Every day when we get up in the morning, we have the abilityto make a choice of what kind of a day we want. It doesn’t matter if it’sraining, snowing or the sun is shining. When the alarm goes off in the morning,what is the first thing you think about? “Oh No!……….I gotta get up” or “The Alarm already?” or “I can’t believe Ihave to go to that crappy job again” or how about “What days is today?….
oh….notSaturday” as you shuffle your feet into the kitchen, make you morning coffeeand pour yourself a bowl of Quisp……and think about how tired you are and howawful the day is going to be. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Thousands,if not Millions of people think like this and feel this way. The good news is that you have a choice tothink and act differently.
You have a choice to change your way of thinking andchange your attitude. I hear constantly, “But I’m not a morning person”. Nobodyis asking you to jump out of bed, perform a few Pirouettes and sing loudly, “Ifeel Pretty…… “But you have no idea of the life I live”. Well, you’re right, Idon’t. But I do know that taking the time to Thank God for the moment you livein is better than the alternative. I used to be that person that didn’t want toget out of bed in the morning. I didn’t want to face the day. I could careless.
But there are so many things to be thankful for. I can breathe, walk,see, hear, smell. I have a roof over my head, a loving wife and family, cars,clothes, food.
Little things that we take for granted every day. The firstthing I do when I wake up is thank Jesus for another day and anotheropportunity in this world. Every day, write down 1 thing or several things that you aregrateful for.
For instance, if you havebrown eyes, write down I am grateful for my brown eyes. Don’t just write itdown for the sake of writing it. As you write it, say it out loud with feeling.Here is a small list of things that I am grateful for.I am grateful for:My Wife.My Children.
My home.My Dog.My Cat.My mind, health and body.My happiness.
My Job.My Sisters.My Clothes.My Cars.My Guitars.A list like this took me less than a minute. Some of thesethings might seem silly.
Be grateful for everything that you have and you willrealize you have a lot to be grateful for!When negative thoughts enter your mind, come up with a way ofstopping them with one word. I use several one-word reminders. Whenever I findmyself doubting or thinking in a negative way I say to myself, “Cancel” Thenstart your thoughts over. Just as a keyboard on a laptop has keys to refreshwhat you are writing, such as “delete” or “escape” ESC……use that and startover. An example is saying to yourself “I don’t think I will get that finishedtoday”. Say “Cancel” and say “I will get that finished today” or “Everything Ido is wrong”, Say “Delete” and then say “Everything I do is always right”. Sayit with a positive feeling.Every day is your Birthday.
That means every day we get achance to start over and start a new beginning of change in our lives. We canchange who we are and what we think about. Write a list of things down that youdon’t like and/or don’t like about yourself. Since we were young, we’ve had the ability to attract peopleand events in our lives without even knowing it based on our thoughts. Thinkback when you were young in school and you knew that you would do great on yourtest and you did. And when you thought you would do poorly you did. Henry Ford,the founder of the Ford Motor Company said, “If you think you can or you thinkyou can’t, you’re right”