How we start each day will set the tone for all of our activities whether we realize it or not. Our alarm goes off; we hop out of bed, and many of us don’t stop until we drop back into bed later that evening, thoroughly exhausted. Remind yourself of a truth–life is anything but easy.
Living a good life, and a life that truly matters can be hard work. However, it doesn’t have to be.
All we need to do is to start our day full of purpose and set our intention for a day of meaning. Setting our intention with reminders that we are here at this moment and what is happening is happening now. Every happy person starts each day with the intention that it will be their best day yet.
To help you get started living your best life, one day at a time…
Here are 11 things to remind yourself of each and every morning:
1. Be grateful for this day.
Even when life is doing its best to challenge you, you are here to live it, and experience it. There is so much to be grateful for, start your day there.
2. Enjoy every moment.
We can find pleasure in every moment, even the not so great ones. It might take some effort, but reminding yourself to find the enjoyment in everything will affect your mood and how you approach your day.
“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. “~ Richard Bach
3. Yesterday can’t be changed, but today and tomorrow can.
Forgive yourself for the mistakes you made yesterday and focus on doing better today. Remembering, that is what is under our control.
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson
4. There is nothing that can’t be handled.
Tackle each day knowing you can handle anything that crosses your path.
5. Choose to Surround Yourself With The Right People
The right people make all the difference in your life. It affects how you approach your day and the mood you carry with you.
“Surround yourself with the right people, and realize your worth. Honestly, there are enough bad people out there in the world – you don’t need to be your worst enemy.” ~ Lucy Hale
6. Everything in Due Time
We are often thwarted by our impatience. Let things happen on their schedule and accept that the Universe often has plans beyond what we can see.
“Everything comes in time to those who can wait.” ~Francois Rabelais
7. Cherish Those That Matter
There is no crystal ball to predict life-changing events. So pay attention to the people that matter to you because you never know when a conversation, encounter or experience will be your last.
“Friendship is a gift forever; Cherish everyday, forget it never” ~ Debasish Mridha
8. Seek to Learn Something New
When we live with a yearning to learn, we continually grow and evolve into a better version of ourselves. We have a choice; we can live with the status quo, or we can challenge life. Happiness lies in the challenge.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
9. Success Requires Action
The definition of success is different for everyone, but there is one common element, and that is action. As you get ready to tackle your day, take one decision off the shelf and take action.
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Pablo Picasso
10. What Other People Think Is Irrelevant
When we set about our day with the intention to do good and live our best life, what other people think becomes less important. We can’t please everyone and stay true to our life’s purpose, so stop worrying about being accepted and focus on making the best decisions with the information available to you at the moment.
The very last thing we should remind ourselves as we head out into the world is that we’ve got this. We are smart, thoughtful and kind, and we are prepared to make this our best day yet.
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ~ Maya Angelou
Now, what are you waiting for? Remind yourself of these things…the world awaits.