Are you a morning person that wakes up early and is raring to go?
First thing in the morning you may have more energy and willpower to tackle tasks that require internal motivation. But some days you might require extra motivation to break the mould. To get up every morning and make each day a great one. Particularly if you don’t have enough time for breakfast. Or to be able to spend quality time with your family. Or fit in an exercise regime before work.
How do successful people begin their day?
I am pretty certain you can begin anytime, if you adopt a different attitude. To quit talking and begin doing. By becoming more focused and staying away from distractions. Noting the opportunities in every difficulty. Because how you begin will affect the rest of your day.
If you are looking for a quick reference guide, then you are in the right place. Although there is so much information available on how to be successful and productive. This can sometimes leave you more confused. The important prompt is to build a routine from lessons you try and learn what works best for you from leadership champions.
Keeping lists are great at making us more organised. But today, I am choosing 5 simple and uncomplicated tips. To challenge you with, first by considering these counter intuitive lessons that can unclutter your analytical reasoning. Then secondly focus on positivity and gratitude as you strut into your day.
1| Don’t take yourself so seriously
We all have an agenda. And feel the need to be important. But, you can become the person who smiles more and stresses less. When you choose confidence to see the humour in any challenge. You will lighten up and be less miserable. Because who wants to be that friend who gets upset at the slightest provocation? I think we all would rather be the friend who is able to laugh at themselves no matter what.
Try looking at yourself from the outside in. Note your own quirks and idiosyncrasies. This is an indication that we know who we are. That we recognise our own stuff. Others may take you seriously. But, you are aware of your oddities and don’t need to identify with what others may verbalise. In time, you will be astounded at how a change in perspective boosts success. When you embrace your unusual and eccentric qualities as being unique. And not a conformist.
2| Don’t worry about doing the wrong thing
You know your value system. So the only thing you need to be concerned about is whether – what you do and say – is in line with this. Most of our worries about doing the wrong thing stems from our need to be perfect. Where we never make mistakes or mess up.
The most productive thing you can do is live in the present. And do what you are able to do to the best of your abilities. Almost every time our imagination is preventing us, not any external threat to doing something wrong. Instead of focusing on everything that could go right, we pause and reflect on everything that could go wrong.
Stop spending precious time worrying over those who seek to defame, gossip or cause financial and emotional harm towards you. They are not worth it.
3| Don’t indulge your mood
Life always gets in the way. There are days when you may not feel on top of the world. You may have had a negative start to your day. Distinguishing whether you are in a bad mood and the choice to change it are two different things. Impel choices to control your emotions as an alternative to allowing your emotions to control you. On a life long learning curve.
Sharpening any positive choices to control your emotions will produce a mentally stronger you! When you experience negative emotions, address them. By managing them you can turn a situation around from being annoyed to choosing to calm down. Reframe your thoughts and engage in something to raise your mood. Rather than remaining stuck. Smile. Think with kindness. Appreciate why you are thankful for what you do and love most. Then set out into your day. By sharing this with others. You will benefit more from changing your mood. As will others.
With practice and confidence you will gain the ability to handle uncomfortable emotions and shift them to making healthy options to change your mood.
4| Don’t imagine the worst
How much time do you dwell with the feeling of being anxious over the things that might or might not happen. Fear is paralysing. Reel in your fears. And make a fast throw towards courage. Distinguish what is stifling your growth. And what is fueling your passions. Taking risks is all about building resilience and forging a more meaningful life. By not dwelling on things in life that might actually never happen.
Rather than mull over your list of things that may or may never happen. List them. Then find solutions and ways of preventing any of your fears from transpiring. Visualise negative outcomes. By considering preventative options. And possibilities that dis-empower fear. Like any obstacle overcoming fear is a learned action and choice.
5| Don’t not do anything
This is probably the worst if not the last thing you need to eliminate today. Inertia (apathy, passiveness or lifelessness) is not without consequences. Take a moment to reflect on the cost of inaction. Now instead of worrying. Find all the possible advantages of working on moving from fear to success.
There will be situations where not doing anything is a good choice, if you need a break or time to think. But, in general there are responsibilities you might not be able to avoid. When you obtain better strategies, you will become more structured about putting things off. Simply because it’s hard or you don’t feel like it or you are afraid of doing the wrong thing.
A few recommended strategies include:
- The If-then plan, where you look at your intentions rather than the results. And choose a situation where you will begin actioning your goals.
- Or giving yourself 10 minutes of undivided attention to tasks where you complete mammouth assignments in small bits, with breaks inbetween until you eventually finish what you started.
Any reference guide whether quick or not takes time to apply to daily practices. Because we must acknowledge how challenging, painful and difficult growth and change is.
- Keep going, because perseverance will pay off.
- Keep learning, through every failed attempt, you will become successful.
Initiate these deliberate short lessons into your journey. Where you arise expectant of a new day filled with God’s miracles, blessings and goodness. And be liberated along this process of feeling unprompted along your day, rather than commanded by your schedule. To press on in the face of set backs or barriers.
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