The morning is extremely important. It is the foundation from which the day is built. How you choose to spend your morning can be used to predict what kind of day you’re going to have.
Do you need help focusing on what matters most?
If you think happiness and success means making lots of money and buying lots of stuff, the answer to this question is yes.
Dirty, wrinkled sketches of dead presidents have never made anyone happy in the long run. And how can you expect to be successful if you’re not happy? Money helps along the way, but only you can make yourself happy and successful from the inside out. There isn’t any amount of money that can buy that.
Real happiness and success comes from the quality of your attitude, your relationships, and the emotions you experience each day. That’s where the questions below come in. Ask yourself these questions every morning and I absolutely guarantee that your days will get happier and more prolific over time:
1. What is the most important thing I can do today for my own well-being?
If you don’t take good care of yourself, then you can’t take good care of others either; which is why taking care of yourself is the best selfish thing you can do.
Every new day is a chance to change your life. Work on making life all that you want it to be. Work hard for what you believe, and keep your dreams big and your worries small. Figure out how you can best serve yourself today.
Remember, you never need to carry more than you can hold, just take one small step at a time. And while you’re out there today making decisions instead of excuses, learning new things, and getting closer and closer to your goals, know that there are others out there, like me, who admire your efforts and are striving for greatness too.
2. How can I show my love to those I love?
You don’t need to be perfect to be a perfect friend or lover, but the commitment to your relationship is a precious responsibility. Relationships last a lifetime only when two people make a deliberate choice to keep it, fight for it, and work for it. These acts of love don’t need to be extravagant either; they just need to be true. And true love is always shown in deeds, not just words.
Also, remember that it’s not so much about what you do for your loved ones as it is about the love you put into what you do for them. Learn what matters most to them and make a habit of it. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Relationships” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
3. How can I encourage myself and others today?
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar said that, and nothing could be closer to the truth.
To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. Be a dreamer, a believer, and a courageous and cheerful thinker. Be a positive motivator, a productive doer, and a go-getter who keeps her head in the clouds and her feet on the ground. Let the spirit of passion and possibility ignite a fire within you to do something worthwhile today, and don’t forget to spread your enthusiasm to those around you.
4. What can I do to make a positive difference in the lives around me?
Being a genuinely good person, helping others, and leaving the world better than you found it is what a truly rich life is. Knowing deep down that you counted – that someone else’s life would not have been as well off without you in it – that’s priceless. That’s something worth working for.
There are many small, simple actions you can make to profoundly impact your family, your community, and the world. So do your best to leave everything you touch today a little better than you found it.
5. How will I sincerely honor my own truth today?
You have your own way. For you, this way of living is the absolute right way. Honor it.
One of the most influential sources of peace is simply being comfortable with who you really are. Not trading your reality for a role, or your truth for an act. Not giving up your freedom of thought. Not putting on a mask.
There cannot be peace in your external life until you are at peace within yourself, being yourself. It won’t always be easy, but no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning your inner spirit. (Read The Untethered Soul.)
6. What is my intuition telling me about my current path?
Is it telling you to go against the grain? Is it urging you to do something differently? It’s okay to listen to the advice of others, but don’t forget to check in with your own intuition. If it leads you off the well worn path today, so be it.
Don’t apologize for what you feel and what you don’t feel; that’s a betrayal of your truth. No matter how much advice people give you, sometimes you have to feel things out for yourself, make decisions on your own, experience things firsthand, and build your own conclusions from the ground up the old fashion way.
7. What do I appreciate about my life right now?
As Socrates once said, “Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
Do not waste all your happiness by overlooking everything you have for everything you wish you had. If you do, you will never have enough. Instead, appreciate the goodness that is already yours, and you will instantly find a lot more to smile about.
Appreciate the good people and things around you, and you’ll soon find many more of them around you. Truly appreciate your life, and you’ll find that you have more of it to live. (Read Learned Optimism.)
8. What would I like to remember about today?
Do something worth remembering. Try something new. Express your love. Live your truth. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards meaningful goals. Walk your talk. Embrace your gifts. Bounce to the beat of your own drum.
Do whatever it takes to make today a good memory.
Remember, asking the right questions is the answer, because the questions you ask yourself on a daily basis determine your focus, and your focus determines your end results. So ask yourself the questions above every morning and watch as the rest of your day falls into place.
The floor is yours…
I would love to hear your perspective on the final question:
What would YOU like to remember about today?
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