Have you ever noticed how important it is to have a solid start to your day? This morning I started this article and I woke up feeling full of energy. Deep down I knew that today was going to be an awesome day. I’m sure you’ve had days like that too.
Think back to the last time you did something exciting. Maybe you were on a dream vacation, getting a fresh start to a new job, or even went to visit someone you hadn’t seen in a long time.
Have you ever had those feeling deep down that everything was perfect? Kind of like when you were a kid on Christmas, waking up at 5a.m. to see what Santa brought?
Well that’s exactly how I felt this morning. I felt fantastic and it all began that minute I woke up.
Now I might be totally off here. You might not be a morning person. You may wake up at the beginning of the week and say to yourself, “Not another Monday.”
And the moment you do that you’re focused on what is not working and how crappy things are. You’re focused on the things that you don’t want!
Tap into that Inner Voice
Our guide through all of this is that tiny voice in our heads. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s the same voice that is reading this article right now. If you haven’t found it, just stop and listen to it as you’re reading.
Did a little voice in your head just say, “What little voice?” That’s the little voice I’m talking about. There it is. It was there the whole time. You may never have realized that you talk to yourself.
Guide Your Inner Voice
Back when I was in University I was required to take a computer-programming course. I had failed the first time through and was participating in the course for the second time.
Exam day came, and I was extremely nervous. When the exam started I noticed that everyone seemed to be really focused. Everyone was into it. Everyone except me and the guy next to me.
An hour into the exam and I still hadn’t written a thing. The guy next to me had given up and left the exam room.
When this happened I started to panic. I began thinking about what was going to happen if I failed the exam. That tiny little voice in my head started to quiver. It nervously said: “If I fail the exam, then I will fail this course. If I fail this course, then I will fail out of engineering, and if I fail out of engineering then I will have to move home and get a job. Maybe work at a gas station or something. I wonder if there are any good gas stations jobs I could get?”
I really started to freak out as I glanced up at the clock. It was halfway through the exam and I hadn’t written a thing.
It was in that moment that I realized something. I thought to myself, “I wonder what a smart guy would do in a situation like this?” Immediately, an image of my roommate flashed into my head.
The previous night, he had said to me, “Steve, you’ll be fine. You’ve spent a lot of time preparing for this exam. If you were able to do the assignments, then you’ll be able to do the exam.”
That was when things began to turn for the better. It was in that moment that I started to ask better questions. I realized that my roommate was right. I’ve done this before, so why couldn’t I do it now?
I kept repeating those words to myself in my minds-ear. I kept repeating what my roommate had said until that tiny incapable voice grew into a loud determined voice.
Suddenly, everything was flowing and I was writing. I had started the exam. I began with the first question and then continued to the next. I completed the entire exam and I felt good about it.
A couple of weeks later I received my marks and I had passed. Not too shabby. It was better than working at a gas station 🙂
The point is that I was able to redirect my thinking and pull together the appropriate resources to get the job done.
One of the more effective ways to do this deliberately is by asking more effective questions. Here are a few you can try, courtesy of author and counselor Dr Nate Booth:
Jump Start Your Day Questions
- What am I most grateful for in my life today?
- Whose day can I make today and how will I do it?
- What am I proudest of in my life today?
- Who can I compliment today?
- What am I most passionate about in life?
- How can I learn and grow today?
- How can I contribute to others?
Try these out and have fun with them. Remember, in those last few moments, right before you wake, you choose how your day is going to go.
How will you start your day?
About the author: Steve is a Life Coach and the creator of Freedom Education – Mind Power for Personal Growth. He is also the author of the ebook, The Genius Within YOU. You can download his ebook here.
How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.