1st Minute: Start the day by writing out one positive intention.
Think of an action or resolution that will help you put a positive spin on the day. Examples: Today I will make an effort to smile more. When I am in the meeting, I will say at least two things even if I fear sounding stupid. This will help me to less immobilized by my fears.
2nd Minute: Take a mindfulness moment for a morning mediation.
Consciously slow your breathing, taking deep breaths and attempt to focus only on the sensations around you. How do you feel? What do you smell? What do you visualize? Example: Help yourself breath deeply by putting your hand on your stomach, feeling it extend and deflate as you breathe. Most of us have shallow breathing and this “backwards breathing” as they teach in Yoga takes in more air to nourish the mind!
3rd Minute: Have on hand a menu of inspirational quotes or passages that you can choose from every day.
A moment of inspiration will prevent a lot of mental perspiration! Example: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle; “We might not have it all together, but together we have it all! ” – Unknown.
4th Minute: Think in “victor language and not “victim” language.
5th Minute: Each day strive to be conscious of gratefulness for the gift of life.
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