You Can Win Your Days, One Morning at a Time

Don’t let another day go by without, at least, a small victory.

You may be amazed at what momentum you can gain by collecting these seemingly small wins throughout the day, week, and month.

Imagine – you come home in the evening, either after work or from picking up the kids, and you’re not stressed about what didn’t get done that day.

You can enjoy dinner together (at the dining table without the TV on) and catch up on the day. Share some highs and lows – maybe even some laughs.

Winding down isn’t difficult, and you go about your evening routine, relaxed and confident for another great day tomorrow.

How, or where, do we start?

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Rise and Shine 🙂  Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

Small Habits That Make a Big Difference (Things You SHOULD Do)

  • To win the morning, start the night before. Fill your water bottle before going to bed. Hydration is vital for optimal health and function. Start your day off on the right foot by hydrating first thing in the morning.
  • Set out your clothes the night before. Our goal here is to put our mornings on auto-pilot: set yourself up for an efficient morning that doesn’t require much brain power.
  • Move your body early in the day. Getting the blood flowing will not only benefit your fitness, but help wake up your cognitive abilities. Mind power! Either hit a class at the gym, knock out some push-ups, sit-ups, and squats in the basement, or even practice contrast showering (hot-cold-hot-cold). Talk about waking you up!
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Don’t underestimate the power of water.  Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

What NOT To Do First Thing in the Morning…

  • Perhaps the biggest waste of time and energy comes from being super-connected. For this reason I highly recommend you do not check Facebook or email first thing in the morning.

Don’t start your day by triggering your brain to get emotional (social media) or start putting out “fires” (email). More likely than not, too much connected-ness is having a negative effect on your mindset and perspective each day.

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Just say NO (in the mornings)  Photo by William Iven on Unsplash

Moderation is the key here, because I admit, we have to stay connected. People can reach each other like never before, regardless of geography or time of day. Email and instant messaging are great ways to share ideas, answer questions, and make appointments.

Our technology has become a necessary evil so to speak.

However, WE are in control of whether we let it become a tool for good in our lives, or a never-ending path to negativity and judgement (you know what I mean!).

Begin by choosing good (however small) habits and your life will turn out predominantly good.

Let your habits slide into “whatever happens, happens” and I can guarantee, you’re living less than your best life.

Sim


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