How do you start your day? Maybe you make a cup of coffee every morning. Maybe you throw on some workout clothes and go for a run, partake in a class or hit the gym. Maybe you just lay in bed for 10 more minutes and hit the snooze button a couple of times. Hey, guilty as charged 🤚🏼
For me, I like to start my day with gratitude and picturing how I want my day to go. While I may lie in bed for those 5 extra minutes, I like to run (no pun intended here) through the things I am grateful for. I may say them mentally or if I have my journal close by on the nightstand I grab it and write them down.
Some days I rattle off all my blessings. Other days I may just focus on a few. After I read each blessing, I say thank you for it. Saying thank you after each blessing is a gratitude trick I learned from the book called “The Magic.” It’s a book written by the same author, Rhonda Byrne of “The Secret.” The Secret focuses on the beliefs of the Law of Attraction, and the Magic teaches you to have gratitude and how to apply it to everyday life.
Starting your day with gratitude really does set the tone to have a positive mindset. It’s THE key to have a good day. You don’t realize how impactful a positive mindset is to your day. Think about when you wake up groggy and you’re already disgruntled that you have to wake up early. You have already placed negativity into your morning and you’re more likely to experience negative things and have negative thoughts throughout the day. Having a positive mindset allows you to look for the good in situations that may not go according to plan, or to just have a good day in general.
There’s a reason when people say someone started off on the wrong foot in the morning. So how can you get off on the right foot? Make it a point to start with gratitude. Thank the universe, God, whatever you believe in for waking up to a new day. Thank your body for your good health and being able to get up out of bed and start the day let alone all the things it does for you all day. Say thank you for the small things we take for granted like having clothes to put on, a coffee machine to make a cup of joe, food we eat for breakfast, being able to flush a toilet, taking a hot shower, having towels to dry off after a shower. Having toiletries to take care of our personal hygiene like brushing our teeth, combing our hair, putting on deodorant to smell good – All these little things you probably don’t think twice about.
If you say thank you for all of these minimum things, you’ve already set yourself up with a positive mindset before you’ve even set foot out the door! You’re making yourself feel good inside and thus stepping out with the RIGHT foot, the positive and healthy “foot” out the door and leaving the negatives behind. When you’re thinking and feeling good, it’s harder for negative energy from outlier sources to bring you down.
I encourage you to try this practice if you haven’t already and feel the good vibes. Fill your day with gratitude from the moment you wake up, before you get the coffee, take the walk, attend a workout class and see how much more amazing you will feel all day long until you fall asleep at night. Even before bed, you can repeat the same practice or just pick out one positive thing that happened to you that day and just say “thanks.” It could be just the fact that you are alive and well. It could be for your travel day going smoothly. It could be for anything or everything. Even when there are those days when everything seems to be going wrong, take a moment to see what went right.
There is always something to be grateful for.
Xo – Shelby
P.S. If you’re interested in reading the Magic, it’s available on Amazon. I highly recommend it and doing the practices each day. It truly teaches you how to be more grateful and thankful. For myself, it was eye opening in the sense that we really do take the most minimal things for granted. I did all 28 days consecutively and no I’m not perfect. There are some days I allow the negativity to take over and I either start again the next day or find a way to change my mindset and tip it back to positivity. The book talks about this too. We’re all human. It happens where we all have our off days.
With this book though, you can skip around and do the chapters for specific areas of your life you want to focus on or complete the whole book in 28 consecutive days. It really is a great book to stimulate the mind, enrich the soul and overall have a more positive mindset and attitude in your everyday life.