Jason’s FIRST “Mini Morning Ritual”!

Steven Barnes
5 min readMay 25

“Do not be afraid that joy will make the pain worse; it is needed like the air we breathe.”

-Goran Persson

During your FIVE MINUTE MIRACLE breathing…why not consider the meaning and application of quotes that touch your heart? How much new JOY would you have to bring into your life to improve by 1% per week?

Moving WHILE engaging mind and emotions is the path of Mastery. And yesterday for the very FIRST time, Jason did a micro Morning Ritual! We had our usual meeting at 3:30 pm (he has the right to postpone from 2pm IF AND ONLY IF he asks me prior to that time). During the meeting he explained what he spent his Pomodoro (25 solid minutes of focus) studying: success principles from Brendon Burchard, Tony Robbins, and his favorite anime!!

He explained how he was going to apply these principles in his life, and his explanations were solid. HE IS LEARNING. More on that later. The most important part here is that at the end of his session, I have him perform three NLP “Swish” patterns which we call “changes.”

He has to shift his physiology from negative to positive, three times, raising his arms in the air and saying “All the X I need is within me now! All the Y I need is within me now! All the Z I need is within me now!” X, Y, and Z are aspects of the “High Performance Habits” which are a sort of “Rosetta Stone” in my family and with my business partners — we all love them, so they are a common language. Clarity, Energy, Urgency, Productivity, Influence, and Courage. (The way I look at it, the MAGIC formula is what gets you in the game. Things like the HP6 are ways to excel once there.). The Morning Ritual, bringing body, emotions, and mind all together at the same time is utterly extraordinary. It is, I believe, the road to Mastery.

I’d been trying to get him to do a full ritual daily. Considered it the last major missing piece — after you have that, you have wound three strong fibers together to make a rope that cannot break this side of the grave. It is the art of “Incantation”: affirmations performed while in motion.

He was about to do his “Changes” (which he said “does nothing” while his Mom and I have tracked, very carefully, his emotional control. He now has 100X as much emotional control, people. Its so funny to watch him deny the impact) when he played with the chin-up bar in my office, and I had an inspiration: “do your changes while performing chin-ups!”

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts. www.lifewritingpodcast.com.