Have An Epic AttitudeIn this timeless work, On The Shortness of Life, Stoic philosopher Seneca spoke about today being the day. How every single day is our day, a chance to embrace a new experience and live out the life of our dreams. To me, that means having an amazing attitude, despite our circumstances and truly understanding that yesterday's events have no real impact on what may happen today. We all have that friend that has a contagious attitude no matter if we’re stuck in hours of traffic and there’s something special about harnessing that energy.
Wake Up 30 Minutes EarlierWaking up earlier is my #1 productivity and fulfillment tip for those who are looking to make incremental, yet impactful steps in their life. It doesn't matter what you do during this time, as long as it's important to one person: you. You may take time to read, write, or simply sit on your couch and contemplate life for a few minutes – as long as you’re intentional, it’s all that matters. According to this article on the Huffington Post, “One study conducted by The University of Toronto, found that “people who wake up early in the morning are generally happier and have higher satisfaction overall in their lives.” That can make every day a special day!
Get Your Namaste OnTaking anywhere from 3-20 minutes to establish a breathing practice, or yes, meditation will set the tone for the rest of your day to react less out of emotion and having the ability to choose how you see negative events. Breathing has immense physiological and mental benefits, and there's no way to do this wrong. Bonus points for those who “OMMMMM.”
Complete One High Level TaskCompleting one action first thing in the morning is one of the most powerful tools to harness momentum. For example, writing, editing and shipping this blog post is the task I'm using to create momentum today. The key word here is: completion. Don't start something in the morning unless you're going to finish it and keep it very simple.
Get Moving!Energy creates energy and getting moving in the morning will dissolve any negative emotions and get you focused on the present. It doesn't matter what you do -- a traditional gym training session, a high intensity workout, yoga, pilates, sprinting, hiking, it's the simple action of blood flow that stimulates your creativity and connection to your physical body. Not only will every day be a special day, but it will be a productive one on the workout front as well!
Craft A PlanCrafting a plan is essential to having a masterpiece type of day – even if you’re not the planning type. Knowing what’s on your plate leads to clarity which allows you to easily make decisions and move forward with your life. One powerful tool to add is to schedule time to “let go” and block out spaces during your day to do whatever you feel like doing, combining the certainty of planning with the addition of spontaneous activity.
Don’t Check Email or Snapchat!Whatever you do, do not check email in the morning and better yet, keep your phone on airplane mode. This is likely one of the most essential tools of the day, especially in the morning. The further you can push this, the more clarity you will have. Set a minimum time to check email, for me it's 9:00AM at the earliest when I'm up at 5:00, yet many days it can be 11:00 or 12:00PM by the time I get around to it. Sid Savara mentions the countless reasons why you shouldn’t check email or social media in the morning in a great article here. When you start your day with an influx of messages, you lose the ability to control your own thinking and start to react instead of act.
Turn Up Some Music You LoveListening to music you love will increase your energy and put you in an awesome mood, use your intuition to pick something random and truly listen to the music. Dance if you feel so inclined.
Use The Power Of GratitudeOne of my favorite quotes of all time is: Your biggest problem or obstacle is someone's dream luxury. Any time you can truly, authentically dig deep and find all the amazing things in your life you can be grateful for, your internal and external state will shift and you will be open to receive more.
Lift Others Up With An Abundance MentalitySend a few messages, texts, notes, tweets, and handwritten cards, whatever it may be to other people. Using this as a consistent habit shifts you into a mindset into abundance. Additionally, we all have "those days" -- and we never know what someone else is going through.
Have At Least One Meaningful ConversationEvery single day, have a deep, meaningful conversation with someone in which you both truly connect. To establish a connection that goes deeper than the surface area, it requires vulnerability and letting your guard down. That means telling someone how you really feel, unveiling a belief or a challenge and simply being real.
Complete One Action That Scares YouThis one's easy, because we all have extreme resistance on a daily level. Pushing through this resistance is an amazing feeling and will get you in a powerful state. This could be anything, to be honest: posting a video on social media, talking to a stranger, trying a new fitness class with your friend -- your choice.
Laugh, Really HardSome of the tips above are somewhat serious; yet embracing humor is essential to not taking yourself too seriously. Finding the comedic angle in situations, surrounding yourself with others who make you laugh and having a light heartedness about life is crucial to feeling amazing.
Fight Negativity With LoveWe can't control what people say about us and at some point, conflicts will arise. It may be your roommate, a co-worker, someone gossiping or a fight about politics online (note: don't engage, please). When you feel triggered, rise above and fight negativity with love and kindness, you will feel amazing for being in control of your emotions and the other person will soon regret anything that was said, even if they don't admit it.
GroundWalking in nature is one of the best ways to connect with the Earth and you in a deep way -- walking barefoot in grass for a few minutes have been proven to increase fulfillment and happiness. Getting a few minutes outside no matter what you do is an essential part of crafting your masterpiece.