The first five minutes of the day can set you up for a good day… or a bad day.
How do I know this?
Because this past week I have often done it wrong… and I saw the consequences.
I’ve had a few technical problems in my business this week. Frustrating, annoying BS.
And because I hate technical problems and the effects they have, I’ve been wanting to get them fixed asap.
So what did I do each morning? I got out of bed and went into fix-it mode.
The trouble is, by doing this I was setting myself up for a day of stress.
After all, before I woke up I had probably been suffering some stress-related dream.
So that stress was immediately replicated in my waking life when I sat in front of my computer.
The whole day after that was stress and efforting and upset and anger.
What should I have done instead?
Spent five to 10 minutes being still.
Focused on my breath.
Let the stressful thoughts just come and go.
Get centred and calm.
Then – and only then – should I have taken action.
Why is this better? Because my action would have come from a place of calm and inspiration.
I would be more rational, more effective and less stressed.
Here’s the thing. Nobody is perfect at this. I’m not. This is a learning process.
Every time we notice we’re under the spell of the automated mind, we can step away and be still.
It’s practice. Nothing more.