I dance as soon as the music starts.
I wake up in the morning to a catchy song that’s blaring from my phone at 6am. I do this on purpose–it’s my alarm. The moment I hear the song go off, I get up and start to dance. I have to decide to get up and dance in the very first moment of hearing the music, that’s important.
In the first few seconds of starting to dance, I’m really just groggily shaking my shoulders out and moving my hips half an inch and I’m probably resembling a Zombie coming to life. But in the next second, I swing into full-out dance mode. I try to get into this as fast as possible because I’ve realized something simple that’s completely changed my morning:
When I shuffle my feet and fumble around for 15 minutes in the morning, I keep feeling how tired tired tired I am and I can barely walk to the coffee machine and my eyes are falling shut and.. zZZZzzzzzz.
When I spring into powerful movement as soon as I wake up, a minute later I feel wide awake. I’ve jumped into my morning and I’ve jumpstarted my day with a dose of confident, happy feelings.
I started doing this after I heard Tony Robbins talk about this at UPW last month: motion causes emotion, he said. Jordan Peterson also writes about this in his book that recently came out. What you do physically with your body alters the state of your mind. When you assume the body language and posture of a confident version of you, you feel more confident. Motion causes emotion.
I get it, you feel really silly when you crazily start dancing in your PJs. So? No one will see! But you’ll feel incredible.