When You Want to Make It a Good Day, The Way You Start Matters

 In Better Life, Focusing on the positive

What’s the first thing that enters your mind when you wake up in the morning? This past Saturday morning I was thinking of all the stuff I wanted to get done. When was I going to find the time? I also found myself reliving some stressful moments from the past few days. Ugh!

Then I remembered – today we were going to get our Christmas tree and decorate the house. I didn’t want to start this day feeling overwhelmed or stressed! My daughter is so excited and can’t wait for this special time. I wanted to make it a fun experience for her (and me).  

So I looked into my toolbox and pulled out my morning intention. How did I want to be today?  What kind of experience did I want to create? I knew if I was going to enjoy the holiday decorating, I would need to be patient, engaged, relaxed, and ready to have fun. I find it easier to envision myself in these mindsets after focusing on all that I have to be grateful for. An extra moment in bed spent on gratitude is very helpful to me.

But how could I remember my intentions throughout the day? Something that works well for me is music. So I planned to have a holiday jazz station play on Pandora while we worked.  

It worked! We had a great day decorating, listening to holiday music, and creating wonderful memories I will cherish forever!

Do you have days in the next week or two that could benefit from starting with an intention for how you want to be? Make a plan on what attitude and emotions you could bring to make it a great experience and write them down.


Tina Hallis, Ph.D., is a positivity speaker, trainer, and founder of The Positive Edge, a company dedicated to teaching organizations and individuals the power of positivity to improve the quality of people’s work lives and the quality of company cultures.

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