How nice would it be if you could have a great day every day, pretty awesome right?
Well, you know they don’t come daily. It’s usually like every once in a while. But why is that?
If something is that good wouldn’t you want it as often as possible? Of course you would. You’d be crazy not to.
Now that you know what you want, it’s all about making it happen.
For a long time all I would seem to have were mediocre to bad days, rarely any good. And to be perfectly honest with you I can’t even remember any good ones.
All the ones that stand out in my mind do because they were the craziest. Every day was like a stressful mess.
One day in particular that pops out in my memory is the day my puppy jumped over the fence. And that was only the beginning.
One morning, like every other, I let her out into the backyard before heading into the shower. It was like I was on auto-pilot, I reviewed all the things I had to do that day and complaining to myself about it.
After leaving the bathroom I went into the kitchen. As I was standing at the sink I looked out of the window to see what my pup was doing.
She was all the way at the furthest end of the yard but she looked like she was in the neighbor’s yard. I went to the back door to take a better look. I thought I was bugging out. But she was indeed on the other side of the chain link fence.
I ran into the backyard in my pajamas and slippers hoping that it was a sleepy mirage that would fade away as I got closer, but it didn’t. She started running around and the fence was still between us.
She must’ve thought we were playing tag because as soon as I got all the way to the fence she bolted to the front of the neighbor’s yard.
In my mind I was thinking, great I’m outside completely underdressed for the weather now I have to climb a fence to get my hyper little puppy. I didn’t even have breakfast yet.
Now, I’m not a morning person so I don’t wake up early enough for such catastrophes. So as you can imagine I was running late. After enlisting the help of my husband, we got our dog.
At this point I’m still running late for work, even after forgoing most of the other things I had yet to do in my routine.
When I finally got to work I was hoping I’d be able to salvage the day and deal with my puppy with Spiderman capabilities later. Then I found out we were talking pictures for work IDs that morning.
Fantastic, the morning that I wanted to forget forever will now be indefinitely documented via my appearance on my ID. Remember how I said I had to skip most of my morning routine after waking up tired, well it showed.
I was gripping all morning and it had been a disaster. By the end of the day I just had more to complain about.
On the wrong foot
I didn’t even notice this negative behavior until after something else happened and I added that to my list of gripes. The list just got longer and my complaints more of my focal point.
The issue was I was starting my day off all wrong. Before anything even happened, after only getting out of bed I was complaining.
I think because I did it to myself and I didn’t involve others this is what took me so long to realize it. I’m sure if I were saying it aloud it would’ve been more noticeable. I guess I also thought because I kept it to myself it wasn’t that bad.
But the truth is it was just as bad. I was still doing it, regardless of the method.
I was starting myself off on the wrong foot every morning. I didn’t even know where it came from but I was doing it without thinking. It had become a part of my routine.
While I was trying to figure out where it all started I realized that it was a bad habit I picked up from someone.
Every morning, straight from getting out of the bed without talking to anyone this person had an attitude. They day just couldn’t start off right.
I guess my version was a bit toned down because I kept it in instead of imposing it on others. I think I did that because I didn’t like being on the receiving end of the attitude.
The best day ever
Once I realized that the negative behavior was the common denominator in all my horrid days I did a little tweaking.
Whenever you find yourself drifting into a negative, place focus on something good, even if it’s something small. Just find a way distance yourself from the negativity.
How your day goes impacts what you are able and willing to do. When you’re having a bad day you end up feeling so defeated that you just want to throw in the towel before the day is even over.
When you can have the best day ever, every day you’ll be more motivated to get even more done. Best thing of all, you’ll be in a great frame of mind to tackle your to-do list and make your dreams a reality.
Putting yourself in a positive place sounds easy enough but it can be kind of difficult figuring out how to do it daily. So here are a few simple ways you can use to get started.
1. Take in something inspiring
Being motivated and inspired are important parts of a great day. Find something that pumps you up and puts you in a good mood to start the day.
Whether it be a song that gets you fired up or an inspiring story that reminds you of the good in the world, make it a part of your routine.
2. Determine what your next move is
A long list of things to do can be overwhelming, especially if it is constantly being pushed from one day to the next. With an extensive list it can be hard to complete everything on it in one day.
Figure out what is the single most important thing you have to accomplish that day and do that first and foremost. Then once you’re done with it move on to other things on your list.
This way you’ve taken care of your priority and anything else you’re able to get done is a bonus.
At the end of the day when you look at the items you were able to cross off the list you’ll feel really good and productive.
3. Be grateful
When you spend a lot of your time being annoyed and complaining about all the things that are not right and what you don’t have you tend to overlook what you do have. There is always something to be thankful for.
Take a moment to acknowledge the goodness around you and everything that has worked out for you already.
There are a lot of people in the world who have less than you do so be grateful.
Chin up buttercup, it’s not all bad! J
4. Check the ‘tude
When I used be out in public strangers would just randomly tell me to smile or do something to try to make me laugh. I couldn’t figure out why they were doing this to me.
Then I realized that when I was gripping to myself it showed in my facial expressions. When people saw me they probably thought I was miserable or sad which is why they were trying to cheer me up. It began to make sense.
When you’re changing a habit that is embedded in you it can be easy to slip back into old patterns without even realizing it. So every once in a while it’s good to do a check to make sure that your actions are in alignment with your intention.
5. Find someone you love
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to go out and find someone. I’m just saying make some time for your loved ones.
There is a reason you were drawn to these people and you’ve developed such a relationship with them. Time with family and friends is always good and can turn into great memories. So spend some quality time with them, it’ll only enhance your day.
It can add up
Having a great day every day is possible but not completely effortless at first. Having the best day ever doesn’t mean you have to win the lottery or a trip to Disney World (although that wouldn’t hurt eitherJ).
You should have a great day every day so you can get through daily life and make it to the really awesome days. Remember every day contributes to the bigger picture so don’t let having a bad day turn into a bad week, month or year. A one-off incident shouldn’t push you back.
Why have a life of chaos and misfortune when you can easily have a good one?
Now to you…
What positive thing can you focus on each morning to start your day off right?