“For me, + for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didnt get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours & the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of… Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack… This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life.” — Lynne Twist
It’s Fri-yay, it’s Fri-yay!
I know that for myself, this quote rings true more than I’d like to admit. The second I open my eyes, my mind begins to list the tasks that must be completed for the day. If I wake up to my alarm, my first thought is more than likely, “Wow, I’m still tired!” or “I already can’t wait to get into bed tonight…”
But luckily, our minds are trained that way. Which means that they can be also be trained to think more positively. Day after day, repeating the same (positive or negative) thoughts to ourself, it becomes engrained in our morning routine.
When I hear someone say “I’m not a morning person”, I usually picture them barely opening their eyes in the morning check the time, then rolling around in bed for the next half hour. They wait until the very last second that they can keep their eyes closed before being so late for work that they might just get fired, meanwhile forcing themselves to scramble to get ready, while reciting how much they hate mornings.
Sure, everyone might not love the mornings but if you are able to wake up & say to yourself: “WOW… This is going to be a great day. I am well-rested, the sun is shining, I am ready to take on the day!” you might just start off your day with a little chip on your shoulder. You might just become a morning person.
Whether you love or hate mornings, I challenge you to start your day off with positivity. Whether its a quote, a mantra or even an intention for your day ahead… let that be your first waking thought. At first, it might be easiest to place it right in front of your clock so that is the first thing that you see. Maybe you need to make it the wallpaper on your phone. Or a post-it note on your bathroom mirror. Whatever it may be, find a way a way to start your day on a positive note & just knowing that you are enough.
I’d love to hear how you start your day off on the right foot!