7 Ways To Get A Positive Start On The Day

How do you start your day? Is your first act intentional? Is it a reaction to something? Or is your first act of each completely random?

As a Deliberate Creator, every conscious act matters. And one way to get every day off to a great start is to make your first act of the day intentional. So here are a few suggestions that you might want to consider for your first conscious action of the day.

Smile: You’ll be amazed at how powerful that one act can be at setting the tone for your day. Do it no matter how tired you are, no matter how little sleep you got, no matter how much you’re dreading some aspect of your day. Smile. I love this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh: “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” When you think of something that brings you joy, a smile is likely to come naturally. Remember that a smile can brighten a person’s day. And if you wake up with a smile, it just might be your day that gets brighter.

Think of something joyful: Maybe you feel strange putting a smile on your face for no reason. (If you do, stop it!) But one alternative is to think of something that brings you joy and let that thought bring a smile to your face.

Think of your primary intention: What is the single most important intention that you have right now? How would your day change if your first thought upon arising was a positive thought about that intention?

Look at your primary intention: Remember Jack Canfield’s story in The Secret? He taped a “$100,000 bill” to the ceiling above his bed so the first thing he would see every morning would remind him of his primary intention. You can do something similar. Come up with an image, object or phrase that reminds you of your intention and tape it to the ceiling or place it beside your bed. And each morning, make sure your first act is looking at it and feeling it.

Send a positive thought to someone else: Sending a prayer or other positive thought to someone is a wonderful way to start your day. In order to send positive vibes to someone else, your vibration must be positive. So starting your day this way ensures that your vibration will start out positive.

Give thanks for what you have: One of the best ways to empower your day is to begin with gratitude. Instead of allowing your mind to jump to all the stuff you have to get done that day, intentionally guide your mind to focus on and express gratitude for all the wonderful things that you already have.

Say I love you: If you share a bed with a partner (and even if you don’t) one great way to set a positive tone for your day is to say “I love you” to them (or someone else) before you even get out of bed.

These are just a few suggestions. Any one of them will help you set a positive tone for the entire day… If you do it!

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    8 Responses to “7 Ways To Get A Positive Start On The Day”

    1. Jason Clegg on February 6th, 2008 2:29 pm

      Great ideas! I’d also add, “Listen to Inspirational Audio.” I love audiobooks in the morning. 🙂

    2. SD on February 6th, 2008 3:18 pm

      A great list! The best is that ach of thse thigs is so simple, even combines the entire list is easy to do. Yet it can have a huge positive impact.

    3. Phil Butler on February 6th, 2008 6:41 pm

      These are super! I always sing ” I feel pretty” from Anger Management myself:) Thanks for the great tips…really.



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    5. Dean on February 7th, 2008 10:37 pm

      Oh what great ideas.

      Besides breakfast being food for the body, these ideas can be breakfast for our mind. Getting a good start on the day sets the tone for the whole day.

    6. Edward Mills on February 8th, 2008 11:38 am

      Jason. That’s another great idea! Thanks for the tip.

      SD. You’re absolutely right. Some mornings I combine several of these. They’re quick and simple to do.

      Phil. Do you think we could get a recording of that? 😉

      Dean. I hadn’t thought of these as good food for the mind and soul. But they really are. Great observation.

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    8. Desmond on January 23rd, 2009 11:34 pm

      This is a great list and one I can use. Some days it’s just so hard, but if we take the time to look at life, we don’t have it so bad (compared to lots of others) So I’ll try to remember these and put them into practice.

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