It’s the sum value of each of our days that determines the quality of our lives. This means that, if we reach the end of each day relaxed, positive, happy, and healthy, then we are guaranteed that our overall life experience will be one that we are grateful for having lived! And it all begins with how we start every one of our days. Because every day can be a new beginning…..
Many thoughts around a morning routine start with and focus on physical actions… drink a glass of water, hot or cold- with lemon or not, brush your teeth, stretch, make a list of things to do, shower, what to eat for breakfast… etc. Having a healthy morning routine in itself is a good thing and is to be encouraged. A routine helps to set us up for a successful day by establishing the tone or mood of how we will think, and therefore, feel.
However, it is our mental attitude that has the greatest impact on how our days will progress and ultimately turn out. This is because what we think about has a direct impact on all the actions we take and, more importantly, HOW WE WILL FEEL AS WE ARE DOING THESE ACTIONS. And this is soooo important because there is nothing more important than the way we are feeling as a determinating factor of the quality of our lives.
So, if your current morning routines are stressful, uneasy, rushed, or in any way unsettling to you physically, mentally, or emotionally, then it would be a really good idea to intentionally work on changing them. If we can begin each morning positive, relaxed, and optimistic, then we are much more likely to have a great day.
“Our outlook on life is a kind of paintbrush and with it, we paint our world. It can be bright and filled with hope and satisfaction or it can be dark and gloomy. The world we experience is a reflection of our attitude.” Earl Nightingale
Some people seem to be naturally ‘dark and gloomy.’ They wake up this way, and then their whole day, day after day, is just a mish-mash of disappointments and let-downs. People who live like this are generally waiting for ‘someone else’ or ‘some other circumstance’ to occur before they will allow themselves to feel good.
But what happens if that other person or preferred circumstance doesn’t occur? Will these people continue to live their days in hope waiting for the perfect relationship, the promotion, the winning lottery ticket, etc. and all the time remain ‘dark and gloomy?’ This doesn’t sound like a very fun way to be.
I get it…. been there and done that as well. We all get out of the wrong side of the bed on occasion, but really, is that a good excuse to let it ruin our whole day, and the next, and the next……
“Put in motion the right cause and the right effect will take care of itself.” Earl Nightingale
To me, this means that if we can begin our day in a positive and optimistic way, this attitude will conspire with us to
So instead of beginning our day with a neutral or negative mindset and then reacting to whatever confronts us, it is to our benefit to plan to, or expect to, have a great day where everything is always falling into place for us and working out for us in the best possible way.
And to make this happen, we need to consciously focus ourselves (thoughts and feelings) on the way we want to be feeling throughout the day. And it all begins with what we are thinking when we wake up every day because we are in charge of our lives ONLY TO THE DEGREE THAT WE ARE IN CHARGE OF OUR THOUGHTS…… so we need to consciously decide what we are thinking about as much as possible every moment of every day.
“The human mind is much like a farmer’s land. The land gives the farmer a choice. He may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn’t care what is planted. It’s up to the farmer to make the decision. The mind, like the land, will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.” Earl Nightingale.
By nature, we are optimistic beings and dream of bigger and better things. Most of us like to dream of more, not less. And it is when we have goals and dreams that we are fully engaged in the pursuit of that we are at our best and are the happiest. Can you remember the last time you imagined having one of your goals or dreams come true? I bet it put a smile on your face and made you feel really good 🙂
This is the attitude we need to adopt from the moment we wake up each morning so that we can enter our days feeling ‘on top of things.’ Smiling and feeling appreciation for what we already have, and for the goals and dreams we are working towards, strengthens these neural pathways in our brains. And where we place our attention, according to The Law of Attraction, is what we are now creating for our future selves.
We also immediately benefit when we are appreciative and grateful as our brains will secrete ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins, which is nature’s way of lifting our moods and relaxing our bodies and minds to give us an overall sense of wellbeing.
So how do we feel good when we wake up……. Not by turning on the news, social media, worrying about unpaid bills, continuing the disagreement with our partner from the night before, etc…….. All these things add unnecessary stress to our waking impressionable minds. And you can be sure that WHAT YOU PUT INTO YOUR MINDS IS WHAT IS GOING TO COME OUT OF YOUR MINDS LATER ON.
So if you begin your morning by checking the news to see what current disaster has befallen the world, checking social media to see who’s said and done whatever, check work emails to get on top of it, etc. YOU ARE CREATING A REACTIVE MINDSET, WHERE YOUR INCREDIBLY POWERFUL, CREATIVE, AND WONDERFUL MIND IS TUNING INTO PROBLEMS…… PROBLEMS THAT YOU THEN THINK YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT!
