Start the day off Right!!!!
This blog is inspired by the craziness of my life; and if you are a dreamer/believer I suppose your day is just as crazy as mine. Juggling priorities and distinguishing between what you truly want to do and what you “should do” can be a constant struggle. Hopefully these “morning must’s” will help you attack the day and accomplish all that you can in the time that we are given….Let me preface by saying the day is a GIFT!!! Treat it as such. Make the decisions to honor yourself and whatever/whoever you represent…. DO WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN; BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU DO all day, everyday!!!!
This might sound stupidly simple but we all know it can be difficult (i.e.- snooze button)…Research has shown that the 10-15 minutes you use to “snooze” and “wake up” can actually be detrimental to your energy level. So when the alarm goes of. Get out of bed and make the decision to actively pursue your day. As opposed to waiting for something/one to find you; GO FIND INSPIRATION!!! And one more thing, Make your bed!
#2-Meditate, Pray, Reflect, Thank, or Ask-
Connect to the Source! Regardless of your spiritual/religious background I believe taking a few minutes to purposefully pause… and connect with your body, mind, and soul. The suggested method would be 5 minutes of diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing is the most primitive most basic of any activity we can perform as human beings. Everything starts with the breath so why not start your day with it in the form of one of the 5 source connectors- meditate, pray, reflect, thank, or ask.
There is something about going outside early in the morning that just feels good…This excludes the 15 second walk to the car juggling bag, coffee, and keys trying to not be late to work. I am talking about being outside on purpose and slowly for a few minutes to soke up the day… Rain or shine, cold or hot expose yourself to the elements.
Stretching at any point in the day is a great way to get the blood flowing. In the morning following a hot shower spend 3-5 minutes stretching muscles and opening joints. Most of us spend hours upon hours either sitting or standing which has the tendency to create compensatory muscle imbalances and asymmetries. A good stretching routine will help increase your energy. Mobilize your movements and your muscles.
5- Eat, Drink, and be Merry
Getting at the day on purpose with focused energy can be enhanced by a god meal. There is MUCH talk about what should be consumed when… is breakfast good or bad… should it be before my workout or after… I can’t eat right after a workout though… are my eggs free-range… is yogurt good for me… full fat or non-fat. The answers to all of these questions can really go either way. Do what works for you. And, as is the common theme with each other “value” do it on purpose and mindfully because you know it will help you do what you do better today. Tomorrow morning instead of reaching for the snooze button take these values into consideration and begin to cultivate them as HABIT…
Everyday we are faced with new challenges some small and some large. Our lives are overflowing with unforeseen highs and lows whether they are mental, physical, or emotional. We can judge ourselves by how well we adapt to the plethora of circumstances that we find ourselves in on a daily basis; how well we adapt to positive circumstances, and how well we adapt to negative circumstances. My experiences have helped me to realize several facts about adapting to life’s uncertainties. One that I would like to focus on is this:
-Do not avoid seemingly negative circumstances because you believe you are unable to navigate through them effectively.
The negative judgment implies that we already know what the ultimate outcome will be and beginning any difficult endeavor with such an attitude is not a good place to start. It is true that we simply don’t know enough to be pessimistic. Additionally, I believe that the greater the obstacle the greater the triumph….. “Both virtue and art are always concerned with what is harder, for success is better when it is hard to achieve.” Heraclitus-
Within the field of counseling psychology the phrase systematic desensitization is used to describe how fears can be overcome if you progressively expose yourself to whatever it is that you fear. I would like to challenge you (believers) to put yourself out there and refuse to be paralyzed by your fears. Demand more of yourself for the sake of becoming a better YOU! Challenges can come in many different forms. What is challenging for one may not be challenging to another; but stepping outside of your comfort zone is GREAT for anyone. Many times I say to the athletes that I train that you should get comfortable with the uncomfortable. In training as in life, each day is an opportunity to become better; MAXIMIZE the OPPORTUNITY.
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