How will you start your day?

Each morning, we awake from a nights rest. During the awakening process, we end our recharge from the previous nights sleep and enter “on” mode for the new day before us. As you walk to the kitchen to grab your morning cup of joe, each step may feel slower and slower due to your idealistic thoughts of laying back into bed for another 10 minutes rest. But no… You continue your slow shuffle towards the kitchen as your feet do the forward moonwalk to your 1st destination of the day. During these potentially dreadful or for some, delightful first steps that you take in the morning, the plan for your next 15 or so hours (depending on your recharge) is beginning to formulate. 

For some, these moments may ponder thoughts like, “Ahhh… Work again today? Then I have to pick up the kids and work out with Joe… Man, this should be a good one…” as some of us may ponder the horrific day ahead of us. For others, their day may begin with their favorite morning shake made freshly prepared with their favorite blender and a giant smile on their face saying, “I am really looking forward to today. Work, grab the kids, and an awesome workout… Joe’s going to kick my butt!” 

Either way, the day will begin one way or the other. The mornings are critical parts of our day. They are what establish the base of the next 15 or so hours that you will be awake and moving. Start your day off on a high note. One that works best for you. For some, they may like to get in a quick 20 minute run before their first daily tasks, for others having that giant cup of coffee and checking their planner makes all the difference. Most importantly, we have the power to set ourselves up for a wonderful day where we can come home with a big smile on our face thinking, “Wow. I feel good about today. I couldn’t have done it any better.” 

Think for a second about how you can come home tomorrow and feel great about what you did that day. How do you want to start your day? What is your game plan for a great day? When you walk to the kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere as soon as you wake up, you can start building your day. So as most of us do slouch as we look at our overfilled cereal bowls with an intense squint similar to those created when the sun is blaring in your face, we can begin to find ways of looking forward to all that will come today. Enjoy it. Love it. Breathe in the pure air and ready yourself for a day of happiness. Because that is, by far, the reason we want to get up in the morning anyway, right? Have fun.

What are your reasons for getting up this morning?