Updated: Jun 20
Mornings are a 'power time' to energise, create and cultivate, not to cloud your mind with digital disturbances and other 'white noise'.
Before my feet hit the floor upon waking, I lie for 5-10 minutes thinking about everything I’m grateful for in life, including family, friends, a roof over my head, my health, business…it’s a long list. I also focus thanks on the good that’s going on in the world, and how I can be a part of it – paying it forward.
Science-based research indicates a link between practicing gratitude and better physical and psychological health. More grateful people are generally happier, more satisfied with their lives, and less likely to suffer from burn out. Skeptical? See the 72 page whitepaper The Science of Gratitude produced by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley - https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-Gratitude-FINAL.pdf?_ga=2.91885593.2053488914.1592038587-230734862.1592038587
I set my intentions for what I want to achieve during the day and get them down on paper, as the power of intention is magnified when you write it down. Intentions are what I'm determined to bring about - separate from a a to-do list. By setting intentions daily, I'm making an 'agreement' with myself, and so there's personal a commitment. Intentions are powerful for staying on track with personal goals, as I attach my intentions to stated goals in order to drive the process of achieving them. So rather than making a statement like "I must get study done today", I set an intention instead, saying something like "Today, I intend to make time to study, as study helps in achieving my career goals in being a wellbeing specialist". Keep your intentions simple, specific and meaningful to encourage the motivation for getting things done.
Stay positive. Stay healthy.