Going back to what Earl Nightingale said in the above quote….. ‘PUT IN MOTION THE RIGHT CAUSE AND THE RIGHT EFFECT WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF’……. So, waking up and cultivating the best possible attitude for ourselves is a much better option….. After all, this is THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE we are talking about…… and it’s up to you how good you want it to be! And it all comes down to what you choose to think about on a regular basis.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
Our lives will improve to the extent that we are able to form habits that cultivate within us a state of wellness, inner-peace, balance, and harmony. This means if we want to have a great life, we need to be proactive to become the conscious creator of our lives instead of someone who just mindlessly reacts to people, events, and circumstances, outside of ourselves.
In effect, we need to take control over the direction our lives are heading by choosing the direction, and then actively engaging our bodies, minds, and emotions, to making it happen the way we want it to happen. To achieve this requires that we remain mindful, or conscious of maintaining our focus in the present moment as much as possible. We then need to use this present moment, and all of the ‘present moments’ to come, in the creation of our desired future outcomes.
It is our subconscious minds that are normally controlling the content that we think about as we are waking up each morning. And this content is based on already established habits and is therefore normally a repetition of our past thoughts or is a continuation of what we were thinking about last night when we went to bed. Both of these scenarios are a repetition of the ‘past,’ it’s OLD NEWS, and repeating the past does not help us get to where we want to go or to become who we wish to be.
We begin to become the creator of our futures only when we can focus the content of our minds on the future that we are wanting for ourselves. And the best way to do this is through repetition…. By creating new habits that will take us to where we want to go……..
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius
Our current habits of watching the news or checking social media upon waking are just things we repeated in the past often enough until they became things we automatically do without conscious thought. However, habits are not fixed in stone, and they can be changed, and why wouldn’t we want to change habits that do not support our wellbeing, dreams for the future, and the overall quality of our lives?
I don’t know anyone who has made a conscious choice to live a miserable life, do you? But we see miserable people all the time…. and we may even be related to them, may care about them, or have to work with them. And doesn’t it just suck our energy away when we are around them? Maybe even we have a little of those qualities in us!
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” Buddha
So, the tone of our days is often determined by how we feel when we have finished our morning routines. We then step out into a world that is either ‘bright and filled with hope and satisfaction or it can be dark and gloomy’….. (and I’m not talking about the weather conditions here, it all comes down to our attitude and how we are feeling.)
Our tone will determine what thoughts we continue to think, which determines how we feel and how we act and react to the people, events, and circumstances happening around us. And these factors combined contribute to the results (rewards or punishments) that we receive as the conditions of our lives.
Even if we are living great lives, we are still humans, and as such we are always seeking growth and development. Our potential can never be reached because when we achieve one goal, there is always another, and another, and another….. and this is what is so great about being alive on this beautiful planet in these beautiful bodies at this time……. There is always more and better stuff to experience on this never-ending journey of life!
But for now: What can we do to make our tomorrow better than today?
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank
- A good night’s sleep is essential to give our bodies and minds the rest they need so that they can function optimally, with ease, and clarity. It really helps us set up for a great day if we wake up refreshed, energized, and at ease.
- Upon waking, become aware of our breathing and naturally guide ourselves to breathe slowly and deeply. This will help us to further relax our body and mind.
- Smile, and give thanks for the new beginnings that this new day offers. It is filled with opportunities that, if we remain focused, can take us step by step into the awesome future we desire to be living.
- Learn, through repetition, to focus on the good things in our lives so that through The Law of Attraction we will be sure to attract more to be grateful for.
- Visualize positive outcomes for the coming day’s events….. the meeting was a success, my co-workers were fun to be around, the bills are paid, the kids are happy and healthy…….
- Watch or listen to something inspirational, something that makes us FEEL really, really, good, and then share this feeling with everyone we come across throughout the day.
- Imagine, with all our senses (sight, taste, touch, sound, and smell) what our desired future is like if we are living it right now! The more we can make it ‘real’ in our minds, without contradiction, the quicker we will be actually living our dream lives.
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein
I have a phrase that I repeat to myself often throughout every day whenever I catch my mind wandering in a direction that is not directly beneficial for my desired future outcomes…..
I am so grateful that I am healthy, wealthy, happy, and wise, and that things are always working out for me…. Hence the name of my website 🙂
You may like to try this phrase for yourself, or choose one that better suits you. I would love to know what catch-phrases you currently use or have thought up to help you stay focused on your own success, health, and wellbeing. Please share them with our fellow readers below in the comments.
Shared with love and respect for all souls playing this great game of life,