What you’ll learn in this episode:
Do you have a weekly success ritual?
Did you know, according to a study, that those who have weekly success rituals earn as much as $12,000 more per year than those who don’t have those rituals.
If you think about it, rituals sound like a lot of work. They don’t have to be.
Today, I’m going to teach you the three types of rituals that I do every week – and all you need is a few minutes of your time for you to start seeing the incredible results.
People like Oprah, Richard Branson, and Benjamin Franklin can attribute their success to rituals – and you can add your name to that list as well!
Here’s a glance at this episode:
- Rituals are the key to consistency – and consistency is the key to success.
- There are three key rituals: a beginning weekly ritual, a closing weekly ritual, and a daily ritual. That’s as uncomplicated as it gets.
- Morning rituals are linked to improved health, increased performance, and higher earning power. Something as simple as changing what you do first thing in the morning can literally affect your level of success.
- Get yourself a planner. Visualizing your intentions and tasks can make all the difference when getting into the right mindset during your rituals.
Mentioned in this episode:
Angela Kim/Savor Beauty Planner – Use Coupon code JMCOACHING for 10% off their purchase
Episode 5 (The Intentional Mind Map)
Work/Connect with me:
Business and Rejuvenation Retreat
[00:01] Jessica: Well, hello, everyone, and welcome to the Practical Mindset Podcast. I’m Jess Miller, certified coach, and I will be your host for the podcast today.
[00:10] Today, we’re going to talk about weekly success rituals. We’re going to talk about how to create them and why they’re important.
[00:18] If you want to keep your thoughts top of mind and implement them in your business, and pull them through in a way that is powerful and creates the results you want, you need to set up weekly success rituals. One of the hallmark signs of successful people is consistency – consistency around the things they want to do and that move the needle for them in their lives and their business. Not the things you do some of the time – the things you do day in and day out. One of the key components that breeds consistency is rituals. Rituals are powerful. They anchor us and they set us up for a predictable rhythm and to create habits. The most successful people, from Benjamin Franklin to Richard Branson to Oprah, have rituals that they start and move through their day with.
[01:04] With rituals, you set up a framework to take the things that are most important – in this case, your thoughts – and put them into a framework that allows you to be consistent around them. Last week on the podcast, we talked about thoughts and the intentional mindmap, and how important thoughts are in creating your success. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to episode 5, the intentional mind map, go take a listen. But this week, I’m going to show you my weekly success rituals – what I use to open and close my week, and how this is a very practical way to continue to notice your thoughts and to pull them through your days and your weeks. You can take what you learn here, tweak it, and make it your own so that you can gain mastery over your weeks and consistently keep your thoughts top of mind as you move through your days.
[01:51] Now, I didn’t always have rituals, and I wasn’t always consistent. I’m gathering that you may be listening to this, and maybe you don’t have a ritual yet either – or maybe you have one, but you want to take it to the next level. If that’s you, know you’re not alone. We aren’t often taught about rituals and how to use them to create more of what we want. In fact, we’re often taught the complete opposite. When I left corporate America and started off as an entrepreneur, I thought the key to happiness, success, and freedom was no schedule and no structure – I mean, isn’t that why people left corporate? To be free of schedules and constraints, and to do whatever they wanted whenever they wanted?
[02:32] Sitting at my desk one Monday morning, I had a realization that instead of moving through my days effortlessly and with freedom, I was actually arriving on Monday morning with no direction or anchor or intention. I would essentially crash land into my day, and thus my week, and everything after that would be on autopilot. In that moment, I realized that this wasn’t working, that it wasn’t producing the results I wanted, and all the planning and thinking, and mapping I had done to get clear on my thoughts or organize my tasks wasn’t panning out, and that I was at the mercy of my time more than ever before. I decided it was time to make some changes. That’s when I started to research successful people, and I implemented the process of my weekly success rituals.
[03:19] After stumbling upon my favorite planner of all times, The Savor Beauty Planner, which was created by Angela Kim of Savor Beauty, a natural skincare company (Side note: if you’re not familiar with Savor Beauty or Angela Kim, check them out. Amazing.), I was able to bring my weekly beginning and closing rituals, and how I connected those to my days, to a whole new level. This has not only changed how my business looks, but building these rituals has been a game-changer for my clients as well, and is one of the reasons I have included this in my 10k accelerator programs as a key component, and in all the coaching I do.
[03:56] Alright, so let’s dive in. Again, this is just the blueprint, not a religion – so you can take what you love and leave the rest, and make it your own in whatever way you feel best fits you and feels good.
[04:09] So, my weekly ritual consists of three core components: a beginning weekly ritual, a closing weekly ritual, and a connection/daily ritual. The first part is what I call my weekly beginning ritual – I call it the orientation exercise or setting intentions. It is no secret that morning routines and rituals are linked to many beneficial outcomes, such as better health, increased performance, and higher earning power. One study showed that people with a morning ritual actually out-earned those without one by $12,000 per year, and it suggests that the type of morning ritual actually matters – for instance, working out in the morning versus getting up and checking your emails, for instance. Thus, beginnings matter because they set your intentions and provide you with clarity and direction. During my weekly beginning ritual, I literally write out my intentions for the week, my vision and what I’m grateful for, what my priorities are, and, most importantly, how I want to show up – how do I want to be thinking, and what thoughts do I want to show up with in my week? So that I have a clear blueprint of how I want to enter this specific week intentionally. In my Savor Beauty Planner, there is a section that says “opening ritual” where I fill this out, and there’s also a space that says “brain detox” where I can list my priorities for tasks. Because they are next to each other in the planner, it’s very easy for me to connect my intentions for the week with my tasks for the week, visually.
