I love the feeling of getting up and being excited about the day. Whether it is a trip, a date, or an event, the excitement can cause you to almost float into your day.
While days like that are great, let’s face it; some days are better than others. There are those days that leave us on a high, but there are those that we would also like to forget. The highs and lows come and go, but what about all those days in between.
The days that make up the routine of life come in between those ups and downs and it is in these days we live life. You might be tempted to calls them “ordinary” days, but they do not have to be. What if someone told you that you could greatly influence and effect your day no matter the circumstances? Well, you can! Let me give you a few ways in which you can make the ordinary day extraordinary.
- Start your day with thankfulness. We often get into bad habit of focusing on the negative in life. We tend to spend our mental and emotional strength on things that bring us down. More surprisingly, these are often things we have little or no control over. To counteract this negative thinking, concentrate on the positive. As soon as you wake up, start by saying, “Thank you.” Be thankful for the day, your loved ones, and whatever comes to mind. If you find it difficult at first, don't worry. You will begin to train yourself to notice people, things, and events for which you can be thankful. I have found this to be one factor that can literally change my day. If I am thankful, I find that there is lightness to my soul and it feels good. My first thoughts go something like this... “Lord, thank you for this day. Thank you for my wife. Thank you for my sons. And it goes on from there. All of the sudden the beauty of life and love begin to color my morning. Try it for seven days and see what happens.
- Give yourself time. Most of us have responsibilities that demand our attention in the mornings. Sometimes mornings can be stressful, especially if you are trying to get kids out the door or get yourself to work across town. A quick and simple way to alleviate a ton of stress is to give yourself time. This may seem a little counterintuitive, but it’s not. Get up 30 minutes earlier than you currently do. I know, I know, we all need more sleep, but what if you had an extra 30 minutes to drink that cup of coffee, to do a little reading or to simply give yourself some time so that you were not rushed. Morning frenzy can be so stressful and it really does affect the rest of our day. Give yourself and extra 30 minutes tomorrow and see what happens.
- Prepare ahead of time. The third way to a good day is to think about it the night before. Yes, even before your day starts, think about the coming events. A little planning goes a long way and thinking about it the night before will help you prepare for the morning to come. Write a list of things that need to get done and prepare your mind and heart for it. Believe it or not, it will relieve some stress because you know what is coming the next day. As you prepare, you might see that you have a busy day or maybe it will be particularly long with events into the evening. Thinking ahead will help you clarify and prioritize. An unexpected result will often be the realization that you that you need to go to bed early. Turn off the TV, put down that phone and get some rest.
The way to a good day is often a matter of a little forethought. Hopefully, These ways to get your day started will help and inspire you to approach your day a little differently. Over time you will come up with some ways that work specifically for you. If you do, let me hear about it. I am looking for ways to have a better day myself!
Feel free to comment on ways that work for you. What you have learned can help others.