A Good Start

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”Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.”
Emil Cioran

The way you start the morning can affect your whole day.

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Research shows that holding on to regrets causes us to take more aggressive and risky actions in the future. So the healthiest and happiest people are aware of regrets they harbour and then choose to let them go. So minimizing regrets as we age creates greater contentment and happiness.

But how? Here is the two-minute morning practice. Every morning I use an index card or a journal and write these three prompts:

I will let go of…

I am grateful for…

I will focus on…

It takes only two minutes to do, and the difference in my life has been both immediate and incredible.

Completing three simple sentences helps you ‘win the morning,‘ which helps you start to ‘win the day.’

Revealing a little mental anxiety on a piece of paper has been hugely healing for me. Because, crazy as it sounds, whenever we write out our little anxieties, they start to disappear. It helps because you are saying it, you are processing it, you are admitting how you feel about it, so the heaviness can be examined and acknowledged.

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The two-minute morning practice helps you feel better and get more done because you are performing a mental release. You are revealing to heal. Putting your brain in a better space. You are showing up as your better self.

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Letting go of stress this way early in the morning helps you avoid mentally revisiting a worry throughout the day.

Writing down a few things that you are grateful for helps you be more positive every day.

And focusing your attention on a big goal for the day sets you up for a productive day.

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Win win win.

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‘The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”
Arnold Bennett


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