I have been asking people a simple question for several years now and I think it’s an important, yet simple question. How do you start your day?
The questions and thoughts we start off every day with set the tone for a fulfilling day but also in creating an extraordinary life.
Many people have shared with me that they really don’t even ask themselves or think about an empowering question in the morning. Rather, they just do the same actions every day without really thinking about it. We’re unconscious to our actual thoughts. For example, many people think about things like: I wish I could sleep for 10 more minutes, I have to take the dog out, I need a cup of coffee, or I wish it was the weekend. There are several others that told me the first thing they do in the morning is check their e-mail.
How do you start the day? What questions do you ask yourself? What affirmations do you make as you go into a new day? One of my favorite quotes is by Thoreau who said, “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” I have found that when I consciously ask myself what I want the day to look like, I get more things done, have more fun, and I am present to how lucky I am to have this day.
Here are the four things that I ask myself and affirm every morning. I will often write them down before I begin my action items for the day.
1. What do I want the day to look like? (question)
2. W.I.N.? (What’s Important Now?) (question)
3. What am I grateful for? (question)
4. I’m responsible for how the day goes! (affirmation)
Rather than hit the snooze button one more time, what can you do to affect the quality of the day?