Why Rituals Work by Randy Lane

What comes to your mind when you think of the word ritual?

According to Lucy Gower in “How are daily rituals different from daily routines?Daily rituals are meaningful practices and are internally motivated. A daily ritual can bring energy and pleasure, efficiency and structure. A ritual is a carefully selected way of doing something that has a purpose and a positive side effect in addition to the simple accomplishment of the task. Read the full article on Lifehack.org

Some of the most successful people in the world start their day with rituals.

  • Oprah starts her day with meditation. Then she hits the treadmill to increase her heart rate. She ends her morning ritual with a healthy meal.
  • Steve Jobs would get up and immediately make his bed, take a shower and look at himself in the mirror. He would ask, “If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?”

I start my day with a cup of black coffee and go back to bed. First of all, I think of a few things that I am grateful for in my life. Then I set my intentions for the day’s events and visualize positive interactions, like coaching sessions and professional calls. Then I do a series of yoga stretches, jump in a cold shower, and I’m ready for the day.

If I don’t complete my morning ritual, the negative effect is that I don’t feel as awake, centered, prepared, or on top of my game.

There is a clear difference between habits and rituals. Habits are things you repeat without thinking too much about, such as brushing your teeth or turning on the microphone, and automatically saying the name of the station and show.

There is also a difference in Planning (brainstorming, research, preparation of configurations, etc.) and rituals.

Rituals are about paying attention to what we’re about to do and preparing to have a positive impact on a particular moment. Not only do rituals inspire your creative channels to open and flow, but rituals are also used by athletes for peak performance and by psychologists to deal with emotional stress like anxiety and grief.

We would be like to hear on the rituals you practice for optimal performance. randy@randylane.net

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