How you start the day can impact on how the rest of the day turns out. I set my day up by going for a walk along the beach and having coffee with friends most days. That way I get to have exercise, socialise a bit, watch the sun come up and sometimes see dolphins and the odd whale. Now, it can’t get much better than that After those types of mornings I feel I can deal with anything, also knowing that I can do it again the next day. It is something I choose to do, to think and to feel.
When my children were very young I used to get up early, before they did so I could have breakfast and read the newspaper in peace. The purpose of that was to have my timeout BEFORE the day started.
At a seminar I attended many months ago, the main speaker was an international businessman who said that he set up his day by asking himself a series of questions as soon as he woke up. Here they are:
- What am I grateful for?
- Who do I love?
- Why am I so happy?
- What am I committed to?
- How committed am I?
- What is my intention?
- What is my wish?
- Why am I here?
Now I get that it would take a while to remember all these questions to ask yourself every day so maybe you’d like to pick just one or two to start with.
Or, make a list of your own questions.
I have a couple of questions I ask, especially when I have to attend a workplace workshop or something I am not looking forward to – “I wonder what it will be like?” and “What can I take away from this? If there is something you do not want to do or take part in, ask yourself about your intention. Or what you are committed to.
Sometimes no matter what you do things can appear to be getting out of control as the day progresses (or regresses). In that case, ask some of these questions at those times if they are appropriate to the situation. If yesterday was awful, ask “What can I do differently today?”. The reality is that your day depends on your thoughts and your responses.
“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius
What are you going to ask yourself tomorrow? I’d love to hear your ideas.
- Authentic Happiness (hollyworton.com)