Start Your Day with Gratitude
I’m sure that you have heard the adage, “how you start your day will determine how you end your day.” Or, maybe you have heard, “if you win the first hour, you win the day.” While there are some elements that must be considered in the hashing out of this truth, the basic premise is clear. You don’t want to start you day on the wrong side of the bed. Basically, how you start your day will set the frame of mind and mentality through which you will experience your day.
If you start your day worrying or stressing about yesterday’s problems or in a state of fear about something you think might happen, you will encounter each moment in a state of trepidation and fear. I have learned that the best way to start the day is with a heart and mindset of gratitude. There is always something to be grateful for. Be grateful sets the environment to receive positive things. On the flipside of the equation, complaining and worrying invites in negative energy that can wreak havoc on your day.
You owe it to yourself to be at your best when you start your day. Let me be clear here. I am not, in any way, suggesting that developing a heart of gratitude in the morning will inoculate you from all forms of negative experiences. There are certain things that are simply a part of life — a part of the process. What I am suggesting is that the right frame of mind will give you the proper perspective on what you are experiencing at any given time.
When I wake up in the morning, the first thing that I do is establish reasons that I have to be grateful. For me, it is quite easy — my beautiful kids are not only the joy of my life but a huge part of my motivation. While they definite drive my gratefulness, they are not the only reason I have to be thankful. I love what I do and I get to do this everyday and get paid for it. I am literally living my dream.
Gratitude opens the gateway to prosperity, abundance, and productivity, and you control the level at which you exhibit it. No matter what you may be going through at any given time, you still have the capacity to be filled with gratitude. It does not require that you be in denial about any situation, but that you are able to see that your life is much bigger than any current circumstance. I challenge you to be intent on be grateful as you start each day and watch how much better each day will go.
You cannot control each and every movement in life, and you will drive yourself mad attempting to do so. What you can control is how you choose to engage them.