You’re busy. You’re tough. You’ll just make it through the day on grit. You’ll put your family’s needs, your friends needs, your company’s needs before yours.
All of these are noble and needed sometimes. Sacrifice of your selfish ends for the greater good makes you the special person you are.
Here’s the rub. When you do that day after day, month after month, year after year; you lose perspective on the unequivocal fact that you’re only as good to others as you are to you.
You’ve got to stop skipping self-care and you’ve got to do it for yourself and for all those other people who rely on you. Some of these, honestly, I need to get better at too.
Here are some things you should take the time or make the time to do every morning to ready yourself for the day, for the service you render to others, for your goals and dreams.
Gratitude– Wake up and say, “Thank you. Thank you for another day and another chance.” The late great Wayne Dyer commented many times on how he made this his first order of business each day. Begin in gratitude.
Conscious showers – have e er taken a shower and gotten out only to realize you didn’t feel the drops because your mind had skipped ahead to your to-do list, your worries, or reliving the past? Your shower is one of your most personal and sacred times each day to be there for you or as Ram Das said, “Be here now.” Be conscious, feel each drop, relish in the experience. Be thankful that you have warm running water. Make it a few moments of your day you look forward to.
Ready the body – take a walk, do some light exercise, stretch and prepare your body for the day.
Ready the mind – pray, meditate, or say your affirmations. Set the mental tone for your day before your day sets it for you. You choose how you begin.
Concretize it – journal your goals for the day or your goals for your life, blog, or make a video. Get your thoughts out of your head and put into the world. It’s the first step in realizing them.
Feed the body – have a good breakfast. Take your vitamins. Take your meds. Give the body the fuel and nutrition it needs to get started and (yes, this means you, Ray) don’t skip meds, if you require them.
Personal care – even if you’re not meeting the world right away, do your personal care routine just for you.
Feed the mind– Listen to music or radio that inspires or fires you up. Watch a video. Read a blog or a book. Learn something. Take in some new information. Keep your mind expanding.
Set the mood – whether you drive for a living, drive to an office or a worksite, or you work at home, do all you can to set a comfortable and inspiring environment for yourself. Place things that inspire you where you can see them.
It might seem like all of this will take too much time. By making the time for you a priority, you actually create a You with more to give than ever before.
Do you! Everyone else, as Oscar Wilde said, is taken.
Let’s face it. Even most uber go-getters would rather hit the snooze button a couple more times. Most people have to push themselves to get out of bed and get going. Arriving at your desk, the job site, or school reminds you that you have a long list of to-dos, meetings, and commitments today. All of that’s good. It means you’re contributing to the world.
Here are 10 non-caffeinated – not judging the caffeine- ways to to fire up your engines ant have you off after your goals and dreams at warp speed.
Say an affirmation or positive quote. Say it to yourself until you really feel it…I mean REALLY feel it.
Reconnect with nature. Go find the sunrise. Absorb it and reconnect with the cycles of nature. If you’re an early-riser, go find the moon. If you’re a late-riser, go listen to the birds or the wind. Just connect.
Do some busy work. Literally, pay the bills, clean out your inbox, or wash the dishes. Any mundane task will do. Action puts you into the flow of the day and prepares you for the next task.
Spoon full of sugar. You remember the old sing. “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Dealing with tasks that feel like “medicine” this morning? Set a mini-goal and grant yourself a reward when you complete it.
Feel the fear and do it anyway. This was a title of a fantastic motivational book by Susan Jeffers back in the day. What’s your toughest task today; the one that has you most stressed? Do it first. Get it out of the way and you’ll be rewarded with an emotional high, not to mention sense of accomplishment, for the rest of the day.
Ease into it. This is the opposite of the previous strategy. Knock out several quick, easy tasks. The sense that you’re getting stuff done today gives you a momentum to tackle the bigger things.
Email or text. Do you need help or input from someone at work or in your personal life? Send them a text or email first thing. That way they can start working on what you need while you push forward with other tasks. By the time they respond, you’ll be ready to use their input.
Learn something new. I always say the reason I get up each day is to learn something new. We live in an amazing time where limitless information is right at our fingertips. Google something you’ve been curious about and learn more before you start your regular work.
Let something go. We all accumulate baggage as we go through life. It’s hard to get a balloon- or your morning – off the ground with weights holding you down. Cut some baggage loose to lighten your load.
Small stokes fell great oaks. Feeling overwhelmed by your do-dos this morning? Does have you paralyzed? This famous Ben Franklin quote reminds you that big risks can be achieved by breaking them down into small tasks. You don’t have to do it all at once,
Remember your purpose. Having trouble getting started today? Remind yourself why you do whet you do and for who. Obstacles seems much more conquerable when compared to your why.
I hope these tips help you get your day off to a GREAT start! As always, thank you for supporting my work and this blog.