising injury.
That’s the Latter-day Morning routine! There’s so much to say but I think it’s best to save all the extensive details for the full-length book I am planning to release in the future. Plus, I’m sure this is long enough already.
In the ways of time, we recommend you spend 40% of your time in steps 1 through 5, and then devote at 20% each to Spiritual Development, Success Development, and Health and Fitness.
We know that this looks like an enormous task, maybe even crack-brained in some areas (ahem…meditation, affirmations, visualization…), but we promise you that after completing it you will feel satisfied and successful in all areas of your life. The best thing is that before the world has woken up, you will have already become a better you.
I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to read all of this. I just want to tell you that I am here for you and will try to help you as much as I can to get you started with the life-changing morning routine. I do my best to respond to all forms of communication, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need anything.
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Have a good morning and God bless!
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