Do you ever wake up and have everything go wrong in the morning? First, you sleep through your first alarm and you wake up late for work. Then you go to the kitchen to make yourself some cereal because there’s no time for eggs and an avocado toast, but after you pour the cereal into the bowl you realize you’re out of milk. Yah. Just the absolute worst. After grabbing a granola bar or a spoon full of peanut butter (because I know we’ve all been there) you spill your coffee all over your pants as you’re getting in the car. Then for the rest of the day you find more things that are going wrong and you’re wondering why everything bad happens to you.
Let’s go back through this scenario at a different perspective. First of all, you woke up. That’s enough to be thankful for for the entire day, and you’re even given more. You get to go to work to support yourself or your family. Having a job is not a right, it’s a privilege. You go to a kitchen that has food for you to eat, and on top of that, you have the luxury of drinking a cup of coffee to give you more energy. Lastly, you have a car to get you from place to place, and you get to travel on your own time, rather than having to wait for the bus. That is just five things that I know we have all taken for granted, but in reality are precious gifts. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to be upset if you spilt coffee all over yourself. We are all just human. But, its not something you should allow ruin your day. The truth is every day has inconveniences, but the way you view them is what differentiates a good day from a bad day.
Changing your perspective is one of the hardest things to do. You have to train your brain to be aware of the inconveniences, feel the frustration, and then release it. Notice how I said feel the frustration. Allow yourself to be upset, because that’s a human emotion. Also, you can’t release anything that’s not there. So, give yourself 30 seconds, or if it’s something more inconvenient than running out of milk, give yourself a couple of minutes. This is the time for you to be frustrated while still being in control of your emotions. Then when time is up, release it. If it does not serve to your happiness its time for it to go!
It takes 60 seconds.
The first 60 seconds of our day are sometimes the deciding factor of a day of positivity or a day of negativity. Since I’m pretty sure we all want a day full of positivity, I want to share something I’ve been doing for about a month now that has completely shifted my life. Whenever I wake up I say “I’m alive and well; I will make myself better than who I was yesterday.” So, you can see that within the first 5 seconds of my day, I am already starting it off on a positive note. I think it’s important to acknowledge that God waking me up and giving me another day is a blessing. Everyday is an opportunity to grow and better ourselves, so I like to give myself some motivation to set my mind on growth for the day ahead of me. After that, I sit up and write twenty things I am thankful for in that moment. And yes, I physically write them down so I can see how many things I have to be grateful for. After about 3 days of doing this, I had to really start thinking of different things I am grateful for because I try not to write down the same twenty things everyday. For the first 3 days, I wrote down the obvious like my mom and dad, my brothers, my sister, an apartment, a car, etc. All are great things to be thankful for, but after I had acknowledged my gratitude for these people and things, I had to make myself notice smaller things around me that I am usually not aware of. I mean I have literally written down “God, thank you for trash cans.” TRASH. CANS. It sounds a little weird, but think about it. Without trash cans, we would be living amongst trash every where. Crazy right!?
I invite you to take on my 21 Days of Thankfulness challenge and say something right when you wake up that will light a spark in you for the day ahead. Try and do this consistently for 21 days! You’ll start to see a difference in how you view the world you live in and the people around you. It’s time to start waking up with the feeling of thankfulness because you deserve all your days to be filled with positivity and growth. You owe it to yourself to wake up with a smile on your face knowing that there is something good in today. Our days are filled with so many emotions, ranging from pure bliss to absolute frustration. It’s important that you feel every emotion, while still being in control of them. Inconveniences are inevitable in everyday, but you get to decide how these inconveniences will affect your day and the people around you. By starting your day off in a mindset of gratitude, it’s easier to release anger or frustration and focus on what you have to be happy about. Know that you are so loved, and God woke you up for a reason!! Be present and take in everything this world has to offer.
Thank you so much for reading! If you are going to take on this challenge I would love to hear your thoughts and your journey. Follow me on instagram @sarasgoforth and send me a message about what you think. Please share if you feel moved to do so. Love you all so much! Go rock your day.