Some people write every morning, others meditate or train. Personally, every day, I start asking these two questions – a practice that makes me feel much more positive, focused and supported.
As soon as I wake up, I ask, "What do I value most today?"
Thinking this way, I can focus on my biggest priority for the next day. Maybe it's a work project, time with relatives or just peace, but I choose every day what I want to present first.
I have not always done that – so often it is tempting to focus on what we did not want during our day. We may think, I really do not want to have a headache now or I do not want to be late . However, holding on to what we do not want can be a way for us to decide what is really important. If you think you are thinking of all the things that you do not want to do ask yourself what values are important instead. What do you want to focus on today? Maybe connection, love, kindness or contribution?
The second question: "How do I want to feel for the day?"
The feeling I choose is usually closely related to what I value. If I choose to work, I may feel productive and creative. If I want to value my time with loved ones, I want to feel generous and present.
In this process, we are shifting our focus to what we can really do to prioritize our values and create the feeling we want. unlike what we do not want . If you decide that you want to feel healthy, alive, alert, free, effective and punctual – and you focus on those feelings – you will begin to change your perspective.
I honestly set a goal and turned my back on the day: I had a bad virus and it really took me out of my daily routine. In the morning I felt very ill and had to stay in bed. I felt guilty about not being able to keep up with my work. But I could remember what my intentions and my values were – and what I wanted to feel. I decided to value my health and I wanted to rejuvenate myself.
What struck me was that the more I allowed myself to rest and recover, the more anxiety was around things that were not done. I learned how to take a nap during the day and put my phone in the nightstand drawer so I can not check it all the time. It was easier for me to do these things – debt free – when I knew that my focus for the day was my health. I was able to take care of myself and heal myself.
When I can set the tone of my day, everything in everything I do is done.
I have seen that with my customers too. I worked with a woman who had a hard time getting support from everyday life. It was so easy for her to think of all the ways she did not receive the support she craved in her business, her relationships, and her life. I wanted to change her values to what she wanted and asked her to make a list of all the opportunities she felt supported in the last week, last month, and last year.
When she remembered what it felt like to receive support in the past, she found it easier to focus on support in the present. And when something that she still did not feel supported with, her action was to explain what she needed to fulfill her needs, even if it was so easy to tell a barista. "I actually ordered a hot drink, not an iced – can you please fix it?" This simple shift in deciding to feel empowered led to a helpful, proactive approach to life (even in the tiniest moments) ,
When we shift our perspective to what we want and what we value, we begin to see these opportunities emerge in everyday life. By applying these simple strategies to my morning routine, I even started to see the world a little differently – and it has definitely reduced my overall stress. What would happen if you did the same thing?
Andee Love is a spiritual success trainer that helps individuals and entrepreneurs stimulate business growth and overcome barriers to success. Start now with your free formula for success.