Now I will share with you the evening success rituals for going to bed every night feeling fulfilled with a big smile on your face! These rituals are the follow-up to your morning rituals to reflect and celebrate after your day’s activities.
While morning rituals are highly encouraged to be incorporated into everyone’s daily routine, the evening rituals are equally as important to get the most out of your day. After all, there is no point to start off a race full of energy but no idea how to end i
So, I don’t want you to miss this crucial part to inspire your success and celebrate it. You may be consistently crushing your goals one after another, but unless you take the time to celebrate every victory in your life, then you’re definitely not getting the most out of your day and missing out on a lot of magic moments and sense of fulfillment that you should be experiencing at this moment.
Here are the Evening Success Rituals that I highly recommend incorporating into your evening routine:
1. Empowering Evening Questions
At the beginning of the Evening Success Rituals, the main focus is to reflect your day. And the best way to reflect is to ask powerful questions, not just any other questions that beat yourself up. I called these powerful questions “Empowering Evening Questions”, designed to help you reflect on your entire day and come up with constructive ideas to shape a better tomorrow.
So the first thing you should do is to find a quiet place, where you won’t be easily disturbed and distracted for a set amount of time in order to go deep in your daily reflection.
The questions you ask determine what you focus on. That’s the reason why the type of questions you ask yourself is extremely important. Ask a lousy question, and you will feel lousy; Ask a good question, and you will feel amazing! For example, how you feel about ‘Today’ is ultimately based on the Good or Bad you focused on.
Let me ask you this… What were the things that happened today that you can feel good about? I’d bet you can come up with a long list of things! It could be the fact that you’re alive, or you went for a walk, or you had a wonderful time with your loved ones, or you had done a good deed, had an amazing dinner, crossed off ONE stuff on your to-do list… Whatever it is, you can always find something to be feel good about every single day.
Now let me ask you again… What were the things that happened today that you feel awful about?
Again, I’d bet you can list out a lot of things. It could be that you procrastinated on your tasks, ate some nasty junk food, failed to pick up that call, skipped the gym, said some awful things to people you care for, and so on… Ultimately, how’d you feel after answering this question? Of course, AWFUL!
The fact is, there is always Good and Bad in each day, and what you ask yourself decides what you’ll focus on each night before hitting the sack. What you focus on determine how you feel about that particular day.Since there is always Good and Bad, why not be proactive and decide that you only want to acknowledge the Good that happened that day? Since you can decide how you’re going to feel at the end of the day, why not choose to feel good instead of bad?
Guess what happens if you constantly ask yourself Empowering Evening Questions? Every day will be an awesome day for you and you’ll always feel like a rockstar! Now, think of the level of accomplishments, productivity, and fulfillment you’ll experience every day… I’ll let you know about mine – Phenomenal! In fact, there is no such thing as a bad day.
It all starts with your focus, and these Empowering Evening Questions will help you to do just that.
And here’s a list of questions that I ask myself every evening:
What was fantastic about today?
What did I learn today?
What am I grateful for today?
What was my biggest accomplishment for today?
What would make today great?
Don’t just write down all your answers, try to FEEL the emotions and energy coursing through your veins as you read out your answers out loud.
Do this with level 10 intensity – move, gesture and smile widely as you answer them. Allow yourself to feel proud, excited, happy, loved, appreciated, etc… Trust me, you’ll be amazed by what this simple exercise can do to your physical and emotional well-being. The more emotional intensity you put into this exercise, the more juice you’ll get from the Empowering Evening Questions exercise.
2. Seizing Your Magic Moments
A life worth living is a life worth recording. – Jim Rohn
After you’ve gone through the Empowering Evening Questions exercise, you’ll be in an incredible state. But you don’t want to stop right there. You should take this opportunity to seize these emotions and feelings by journaling all your successes, accomplishments and magic moments. Otherwise, they’d be forgotten.
So take out a journal and write down everything that happened on that day. List down everything that you had done and all the powerful moments that you want to remember later on.
Time passes by so fast and we easily forget to really take in and appreciate the little things. At the end of your life, you won’t be able to remember everything, but only certain moments. So I want to encourage you to take your time and capture all your successes and magic moments into your journal.
One day, when you’re feeling down and see no hope in life, you have a journal to go back to and remind yourself of all the magic moments that you once had and realise that your life is actually more incredible than you think. By journalling your magic moments, you’ll be aware of what you were doing with your time and celebrate your victory.
Last but not least, CELEBRATE! Celebrate your day to your hearts content, you deserve it! This is a powerful way to positively reinforce yourself.
Don’t beat yourself up for things you didn’t do, tasks you procrastinated, food you shouldn’t eat, etc… Because that’s what most people do, which prompts them to feel awful and guilty about themselves. To make things worse, they repeat this process every day and they end up in a downward spiral that sets themselves up for more failures. Why bring so much pain in your life when there are so many good things that happen every day? Why not start recognising and celebrating all the Good that happened that day?
What gets rewarded, gets repeated.
When you celebrate your victory often, you’ll invite more amazing things into your life. And soon, you’ll be conditioned to notice the Good in every little thing that happens in your life. And soon, you’ll develop powerful habits such as gratitude, consistency, tenacity, and self-discipline.
So how do you celebrate?
You really don’t have to complicate things. Celebrating means giving yourself pleasure. It could be as simple as patting yourself on the back and say to yourself ‘Good Job!’, treat yourself a whole-hearty meal, giving thanks, listening to your favourite music, or meditating with gratitude.
The key is to give yourself pleasure. Often times, we wait for others to praise, acknowledge, and reward us in order to feel happy, appreciated, and fulfilled.
Why not be proactive and reward yourself when you can choose to be happy right now?