At 5:45am my alarm sounds. Awoken out of a deep sleep I am at first confused, then realize what is happening: it’s time to get up. The confusion quickly dissipates and a feeling of anger comes over me. I don’t want to get up, I think to myself. I just want to keep sleeping. Reluctantly I get up. From there I go about my normal routine, head out the door and go to work.
Is This How To Start Your Day Off Right?
Do you see anything wrong with this picture? The problem is that I am starting my day off bad. I have feelings of anger inside of me because I would rather be sleeping. Regardless if I am tired and want to keep sleeping or not, I should not feel angry that I am awake. I should feel blessed. Look at everything I have: the opportunities, the relationships, the use of my mind and body. Regardless of your financial state, if you are reading this, you are most likely better off than an overwhelming majority of people. So why then feel anger? Feel blessed.
Start Your Day Off Bad
When I would wake up angry, I instantly set my mind into a negative state. If anything bad happened to me that morning, whether I tripped and stubbed my toe, spilled coffee on myself, or got stuck in traffic, I magnified the issues. I was seeking out the negative things because I chose to focus on the negative the moment I woke up. There could be plenty of good things that happen to me that morning, but it won’t matter because all I will be focusing on are the negative things. Once we put ourselves into this mindset, it is very difficult to get out.
Start Your Day Off Right
The complete opposite is true as well. If you get up with positive thoughts running through your head, you will only focus on the positive things that happen. It will be much harder to get you to notice the negatives. And when the negatives do occur, you will be better prepared to turn them into positives. This is how to start your day off right.
How To Start Your Day Off Right
In order to get into this positive mindset, you need to do it the moment you wake up. Think to yourself about how great the day is going to be. How you will see the friends and family you love, listen to your favorite music, meditate, go for a walk and enjoy the great weather, and play with your kids. Whatever it is, if it is positive, focus on it. This will help you to set your mindset to positive from the start.
The second step I suggest you take is going to be hard for some: when your alarm goes off, you have to get up. No hitting the snooze button – not even once! When you hit the snooze button, it is actually a negative thought. You are basically saying, “I don’t want to face the day”. You are expecting bad things. If you are that tired in the morning, then you need to go to bed earlier or make sure you are getting a restful sleep each night. There shouldn’t be a reason why you can’t get up when the alarm goes off.
Getting off to a good, positive start in the morning is the key to having a good mindset throughout the day. Work on being more positive in the morning and you will notice the healthier outlook you have for the remainder of your day. Getting up to your alarm without the snooze button might not come easy at first. Take it slow and build so that over a week or two, you no longer need to hit the alarm. When it goes off, remember to think about all of the great things that are in store for you today and to start your day off right.