Whether you didn’t get a lick of sleep the night before, or you slept like a bear in hibernation, the moment you decide to roll out of bed and place your feet on the floor is the exact moment when you make the most important decision of your day.  Whether consciously or unconsciously, this is the point in time when most people decide whether or not they are going to have a good day.

Once the decision is made, the reactions to every event throughout the day are a reflection of the decision you made in the first 2 minutes you were awake.  If you aren’t prepared to accept the challenges and obstacles that you will encounter throughout the day, life is going to hit you in the face – and it will only initiate a chain reaction for negative emotions and actions.

If we can wake up with the mindset to run with a purpose, we are going to be more likely to reach our goals throughout the day which will result in a string of positivity.  As we eat our breakfast, drink our coffee and prepare ourselves for the day, it is imperative to define our objectives for the day – determine our purpose.

starting-lineAs we toe the starting line, there is no turning back.  It is usually too late to reverse the decision we made much earlier.  Our mind has been made, and if we chose to make today a great day and push ourselves to reach our goals, then we are going to do everything in our power to do so.  On the contrary, if we aren’t prepared and haven’t defined our purpose for the day, then each obstacle is going to be seen as a setback – contributing to our negativity.

Showing up is easy.  Getting yourself there is a bit harder.  Having a purpose is difficult.  Ultimately, if we can turn the seemingly difficult task into an easy chore, I am certain that we will be satisfied at day’s end.  So the question is, how do I define my purpose?

Here are 3 simple ideas to help you get out of bed and arrive at the race feeling confident and ready…

  1. Think positive, be positive.  Immediately tell yourself, “Today is going to be a good day.”  By beginning our day with positivity, our outlook will tend to be positive in the following events.  If we wake up and say, “Shit, I don’t want to go into work today,” we have determined how our day will progress.  
  2. Mentally prepare.  Determine what tasks are most important for the day.  What do you want to have accomplished at day’s end?  Do you want to make a new sale at work, perform well in your presentation or cook a fantastic meal for your significant other?  Then take actionable steps to reaching your goal.
  3. Execute with confidence.  As the hours pass, continue moving and running towards whatever it is you are going after.  Be proud of each small accomplishment, and turn obstacles into opportunities… because you have already made the decision that ‘today is going to be a good day’.

As the finish line approaches, and we reflect on the day, the people that didn’t have a purpose are more likely to go to bed and repeat the same process tomorrow – a process of inaction.  Similarly, the people that set goals and made steps or attained those goals are more likely to repeat the same process tomorrow – a process of action.

Inaction breeds complacency.  Action breeds continuous growth.  Take action, get moving and be happy!

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