Let me start by saying, I am NOT a morning person. My first thought when rolling out of bed in the morning is either, “I hate mornings” or “Let’s talk about how exhausted I am.” But day after day of thinking this to myself began to wear on me. I realized that this pattern of negativity as soon as I woke up, was setting myself up to have a bad day, before the day even really began.
My new pledge is to wake up and think a positive thought, first thing. No more negativity. So this morning, even though I’ve been laid up with a stomach bug, I thought, “I got a long night of sleep last night.” When the sun is shining, I think, “What a beautiful day!” I know it seems so simple. I know it sounds like it won’t make a difference. But, try it. Give it a few days- a week. Start by telling yourself something positive as soon as you wake up. This one tiny change may really change your outlook on your entire day. It has made a big difference for me in the past few weeks.
Next on my list of things to do, is start a gratitude journal. Studies show when we write down what we’re grateful for, we become more grateful. Think 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. (If you haven’t read that book, do it!) I’ll share my journal once I get it started.
Go ahead and give it a try- and please come back and share your results with me. Let me know if this positive outlook positively influences you. And if it doesn’t, let me know that too.
If you have a gratitude journal, I’d love to see how you all go about keeping those as well. Let’s share them with each other- and be a positive influence on each other as well.