My morning routine actually starts the night before as this where I prepare my mind for the night and the forthcoming morning. I spend the last 45 minutes before bed in a warm, epsom salt (magnesium based) bath with theta state music as this is where you can change your subconscious programs to what you desire while also preparing your brain for sleep. Once you step out of the bath, your body temperature drops and this increases melatonin production which is your sleep hormone. It is the perfect ending to a long day.
I typically wake up between 5 and 5:30 a.m and read motivational quotes or scripture from the various books I have by my bedside or bathroom as I prepare for the day. Expressing gratitude and love is imperative to put your mind in the proper state. You have to be thankful for what you have and what is about to come. This will last for about 15 – 20 minutes and then I get ready for an extensive day as an entrepreneur. This will take about 20 minutes as well at which time I have breakfast. Being a functional medicine practitioner, I am aware of how important breakfast and the quality of food you consume is. I will have a banana and apple with almond butter on them followed with a custom blend tea that has lemon drops and coconut paste in it. The MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil in coconut paste is excellent for your brain and hormones. I will then consume some protein in the form of eggs (as I am not sensitive to them) or chicken.
After breakfast, and if the children have not come running downstairs, I will then head to my Markham office where I will see patients, clients, write books, create podcasts and live the life of an entrepreneur. Seeing patients and changing lives is a great blessing and I am thankful for the opportunity. It is all possible from the support of a great family but also on how you structure the night before and your morning. Preparation is fundamental and the key to succeeding. As the great quote goes; “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Belief Systems and Rituals
Rituals and belief systems are very important and crucial to personal growth. I will use the analogy of a house and the foundation. You need the foundation and infrastructure to be built first before you can inhabit a house. Your belief system in the metaphysical realm is like that foundation. What do you value? What do you believe in? What level of standards do you hold? What are your rituals that you do every day that validate your beliefs? Understanding the foundational answers to these questions is essential because almost everything you do can be traced back to your standards and beliefs. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to believe in you? Do you think we are just here to do whatever we want with no repercussions or do we have a greater purpose? We all have a greater purpose and it is up to us to find that calling. Once we do, we are then responsible for acting on it in a positive way.
I get asked quite frequently what my belief system is and what rituals I perform on a daily basis. My belief is that we are here to add value to other human beings and to love and support each other while we are in this material world. I believe that every good deed goes noticed and there is someone keeping track of how you live your life. I believe there are no accidents and that everything and everyone has a purpose. We are spiritual beings living in a material world and our time on earth is limited. We need to share our talents with other people. My rituals begin with adhering too many of the principles I describe in this book. I get up around 5 a.m. each morning, give thanks for this life, my family and what I am about to accomplish during the day. I consistently nourish my body with healthy food and supplement where required. I work-out five to six days a week, meditate late at night before bed and attend church on Sundays with my family. I also ensure I treat people with respect and courtesy each and every day. I pride myself on being a role model for my family but also to strangers. I want people to be better off for having met me. We all have tough days but a smile, an embrace or a positive comment can change someone’s day or life. Never underestimate the power of influence and genuine sincerity.
People generally seek these three things in life: love, happiness and progress. Love is what makes people feel alive and vibrant. Happiness is derivative of love, but it can exist on its own when you are content and at peace with yourself. Love and happiness are common goals, but progress is less commonly considered. In my functional medicine practice, I see many patients who suffer from depression and everything seems so daunting to them. They look at the big picture and it overwhelms them. One approach to overcome this that I have found successful is to approach the day in 10 minute increments. Focus on what you need to do for the next 10 minutes, then another 10 and so forth. When you start chunking your life down and begin to make small, steady progress, you start to feel worthy. Remember that momentum is an action that can be unstoppable in both directions and once you start seeing progression, it begins to take on a life of its own. Progress is major key to life, so continually seek improvement and forward movement. It will do wonders for your inner soul and eventually your outward appearance.