As the day breaks and the morning sings with newness in it’s heart, possibilities abound. For many years, I have embraced the possibility to loathe this part of the day, but no longer. The morning is mine!
I don’t claim to have transformed myself into a morning person and I don’t leap to my feet when the alarm clock sounds. But I have reclaimed my morning and ultimately my day by doing these three things.
Quick recap: my hope is to share what I have learned through reading, listening, conversation, and experimentation to share something that is doing amazing things for me.
Why do I care to change?
Because the morning is the foundation that has eluded me for years. The morning is the first thread in the tapestry of our present. It is the first stroke of the brush on the canvas of today. It is the first measure in the symphony of our now.
The first step was to implement a focus on gratitude, immediately. No matter how late or how early I opened my eyes, I had to start with gratitude.
The second step was to 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.
Something that I learned from Michelle Gielan this week, watching 3 minutes of negative news in the morning leads to a 27% higher chance that we will be unhappy 6-8 hours later! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKxkDweFNw0
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And now, the last piece of the puzzle to how I have reclaimed my morning – find a way to serve someone. Set this intention in the morning. I like to know who it will be and how I plan to help them.
So many people spend their day in service to others, but it is often busy and reaction-oriented. This is the act of being determined, mindful, and thoughtful in sharing our gratitude and inspiration through action. Setting this focus in the morning creates an awareness for me to get outside of the speed of the day.
Simple right? It hasn’t been. I keep struggling to return my focus to this during the day and sometimes I forget to execute the plan. But I can report that when I do, something amazing happens. My day goes to the next level. I’ve often heard when we serve, we get as much out of it (or more) as the person we are helping. I believe this!
When I act mindfully in service to someone else, I return to the mindset of my morning. It reinvigorates my RISE and strengthens my soul. I gain a sense of renewed gratefulness. It inspires me to focus on others instead of myself.
Creating an act of kindness for someone else is the thread that ties my morning into the action of my day. It allows me to AWAKEN to the possibilities we hold for each other. It fuels the RISE of others. It is simple, yet powerful.
I hope you have enjoyed these three posts on how I have changed my mornings from being a moment of irritation and negativity; to one that now holds possibility and power.
If you are anything like me and struggle with the morning or if you want to experience a greater sense of empowerment, try these three steps and let me know how it has helped your RISE. You can leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts.
- Start with gratitude immediately. Focus on the things you are thankful for, verbalize your gratitude.
- Invest in yourself with inspiring visuals and reading. Stay away from negativity, social media, and the news.
- Determine to serve someone with an act of kindness. Set in your mind who they will be and make it happen.
AWAKEN and RISE my friends! We are more powerful than we realize!