Chenel Mann, MA, BCC




The business of designing the life of your dreams is a most fulfilling endeavor. Along the way, you'll gain insight about yourself previously unknown, knowledge of inner strengths newly revealed, and potential fully realized. As you know, gaining momentum in reaching your goals and finally greeting the life you've envisioned for yourself will require gradual movement on your part. This movement may include incremental steps you take, decisions you make, skills you acquire, and strengths you come to acknowledge. It's a process, and you'll need to ensure you include time to revitalize.

Over the years, in working with extraordinary clients I've come to understand the great gift of, well...mornings. The deeply satisfying and often invigorating opportunity to begin the day anew and realign with our purpose is gifted to us in the quiet stillness of each morning. I invite you to consider how you can truly make mornings your own, and seize each as an opportunity to shift closer to living the life of your design. Below are 5 steps to Rise and Thrive. Make use of some of the steps, all of them, or create your own. I only encourage you to make the most of your daily opportunity to rise and thrive.

1. Set into motion a daily practice of self-care. With all that has to be done in the morning, it can seem challenging to set time aside to devout to one's self. However, what better way to set the tone for a successful day? Consistently incorporating self-care into your daily morning routine is a simple way to ease morning tension, sharpen focus, gain from inner reflection, and establish the rhythm of your day. Your daily practice of self-care can include anything that nourishes your wellbeing. Maybe, you'd like to include personal time for reading, reflection, meditation, physical exercise, journaling, creating, healthy eating, etc. If you haven't yet included self-care in your morning routine, begin with a small manageable goal. For instance, you could plan to begin incorporating 5 minutes of self-care a few days a week, and work up from there.

2. Create your inspirational space. Step 1 and 2 often go hand in hand. I encourage all clients to create an inspirational space at home. This could be part of a room or even a small corner of a room. Ensure your space is comfortable, calming, and inviting. Consider including in your space just a few items that bring you joy, inspiration, and a sense of wellbeing. Of course, your inspirational space can be used any time of day, and will serve particularly well in the mornings. Taking even a moment to be present within your inspirational space in the mornings can benefit you immensely. Use your inspirational space for quiet reflection, creating, planning, and envisioning. Your inspirational space should be free of distractions, such as televisions or noisy areas.

3. Explore last night's dreams. Most of my clients will tell you, I'm pretty big on the importance of dreams. Our dreams contain a wealth of inner resources. Your inner self utilizes the power of dreams to get your attention and communicate items of importance to you. You can better understand your dreams and what they mean to you by jotting them down first thing in the morning. If you can't remember, that's alright too. You can begin to jot down anything you remember, and typically other details from your dream will begin to unfold.

4. Be mindful. Mindfulness is a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Consider including this as part of your morning routine. The best aspect of mindfulness is that it can be practiced by most anyone and anywhere. You can practice at home, in the car, while eating, while walking, and just about any other place you can think of. If you are new to mindfulness; here's a simple definition: Mindfulness is purposely focusing one's attention and awareness on the present moment in a non-judgemental manner. It's the act of simply noticing your thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and surrounding environment. If you'd like to learn more about mindfulness, check out Dr. Patrizia Collard's "The Little Book of Mindfulness". It's a short-read, and my favorite resource on the subject.

5. Nourish your body. So, we've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I tend to agree with the importance of starting your day with nourishment. It's easier to maintain a healthy pace for the day when you start the day with healthy choices. Try to take time each morning to eat a healthy breakfast and consume water. Breakfast will give your metabolism a boost and fuel you for the incredible day before you. If you're not a "breakfast" person, consider a small healthy snack. We honor ourselves and the life we are creating for ourselves when we prioritize the importance of beginning the day with nourishment for the body.