Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How I Start My Day - Lessons from My Mom

How I start my day lessons from my mom
How Do You Start Your Day?  Today I could hear my mom's voice in my head this morning as I got ready.  I was feeling tired and not really excited for the day.  I was lying in bed, procrastinating about getting up, thinking of all the things on my to-do list.  I was lamenting the effort it was all going to take to do everything I needed to do.  I was in the middle of wishing I could just stay in bed all day, when, like it often does, my mom's voice popped into my head, "Well of course if you think you're going to have a blah day then you will have a blah day." 

Well that's just not acceptable in my book. I did not want to seem ungrateful, and as my mom often is, I knew she was right.  I was not setting myself up for success with my attitude.  So I started saying to myself, "Today is going to be awesome.  I am grateful for this day that God has blessed me with and I will not waste it.  You are going to kick ass. You are incredibly blessed and you are going to have fun tonight. You have been asked to speak on a panel at SDSU in the company of some great people on a topic you know a lot about - Boosting Your Career Through Social Media. You got this.  You are going to deliver value and help a lot of people today.  Get excited about how you are going to inspire others!"

AND it worked.  Not that I was 100% there but I sure was in a better place than I was a couple minutes ago, and it was enough to get me out of bed and ready to tackle the day.  Sometimes that is all you need.  The thoughts in your head are powerful, but MY FAVORITE PART?  When my baby woke up cranky, as I often can understand since I love my sleep too, I found myself passing on this knowledge to her.  She was frowning as I came down the stairs.  She was sitting on the couch.  My husband had just put on her shoes.  I bent down, and I hugged her extra long.  I told her, "I know we're both tired and wish we could go back to bed, BUT you know what?  We're both going to have awesome days today.  We're both going to have so much fun."  Then I pulled back, looked at her, smiled and starting bopping to an imaginary tune.  She quickly jumped in and we started giggling.  She smiled up at me and it was priceless.  Her whole mood had changed.  I thought, "Wow, thanks Mom. That change in mindset was totally worth it.  I am so glad I could pass it on to my daughter."  It was a beautiful moment.

How do you start your day?  Does it get you excited about the possibilities?  Do you jump out of bed looking forward to the day?  I hope so :)

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