Have you ever noticed how sometimes whatever happens to you, whether good or bad, early in the morning or at the start of your day, tends to have a big influence on how the rest of your day will go?
I know I have, and I can tell you from firsthand experience, that I have had days that have gone bad, because of the way I was thinking about myself and my circumstances early in the morning.
Several months back, I remember waking up for work early in the morning, and realizing that I didn’t have much time to get ready and head out for work. Because of this, I was forced to do everything as fast as I possibly could.
I had to brush my teeth, take a shower, make my hair, iron my clothes, wear my clothes, grab my work bag, wallet, keys, put everything in my car, and drive off to work.
I was extremely tired from the day before and because I had to do everything so fast, it caused me to become a bit upset and extremely anxious.
Also, while I was driving to work, I saw the light for “low tire pressure” turn on while I was already running a bit late, so I had to pull into the nearest gas station where they had an air station and fill up all the tires with the appropriate pressure.
That day, I didn’t even have time to grab a quick breakfast which made me a bit more upset. For some reason, I get upset easier when I don’t eat properly.
After this, I arrived at work, and since my day was already going terrible (or so I thought), I was talking to one of my colleagues and he was joking with me about something. I didn’t really like what he said and took it personally. I was really down on myself throughout the day and wondered why all this was happening to me.
This went on for many weeks, as I was involved in one big vicious cycle. My motivation for the things I actually enjoyed was diminishing and I was always feeling bad and sorry for myself.
One day, I woke up feeling a bit different. I came to a realization. I felt like I needed to “flush” this negativity that I had in my mind for so long and try to view life from a different pair of lenses.
Instead of complaining to myself and acting like a victim, I assumed responsibility for my actions and my life. I realized that I needed to be grateful; instead of complaining about every little thing that I believed to be “wrong” with my life.
That day, I thought to myself the following thoughts:
- “I am blessed.”
- “I have a roof over my head.”
- “I have food to eat on a daily basis.”
- “I have parents that are alive and are there for me when I need them.”
- “I have a good paying job.”
- “I can afford to live comfortably.”
- “I have friends that are genuine and loyal to me.”
- “I have all my limbs, pair of straight teeth, and I look good most of all.”
- “People that I find attractive, most of them find me attractive as well, even if they don’t tell me explicitly.”
- “I can share my thoughts with people that want to read about it through my blog.”
Starting off my day with thoughts like these changed my attitude throughout the day, and I felt much happier and more emotionally stable than I had ever felt.
Sometimes, we tend to think that if we buy this or that, or finally achieve this/that, we will be happy. That’s not true at all.
You should be happy right now with your current situation.
I know not everyone has a good paying job or can live comfortably like others, but if you start being grateful for what you DO have, you will become happier and feel more fulfilled on a regular basis, attracting GREAT things in your life.
Lesson of the day:
Start your day by being grateful for every little thing that you have right now.
Make a list if necessary.
Always remind yourself that it’s okay if you don’t have certain things you really want in your life, yet.
You will get it one day. I promise you that.
Just change your mindset around, focus on working hard, achieving greatness, and building character.
You will skyrocket your success and become happier than you’ve ever been in your life.
It all starts with you and your thoughts. Are you ready for this change? Are you ready to be grateful?
I hope you are, because I know I am!
I hope you all enjoyed today’s post and hope you will join me on the journey to self-confidence mastery.
– Steve Daniels
P.S. I would love to hear what you have to say about this post. Feel free to comment below!