Creating Rituals for Success
When you're getting ready to go to bed, you probably have a routine that helps prepare you for sleep. Brushing your teeth, washing your face, putting the cat out can all be actions that signal your subconscious mind that it's time to wind down for the night. The same thing can be said for when you wake up in the morning. Your first cup of coffee, shower or breakfast help you wake up and get set to meet the day.
Over the years, you've created these routines to help you change from one state to another. For instance, moving from the frenetic pace of the day to calm yourself to sleep, or to ease yourself into the activity of a new day. You've trained your subconscious to begin the shift as soon as you start your routine.
You create this kind of routine to help you shift your energy. Routines are generally for tasks that need to be accomplished with the least effort. You've repeated them until you don't think about them, and they serve you by creating a necessary break from one activity to another.
You can do the same thing with an intentional, consistent action. Creating a ritual takes a conscious choice and consistant follow through. It becomes a signal to your inner mind that something else is now going to take place and helps you focus on what's ahead. Once your subconscious has been primed to expect the new activity, it makes it much easier for you to close one door and open the next.
For instance, suppose you have several projects you want to work on today. You know that trying to work on them all at once is an energy drain. Instead, you choose to work on each one for an extended period. But how do you leave one behind when you start work on the next? Create a ritual. It communicates to your subconscious that you need to move to something new. It forms a dividing line between the two projects.
You could establish a habit that the only time you get a cup of coffee or tea is when you start on the next project. Or it could be that you go into the kitchen to make the cup. Or you could simply drink a glass of water during the break. Whatever your ritual, you need to be aware and intentional when you perform it. That way you imprint its importance on your subconscious mind. You train your inner mind to transfer your thoughts to the next project.
When you want to release an old habit, an undesireable emotion, or a problem, create a ritual to let go of it. One way is to write it on a piece of paper and burn it. You could also take the piece of paper (recyclable) or a representative object and leave it under a rock or tree root. Do it every time you think of it. By performing this ritual, you gather together your intention and decision to let it go.
For a spiritual practice, you can construct a ritual for before doing your meditation, affirmations, Law of Attraction focus, or reading. As an example, turn off your phone, put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door, and settle into the same spot each time. This allows you to center into your practice quicker and more effectively.
Design a ritual that indicates the end of your daily work. It could be tidying up your desk, bringing a project to a stopping point, or establishing a place to start the next day. This allows you to leave work behind when the day is over.
When you form intentional rituals, they allow you to focus on what your next step is. It may be the next project, task or activity. Because you've trained it, your subconscious cooperates and transfers your attention to where you want it to go. As you establish and follow your rituals, notice how much easier it is for you to make progress on your goals.
Copyright © 2009-2017 Linda Ann Stewart
As a speaker, personal and professional development coach, and hypnotherapist, Linda-Ann Stewart helps business and professional women who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to focus, prioritize and break through so they build more business and create a consistent income. Sign up for her FREE guide, "Take Control of Your Day," at www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/guide-takecontrol.html.You can contact her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com or 928-600-0452.
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