• Barbara Murphy-Shannon

Would you Jump in to a 57-degree Pool of Water?

Updated: Feb 17

Morning Ritual

Does this describe how you start your day? Check your phone as soon as you wake up, pee, coffee, more coffee, check emails, texts and Facebook again, shit, shower, out the door to drive in traffic to the office. No wonder you are a grumplestiltskin when you get to the office.


Successful and famous people have one thing in common, they believe in their morning rituals. Famous athletes, successful business people and even presidents often dedicate a lot of their success and focus to their morning routine. Everyone has their own rituals in the mornings that motivate them. Do you have a morning ritual?


Every morning, Tony Robbins starts his day off by plunging into a 57-degree Fahrenheit pool of water. It’s not exactly a gentle way to wake up, but that’s beside the point. Cold water immersion activates the body’s natural healing powers that can relieve the symptoms of many medical conditions and promote a sense of health and well-being.


Tim Ferris, author 4-hour Work Week, makes his bed, meditates, exercises, drinks titanium tea and journaling “Here are five things that I attempt to do every morning. Realistically, if I hit three out of five, I consider myself having won the morning. And if you win the morning, you win the day. “


Legendary Naval Admiral William McRaven, who has commanded at every level within the Special Operations community, including acting as head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) during the Osama bin Laden raid. From his University of Texas at Austin commencement speech:

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”


For over 15 years, Michelle Gass, president of Starbucks has woken up each morning at 4:30 a.m. to go running. She believes her morning routine has helped boost her happiness and business success.


The late, great Steve Jobs had an incredibly profound yet simple morning routine. Each day he would get up, make his bed, shower, and then look himself in the mirror. He'd lock eyes with himself and ask, "If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I'm about to do today?" If the answer was "no" too many days in a row, he knew something needed to change.


Does this inspire you to get up earlier, workout, meditate, read, make your bed, journal and jump in a freezing pool of water (hard find in AZ) and develop your own morning ritual? I’d love to hear what your ritual is and if it’s working or maybe you need to make a change.


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Barbara Murphy-Shannon is a Mindset Business Coach for Women Entrepreneurs. She puts out a weekly blog, offers workshops and retreats. Barbara@barbaramurphyshannon.com

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