Would you like to get to the end of the day and feel a great sense of peace as your head hits the pillow that today, you had a really great day? You did everything possible to do the best you could with the day that was and that tomorrow is a brand new day full of brand new possibility and potential. You felt good, you made good choices, you were inspired, you took positive action, you showed up in the world as a beaming ray of sunshine, that you felt like you had taken steps towards achieving your goals?
If we change our habits, we change our life. The best way to beat old, bad habits, is to introduce new, more positive habits. This is not always easy (we all know the saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks) but it is absolutely possible and each and every one of us has the power within us at every single moment to think, talk and act differently.
“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” – Zig Ziglar
What we do in the first hour of our day sets the tone for the rest of the day.
So, the best place to start with a new more positive habit, one that you can repeat every day with literally no thought at all, is at the start of the day.
Whatever time you get up, make the way that you decide to begin the day count. The more you can discipline yourself to start the day with a good habit, the more you are going to be able to discipline yourself throughout the rest of the day to both implement and maintain other positive habits. Because you did something this morning that was taking your day by the absolute reigns – you set the standard for how you are going to be in this day, for the whole day.
The best way I know to get the day started right is to literally say 5,4,3,2,1,GO! and then just jump out of bed with a smile on your face.
Not pressing snooze, not thinking about how cold it is, or how much you have to do today, or whatever, but literally not taking a second to think and jumping out of bed. When you find yourself standing up when 2 seconds ago you were lying down… that is a most amazing feeling.
From my experience – and that of many others who know the unbelievable benefits that this highly significant action brings to your whole life – getting up as soon as you wake up is allowing yourself to be powerful in your day.
There is no laziness in leaping out of bed and being grateful to be alive and excited about what this day will bring. There is no sense of defeat and overwhelm about what is coming. There is no sense of guilt or futility about what may or may not have happened yesterday. There is simply a bold statement about how today is going to be, and a pledge to yourself and the Universe about how you are going to play today.
This action sets the standard for the rest of your day. You are letting yourself know that you have got the handle on the morning, on the day, on your life, by literally taking control of the first conscious action that you take. Remember, you were the one that set your alarm before you went to bed. You were the one who already made the decision about what time you wanted to wake up in the morning. (Hopefully) you were the one who also made a plan last night about what you wanted to achieve today.
We tend to think of discipline and being disciplined as a punishment and as something that takes away our freedom. What I am learning is that the more disciplined I am becoming, the greater sense of freedom I have in my life. The more I practice positive daily habits, the better my life is becoming in many different ways. I am learning that being self disciplined is one of the greatest acts of self love I can bestow upon myself. So, being disciplined with myself about the very first conscious act I take in my day, having a really positive habit for the first thing I do every day sets my day up for success. I am about 100% more likely to follow through and be disciplined about doing things right throughout the rest of the day.
And by not giving myself any time to think about the ins and outs and the pros and cons and will I do it now or will I do it later – by literally just saying 5,4,3,2,1,GO! on whatever I am planning on doing means that it gets done without me having to think about it.
And it’s a feeling that is worth bottling.
So make the decision tonight before you go to bed that tomorrow morning, whatever time you set your alarm, you are going to 5,4,3,2,1,GO! on your day, and see what happens.
And remember always and most importantly: “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
Fiona Redding is the founder of The Happiness Hunter, co-host of #BusinessAddicts The Podcast and author of The Happiness Hunter’s Guide to Meditation.
The Happiness Hunter will guide and empower you to change your life with the strategies, tools and mindset shifts required to live an abundant, successful and happy life, free of stress and anxiety.
Our services include life coaching and healing services, workshops, retreats, keynote presentations and corporate wellbeing programs with a focus on life integration instead of work life balance.
The Happiness Hunter also organises free community walks throughout Australia in an effort to increase happiness & wellbeing through human connection, nature & exercise, which is supported by a leadership network.