Ever notice that some people seem to have a good day, every day? They’re energetic, focused, positive and they don’t sweat the small stuff. One might be tempted to be jealous of these people, but there’s no reason to envy them.
The reason you don’t need to envy these fortunate people, is because most of us can have a good day, every day — we just have to emulate them. They aren’t special, per se, but rather, are disciplined in their mission to be perpetually positive and focused — they make the conscious effort to have a good day and that effort generally starts with a routine.
Having a “great day” actually starts the night before.
If you stay up late burning the candle at both ends, you greatly decrease the odds of having a good day, so you’re starting off on the wrong foot before the day has even dawned. To assure you have a good day, every day, you should make the commitment to do the following:
Know When to Unplug
Watching TV in the evening is certainly a personal choice, but, what you watch and when you stop watching, is key. As your bedtime approaches, turn your tablet, smart phones and TV off. Studies show people who use smart devices right before bed, often have a restless sleep. A vital part of having a good day isn’t just the amount of sleep you get, but the quality of that sleep.
If you’ re able to, consider doing some gentle stretching to relax your body before climbing into bed. This can release stress and tension and help you drift off to sleep sooner.
Clear your mind
Dwelling on things is a sure way to have a restless sleep. When you get into bed, try to clear your mind of all negativity and stress — let it go and consciously shift your mind to clam, pleasant thoughts. This isn’t always easy, but it does come more naturally with practice. Some people do read before they go to sleep and if that works for you, go for it. But, it should be pleasant reading material and you probably shouldn’t read until the wee hours of the morning.
Another helpful hint on clearing your mind is to make a to-do list. Sometimes we let too much swirl around in our heads and this impacts sleep. Try making a list at the end of the day of the things you need to accomplish, so that you’re in control of them and not the other way around.
Prep your mind
Don’t go to sleep without first committing to positivity upon waking. Tell yourself you’ll have a great day and truly believe it.
People who appear confident, relaxed and positive during the day, usually invest the time and effort to prepare for the morning the night before. Obviously, the effort pays off for them.
Choose Your Attitude
A positive mind-set is something to be chosen. Upon waking up, immediately think about something good and tell yourself “today is going to be a great day!” Make it a habit to have gratitude about all that’s good in your life before even getting out of bed — being grateful is a fantastic way to create a mood of enthusiasm and motivation.
“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” – Dale Carnegie
Create Your Own Mood
Through the course of the day, we don’t always have control over events. But, we do have control over how we respond to them. Condition your mind to self-motivate and feel inspired by making the conscious decision to be positive. In other words, choose to see the brighter side and choose not to let the little things bring you down.
“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.” – Joel Osteen
Plan your day
If you’ve made your to-do list the day prior, review it and see what expectations have been put on you. Get ahead of your day by planning it as best as you can. Having some kind of agenda to help focus your day is important, but so is being mindful that over-planning is a sure way to stress yourself out. So, put the most important things first and accept that you may have to be adaptable with your schedule.
Avoiding negative influences (media, friends, co-workers) is vital. Avoid petty arguments, refuse to gossip, don’t listen to innuendo — its important to expose ourselves to positive and inspiring messages/stimuli as much as possible, so rather than running toward negativity, avoid it as best you can.
Find out from your doctor the best diet for you, because good nutrition is key and as they say “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Find out which healthy foods and beverages will best energize your mind and body throughout the day.
Each day is a new start and rather than waking up and immediately focusing on the things that annoyed us yesterday, we should look at the fresh slate and revel in all the wonderful things that can await us.
Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution and the key to having a good day is to accept that we can create our own reality – good or bad. People who appear happy all the time don’t just snap their fingers and make it so. It takes planning and effort and once the benefits of that effort become crystal clear, that “effort” becomes second nature and soon, is just an integral part of who they are.
“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” – Wade Boggs