We have established my previous irritation with the morning, but if you are new to this series of posts. Let me give you a quick recap. I had a strong distaste for the beginning of the day: the alarm clock, the light, the stiffness of the body, and the flood of to do’s that stampeded my mind. The hamster wheel began and I started the day in a desperate deficit.
I am sharing what I have learned through reading, listening, conversation, and experimentation the three things that work for me in recapturing my mornings. Why do I care to change?
Because I refuse to surrender the beginning of my day to negativity and desperation. I want, no – I demand my day to start with hope and strength.
The first step I took was to implement a focus on gratitude immediately upon opening my eyes. No matter how late or how early I opened my eyes, I had to start with gratitude. If you want to catch up follow this link:
Now on to step 2:
Inspire, Infuse, and Invest in me by giving my attention to images, messages, words, and readings that light the fuse for great things to happen. As I transition my focus from being grateful, it would be foolish of me to jump into the cold water of anger, bitterness, and disillusionment that social media, news outlets, and email provides. It is critical that I fuel my day with strength and positive power. This is common sense that I have forgotten. Whatever you put in, that is what you will get in return. I am choosing to expose my mind to possibility, kindness, inspiration, dedication, and love.
What does this do for me? It reminds me of how my friends who love to workout before their day begins describe what a workout does for them. They start with a feeling of accomplishment, strength, and centeredness. Their mind activates and the day seems possible. That is the exact result this is having on me!
As I read, watch, or listen to inspirational quotes, spiritual affirmations, stories of those who have overcome, read devotional material, and spend time in meditation, I have cultivated an inner strength that fuels me for the day.
This does not mean, we will live with a fairy tale utopian-view of life, but that we embrace the great possibilities to ignite our RISE. We AWAKEN ourselves to greatness and strength. We start our day focused on who we want to be and not the conditions of the world around us. If we are to RISE, this is key.
More to come…