You're Starting Your Day All Wrong

How do you start the day?

Start it with an action, a positive motion.

Not your email.
Not a reaction.

Instead, a choice. 
a joy. 
a purpose. 

If you start with a reaction, you'll spend the rest of your day traveling from one reaction to another. 

Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. It dictates the way everything else will flow. Tomorrow, when you wake up, don't grab your phone. Instead grab a glass of water and take a few moments to breathe in your day. Then go do that one thing that sets your mind into a positive frame. 

What if you only had 6 months to live?

Once you get past the denial and anger, how would you live your last days? 

Why are you not living those today? 

Don't tell me you'd quit your job or you'd run off into the mountains. Tell me about the things you've always wanted to do, the places you'd go, the people you would reach out to. Tell me what fear is telling you.

For most people, the last 6 months wouldn't be able exotic trips or crazy adventures - it would be about spending time with the people they love, and living in the moment. 

Tomorrow may, or may not, come -- so live today fully.

What's in a mantra?

Picking a phrase to define your year may seem a bit of a ‘cart before the horse’ effort. How can you define something that has yet to occur?

It's about approach.

A mantra, a slogan repeated frequently, is about what you want for yourself in the coming year. By setting your frame of mind before you'll be more likely to make it happen.

It's a bit like telling yourself that you want a salad. At first you'll be ‘no, I don't want a salad. I want a freaking cookie.’ And then, you'll acquiesce to the constant barrage of ‘you want a salad’ in your head. ‘Fine, I'll have a salad’ you'll say grudgingly. And in time, the conversation will disappear because you'll start choosing the salad on your own.

You'll feel better for it.

There’s a trend to pick a word for you year, but as a storyteller I find that lacking. One word will not paint the picture. For example, if I chose the word ‘joy’ what is that suppose to mean? Does that mean I only do things that make me feel joy? Or is it rather about creating joy for others? It could instead be about finding joy in daily activities or adding more time for joy.

One word will not set the tone for the coming year - it will not put your mind in the right frame for decision making.

Instead pick a phrase. A phrase like ‘choose joy’ or ‘make time for joy’ are much more specific than the word alone.

What's your mantra for the year?