1. Start your day off with something positive.
It is easy to jump out of bed and start the same old routine you have had for years. Switch it up a bit. Read your Bible, a devotional you enjoy, if you check your email first thing in the morning subscribe to a daily devotional, Do something that will put the Grace of God's armour on you at the start of your day. The fiery arrows will come but they will BOUNCE off.
2. Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are valued.
You are valued!!! You have many tasks to accomplish in your day. Without you someone will have been left unattended to or something will not get done. This goes for all of us. Even if it just consists of our dog being fed and given fresh water. We all make a difference in the day!!! So, whatever is bringing you down it can not destroy everything. It may just make your journey a little more challenging as you learn to process and change the impact of our "Stinken Thinken" and "Distracting Reacting".
3. Start your day with a healthy start.
Our diet and nutrition absolutely makes a difference in the day. Your health and wellness is worth everything you put into it and the results will transform your life. This may seem like a difficult task. Let's think about this.... actually this is the wrong thing to do. This is one of those areas where our "Stinken Thinken" will get in the way. Your mind will come up with every excuse not to implement a great wellness system into the day. Trust me!!! It is worth it and some things should just be done and not pondered so much where we think ourselves out of it.
4. Do a self check.
Am I positive person or am I a negative person? When you enter a group of people or talk with someone individually do you take over the conversation with your problems or do you lighten up the group with insightful conversation? Ouch!!! I did not like this one either. Well, one may say that it depends on the kind of day I am having. Change that attitude!!! Pick your head up and demand to yourself everyday that TODAY is a new day and I am going to have a GREAT day today no matter what. Do this and you will see a change in your view of your circumstance and a transformation in your relationships with other people.
5. Smile, Play & Laugh
Why when we become adults do we take on the world. Women especially need to focus on this one. How many of you forget to play? How many of you just thought... I do not have time to play? Caught you!!! You need to play... you need to laugh.... and let me tell you that you will smile more doing it. We tame our agenda's and it is amazing how we will complain about not being able to play but we will go put that other load of laundry in or make that last phone call or...... the list can go on. Drop it and play for an hour a day!! You will not regret it.
6. Listen to someone else when they are talking without taking over the conversation.
Hmm? I have done this one and I have caught myself too. You can not rewind time. So taking time to hear what someone is really saying without turning around the conversation toward your own situation or frustrations. There is a peace about listening. You may be a blessing to that person and that you can feel great about.
7. Donate your time once or twice a month and then be there.
The value of giving yourself and time to an organization or event that other people enjoy will bless you. This summer the boys and I donated our time to a local Community Soup Kitchen and at first the kids complained but when it was all over they said "Mom, that was fun can we do it again?". When you plant a seed it will grow.
8. Hug someone.
Personal touch is so important to the human body. I am sure you come across one person a day that you can hug. This may sound corny to some of you but many people are afraid of personal affection. We are created to be loved and to love in return. Hug your husband, your kids, a friend, a parent, or maybe you have a pet. A great hug will rest the soul.
Discipline is the pathway to freedom!!! FREEDOM!!! Get rid of the toxic stress and "Stinken Thinken" and go for a walk, a bike ride, or what ever you enjoy. Your day with all of its difficulties is coming close to an end and you will have survived and made progress toward your life's transformation. That is worth celebrating. Pop on the Ipod with your favorite music and hit the pavement.
10. Read something peaceful before bed.
Rest your mind. Do not take all of your worries with you to bed. Tomorrow is a new day and each struggle will resolve in its own timing. Accept the reality that you are not in charge and when we finally accept this and rest our thoughts things will turn around.
I wish you all a fresh new day everyday!!! Today is your day!!!
Transforming your life... the secret to successful living!!!!