February Challenge: Hour of Power

In 2015, I will set myself a new 30-day challenge every single month. That’s 12 30-day challenges. Some will be harder than others but all of them will be related to one of my five areas of focus this year: family, health, emotional mastery, financial empowerment and helping others through coaching.

In my post on How To Keep Your Drive While Working a Job That Drains You I described how I started my day doing something that was important to me. The result was, in summary, a much better day overall.

This is what inspired my challenge for this month. If you search the internet for habits of successful people, you will notice that on every list the habit of a morning routine comes up. Successful people simply set up their day to win from the moment they step out of bed.

In his Ultimate Edge program, Tony Robbins introduces what he calls the Hour of Power. It consists of 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Moving and breathing.

You can do this outside while walking, or inside on a treadmill or exercise bike. Just getting yourself moving will jump-start your metabolism. Tony also suggests a particular breathing pattern. You breathe in through your nose 4 times and out your mouth 4 times.

Step 2: Gratitude and visualization.

While still moving, spend a few minutes (3 to 10) thinking about everything you are grateful for in your life. Then, visualize everything you want to achieve or accomplish as if it already happened. It is important you use not only your mind but your body as well. How would you walk when you have everything you ever dreamed of? How would you feel? How would you look out at the world around you?

Step 3: Incantations and exercise.

Again, don’t stop moving! Tony gives a few examples of incantations you can use that match the breathing pattern from step 1. For example, you could say something like “every day, in every way, I’m feeling better and better.” Also, you can use phrases such as “all I need is within me, now.” You can use these incantations at intervals during the rest of your Hour of Power while you exercise.

My challenge for Februari is to do at least Thirty Minutes to Thrive first thing every morning. That’s all of the above steps (they take about 15 minutes altogether), plus at least 15 minutes of exercise.

So why do I do this?

I have done the Hour of Power intermittently in the past and I have found it has several benefits. One, I start the day full of energy and focus. Two, I actually exercise every day, which is great for my overall fitness and stamina. Third, the gratitude and visualization exercise is a huge boost to my attitude and resilience against anything (or anybody) negative.

Just the fitness and stamina benefits would be reasons enough for me to take on this challenge. I know that I need an abundance of energy if I want to be an effective coach and trainer (not to mention keeping up with my wife and boy). But frankly, exercise alone bores me. The additional steps will keep things fun and interesting.

What do you think?

Do you have a morning routine you swear by? Have you or are you using Tony Robbins’ Hour of Power? What were the results for you?