Whether or not we choose to believe it, for the most part you and I have a clean slate with each new sun rise. Whatever happened yesterday, good or bad is now rooted in the past.
In the moment in which we now find ourselves, we have the ability to focus in on and do the things which will serve us for the better, or we can give our attention to those things which will re-ignite whatever thoughts were causing us to remain stuck.
We have a choice, and fortunately, it isn’t all that difficult to set the tone early on in your day. Does that mean you’re guaranteed not to meet with a challenge early on that will knock you off course or throw you for a loop? Of course not, but in the event that something (or someone) shows up with such an agenda you’ll find yourself a lot more prepared to deal with it and be able to adjust course accordingly.
Here are some simple, but effective ideas you can use to start your day out on a positive note.
Upon waking up, name at least ten people you’re thankful for – recount those in your life who’ve had a positive impact on you. Think of those who have in some way helped to make you the unique person you are. Don’t sell yourself short here.
No matter what place you may find yourself in now, you’re still an amazing person, with unique gifts and talents. You don’t have to believe it, but it’s still the absolute truth! Practicing gratitude is a powerful thing that helps to reconnect us with our inner power, and the abilities which make up who we are.
Give thanks for your talents and skills – each of us has been blessed with special skills and talents. You may not feel as though you’ve completely developed all of yours up to this point in your life, but that doesn’t change the fact that you’ve got them.
Think through those things that others compliment you on, those are talents. Don’t underestimate all the amazing bits and pieces that go into making you the person you are. As you identify and give thanks for the talents that were bestowed upon you commit to develop them and become more proficient in their use.
Write down your days most important action steps the night before – The simple act of writing down the following days most important tasks will give you a plan to move on the next day. Keep in mind that you can get the most productive mileage if you’ll put your “super tasks” at the top, where you’ll complete them first.
For the purpose of this article consider Super Tasks as those things which upon their completion will give you the absolute most bang for your buck. Consider the difference between a “super task” and say one of lesser importance. A super task might be: Calling on a prospective client, while one that doesn’t quite hold such importance in the grand scheme of things might be: cut the grass.
While both are important, and you want to get both done, the simple fact is the first example is going to lead towards a greater reward then the latter. You see, it’s more a matter of separating items which fall into the category of “busy work” versus those which can move us forward at a maximum pace. Another such “super task” might be to spend time studying your industry or chosen profession.
Review the actions steps you wrote down the night before – As you are looking over the items you wrote down, close your eyes and see yourself completing them and experiencing the wonderful sense of accomplishment for having done so. After you have visualized yourself finishing the items on your daily action list take a deep breath and begin your day working on and completing them.
Keep in mind that each new day is just that — an opportunity to turn the page, and implement daily actions that can steer your life in the direction you wish it to go. You can sail your ship, or choose to remain mired in inaction and float aimlessly, dependent upon whatever life may throw your way. My sincere hope for you is that you will choose the first option.
It’s your life, LIVE BIG! Josh Hinds
-I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the ideas shared above.
* Josh is the author of Why Perfect Timing is a Myth: Tips for Staying Inspired and Motivated Day in and Day out! and It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG!