Molly Cranna for TIME
Advice

How to Wake Up Happy

Oct. 3, 2016

Tips on how to truly rise and shine

Ever wonder how that person in your life that always seems positive and motivated in the mornings does it? Do you think he or she has a ritual? Is it something you’ve wanted for yourself but haven’t really been able to really figure it out? Here’s how to make it happen.

For starters, we have to prep the night before. Make sure your room is organized, your laundry is put away, there are no messes left to clean and that you can go to bed after a bath or shower. Having a regular routine and a tidy, organized space can help you get a better night’s sleep—I know it works for me!

If you have something planned the next day that involves getting dressed up, make sure everything you need for “the outfit” is planned out the night before. Have your paperwork, devices and chargers ready in your bag, waiting by the door. Rushing is one of the number one things to put a wrench in the morning. If you get ready to go the night before, you’ll fly out that door calm and organized, and soaring through the day is one of the best feelings.

Next, set your alarm to a motivating ringtone. My partner loves to wake up to the sound of a motorcycle — I think it revs her up. Mine is a peaceful chime with a soft and cleansing rhythm. Some like the Rocky theme, others may love a DJ Khaled beat! Whatever it is, I want to make sure you pick something that wakes up your spirit.

Before you fall asleep, make sure you visualize what you have to do the next day. See yourself totally in that moment, going through the motions of your particular situation. If you have a big meeting with your bosses, imagine them smiling, see them listening to you, see yourself articulate with your speech, see the smile in your own eyes, see handshakes, see nodding heads that are saying “yes.”

As you wake up, go through your morning routine thinking about those same visualizations. Remember that positive manifestations are a real thing — if you can dream it, you can become it. So think your way into this day with as much strength and positivity as you possibly can! Listen to music that gets you pumped up on the way to wherever you’re going, and set yourself up for the BEST day!

#wakeupmottovated#readyfortheworld#bringit

Stacey Griffith is a senior master instructor at SoulCycle. Stacey’s motivational coaching style combines a passion for dance, athleticism and mind-blowing music—all set to the beat of her voice. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.