[05:43] Now, you might be thinking “why is this so important? How does this play out for me?” I want to share a story about one of my clients. She recently shared with me that she was struggling to get things done during her week, and that she was not following what she was putting on her calendar. Does this at all sound familiar to anyone? She was writing things down, but she wasn’t following through on them. After looking into what she was actually doing and how she was showing up in her week, we discovered that she had no beginning ritual. She was essentially crash landing into her weeks, just like I had. With no direction or orientation, and no way to connect her intentions with what she was actually doing in her week, she was flailing. Once we worked together to help her create a 15 minute weekly beginning ritual, which she does on Sunday nights, she is able to start her week on Monday with clarity, excitement, and purpose, and to pull that through her week. She is now hitting her goals, signing clients, making money, and moving through her day with more ease, and she has more time to choose what she wants to be doing than she had before.
[06:53] The second part of what I call your weekly closing ritual is the part where I reflect, recalibrate, and optimize. Equally as important to a beginning ritual is a closing ritual. A closing ritual allows us to wrap things up, have closure, reflect on what we’ve accomplished or created – did we hit our goals? Did we set out to do what we planned to do? What could we do the same or differently next time? It’s a way for me to check in with myself, reflect on my week, and savour and celebrate what I’ve created and who I’m becoming. Celebrating and creating who I’m becoming is a key cornerstone of my business, and an essential ingredient to how I end my week. At the end of every week, I work through four questions in my planner that allow me to tap into not only what I did this week, but how I showed up – how I was thinking. It also allows me to check in with how I was feeling – which, I want to add, is very often a sign or a signal of what we are thinking, because, at the end of the day, our feelings are created from our thoughts, so tuning into your feelings and your body is a great way to get a window into your thoughts.
[08:10] So, the four questions I ask myself from my planner are: “I felt (since it’s at the end of the week)…”, “I learned”, “I celebrate…”, and “what do I want to do the same or differently next week?” I’ve also added my own little flavor that I ask myself, which is, “how would the person I want to become think about her past week? What would she tell herself about it? What would she tell herself about what happened?” I usually do this exercise at the end of my week, and often right before I do my beginning ritual, so that, again, they are connected and fluid.
[08:54] The third part of my rituals is what I call my daily ritual, and it’s what Angela Kim of the Savor Planner calls “organizing your gorgeous chaos.” During my daily rituals, I reference my weekly beginning ritual, meaning I go back to my beginning ritual and I review it. I look at the thoughts and intentions I put there, and I see how that relates to specifically what I’m doing in that day. I also take a moment to see if there are any places in my day where I think I may get derailed. Let’s face it – life happens, so we want to be prepared for that. Is there a difficult conversation or a transition point, a place where I’m going to be pinched for time that I could go off course in both my calendar and in my thinking? I take a moment to plan how I might navigate that. What mindset or headspace do I need to be in, and with what thoughts at that moment, to get me through that? And how can I tweak things to make my day stay in alignment with my intention on how I want to move through it both mentally and physically? This part of the process is crucial, because without pulling through on a daily basis, we can often forget or get swept up in the week and all the things going on, and end up on autopilot, which, in the end, is not where we want to be or how we want to be spending our precious time and energy. So, with just a little planning and structure, you can stay on the course that you want to be on to really create the results you want to create.
[10:25] So, to recap: if you want to keep your thoughts top of mind so that you can pull them through your days in a powerful way, and implement them in your business and your life, you need to set up weekly success rituals. Creating success rituals like mine, and like the ones that my clients have had wild success with, is as easy, and as practical, as one, two, three. First you create a weekly beginning ritual, what I call the orientation exercise or setting intentions, to start your week strong and purposeful. Second, you create a weekly closing ritual, or what I call reflect, recalibrate, and optimize, to close and round out your week. Third, you create the daily ritual, or what Angela Kim calls organizing your gorgeous chaos, to pull it all through. From there you can easily move through your week not only getting things done, but being in the flow, feeling great, and showing up as the person you want to be with the thoughts that are in service of the things you want to create, and living the life you want to live.
[11:35] We want to hear about all your success with all your weekly success rituals. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us hear everything. Let us hear what you’re discovering that fills you up about the way you start your week, about the way you close your week, about the way you really pull those rituals into your day, and all the success that you are creating as a result of it. If you enjoyed this podcast and you want to hear more, please follow and subscribe on all of the platforms that you listen to podcasts on, so that you get the next episode the second it drops, and if there’s someone you know that could benefit from hearing this message. We are on a mission to help people build the business and build their life in a practical way that is not woo-woo and ambiguous, but something anyone can learn, and to help take their level of success to the next heights.
Thanks so much, everyone, and see you next week.