First thing in the Morning / Das erste am Morgen / Primeira coisa de Manhã / La primera cosa en la Mañana

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When you wake up in the morning and turn over to your phone to see the list of notifications – it frames the experience of ‘waking up in the morning’ around a menu of all the things you have missed since yesterday.

You are immediately in catch-up mode. So much has happened since you went to bed. There are emails to respond, messages to read, Snapchats to watch, Instagram photos to see, not to mention all the breaking news. Your mind and your morning are hijacked.

I think one of the things that’s really powerful, is just a lot people they give away their sovereignty and their power first thing in the morning.

The first thing in the morning, they’ll just pick up their phone, and they’ll check everything, because the way it’s set up, they’re getting their dopamine fixes, and it’s really rewiring their brain. So it’s training them just to be distracted all the time.

Okay, so, I like really managing my first hour of the day, and the last hour of the day. Because that’s what I can control.

Sometimes when I go to the office, things are gonna hit you and such like that. But here, when you wake up, instead of reaching for your phone, first of all I always keep it, I don’t keep the phone actually, I don’t touch my phone for the first hour, because the problem is, when you check, through your email for instance, all you’re training yourself is just how to respond. When reacting to everyone else’s demands that they have for you. All the requests of the things that they’re sending you. And so that’s something that I don’t wanna train my brain to do.

I meditate 20 minutes in the morning, and I have a full glass of water, I plan my day, I just write down three business things that I wanted to be able to focus on, and then three personal things. And that’s a win for me. I don’t have to go through a checklist of 200 things. If I just do these three things, it’s a win for me.

Even Will Smith, he says the two most important things, just run and read every day. Do something physically, and something mentally, to be able to keep yourself engaged and active to it.

There are so many distractions and there’s so many enemies that are out there. And it’s literally rewiring our brain. Even social media, the challenges with these terms like Facebook depression and everything.

This is social media depression because where it’s everyone’s looking at their feed, and they’re comparing their lives to other people, the highlights of other peoples lives.

And there’s actually less life satisfaction, more sadness, depression and stuff like that, because everyone’s comparing themselves to other people. And it’s a challenge, more and more time is spent there. These devices are created to literally jolt you with dopamine, give you these fixes.

And also, the other reason you want to routine your life that’s important is because, a lot of people nowadays, in addition to the overload and the overarm we all feel from the demands, is something called decision fatigue. And decision fatigue is saying, latest research is saying that you can only make a certain amount, a set amount, of good decisions a day.

And then after that, you can’t. And so people like, even simply, you’ve heard that Mark Zuckerberg or Tony Shey, they wear the same clothes every single day. The same sweatshirt, the same Zappos t-shirts, and you ask them, and not the same thing, they have their whole wardrobe, 20 of them, but the reason why is because they don’t wanna waste a decision on what should I wear today when they could be working on the things they’re most excited about.

I do believe that after certain amount of focused effort, people suffer from mental fatigue, and that’s where they make more mistakes. That’s where people become shorter with their temper, that’s where the people make less than the best decisions ever, just because of fatigue and exhaustion. Because they’ve been so focused doing certain other activities and such.

Good morning, Lord!

Thank You for a new day. Thank You that Your compassion is renewed every morning. Great is Your faithfulness and Your steadfast love, O Lord!

I don’t know what all is going to happen today, and how much I’ll get done, but You do. So I give this day to You.

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, Father. Energize me for Your work, because You know how tired these bones are.

Awaken me to the wonder of Your salvation, and quicken my spirit to the reality of Your work in my life.

Lord, my mind is filled with creative ideas, but they’re all jumbled.

Holy Spirit, come and hover over my mind like You hovered over the waters at creation and speak order out of the chaos!

Help me to cease striving and to trust that You will give me all I need today to do the work You’ve given me to do.

You will be faithful to complete the good work You’ve started, and as I step out into my day, I declare Your sovereignty over every area of my life.

I entrust myself to You and ask that You use me however You see fit.

This day is Yours. My body is Yours. My mind is Yours. Everything I am is Yours. May You be pleased with me today.

Amen.

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